OCASA 2021-2022 Leaders & Innovators Conference

The 2021-2022 OCASA Leaders and Innovators Conference is virtual and free for OCASA members and for administrators at sponsoring colleges


Sponsoring Colleges: Algonquin College, Canadore College, Centennial College, Conestoga College, Fanshawe College, George Brown College, Georgian College, Lambton College, Collège La Cité, Loyalist College, Mohawk College, Northern College, Seneca College and St. Lawrence College.


A special thank you to our Resource Partners: Frequency Foundry and Campus Living Centres!

Ontario College Administrators Network Conference Agenda 2021-2022*

*This agenda is an advance draft and is subject to change. Note the final agenda will include 2 French language presentations – details to follow.

September 29, 2021

Noon-1pm ET

Linda FranklinColleges Ontario

Format: Presentation

Topic: Outlook for colleges in 2021-2022

October 27

Noon-1pm ET

Vice Presidents Panel

  • Kevin Weaver, VP Academic, Georgian
  • Bernie Beaulieu, VP Human Resources, Seneca
  • Rick Anderson, VP Student Success, Niagara

Format: Moderated panel discussion with college VPs

Topics: Navigating the Post-pandemic Work Environment; Student Services- Transitioning Back to Campus Life; Managing the Academic Experience for International Students in an Evolving Environment

November 18

11am-1:30pm ET

All Administrators Summit 

  • Keynote: David Agnew, President, Seneca
  • Career Management – Jordene Lyttle, Promeus Inc.
  • Performance Management – Caroline Viola and Marie Nathalie Moreau, Collège La Cité 
  • EDI – Mary Louise Noce and Sula Levesque, Georgian 

Format: Headliner presentation by President David Agnew, Seneca College: Mandatory Vaccines: A President’s Perspective

Followed by kick-off presentations by 3 college leaders with facilitated, concurrent break-out sessions

December 8

Noon-1pm ET

Awards Presentation

Keynote: David Weiss, Coaching for Wellness

Format: Keynote presentation

Followed by recognition for the 2021 OCASA Award winners

January 26, 2022

Noon-1pm ET

College Presidents Panel

  • Dr. Craig Stephenson, Centennial College
  • Dr. Ron Common, Sault College
  • Dr. Janet Morison, Sheridan College
  • Patti France, St. Clair

Format: Moderated panel discussion with college Presidents

Topic: Opportunities and Challenges in the College Environment – Strategic Priorities for 2022

February 23

11am-1:30pm ET

Academic Leaders Summit 

  • Amy Kelaidis, Manager Indigenous Education, Mohawk College
  • Michelle Grimes, Dean School of Business, Conestoga College
  • Jenni Hayman, Dean Academic Excellence and Innovation, Cambrian College

Format: Kick-off presentations by 3 college leaders followed by facilitated, concurrent break-out sessions

Topics: Indigenous Leading Practices; Hiring and Retaining Part-Time Faculty; Online vs Face-toFace

March 24

Noon-1pm ET

Student Leaders Panel

  • Ricardo De Souza, President, Fanshawe Student Union
  • Taranjeet Singh, President, Centennial College Student Association
  • Ishaan Sachdeva, President, Georgian College Student Association

Format: Moderated panel discussion with student leaders 

Topic: Successes and Challenges in Managing the Virtual Student Experience 

April 21

Noon-1pm ET

Leadership Keynote

  • Denise Amyot, President and CEO, CICan
  • Jason Baryluk, General Manager, College Student Alliance

Format: Presentation 

Topics: Post Pandemic Recovery for Canada’s PSE System; College Student Alliance Advocacy Priorities

May 11

11am-1:30pm ET

HR Leaders Summit 

  • Amorell Saunders N’Daw, Partner Knightsbridge
  • Neil Culp, Director, Employment Relations & Talent Acquisition, Mohawk College
  • Morneau Shepell, LifeWorks

Format: Kick-off presentations by 3 college leaders followed by facilitated, concurrent break-out sessions 

Topics: Diversity Hiring – Best Practices; Tracking and Using Metrics- A Data Driven Approach to HR; Successful Transition to Retirement (delivered in French)

June 2

Noon-1pm ET

Building an EDI Framework for Your College – 3 Case Studies 

  • Michael Charles, AVP EDI, Centennial College
  • Kaleb Patrick, Director Graduate Programs, CMU
  • Maxine Carter, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Mohawk College

Format: Panel presentations from leadership at Centennial, CMU, and Mohawk College