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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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2017 GPOP Conference & AGM agenda….and more!

In case you missed it, the agenda for our Sunday, April 30th GPOP conference and AGM  is now available on our website! Highlights of the day include keynote speaker Heather Allaby, Community and Government Relations Advisor, NBCC; presentation of the 2017 GPOP awards; and dedicated time for discussions and sharing of best practices.  You’ll also find information on the website regarding Saturday night’s opening networking reception, keynote speaker, and how to register.

The AGM agenda package will be posted by April 14th. In the meantime, feel free to direct any related questions to the Conference & Professional Development Committee:

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

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!

 


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Nominations for GPOP Board of Directors Open Until March 30/17

If you’re interested in an opportunity for professional growth, consider service on GPOP’s Board of Directors

Any active member of GPOP is eligible to serve on the Board. Directors are elected at the AGM, this year taking place on Sunday, April 30, 2017.  Board members need not be able to commit to attending our AGM in order to contribute, as the Board conducts its business via conference call and email.

GPOP By-Laws state that there shall be no less than seven and no more than twelve Directors. All Directors who have served a full first term, are eligible for immediate re-election to a second term.

The following Directors’ terms continue through to the 2019 GPOP AGM:

  1. Marlene Beaulieu, CNC (BC)
  2. Nicole Blanchette, Norquest (AB)
  3. Cheryl McMurray, Fanshawe (ON)
  4. Christbell Pinchin, NSCC (NS)
  5. Sandi White, Holland College (PEI)

Each of the following Directors has indicated she will be stand for election to a second term, to conclude with the 2020 AGM:

  1. Joanna Campbell, Okanagan College (BC)
  2. Laureen Dailey, Douglas College (BC)
  3. Diana Falcon, Langara College (BC)
  4. Jenny Forestell, New Brunswick Community College (NB)

The following GPOP members have indicated their readiness to run for election to the Board in 2017:

  1. Melissa Pringle, Durham (ON)
  2. Lianne Birkbeck, Lambton (ON)
  3. Dianne Marcellus-Kerr, Lethbridge (AB)

 

If you would like to join the nominees standing for election this Spring:

The 2017 Nominating Committee consists of Jenny Forestell and Nicole Blanchette. If you are interested in finding out more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to either Jenny or Nicole.  The next round of nominations will take place in 2019, unless a vacancy occurs.  Please feel free to register your interest for this round of nominations, or for future consideration – it is good practice to have a list of interested candidates ready to fill vacancies as and when they occur.

 

Please direct your nominations to

Jenny Forestell, Chair, Nominating Committee, on or before Thursday, March 30, 2017

 Email:  jenny.forestell@nbcc.ca    Telephone: 506-453-6840

 


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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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Save the Date: GPOP’s 2017 AGM & Conference, Ottawa

 

cican-2017-logoGPOP’s 2017 AGM and conference will once again be held in our nation’s capital prior to CICan’s annual conference. Plans are in the works for a networking reception on Sat. April 29th, and AGM/conference sessions on Sun. April 30th. Connect with colleagues and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Watch for complete details of conference plans on the GPOP website  – coming soon!

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