Message from CICan President

To members of GPOP/PGBOG,

Every year at the CICan Annual Conference, I have the immense pleasure of addressing GPOP/PGBOG members during your pre-conference networking session.

Given the continuing concerns over COVID-19 and in keeping with the recommendations of public health officials and provincial Ministers to avoid large gatherings and limit non-essential travel, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 CICan Connection Conference and related pre-conference activities that were scheduled to take place in Montreal, May 1st-5th.  Our primary concern has been, and will always remain, the health and well-being of our community – CICan members, partners, sponsors, exhibitors and other stakeholders and partners.

Although I am truly disappointed that I will not be able to extend in person my sincerest congratulations on your 25th Anniversary, please rest assured that CICan recognizes and truly values the important role that you and your network play in contributing to the success of President’s offices and to the effective governance of your institutions.

Thank you and we hope to see you at our 2021 CICan Connection Conference in Calgary!

In this extraordinary period we are going through, I would like to leave you with a positive quotation that an association of event organizers published recently: ‘’Meeting together is an essential part of the human experience and will continue long after this virus has been eradicated.’’

Warm regards,

Denise Amyot

President/CEO

Présidente‑directrice générale

Colleges and Institutes Canada


2020 GPOP & CICan conferences cancelled

To GPOP Members:

As you have probably seen by now, the Governance and President’s Office Professionals (GPOP) 2020 Conference and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) annual conference have been cancelled due to COVID19.

CICan acted on the advice of public health officials and provincial ministers to avoid large gatherings and limit non-essential travel.  The health and well-being of our membership and others is of primary importance.   Those who have registered will receive a full refund from CICan.

We hope very much to see you next year in Calgary!

For more information from CICan, click on CICan Connection Conference 2020.

We wish you all the best, and hope you and your families stay safe.

Heather Martin, Chair, GPOP Conference and PD Committee 2020


Government Relations – Best Practices Survey

Does your Board have a committee that focusses on relations with municipal, provincial, federal and Indigenous governments?  Jenny Forestell, NBCC, recently conducted a best practices survey of member institutions to see what they are doing in this area. You can read a summary of all the responses on our Resources page.

Note that materials posted to the Resources page are password protected with the password you received when you joined GPOP. If you’ve forgotten the password, please email daileyl@douglascollege.ca.


SURVEY Main Content Share your thoughts on the future of CICan’s Board of Directors

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is reviewing its governance composition to ensure the board has the optimal skills, competencies and perspectives to govern the association into the future. The board is seeking members’ feedback to inform its decision-making.

To share your thoughts, respond to the following short survey and watch for opportunities to engage on social media. The consultation is open from August 23 to September 22. CICan is looking for responses from a majority of members.

Share your thoughts

 

 

 


Governance Professionals of Canada Conference Information

If you’re in a governance position and looking for a conference to attend this summer, you may want to check out Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC). They will be holding their 21st Annual Corporate Governance conference in Quebec City next month from August 18-21, and are offering a $300 discount code for non-GPC members who may wish to attend. The direct registration link is https://gpcanada.org/ACGC_registration_and_fee and the discount code is SPK2019REF (for non-members only). This information was shared with us by former GPOP member and Past Chair Shelagh Donnelly (https://exceptionalea.com). Shelagh extends a warm hello to all GPOP members.

 

 


2019 AGM Agenda Package

The agenda package for our virtual May 30th Annual General Meeting has now been posted. Members may download the agenda package by clicking HERE. Note that this is a password protected site. The password is the same city and year reference provided when you first joined GPOP. You’ll also find a Proxy Vote Form for those who are unable to attend the AGM, but who wish to be heard.

Please take a few minutes to review the agenda package. Your contributions to GPOP are not limited to your ability to attend conferences in person, and members are encouraged to take an active role for the benefit of all.

Looking forward to connecting with many of you on the WebEx call!


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

TAKE NOTICE that the Annual General Meeting of the members of CICAN GOVERNANCE AND PRESIDENT’S OFFICE PROFESSIONALS (GPOP) will be held virtually via WebEx on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:00am Pacific / 11:00am Mountain / 12:00pm Central / 1:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Atlantic.

  1. To receive the following reports as information: (i) Chair’s Report; (ii) Membership & Communications Committee Report; (iii) Conference & PD Committee Report; (iv) Awards & Nominations Committee Report; (v) Nominating Committee Report; and (vi) Strategic Planning & Partnerships Committee Report;
  2. To receive the financial statements; and
  3. To approve the GPOP 2019-2020 Board and Committee Structure.

DATED this 16th day of May 2019.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD

Cheryl McMurray, Acting Chair

CICan Governance & President’s Office Professionals (GPOP)

 

 


And the award goes to…

The Awards & Recognition Committee is very pleased to announce the recipient of GPOP’s 2019 Award for Professional Achievement: Jenny Forestell, Executive Assistant, Board of Governors, New Brunswick Community College. Jenny, who is past Chair of GPOP and a most deserving recipient, was presented with her award at the recent GPOP conference in Niagara Falls. The Award for Professional Achievement recognizes current and past members who have made significant contributions to the realm of higher education or who have achieved professional success due, in part, to their experiences as a governance and/or president’s office professional. Congratulations Jenny!