2019 Hicks Morley Fellowship Recipient

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!

Deadline for GPOP awards and grants approaching fast!

Mon. February 26th is the deadline for GPOP award nominations and grant applications. Click on the links below for full details of nomination criteria and grant application form. Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate a deserving colleague or apply for a grant to support your attendance at the upcoming GPOP conference and AGM in Victoria (April 28/29).

Award for Distinguished Service

Award for Professional Achievement

Hicks Morley Fellowship Grant

Update: 2017 GPOP Grants & Awards

grants-awardsCheck out gpop.ca for time-sensitive information on GPOP’s $500 grant, created to help a member who otherwise may not have had the opportunity or sufficient resources to attend GPOP’s AGM and Conference. GPOP also offers two awards for members to recognize Distinguished Service and Professional Achievement. Please take a few minutes to review the criteria and consider applying or nominating a deserving colleague. Deadlines are in place!


2017 GPOP $500 Grant Application

One of the priorities of the Governance and President’s Office Professionals (GPOP) is to raise awareness of our organization by encouraging participation through Board or Committee work, on-line networking, sharing of best practices or attendance at our AGM and session at the annual CICan Conference.

Recognizing the challenges that can be associated with conference travel, the GPOP Board of Directors is once again offering an annual $500 grant to be awarded to a colleague (payable to their institution) attending GPOP’s AGM and Conference session, to be held prior to the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) annual conference in Ottawa, from April 30 to May 2, 2017.

The grant will provide financial assistance to enable a member who otherwise may not have had the opportunity or sufficient resources to attend GPOP’s AGM and Conference.  In addition, CICan has generously agreed to waive the GPOP Registration fee to supplement this $500 award for the recipient.

Attached you will find the application that can be completed and submitted by Friday, February 10, 2017.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the committee members:

*         Sandi White (Chair), Holland College: swhite@hollandcollege.com  902-629-4225

*         Suzannah DiMarco, Algonquin College:  dimarcs@algonquincollege.com    613 727 4723 x 7702

*         Dianne Marcellus-Kerr, Lethbridge College:  dianne.marcellus-kerr@lethbridgecollege.ca   403-320-3335

*         Christabell Pinchin, Nova Scotia Community College:  christabell.pinchin@nscc.ca   902-491-6701

Watch for future posts with details of GPOP’s upcoming AGM and conference in Ottawa!

Hold the Date: Join Us in Quebec City Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29/16

Gastown Steam Clock Dec 2015 Coypright Shelagh DonnellyIt’s that time already … 2015 is winding down, and it’s time to start planning your travel for GPOP’s 2016 gathering, which will be held in Quebec City. You’ll find our group’s Sunday, May 29th AGM and conference already appearing on CICan’s conference website. See below for GPOP’s abstract as it will soon appear on the CICan conference website.

Colleges and Institutes Canada: Governance and President’s Office Professionals (CICan: GPOP)
(Networking Opportunities
— Best Practices — Professional Development)

Please join your governance and president’s office colleagues from across the country to benefit from great networking, sharing and learning best practices.  We are a national association with our own board of directors and a focus on professional development specifically designed for those of us who support boards and presidents.  Our annual gathering includes an AGM, and we welcome peers who serve as the right hand of their respective board or CEO within any public Canadian cégep, college or post-secondary institute.  Please check out our website gpop.ca for more information.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

GPOP Networking Social, 5:00 pm: Details will follow, as planning is still underway. Last year’s networking social took the form of a dinner.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

GPOP Conference and AGM from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

CICan 2016 Conference Official Opening from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

CICan Regional Festivities: River Cruise from 6:30 to 9:30 pm

CICan’s 2016 Conference

The 2016 conference features a Leadership and Governance stream, which CICan suggests “will be of particular interest to college and institute senior administrators, as well as college and institute board members”.

Are you following GPOP on Twitter yet? If you do, you’ll receive an alert any time we publish conference or other updates to the GPOP website.

It’s easy to find and follow us on Twitter, where we’re known as GPOP@PBSNPNPA.

Click here, on any of the Twitter icons at the right of your screen, or just copy and paste the following URL into your web browser: https://twitter.com/PBSNPNPA


Your 2015-16 Conference and Professional Development Committee, led by Chair Jenny Forestell

 Nicole Blanchette (she’s back!), Senior Executive Associate/Board Coordinator, Office of the President, NorQuest College

Geneviève Clément,  Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, Red River College

Jenny Forestell, Executive Assistant ┃ Board of Governors, New Brunswick Community College

Joanne O’Neill, Executive Assistant, Nova Scotia Community College






Margo Baptista and Joanna Campbell Named as GPOP’s 2015 Award Recipients

IMG_5100 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

Recipients of Inaugural Awards Are Influential, Inspirational Leaders

Congratulations to Margo Baptista and Joanna Campbell, who will be receive GPOP’s inaugural awards at the association’s 2015 AGM. GPOP Board members unanimously endorsed the Awards and Recognition Committee’s recommendations of Baptista and Campbell, whom Board Chair Shelagh Donnelly described as inspirational and influential leaders.

