Session Details

Time Additional time slots will be opened if registration warrants it
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Challenges & Opportunities for Academic Managers – Sharing Solutions
Leadership Competency and Change


Internationalization in  Colleges
  An important part of navigating change is to be able to anticipate and quickly respond to the challenges we face every day as academic managers.  In this roundtable session we’ll discuss the common concerns we face every day and brainstorm solutions to transform them from challenges into opportunities.  Leadership of change in colleges is complex.  In this session you’ll explore how to leverage popular change management models and tools designed for corporate settings to lead change in the unique contexts of higher education.  Through lively discussion, you will have opportunity to think about your leadership of a new or emerging initiative, strengthening an existing change effort or reinvigorating a stalled effort. You’ll leave with some practical ideas and tools for immediate use.

Speaker: Lori Nemeth, PhD; Senior Manager, Organizational Development and Learning (OD&L) at Fanshawe College


Canadian Colleges have grown their international student cohort significantly. How do we ensure that the college and surrounding communities are ready to support such an increase? Is internationalization of our campuses only about more international students? Should we not be preparing our domestic students to become global professionals, global entrepreneurs, and global citizens? Paul will present an overall framework for doing so and share some best practices from colleges across Canada.

Speaker: Paul Brennan – Retired VP International, Colleges & Institutes Canada


9:00 am – 10:30 am
Cultivate Academic Quality Champions – Motivating Faculty
Coaching and Career Building for Administrators – Staying nimble when conditions change: Off-Script but not off the rails
Indigenous Education
“Blanket Teaching”
An overview 
What are some effective strategies that can engage and motivate faculty to not only be exceptional teachers but also to drive academic quality in the classroom.  This workshop will examine the tools available to build strong relationships with faculty that will assist them during times of change with a focus on maintaining and enhancing quality. 
Increasing complexity, alongside the need for transparency and widespread buy-in demands collaborative decision-making. Yet too often groups lack the tools, skills and possibly even the conviction to ensure that their collective decisions are in fact wiser and faster than those made alone. Participants will leave with a stronger sense of why collaborative decision-making is necessary and be equipped to facilitate better collaborative meetings.

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Sutherns, PhD CPF
IAF Certified ™ Professional Facilitator


The KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ program is a unique, interactive and participatory history lesson developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) covers more than 500 years in a 90-minute experiential workshop that aims to foster understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Speaker: Monique Lafond, Indigenous Student Advisor, Northern College

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
What’s Next on Your Career Journey? Strategies for Success for Academic Leaders
 Mindfulness Practice – “Master the Moment”


Change and Social Innovation


  The career path for academic managers looking to transition into a new position isn’t always clear.  This workshop will explore the many pathways available for academic managers, where you’re looking to become a chair or associate dean, or exploring what’s next after those positions.  We’ll look at leadership competencies, professional development opportunities and hear from some administrators who’ve thrived in the college system. Session description to follow

Speaker: Julie Hayden, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, PMP, Peer
Founder/Social Worker/Program Developer/Facilitator/Therapist


Session description to follow

Speaker: Andrew Petrou, Director, Strategic Initiatives & External Relations (SIER) and Executive Director, Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research (DAIR)