About

CICan’s Annual Conference is the largest event of its kind in Canada! It fosters connections between post-secondary institutions from across the country and around the world. In 2022 these connections will focus on navigating anew in this fast forward future.

From sea-to-sea, the waters around us haven’t always been smooth. We have been adjusting our sails and adapting to the changing tides as we have pursued opportunities and met challenges. This has been especially true in recent years, as the world experienced unprecedented change and unparalleled disruption. In fact, it could be argued that the entire higher education sector has seen its future arrive 10 years early, with the pandemic forcing it to completely rethink the delivery of programs and the recruitment of students at a record pace. In short, we are in an exciting and interesting place in time … we are navigating anew.

What to Expect


1500+ delegates

50+ live and recorded sessions and presentations

100+ speakers from Canada and Globally

Comprehensive, easy-to-use virtual platform

Innovative and engaging keynote speakers

Thought Forums on critical issues facing post-secondary education

Marketplace featuring products and services

Opportunity to engage one on one or in small group conversations via the new CONNECTION Zone

Access to Conference recordings post Conference

Conference Streams

The conference will be organized into six streams, outlined below. Indigenous education as well as equity and inclusion will be woven through all streams and topics. All sessions should offer reflections on opportunities, or lessons learned, for the future of the college and institute system in this fast-moving future.

Governing the Vessel

Geared towards future-oriented leadership teams, including board members and CEOs, this stream will present sessions that capture how governing institutions has evolved during a time of significant change and disruption.

Charting Teaching & Learning

Sessions in this stream will explore how to better orient institutions to ensure the success of their students, including innovative teaching and assessment methods that take learning beyond the typical classroom setting, including hyflex teaching, traditional Indigenous ways of knowing, and work-integrated learning.

Navigating the Economy

Sessions in this stream will focus on the road to recovery from COVID-19 and the continued impact on colleges and institutes. Which sectors have been hit the hardest and will they bounce back? Sessions will also explore new and emerging markets and how colleges and institutes can lead in this recovery.

Mapping Sustainability

Guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sessions in this stream will explore how colleges and institutes can expand their leadership role in contributing to the SDGs and ensuring sustainability in multiple sectors, including curriculum development, solutions-oriented approaches to applied research, and designing smart green campuses.

Steering Innovation

This stream will present sessions related to building a culture of innovation on campus, encouraging students to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, incorporating applied research into curriculums, and developing intelligent solutions to tackle current challenges.

Sailing Globally

The international work of colleges and institutes has been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions in this stream will look at how colleges and institutes have adapted to pandemic challenges and how they are preparing for future disruptions.