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Conference Travel Tips

We look forward to seeing you in Victoria for the CICan:GPOP Conference!  Getting away from the office to attend a conference is often difficult, but rewarding.  Whether you are only attending the GPOP session, or the entire CICan Conference, we have some suggestions that might help you enjoy your trip.

 Before you Leave …

Home

  • Bring an umbrella
  • Remember chargers for all your electronic devices
  • When you think of it – pack it

The Office

  • Slip extra business cards in your bag
  • Water your plants (no one is going to remember to do that for you)
  • Set your Out of Office, Voicemail, etc.
  • Leave your hotel, flight and other details with your colleagues
  • Take time to review the conference agenda:

Once you are in Victoria ….

  • Arriving by air? It will take you approximately 30 mins to get into the city. Click this link for taxi and shuttle information: http://www.victoriaairport.com/taxi-and-shuttle
  • Looking for local information? The Camosun College organizing committee has put together some helpful information at the following link: http://camosun.ca.libguides.com/Cican2018
  • What to wear? Bring business clothes for the GPOP and CICan conference sessions, business casual for the GPOP and CICan opening reception, and if you are attending the CICan closing gala, the dress code is “Elegantly Relaxed”.
  • Relax, learn, connect, enjoy!

 

 


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Register Early: Special Rates for GPOP Members

The 2018 GPOP and CICan conferences are not far off.  The Early Bird registration deadline for the CICan Conference is March 15, 2018.  However, CICan is offering special GPOP rates for individuals who want to participate but cannot attend the full conference.  The GPOP discount rates are available until conference day.  Click here for an overview of how and where to register.

 

GPOP’s Saturday and Sunday events only, at a rate of $200 (regular registration; no code necessary). Registration fee includes:

  • April 28: GPOP Networking Reception at Finn’s Restaurant, (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
  • April 29: GPOP 2018 Conference and AGM (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.), breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

 

GPOP events and Sunday CICan events, at a rate of $295; use case-sensitive code GPOPSun (registration code required). Registration fee includes:

  • April 28:  GPOP Networking Reception at Finn’s Restaurant, (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
  • April 29:  GPOP 2018 Conference and AGM (8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
  • April 29: Official opening of CICan conference, with keynote speaker Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C. (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • April 29: Opening Reception (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

 

GPOP events plus Sunday and Monday CICan events, at a rate of $500; use case-sensitive code GPOPSunMon (registration code required). Registration fee includes:

  • April 28: GPOP Networking Reception at Finn’s Restaurant, (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
  • April 29:  GPOP 2018 Conference and AGM (8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
  • April 29: Official opening of CICan conference, with keynote speaker Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C. (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • April 29: Opening Reception (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
  • April 30, Monday CICan sessions

We hope to see you in Victoria!

 

 

 

 

 


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Governors Networking Session at 2018 CICan Conference

The following message is from Carol Dolbel, Special Assistant, Governance and Planning, Planning and Statistics, at Colleges & Institutes Canada (CICan):

The team at CICan is gearing up for the Annual Conference in Victoria and they would like to invite you to save the date and begin your preparations to attend!

CICan is planning another interactive Governors Networking Session that will allow participants to engage deeply on governance issues while networking with other directors and sharing tools, strategies and good practices.

Join us in setting the agenda for 2018 by sending your topic suggestions to cdolbel@collegesinstitutes.ca by January 16, 2018.

Save the date and share the opportunity with your Governors and Directors:  Sunday, April 29, 12:00 p.m. – 3: 00 p.m.  This year’s conference theme is NA’TSA’MATH – Working Together as One. The event will be held from April 29 to May 1, 2018.

We do hope you will join us in Victoria! 

 


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Act Before March 15/17 to Take Advantage of Great Conference Rates for GPOP Members

Are you going to join your governance and president’s office peers in Ottawa this Spring?

REGISTER EARLY – SPECIAL RATES FOR GPOP MEMBERS

It may be hard to believe, given the weather some of us have encountered lately, but Spring and the 2017 GPOP and CICan conferences are not far off.

That means it’s time to register.  The Early Bird registration deadline is March 15, 2017, and CICan is offering special GPOP rates for individuals who want to participate but can not attend the full conference. Click here for an overview of how and where to register.