Baptista_Margo photoMargo Baptista – 2015 Award for Distinguished Service: This award recognises the significant personal and professional contributions made by a current or past member. It is bestowed upon an individual whose dedicated service has improved and enhanced GPOP’s presence in the higher education community, and recipients will have contributed to the development and progress of the profession.

Margo Baptista, University Secretary at Grant MacEwan University, is widely recognised for her passionate committment to governance excellence. A member of the Canadian University Boards Association (CUBA) and the Council of Western Canadian University Board Secretaries (COWCUBS), Baptista is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) and a founding member of that body’s Governance Affinity Group.

For her graduate study research, Baptista explored the governance roles of board succession planning and presidential search within the Alberta and BC post-secondary systems. She has presented extensively at provincial workshops and national conferences, and at the Association of Governing Boards’ (AGB’s) Workshop for Board Professionals. Baptista is valued for her readiness to share the governance expertise she has acquired over the course of almost 30 years of service in the post-secondary sector. She typically deflects others’ celebration of her accomplishments into an opportunity to support peers’ professional growth, and is heavily invested in the evolution and recognition of the role of the board professional.

While Baptista is no longer an active GPOP member given Grant MacEwan’s transition to university status, she is recognised as instrumental in this association’s existence and progress over the years. As a founding member of Canada’s Professional Board Staff Network, from which GPOP has evolved, Baptista played a prominent role in planning annual meetings and facilitating professional development for her peers. GPOP is proud to formally recognise this greatly admired adviser and innovator.

Campbell, JoannaJoanna Campbell – 2015 Award for Professional Achievement: This award recognises significant contributions to higher education, and/or professional success achieved by a current or past member. Contributions to the leadership and advancement of GPOP are among the criteria, and recipients must have achieved a professional milestone or accomplishment that is viewed by the Board as significant and worthy of recognition.

Over the course of the past 18 years, Joanna Campbell has served as Executive Assistant to the Presidents of first Okanagan University College and now Okanagan College. Originally from New Zealand, she immigrated to the Okanagan Valley in 1996. Having worked for a polytechnic in New Zealand, her second or third temporary assignment at OUC was in the OUC President’s office. Months later, with a new President at the helm, the 23-year-old Campbell was recruited to the role she holds to this day.

A longstanding GPOP/PBSN member, Campbell has served as a presenter and panelist at provincial and national conferences. When ACCC announced Okanagan College’s Penticton Campus as the site of its 2013 conference, it was Campbell who co-chaired the organising committee and managed most of the logistics. On campus, she has led the development and growth of a number of successful initiatives, including an annual employee recognition event and the President’s Recognition Dinner for Student Ambassadors, a showcase of student leadership. She was pivotal in the creation of the College’s event planning protocols, a model of efficiency and effectiveness that she has shared with GPOP peers.

In his nomination package, Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton offered that Campbell “… constantly goes above and beyond expectations. Because of that attitude, her innate diplomacy, and her incredible work ethic, she enjoys the respect of staff at every level and has been a key contributor to the success of the College over the past decade.” GPOP members admire Campbell for her gentle mastership of the executive office, and GPOP is proud to formally recognise this much respected Kiwi, a champion of change and collaboration.


GPOP’s 2014-15 Awards and Recognition Committe: 

Linda Le Gallee (Okanagan College),Christabell Pinchin (Nova Scotia Community College), Sandi White (Holland College) and Committee Chair Elaine Vandale (Red Deer College)




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.


Proxy Form for Those Unable to Attend GPOP’s 2015 AGM

 A message from Shelagh Donnelly, Chair, GPOP/PGBDG Nominating Committee and Board of Directors

Watch this site for a password-protected 2015 AGM package and, if you’re unable to attend in person, click here to download and complete your proxy form. Please either provide your proxy to a member who will be in attendance at the meeting, or email it to Acting Secretary-Treasurer Joanna Campbell at jcampbell@okanagan.bc.ca.




2015 GPOP Award Nominations

IMG_5100 Copyright Shelagh DonnellyGPOP’s 2014-15 Awards and Recognition Committee has concluded its work and formally conveyed its recommendations to our association’s Board of Directors.

Committee members Linda Le Gallee (Okanagan College), Christabell Pinchin (Nova Scotia Community College), Sandi White (Holland College) and Committee Chair Elaine Vandale (Red Deer College) have been productive in recent months. Conducting business by conference calls and emails across four provinces, members collaborated with the Board Chair to articulate the Committee mandate and established criteria for two awards, the Award for Professional Achievement and the Award for Distinguished Service.

The Committee issued a Call for Nominations through the GPOP listserv on February 22, 2015 and GPOP’s Board of Directors is now in the process of reviewing award recommendations. Check the website for an update on the inaugural awards, which will be presented during the 2015 AGM.