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Call for Presentations: CICan 2019 Conference

CICan’s annual conference is the only event of its kind in Canada. It provides an opportunity for college and institute leaders and stakeholders from all over the world to network, share best practices, and be inspired. This can’t-miss event features panels, workshops, and keynote addresses in a variety of streams that speak to all levels of leaders in the system.

Call for Presentations

Proposals will be accepted for workshops and panels until November 30, 2018.

We welcome presentations in both official languages and encourage bilingualism. Be creative in your proposals and please highlight how your session demonstrates the power of inclusion, a recipe for success!
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About the Theme

The conference theme this year is Inclusion: A Recipe for Success. Niagara College, this year’s host institution, chose this important topic inspired by the Niagara area’s longstanding history as a place of freedom and inclusion. For thousands of years, it was a place of peace for First Nations to meet and trade. It was one of the key northern termini of the Underground Railroad, later giving rise to the Niagara Movement which evolved into the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Niagara area served as a symbol of peace between two nations following the War of 1812 and remains welcoming to immigrants from all over the world today with this proud legacy.

Inclusion is critical to postsecondary education in Canada as we grapple with reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, welcome newcomers to Canada, and create an educational environment that values diversity and is accessible to all learners.

The conference is organized into six streams, outlined below, with cross-cutting topics of relevance to each stream incorporated across the program: Indigenous Education and Applied Research and Innovation.

Leading Success

This stream will present sessions related to the leadership and governance of colleges and institutes. This includes the role of the CEO and Board in leading inclusion, as well as concepts such as leading cultural change and planning for sustainability via endowments/foundations etc.

For example:

  • Strengthening communities via strategic partnerships
  • Creating nimble institutions able to seize opportunity while mitigating risk
  • Governance structures that facilitate the recruitment, retention, and success of Indigenous peoples and other vulnerable groups such as immigrants, international students, LGBTQ2, and students with disabilities

Future Ready

This stream will present sessions related to the future of postsecondary education. Topics covered can range from preparing/retraining diverse learners for the jobs of the future, to innovations that will help institutions and students thrive in a global economy.

 For example:

  • Responding to employers’ future needs via new approaches to contract training for upskilling, reskilling
  • Partnerships with Indigenous communities to support economic development and self determination
  • Future trends: using technology effectively in an internationalized learning environment

Student Success

This stream will present sessions related to providing positive student experiences via support services and engagement. Everything from making campus spaces inclusive for diverse learners to ensuring support is in place from application to career placement.

For example:

  • Partnering with Indigenous leaders and communities to improve student outcomes
  • Institutional research and assessment – using data and evidence to validate investment in Student Affairs and Services
  • Creating a campus that offers services, programs, and facilities to promote physical and mental health among students with diverse backgrounds and needs

Innovative Education

This stream will present sessions related to teaching and learning for inclusion. Topics from integrating applied research into curriculum, to new approaches to technology and work-integrated learning.

For example:

  • Enhancing prior learning recognition for better inclusion
  • Embedding Indigenous knowledge and cultural traditions into curriculum and learning approaches
  • Innovative approaches to student mobility and/or learning in both official languages

Entrepreneurial Approaches

This stream will present sessions related to both building entrepreneurial institutions and training future entrepreneurs, including endeavors in social innovation.

For example:

  • Creating systems that support inclusive student-led ventures
  • Building an entrepreneurial culture at colleges and institutes – local to global
  • Entrepreneurship via applied research

Going Global

This stream will present sessions related to the full range of international activities undertaken by colleges and institutes, from international student recruitment to contract training for development.

For example:

  • Colleges and institutes leading applied research partnerships internationally
  • Student recruitment: establishing a presence in target markets and diversifying your international student demographics
  • Best practices for International Student Services

Session Types


Team or individual proposals accepted.  Workshops will run for 45, or 60 minutes, with emphasis on participant engagement.


Panel discussions are invited.  They may be organized and submitted as a group by a coordinator, or an individual may submit a topic they would be willing to speak on. Panel presentations are planned for 45, or 60 minutes. The number of panelists may not exceed three presenters. Panel proposals must include how the panel will be moderated, either with a named moderator, or self-moderated by the panelists.
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About Colleges and Institutes Canada
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the voice of Canada’s publicly-supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics, and an international leader in education for employment with ongoing programs in over 25 countries. CICan’s members add over $190B to Canada’s economy each year and contribute to inclusive economic growth by working with industry and community partners to offer more than 10,000 programs to learners in urban, rural, remote, and northern communities.