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Call for Presentations: CICan 2020 National Symposium on Continuing Education

Present at Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) 2020 National Symposium on Continuing Education!

In Toronto at the beginning of February, this annual interactive event will gather up to 150 leaders in continuing education from colleges and institutes, industry partners, and representatives from government to discuss emerging trends in lifelong learning through continuing education. Under the theme Responding to Employers’ Needs – New Collaborations for New Skills, the symposium will be an opportunity to share innovative approaches to skills development; strengthen partnerships between colleges, institutes, and employers; and discuss strategies to better prepare Canadians and their employers to respond to disruption resulting from shifting demographics, transformative technologies and climate change.

Note: Speakers must register for the conference and are responsible for their own travel and associated costs.

Submission Topics

Proposals should be aligned with the overall umbrella theme of the Symposium, Responding to Employers’ Needs – New Collaborations for New Skills and address one of the following topics:

1. Trends in the Labour Market

  • Emerging Sectorial Needs
  • Essential Skills and Soft Skills
  • Reskilling, Upskilling and “Greenskilling”
  • Essential and soft skills
  • Attracting and Retaining Talent
  • Lifelong Learning for All

2.Innovative Models and Approaches

  • College/Institute Partnerships
  • Badging/Micro-credentialing
  • Hybrid Training
  • Workplace and Community-based training
  • Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

3. Institutional Readiness

  • Business Models and Opportunities
  • Transformative Infrastructure
  • Delivery Models
  • Faculty and Management Readiness

We encourage submissions addressing the needs of vulnerable groups and showcasing successful college-to-college and industry-college/institute partnerships.

Note: The topic suggestions above are examples only, proposals for presentations aligned with the overall theme and the categories above will be considered.

Presentation Format

The proposals can be submitted as individual presentations or panel format with a maximum of three panelists. Please note that each college or institute will only be allowed to present once.


Deadline extended: Presentations must be submitted by Monday, January 13, 2020.


For more information regarding the call for presentations, please contact Anne Brazeau-Monnet at (613) 746-2222, ext 3104 or email

  • Contact Information

  • Description of the Presentation

  • NameTitleCollege or InstitutionEmail 
    Please identify the names of all presenters (maximum of 3).
  • Presentation Format