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New By-laws approved at 2018 AGM

GPOP held their first-ever virtual Annual General Meeting on May 31, 2018, expertly chaired by outgoing Board Chair, Jenny Forestell. Members in attendance approved minutes, received committee reports and approved the 2018-2019 Board and Committee structure. They also revised the current By-laws, mainly to expand the membership clause to include people who report or work directly with the chief executive officer (CEO) or Vice President, who has a Board support function, of any Canadian college, institution, cégep, university, or other organization specifically in the Canadian post-secondary education sector. This change makes the membership criteria less restrictive and will contribute to a more diverse and inclusive membership. The signed and approved 2018 By-laws are now available on the GPOP website. Our collective thanks and appreciation to Jenny for her strong leadership over the past two years and a warm welcome to Nicole Blanchette who now steps into the Board Chair role.


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Presentation: Keeping Pace with Evolving Governance Standards

Attendees at last week’s GPOP conference were treated to an excellent presentation on post-secondary governance. Natasha Himer, governance lawyer with WNatashaHimer_keynote 2018 (2)ATSON Inc. spoke about Keeping Pace with Evolving Governance Standards: Exploring Changes in Post-Secondary Governance and the Relevance for CICan Members. Natasha generously shared her time and extensive knowledge of emerging governance issues with the group and kindly agreed to share her PowerPoint presentation for the benefit of all our members. You’ll find it on the gpop.ca website under Resources/Presentations.

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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 …


  • 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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2018 Conference Opening Reception: Saturday, April 28/18

Join us as we launch the weekend with a welcome reception

All GPOP members attending this year’s conference are encouraged to kick off the weekend in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with our opening reception. Enjoy appetizers, networking and views of Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour as you re-connect with colleagues and welcome new members. Cost of the evening is included in your GPOP registration fee. Dress is business casual.

Saturday, April 28th ┃5:30 – 7:30 p.m. ┃Finn’s Restaurant, 1208 Wharf Street, Victoria


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It’s here: 2018 GPOP Annual Conference Agenda

The agenda for our April 28/29 conference is now available! Our time together will be jam packed from Saturday evening’s welcome reception to Sunday’s full day of learning, sharing and networking. Click here for the complete agenda. Note that the Annual General Meeting will be held at a later date in the Spring.

If you haven’t registered for the conference yet it’s not too late! The GPOP conference discount rates are available until conference day. Click here for an overview of how and where to register.

We look forward to seeing many of you in the “City of Gardens”!Tourism Victoria Logo



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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?