 

GPOP’s Saturday and Sunday events only, at a rate of $200 (regular registration; no code necessary). Registration fee includes:

  • April 29:  GPOP Networking Reception (time TBA)
  • April 30: GPOP 2017 Conference and AGM (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

 

GPOP events and Sunday CICan events, at a rate of $295; use case-sensitive code GPOP0430 when registering (case sensitive registration code required). Registration fee includes:

  • April 29:  GPOP Networking Reception
  • April 30: GPOP 2017 Conference and AGM (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
  • April 30: Official opening of CICan conference, with keynote speaker Julie Payette (3:30 – 5:00 p.m.)
  • April 30: Opening Regional Festivities (6:30 – 9:30 p.m.)

GPOP events plus Sunday and Monday CICan events, at a rate of $500; use case-sensitive code GPOPSunMon when registering  (case sensitive registration code required). Registration fee includes:

  • April 29:  GPOP Networking Reception
  • April 30: GPOP 2017 Conference and AGM (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
  • April 30: Official opening of CICan conference, with keynote speaker Julie Payette (3:30 – 5:00 p.m.)
  • April 30: Opening Regional Festivities (6:30 – 9:30 p.m.)
  • May 1: Monday CICan sessions

 

Like these Ottawa Spring blossoms, these registration rates won’t last forever!

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Join Us in Ottawa for GPOP’s 2017 AGM and Conference

PLAN TO JOIN US FOR GPOP’S 2017 AGM, CONFERENCE AND NETWORKING EVENTS IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO

An update from your 2016-17 Conference and Professional Development Committee – left to right, Marlene Beaulieu (College of New Caledonia), Nicole Blanchette (NorQuest College) and Cheryl McMurray (Fanshawe College)

Saturday, April 29/17: We will kick off events with a reception at a local Ottawa establishment. This will be a perfect opportunity to put the face behind the email and meet your GPOP colleagues in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The cost of the reception is included in the CICan:GPOP pre‑conference registration fee.  Keep checking this page; we’ll have more details in the weeks to come.

Sunday, April 30/17: Now that you have made lots of new friends, don’t forget to join us for our AGM and a day full of professional development. The day will kick off at 8:00 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast. 

Heather Allaby

We will welcome speaker Heather Allaby, Community and Government Relations Advisor, New Brunswick Community College.  Heather’s presentation is Connections that Count: Positioning Boards and Presidents’ Offices for Strong Media, Government, and Community Relations.

One of the most important aspects of our group is the ability to share best practices and learn from each other. In order to maximise our annual opportunity to meet in person, the day will also include interactive roundtable sessions where you can share best practices, ask questions and learn from each other.

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Pre-Conference Poll #4: Would You Like to Serve on a 2016-17 GPOP Committee?

Thank you to our 2015-16 Conference and PD Committee for all your thoughtful planning leading to today’s event. From left to right,  we have Committee Chair Jenny Forestell and fellow members Nicole Blanchette, Lori Brown and Joanne O’Neill, seen at last night’s reception.

Would You Like to Serve on One of our 2016-17 Committees ?

Please take a moment to let your incoming Board know how you may wish to contribute in the year ahead.

 Members-Only Poll: 2016-17 GPOP Committees

Be sure to click the “Vote” option for each question.


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Pre-Conference Poll #3: Use of the GPOP Listserv

At the KeyboardWe established our national listserv at Douglas College in 2010 and have since transitioned it to Langara College, where GPOP Director Diana Falcon and her colleagues manage it on members’ behalf.

Shared Expertise at Your Fingertips

If you and your Chair or President are thinking it would be helpful to learn how another institution approached a certain undertaking, ask your peers. Looking for a template? Rather than reinventing the wheel, turn to your listserv. Members will naturally exercise discretion in what they share and communicate, but you will find them to be as generous with information as is appropriate.

You can use the GPOP listserv to connect with other members and ask questions, seek the benefit of experience and share best practices.

Listserv Protocol

We recommend that members insert “Governance Query” or “President’s Office Query” in email subject lines, to reflect the focus of a query.

Tell Us What You Think of GPOP’s Listserv

This is the third of our 2016 pre-conference polls, and it’s important to have members’ input.

To complete the first two polls, scroll through this site’s home page or just click here for the Members’ Poll on Conference Grants and here for the poll on whether we should introduce membership fees. Please also complete the poll below to help inform discussions at our May 29/16 AGM.

Members-Only Poll: Listserv Use and Protocols

Be sure to click the “Vote” option for each question.