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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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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.

For more tips, visit www.everywhereist.com and search for “My 55 best travel tips”

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

For more suggestions, visit www.ottawatourism.ca

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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.


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GPOP’s 2015 AGM and Conference Programme

A message from Laureen Dailey, Chair, Professional Development and Conference Committee

2015 GPOP Conference Programme

The 2015 conference programme is now available!  Here’s a glimpse of three of Sunday’s sessions:

Leading Change: Governance, Learning, Teaching, Engagement  This presentation will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Network, highlight its defining moments, and speak to the professional and personal benefits of leading change.    Margo Baptista, University Secretary, Grant MacEwan University and Founding Member of the Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN)

Fine-Tuning the Executive Ensemble   Like a musical ensemble, the executive ensemble requires a good sense of rhythm and coordination of effort to be effective.  It also requires constant fine-tuning to stay fresh and maintain peak performance.  Engage in a discussion with President Kathy Denton about the working relationship between the President’s Office and the Board Office and explore tips to maintain harmony in your executive ensemble.  Dr. Kathy Denton, President, Douglas College

Event Management & Protocol  Whether you’re in the President’s Office or Board Office, chances are you’re often called upon to create and manage events that will position your institution and president in the best light, yet you probably don’t have any kind of formal training in this area. This session will provide you with tips on how to become successful event planners, covering the five elements of event design and theming, design activity, and international etiquette and protocol.   Sarah Khan, Lead Instructor, Administrative Assistant Certificate Program, Red River College

Be sure to check out the recently updated GPOP website for full conference details at http://www.gpop.ca.