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:
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 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.
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:
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.
We 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.
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.
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?
Be sure to click the “Vote” option for each question.
It’s almost AGM and conference time!Your Board of Directors has been hard at work on great AGM, networking and conference programmes, and we anticipate publishing the full agenda package early next week.
Check back next week for your agenda package, and set aside some time in your schedule to review the package and let us know of any feedback you have.
Whether or not you are able to join us in person in Quebec City, you have the opportunity to contribute to our progress. Feel free to direct any comments you have following review of the agenda package to any of your Board members. We will raise your ideas or comments for discussion during our May 29/16 AGM.