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Pre-Conference Forum for Colleges and Institutes Serving Rural, Remote, and Northern Communities
May 2 - 4th, 2019 | Owen Sound, ON
1800 2nd Avenue E, Owen Sound, ON, Canada | View Map


Sustainability of Campuses in Small Communities

Join us in Owen Sound, just before the CICan 2019 Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, and make the best of your time with colleagues and partners from across the country.

Rural, remote, and northern communities play a crucial role in growing the Canadian economy. Colleges and institutes support social, cultural and economic development as well as skills development in these regions through their strong connections with communities and industry. However, economic, demographic and institutional transformations are posing new challenges for these communities and as such, the colleges and institutes must develop new innovative strategies and approaches at different levels including: delivery of training programs, creation of new partnerships, support of innovation through applied research, entrepreneurship mindset and attraction of new talent.

The Pre-Conference Forum will be an opportunity to:

  • Explore, identify and share strategies, best practices and models that colleges and institutes could adapt and adopt to make their small regional campuses sustainable;
  • Learn from other communities about social innovation, economic development and entrepreneurship solutions from a sustainability standpoint.

Hosted by Georgian College, located in Owen Sound (ON), the event will begin with a meet and greet cocktail reception at the Owen Sound Campus on Thursday evening (May 2). It will continue on Friday (May 3) with a full day of programmed sessions and conclude on Saturday (May 4) at noon. A shuttle has been arranged to take delegates continuing on to Niagara Falls, departing at 12:30.

Targeted Audience

This interactive and stimulating Pre-Conference Forum is for leaders, researchers and representatives from Colleges, Institutes, Universities, Municipalities, Economic Development agencies, Indigenous Organizations, Industry, and Community Organizations.

Keynote Speakers

Corina Moore

President and CEO, Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

Corina Moore, President and CEO of Ontario Northland – a transportation agency, is a proud northerner with a hands-on leadership style focused on the long term sustainability of the organization.

Corina’s early career traces a journey around the globe in business process engineering and optimization in the telecommunication and technology industries.

As President and CEO she is a fearless leader, responsible for the radical transformation of Ontario Northland into a renewed, strong and stable organization. Her efforts have resulted in unprecedented positive changes for the North; hiring over 200 new employees, adding over 20 new rail freight customers, expanding motor coach services for the first time in the company’s history, reducing operating costs significantly and obtaining long-term investment from the Province.

Her passion and appreciation for new ideas have transformed the company’s culture into one of innovation. She takes her customers and employees satisfaction seriously, resulting in their dedication and commitment to the organization.

Over the next few years, Corina’s focus will be to continue delivering strong and reliable transportation services that are vital to the people of Northern Ontario while adding new customers, enhancing service delivery and making processes even more efficient.

Corina was recognized by Progressive Railroading and the League of Railway Women as 2018’s Outstanding Woman of the Year and by Railway Age as one of ten women who are visionaries in the rail industry in North America. She is the first woman to be appointed to the Railway Association of Canada’s Board of Directors and the first woman to appear on the front cover of Railway Age Magazine since its inception in 1856.

She is a graduate of Waterloo University in Systems Design Engineering and Business Administration and Management.

A married mother of three, when Corina isn’t at the hockey rink, she can be found spending time with her family, travelling, volunteering or enjoying time at the lake with her children.

David Trick

President, David Trick and Associates Inc.

Dr. David Trick is President of David Trick and Associates Inc., consultants in higher education strategy and management. David offers clients expertise based on his experience as a senior campus administrator, senior government official and award-winning researcher in the field of higher education.

David has built valued relationships with colleges and institutes across Ontario and beyond. He is the former Assistant Deputy Minister for Postsecondary Education in the Government of Ontario, where he was responsible for managing the government’s relationships with colleges and universities during the most rapid period of enrolment growth since the 1960s.

After leaving government, David was the first Chief Executive Officer and Vice Provost of the University of Guelph-Humber, a unique partnership between the University of Guelph and Humber College to establish a new campus in Toronto.

In his consulting practice, David has worked directly with the senior leadership at many of Ontario’s colleges and institutes, helping them assess the changing environment, define strategic options, and develop innovative and practical strategies. He has worked regularly with Colleges Ontario and college presidents to assess how to take advantage of new opportunities in a financially sustainable way.

David holds an Honours B.A. from York University, an M.A. from Brandeis University, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto. He teaches part-time in the public administration program at Ryerson University.

