Conference Travel Tips

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa for the CICan GPOP Conference!  Getting away from the office to attend a conference is often difficult, but rewarding.  We have some suggestions that might help you enjoy your trip.

 Packing Tips

  • packing is easiest when you’ve just done the laundry
  • bring a hat
  • remember your phone and camera charger
  • bring running shoes – at some point you’ll be glad you have them
  • the second you think of packing something, pack it; if you wait, you’ll forget
  • stuff socks in your shoes and they’ll retain their shape
  • never check your meds, toothbrush or your PJs
  • pack a mix of business, business casual, dressy, and casual clothes (you’ll want business casual attire for the Saturday evening GPOP Reception and the Sunday CICan Opening Regional Festivities; bring business clothes for the GPOP and CICan conference sessions; pack an evening outfit for the Gala (red and white is encouraged), and, of course, casual clothing for sightseeing.

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Before you Leave the Office

  • Water your plants (no one is going to remember to do that for you)
  • Visit the GPOP Website for our latest news
  • The usual drill … set your Out of Office, Voicemail, and arrange your Acting
  • Download the CICan app on your mobile device
  • Leave your hotel, flight and other details with your colleagues
  • Slip extra business cards into your purse, you’ll be glad you have them
  • Brush up on your networking skills.

  At the Conference

  • Check with Registration to inquire when the Gala Dinner tickets reservations open. NOTE: You cannot book a table of 8 under the “College Name” as they will want the name of each individual
  • Review the GPOP and CICan Conference webpages regularly for updates
  • Expect to be surrounded by like-minded people
  • Bring a positive attitude
  • Learn and have fun!

Must see Ottawa Attractions

  • Parliament Hill
  • ByWard Market
  • Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • National Gallery of Canada, Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of History, and the Canadian Museum of Nature
  • And, don’t return home without a tacky souvenir

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Networking Reception for New and Returning Members: Saturday, April 29/17

Join us as we launch the weekend with a networking reception

All GPOP members attending this year’s conference and AGM are encouraged to kick off the weekend with our 2017 networking reception. If this marks your first year at the conference, you’ll find an especially warm welcome from returning members.

Please help conference organisers by dropping one of them a note on or before April 21/17 to confirm your attendance. We like to get our numbers right!

RSVP to one of the following members of our Conference and Professional Development Committee:

  • Marlene Beaulieu:
  • Nicole Blanchette:
  • Cheryl McMurray:


GPOP’s 2016 Conference and AGM to Begin With Welcome from CICan President & CEO Denise Amyot

fairmont-le-chateau-frontenac copyright Shelagh DonnellyWelcome! to all members who have arrived in Québec City. We look forward to welcoming CICan President & CEO Denise Amyot to help launch our 2016 conference this morning, and to a great day ahead.



GPOP Welcomes CICan’s Denise Amyot to 20th Anniversary AGM

GPOP members from across the country welcomed CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot to their 20th anniversary AGM today in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Amyot extended CICan’s congratulations on the occasion, and discussed the significance of members’ roles in the success of their Presidents’ offices and the effective governance of their organisations.

The group also discussed CICan’s leadership development initiatives, and future conference programming.

Amyot, Denise

GPOP, Denise Amyot May 2015


Conference Presenter Margo Baptista Meets Her Match

Margo and doppelgänger 8510 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

… or, at  least she’s met her doppelgänger, in a 1924 photo on display at Winnipeg’s historic Union Station.

Baptista, who is University Secretary at Grant MacEwan University, will present to GPOP members tomorrow; the focus of her May 24/15 session is Leading Change: Governance, Learning, Teaching and Engagement.