Connection Activities

As part of the Conference program there are several Connection Activities that will appeal to different groups of attendees. These activities provide an opportunity to further engage with colleagues with similar backgrounds or interests. Please note that some require registration and/or an additional fees as indicated.


Sunday, April 24

International Pre-Conference Forum

09:00 – 15:00 (no lunch)

(Registration Required with a fee)

The 2022 International Pre-Conference Day aims to bring together international education leaders from around the world to work in partnership, share knowledge and push the boundaries of the technical vocational education and training sector (TVET). This year, our pre-conference day will explore student mobility, gender equality within the TVET sector and celebrate the accomplishments of CICan member institutions who have helped achieve results over 13 years of Education for Employment projects.

Monday, April 25

Presidents Leadership Network Session

10:00 – 12:00

(Registration Required) – Closed Session for CICan Member Presidents & Directors General  ONLY

Join The Conversation with Your Peers from Across the Country!

This session is an opportunity for Presidents and Directors General from across the country to come together, meet new colleagues, network and discuss strategic issues that are critical to strengthen the college and institute system. Join this interactive networking session, organized in collaboration with CICan Coordinating Committee of the Presidents’ Leadership Network (PLN), to hear guest speakers’ and your peers’ perspectives on hot topics and issues of interest and share yours.

Optional Lunch

12:00 – 12:45

(in person only – additional fee) – Closed Session for CICan Member Presidents & Directors General  ONLY

Continue and join the conversation with your President and Director General peers from across the country. Expand this networking and knowledge sharing opportunity over lunch.


International CONNECTION Activity # 1 – Global Skills – The value of outbound student mobility programs

10:00 – 11:45

(No registration required)

This session will begin with a Panel discussion that will focus on the benefits of outbound student mobility programs to PSIs and students, exploring experiences from our peer nations. It will feature the new Canadian pilot program, Global Skills Opportunity, and its objective to make international learning more accessible, especially to underrepresented Canadians.

Participants will then be invited to break into small groups to answer questions about international partnership development to support outbound mobility programs. Discussion topics: identifying and qualifying partners abroad, risk identification and mitigation strategies, wraparound services, and work-integrated learning in the context of SDGs (global solutions for global problems).

Community Conversation – Shifting Perspectives on Student and Learner Success

10:30 – 11:30

(No registration required)

For more than 10 years, the delineation of academic and student support roles has been blurring, as evidenced by the unique portfolios, approaches to student success and teaching models that are present across Canada. Over the last 2 years of pandemic, the shift toward new modes of program and service delivery has yet again advanced change, this time more rapidly and out of necessity. Join a community conversation led by academic, student services, EDI professionals and student leaders where the conversation will dig deeper into some short term measures and how they are quickly becoming long-term trends. These are just a few of the topics we will discuss. Join the conversation and help guide our community of practice.
a) Are the traditional roles of academic and student success professionals valid in today’s world or are we holding onto something that is gone?
b) Do hybrid learning, program delivery, service delivery and fluid campus models risk leaving too many learners behind?
c) Where do we go from here to create truly inclusive postsecondary experiences while delivering on our mandates to build our communities?
d) Do the lessons of the pandemic fuel collaboration in new ways or might we be in for an era of further differentiation?
e) Where do our learners want us to go as a national postsecondary system?

Tuesday, April 26

Navigating Anew in Indigenous, Rural, Remote and Northern Communities Forum

15:30 – 17:30

(No fee, but Registration Required)

Supporting Indigenous, rural, remote, and northern communities throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic has required new innovative approaches to ensure the sustainability and prosperity of these communities.

This forum aims at stimulating broad discussion and reflection on how colleges and institutes can keep improving the response to changing realities and contribute to the economic recovery in key areas such as: advancing truth and reconciliation, developing the workforce of today and tomorrow, meeting diverse needs of learners, creating inclusive learning environments, and responding to labour market needs.

The forum will include an Indigenous lens and will bring together delegates who serve Indigenous, rural, remote, and northern communities to interact with each other through a combination of keynote, plenary and concurrent presentations, and call for action sessions.

Governors Networking Session

15:30 – 17:30

(Registration Required) – Closed Session for CICan Member Institution Board Governors ONLY

“How can boards support the sustainable development of their college or institution?”

This session offers an opportunity for Governors (members of cégep, college and institute boards) from across the country to network and discuss issues of common interest.

This year, an interactive panel on the role of boards in Sustainable Development in college and institutes will be followed by an opportunity to share challenges, learnings, and best practices from across the country. Best practices and key learnings will be documented during these interactive discussions and shared back to participants.

International CONNECTION Activity # 2 – International Marketing and Recruitment: market diversification strategies and tactics

15:30 – 17:30

(No registration required)

Connect on challenges, tactics, and strategies to address the need to diversify in international recruitment. This workshop will start with a general presentation on college level source markets, opportunities for expansion, and an overview of tactics used over the pandemic. A panel discussion will follow sharing experiences, challenges, and lessons learned. The panel will include expertise from other Canadian education associations, members, and our business development partners. Participants will engage in knowledge sharing activities and have the opportunity to pose questions and share solutions.

Wednesday, April 27

International CONNECTION Activity # 3 – Applied Research: Delivering innovative solutions on a global scale

08:00 – 09:30

(No registration required)

Canadian colleges and institutes support the development and growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by finding innovate solutions to everyday business. Colleges and Institutes collaborative with SMEs through applied research projects to refine and adapt products, services, technologies and process in a range of economic sectors. This session will include a panel of experts sharing information on the current state of the Canadian college and institute applied research landscape and their participation in building applied research capacity with international partner institutions. The panel discussion will conclude with future global applied research opportunities and challenges for Canadian colleges and institutes. The session will end with networking between participants.