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2018 Conference Keynote Speaker

On Sunday, April 29th we will welcome keynote speaker, Natasha Himer, as part of the day’s conference sessions. Natasha’s presentation is: Keeping Pace with Evolving Governance Standards: Exploring Changes in Post-Secondary Governance and the Relevance for CICan Members

Natasha Himer is a governance advisor with WATSON Inc. specializing in policy and research to help private, public and not-for-profit boards and their committees establish effective and sustainable governance structures and practices. She is a facilitator in WATSON’s Governance Academy delivering governance education programs to both individual directors and boards. Known for her deep knowledge of emerging governance issues, Natasha delivers well-researched, practical recommendations to WATSON’s clients. Natasha’s practice includes extensive work in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including with professional associations, charities/foundations, and colleges, institutes and universities.

Read Natasha’s full bio here.

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Meet you at the GPOP banner?

Yes, we have a new banner! It’s just one more example of how our association continues to grow and mature. Developed for use at GPOP conferences and promotional events, the retractable stand-up banner will add a professional touch to our gatherings.

It will be perfect for welcoming delegates to our annual conference and AGM, providing a backdrop for photo opportunities, and advertising our presence. The banner will make its debut at the 2018 GPOP conference and AGM in Victoria, BC on April 28/29 (details to follow soon). Meet you at the banner?



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grants-awardsApplications are now open for the Hicks Morley Fellowship grant, created to support  a member’s attendance at the GPOP annual Conference and AGM (being held this year in Victoria, BC from April 28-29). GPOP also offers two awards for members to recognize Distinguished Service and Professional Achievement. Be sure to take a few minutes to review the criteria and consider nominating a deserving colleague. February 26th is the deadline for all submissions.

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A warm GPOP welcome to…

Cindy Merifield, Administrative Assistant, Office of the President, Mohawk College (Ontario), and

Marika Morissette, Executive Assistant, Board and President, Capilano University (British Columbia)

You can find the complete GPOP membership list on our website. If you have a colleague who is eligible to join but not yet a member, feel free to talk to them about GPOP. The key criterion for membership is that the individual provide support to the Board of Governors and/or President of a Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) member institution. And now, becoming a member is easier than ever with our new online membership application form!

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Board Orientation Best Practices

Ever wonder what other institutions do for Board orientation? GPOP President Jenny Forestell did, so she sent an inquiry to her colleagues through the GPOP listserve. You’ll find the compiled responses under the password-protected Resources tab on the GPOP website, along with additional resources, like consultant recommendations, job descriptions for admins working in Board and Presidents’ offices, protocols for events and ceremonies….and more! Check back often as new resources are always being added.