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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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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:  beaulieum@cnc.bc.ca
  • Nicole Blanchette: nicole.blanchette@norquest.ca
  • Cheryl McMurray: cmcmurray@fanshawec.ca

 


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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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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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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.


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Pre-Conference Poll #2: What Do You Think of GPOP Membership Fees?

As your national professional association, GPOP strives to support individual members and also their respective colleges, cégeps and institutions.

Members have ready access to peer expertise through the listserv and professional development resources provided on this website.

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? 

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Putting Faces to Names: Nominees for Election to GPOP’s Board of Directors

Would You Like to Join Them?

We now have five candidates for GPOP’s six 2016-19 Director opportunities, and have room for at least one more nominee. If you hover your cursor over the images, you’ll see each candidate’s name.

Thank you to each of Marlene Beaulieu, Nicole Blanchette, Christabell Pinchin, Cheryl McMurray and Sandi White for accepting nominations.

Returning Directors

Incoming Directors will work alongside Joanna Campbell, Laureen Dailey, Diana Falcon, Jenny Forestell, Lori Robert and Heather Steckley – whose first terms will conclude with the 2017 AGM.  Jenny Forestell will assume Chair responsibilities at the close of our May 29/16 AGM, and Shelagh Donnelly will transition to the role of Past Chair.

 

Two Days Left in Which to File Nominations

The call for nominations closes on Thursday, May 26, 2016. If you’d like to discuss the opportunity, or would like to nominate yourself and/or another GPOP member, let’s talk. Please contact any member of the Nominating Committee, which consists of Joanna Campbell, Shelagh Donnelly and Jenny Forestell.

 

Please direct your nominations to

Shelagh Donnelly, Chair, Nominating Committee, on or before Thursday, May 26, 2016

 Email: donnellys@douglascollege.ca    Telephone: 604-527-538