OCASA 2023 Leaders & Innovators Conference

OCASA’s 2023 Leaders & Innovators Conference is a two-day event that provides highly relevant information, new practices and meaningful networking that is uniquely designed for you – the college administrator.

One or more conference sessions will provide elective credit(s) for The College Centre’s Leadership Excellence (LE) Certificate program! This program is a collaborative partnership between Colleges Ontario and the College Employer Council (CEC). For more information about the LE Certificate program, please click here.

Niagara Falls – Marriott on the Falls

September 25-26, 2023

OCASA 2023 Conference Agenda

Registration for the 2023 OCASA Conference is now closed. We hope to see you at our next event!

Featured Speakers

KRISTIN LIGHT, is the Co-founder of Refvik & Light Productions. Kristin’s boldly simplistic marketing strategy launched the event company from literal rubble to multi-six-figure revenue in its first full year. During the pandemic, Kristin pivoted to create K•Light Digital Charisma, a uniquely positioned digital marketing consulting agency. Today, Kristin is channelling her lived experience to drive change from within Canada’s P3 world – specializing in employee engagement and change management for the Metrolinx-led ONxpress transportation venture, where she is proudly helping shape the future of corporate responsibility through resolute mental wellness and neuro-inclusive initiatives.

Kristin will be presenting a Keynote to kick off our conference on September 25th titled “Minding Matters of the Mind”.

ANDREW PETROU is the Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations (SIER) at Centennial College and is responsible for building relationships with external stakeholders to grow opportunities for collaboration and identify strategic initiatives to enhance the College’s services and reputation as a leader in post-secondary education.

Andrew Petrou will be hosting a session titled “Creating Economic and Community Impact through Partnerships” exclusively in person at the OCASA 2023 Leaders and Innovator Conference.

This session is also valid for an elective credit for the College Centre’s Leadership Excellence (LE) Program!

JOSEPH PAZZANO is the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Fanshawe College. Prior to joining Fanshawe, Joseph served in various post-secondary equity roles and continues to lecture extensively on anti-discrimination law. Joseph earned a Juris Doctor from the University of California-Berkeley and a Master’s in Legal History from York University. Joseph is a licensed attorney in California, and his practice focused on human rights, discrimination actions, and employment law.

Joseph Pazzano will be hosting a session titled “Prioritizing EDI Impacts” exclusively in person at the OCASA 2023 Leaders & Innovators Conference.

This session is also valid for an elective credit for the College Centre’s Leadership Excellence (LE) Program!

LUCY ROMAO VANDEPOL is the Student Development Manager at Durham College and a certified life coach. She runs Shifting Perspectives Coaching where she helps individuals [Re]discover their confidence and overcome challenges. Her passion lies in empowering others to be EPIC – to EMBRACE their POTENTIAL and IGNITE their CONFIDENCE.

Lucy will be hosting a session titled “Embrace your Leadership Potential by Getting to Know Your Saboteurs” exclusively in person at the OCASA 2023 Leaders & Innovators Conference.

Explore your saboteurs’ impact and learn how to identify and manage those stress-producing self-limiting voices to cultivate a more empowered you. This interactive session is based on the work of Shirzad Chamine’s Positive Intelligence® and offers insight and awareness into the stories of your inner saboteurs.

DR. ROBERT LUKE, is CEO of eCampusOntario, which supports Ontario’s Indigenous Institutes, universities and colleges, promoting digital-by-design education, collaboration and innovation.

Dr. Luke has over 25 years’ experience in the Canadian and Ontario colleges and universities, including teaching, research, developing academic programs, and innovation and business incubation initiatives.

Dr. Luke will be presenting a keynote speech on September 26th as well as participating in our panel discussion on Digital Transformation within the College System later that same day.

KATHRYN BRILLINGER, is the Executive Director of Teaching & Learning at Conestoga College and has over 25 years experience in the Ontario college system, Kathryn is well-placed to share insights on how change will impact our work and leads a team offering training on the integration of AI while also co-chairing a cross-college committee providing AI guidance.

Kathryn will be giving a presentation on September 25th titled “The Future of College Work in the Age of AI.”



Julie Peters

JULIE PETERS is Academica’s VP of Research, works with postsecondary institutions and organizations across the country, helping leaders make better decisions. With a passion for research design, Julie has led research on a wide range of topics including lifelong learning, micro-credentials, program feasibility, and branding.

Julie will be giving a presentation on September 25th titled “Navigating the flexible learning landscape: Research findings and future outlook”.



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