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.
Best wishes to all our members for a holiday season filled with love, laughter and good cheer! May you enjoy fun times with family and friends and also find quiet moments to relax and renew. Wishing you much success and happiness in 2019!
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 …
Bring an umbrella
Remember chargers for all your electronic devices
When you think of it – pack it
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
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”.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
We 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.
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.
Each year, GPOP’s Conference and Professional Development Committee strives to present content-rich programmes with development opportunities that meet members’ specific needs. Keynote speakers and facilitators are drawn to our conferences in the spirit of professional colalboration. While we incur expenses to attract such expertise, costs are typically limited to travel costs and a token of appreciation.
This year, the Board of Directors established a $500 AGM and Conference Grant. Yesterday, we encouraged your feedback, in GPOP’s pre-conference poll #1, on the future of conference grants. To complete that poll, just click here.
We’d Also Like Members’ Input on Whether We Should Introduce GPOP Membership Fees
Your Board of Directors is inviting discussion of implementing membership fee to support our capacity to do more for members. We will have our AGM agenda package published before week’s end, and members will have access to the Secretary-Treasurer’s report. In the meantime, please complete the poll below to help inform discussions at our May 29/16 AGM.
Members-Only Poll: Should We Introduce Membership Fees?
Be sure to click the “Vote” option for each question.