David is the co-author of Academic Reform: Policy Options for Improving the Quality and Cost-effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario (with Ian D. Clark and Richard Van Loon) and Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario (with Ian D. Clark, Greg Moran and Michael L. Skolnik), both published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Nelson Rogers

Principal Consultant at Community Ingenuity

Nelson Rogers, MSW, Ed.D. is a researcher and consultant in areas related to program review and strategic planning, community development, postsecondary education, and applied research and innovation with particular expertise in rural contexts. Nelson has a doctorate in Educational Administration with a specialization in the study of rural colleges. He has worked with community groups, non-profit and social enterprise organizations, local governments, and colleges on community analysis, environmental scanning, research, visioning, strategic planning, leadership training, proposal writing, project management, and related services across Canada and in Bermuda, Kenya and the Philippines. Nelson previously worked at Algonquin College as a professor, research manager, director and dean.

Nelson is the Co-Founder and Director of Community Transformation Associates, Inc. and is one of the originators of the Big Data for Small Places rural capacity-building program. He is also an industry sponsor of an applied research project at Algonquin College which produced the Data Analytics for Rural Transformation (DART) system – a data integration and visualization tool for rural communities.


Participants are responsible for meals not included in the registration fee.
DateMember ActivitiesNon-Member Activities
May 2, 2019Member Activity:
  • Reception at the College: 17:00 – 19:00 (Shuttle provided)
Non-Member Activity:
  • Reception at the College: 17:00 – 19:00 (Shuttle provided)
May 3, 2019Member Activity:
  • Registration and Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30
  • Sessions: 8:30 – 15:00
  • Social Outing & Dinner: 16:00 – 20:00
Non-Member Activity:
  • Registration and Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30
  • Sessions: 8:30 – 15:00
  • Social Outing & Dinner: 16:00 – 20:00
May 4, 2019Member Activity:
  • Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30
  • Sessions: 8:30 – 12:00
  • Shuttle to Niagara Falls: 12:30
Non-Member Activity:
  • Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30
  • Sessions: 8:30 – 12:00
  • Shuttle to Niagara Falls: 12:30
RegisterExtended Schedule

Registration Fees

Participants are responsible for meals not included in the registration fee. All packages include the activities listed in the above schedule.
PackagesCICan Members Non-Members
All 3 DaysMember Fees: $175Non-Member Fees: $175


Special discounted rates are available at the following hotel(s). Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Reserve early, as rooms will fill up quickly.
1800 2nd Avenue E
Owen Sound, ON
N4K 5R1
Limited availability
Rate: $132.99
Code: Group ID is: L38PR5L


Special discounted rates are available from the following providers. Reserve early, as seats will fill up quickly.
Code: 3MBTZ8Y1
Restrictions: Travel destination for Toronto, ON (YYZ) only; period begins Friday, April 26, 2019 and ends Wednesday, May 15, 2019. No discount will apply to Tango and Executive Class lowest bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.
Code: S10ZN12 - Call-in reference code: WEE82
Restrictions: Travel destination between Toronto/Hamilton and anywhere WestJet flies in North America; period from April 26, 2019 to May 14, 2019. Discounts applies to Plus Base fares (5% off Econo and Flex).
Code: 13740
Restrictions: Travel destination for Niagara Falls, ON only (to and from). Travel period begins May 2nd to 9th 2019. Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only. Discount applies to fares in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied. Discount does not apply in any Escape Fares and Prestige Class.
Code: Shuttle from Toronto Pearson to Owen Sound


The City of Owen Sound is located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay in a valley below the limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. It lies at the foot of the Bruce Peninsula, famous for its exceptional geography.

Known as the Scenic City, Owen Sound features an expansive harbour and bay, winding rivers, tree-lined streets, extensive parks and trails and a thriving, historic downtown.

It’s the largest urban community in Grey and Bruce counties and holds the seat of government in Grey, supporting regional, provincial and federal government offices, a regional hospital and a campus of Georgian College.

Key natural attractions include Inglis Falls, Harrison Park, Kelso Beach Park and several conservation areas. The Bruce Trail forms a ribbon around the city along the escarpment, connecting waterfalls and revealing a wide array of flora and fauna, including rare ferns.

1800 2nd Avenue E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5R1
May 2 - 4th, 2019
17:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Best Western Inn on the Bay
1800 2nd Avenue E
Owen Sound, ON, N4K 5R1
For program information
Josée Bolduc
613-746-2222, ext. 3160
For registration information