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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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
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.
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!
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.
- 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;
- To receive the financial statements; and
- 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)
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!
Congratulations to Alice Schuda for being selected as this year’s recipient of the Hicks Morley Fellowship. Alice is the Communications and Administrative Officer for the Board of Governors at Centennial College in Toronto, and this award enabled Alice to attend her first GPOP conference held recently in Niagara Falls. In applying for the award, Alice spoke about the “invaluable source of mentoring and resources” that GPOP has provided to her in her role over the past three years. The Hicks Morley Fellowship was created to support the attendance of a member at our annual conference, and we are grateful to Hicks Morley for their ongoing financial support. All members are encouraged to apply for the $1,000 award to support their attendance at next year’s conference in Montreal!
The 2019 Conference & PD Committee worked hard to pull together a program focusing on the themes of Inclusion, Balance and Harmony and they did not disappoint! From Saturday night’s welcome reception and keynote speaker to Sunday’s presentation and discussions, these three themes were woven throughout. One of the highlights was keynote speaker Sharon Thira, Director – Indigenous Learning & Engagement at New Brunswick Community College. Sharon spoke about Indigenous culture, shared the history of the wampum belt, and provided tips on how to make a meaningful land acknowledgement. In her interactive presentation on Sunday, Sharon talked about the four dimensions of life balance: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. You can access both of Sharon’s presentations – Singing Your Song of Peace and Life Balance – on the GPOP website under Resources/Presentations (note the presentations are password protected with the password you received when joining GPOP). The conference was an excellent opportunity to re-connect with colleagues, meet some new members, soak up new knowledge and share best practices. Congratulations to the Planning Committee for a successful conference and thanks to all who joined us in Niagara Falls!
The agenda for our May 4-5 conference has now been posted to the GPOP website. In keeping with the CICan conference theme of “Inclusion”, we are pleased to have Sharon Thira, Director, Indigenous Learning & Engagement at New Brunswick Community College, kick things off on Saturday evening with her keynote address, Singing your Song of Peace, followed by a welcome reception. Sunday morning will be filled with more networking, facilitated discussions, breakout sessions and award presentation before wrapping things up in time for the start of the CICan conference. Your Board of Directors looks forward to welcoming members who will be joining us in Niagara Falls. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CICanGPOP as we’ll be tweeting out updates and photos of our time together!