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Pre-Conference Forum for Colleges and Institutes Serving Rural, Remote and Northern Communities

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2020 Pre-Conference Forum for Colleges and Institutes Serving Rural, Remote and Northern Communities

Sustainability and Prosperity

May 1 – 2, 2020
Palais des Congrès, Montreal

Join us for this year’s Pre-Conference Forum for Colleges and Institutes Serving Rural, Remote and Northern Communities in Montreal immediately prior to CICan’s CONNECTION Conference – Collective Intelligence. The Forum will focus on Sustainability and Prosperity of rural, remote and northern communities and will provide a platform for interactive discussions on the priorities of rural Canada and how colleges and institutes are front line contributors. It will also allow participants to explore and reflect on how rural, remote and northern communities can contribute and fully participate in Canada’s economic growth and prosperity.


Sub-themes and Topics of presentations

Presentation proposals should be aligned to the overall theme and to any of the six sub-themes below, as well as demonstrate innovative approaches and synergetic collaborations.

Attracting and Retaining Talent
Topics could include:

  • student recruitment and retention
  • faculty recruitment and retention
  • Non-faculty recruitment and retention (e.g., Pedagogical Support and Innovation personnel, other employee groups, speciality skills, etc.)
  • institutional infrastructure supports (e.g., housing, childcare, transportation, mental health).

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners with Various Pathways
Topics could include:

  • innovative training delivery models
  • continuous intake approaches
  • experiential learning
  • support services for Indigenous students, newcomers, immigrants and older learners.

Facilitating Connectivity and Digital Access
Topics could include:

  • Collaborations and partnerships for facilitating access
  • creation of digital hubs in college campuses
  • collaborations with industry to develop high speed connectivity
  • cyber security

Responding to Climate Change
Topics could include:

  • clean technologies
  • green infrastructure and approaches
  • food security and adaptation
  • maintenance of existing infrastructure
  • environmental disruption (e.g., coastal erosion, flooding, drought, etc.)

Advancing Economic Development through Collaboration
Topics could include:

  • college-SME partnerships
  • incubators and start-ups
  • innovative collaborative business models (e.g., cooperative models)
  • entrepreneurial and community-based approaches

Building a Culture of Innovation
Topics could include:

  • local problem solving and workforce/talent development
  • student learning and program delivery
  • business and community development

Presentation Format

(60 minutes)
Proposals can be submitted as individual presentations or in a panel format with a maximum of three panelists. Preference will be given to proposals which are aligned with the forum theme, demonstrate collaborative partnerships and are dynamic and participatory.

Title and Abstract

Proposal must include the title of the presentation and a short abstract (200-250 words)

Presenter(s) Information

Identify the presenter(s) with title (s) and name of the institution(s)/organization(s)

For further enquiries, please contact

Deadline to submit presentations: March 20, 2020

  • Contact Information

  • Description of the Presentation

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