Networking Activities

Join your colleagues at a variety of Network Meetings to discuss topics of common interest, such as the Presidents’ Leadership Network (PLN) (Closed session for Presidents and Directors General); the Leadership in Governance (formerly: Governors Network Session) (For Board Members); and others.



CICan: Governance and President’s Office Professionals (GPOP) (EN)

Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 – 16:00 and Sunday April 28 from 08:30 – 15:00

Networking | Best Practices | Professional Development

You are invited to attend the GPOP 2024 Annual Conference taking place before the Colleges and Institutes 2024 annual conference in Calgary, Alberta.

GPOP, an acronym for Governance and President’s Office Professionals, is an independent national network of peers providing administrative support to the Board and/or President/CEO of any public college, institution, cégep, university or other organization within the Canadian postsecondary education sector. GPOP’s mission is to elevate the level of expertise held by governance and president’s office professionals by providing networking, mentoring and other professional development opportunities for the benefit of members and their institutions.

Join us for two days filled with learning and connection with colleagues in your field.

Day 1 – Saturday, April 27th, 2024

The conference begins with a networking lunch followed by an afternoon of knowledge sharing and presentations on relevant topics (such as AI). We end the day with a welcome reception dinner which is generously sponsored by Prime Management Group Inc.

Day 2 – Sunday, April 28th, 2024

This year, we are excited to partner with CICan to offer GPOP attendees the opportunity to connect and learn with Governors and senior leaders at an ‘Excellence in Sustainable Governance’ session. This combined session will be followed by GPOP Information Sharing Tables adjourning at 3:00pm.


The registration fee for this year’s conference is $250. Further details on how to register and the full agenda will be shared at the end of November.

Conference registration is open only for those who support Boards and Presidents administratively.

Hicks Morley Fellowship Award

We encourage GPOP members to apply for the Hicks Morley Fellowship Award that provides $1,000 to support their attendance at the GPOP conference. Additionally, CICan waives the GPOP registration fee for the Hicks Morley Award recipient. Thank you to Hicks Morley and CICan for their generous support of GPOP.

Currently, we are a predominantly an English-speaking group and the conference will be in English only. However, we hope that as the diversity of our membership grows, we will be able to operate in both English and French.


If you or someone you know would benefit from connecting with peers, learning best practices and expanding their network within the post-secondary field, we encourage you to join GPOP today.

To learn more or receive regular updates, please visit our website (, GPOP Teams site, or GPOP Instagram.

Leadership in Governance (formerly: Governors Network Session) (EN)

Sunday, April 28 | 08:30 – 15:00

CICan Member Institution Boards ONLY

“How can governance lead and support your institutions’ sustainable journey?”

Calling all governance board directors, Presidents, and governance specialists. Take part in the ONLY national session geared towards cégeps, college and institute’s governance where likeminded professionals get to network, share, and learn with peers from across the country. This full-day professional development session aims to share your best practices and give tools, key resources to your board and your institution for their sustainable journey. NEW THIS YEAR: Members of the Governance and President’s Office Professionals (GPOP) will join a portion of the session. Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss with your peers and learn how leadership in governance can be key in tomorrow’s sustainable future.

Presidents Leadership Network (PLN) (SI)

Monday, April 29 | 10:00 – 12:45

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 Canada 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.