The CAUCE annual conference and meeting brings together professionals in university continuing education from across Canada to share ideas and best practices, deliberate on important topics, develop and strengthen networks, and to reflect on the place of continuing education in broader society.  

Through guest speakers, panel discussions, conference presentations, and workshops, attendees engage with others for their own professional development and to spark ideas for new ways to improve, innovate, or build upon their work in their respective institutions.  

The annual CAUCE conference brings professionals together across roles, generations, and geography to celebrate our respective contributions, share our challenges, and to bring greater awareness to the contributions of our profession on a national scale. For 2021, we have the challenge of connecting in new ways due to restrictions related to COVID-19. Wintend to leverage this opportunity to engage with the CAUCE community in new ways and to re-imagine the CAUCE conference.

Theme

Spotlight 2021: Reimagining the role of CE in Higher Education 

In recent history, post-secondary institutions have not seen continuing education(CE) departments as imperative to their core purpose. On many campuses, continuing education units serve as outlying academic or non-academic departments. However, CE has re-emerged as central to the future of higher education due to the new economic realities, social issues, the global pandemic, increased demands for learner pathways, emerging micro-credentials, and changing industry trends.  

Shifting student needs and a recovering economy have the higher education sector standing on shifting ground. At the same time, post-secondary institutions are challenged to implement meaningful anti-racist, decolonizing, Indigenized, and equity, diversity, and inclusion-supporting curriculum. Consequently, universities are expected to be more responsive than ever before. In responding to this challenge, CE has much to offer including processes grounded in real-world realities and needs; a greater flexibility than the core university programming; and deep connections within communities and groups that comprise the fabric of Canadian society. Continuing education is a living lab where strategies that work are used to meet the needs of learners and employers in timely and practical ways. 

Call for presentations

Continuing Education (CE) is an exciting and challenging place to work requiring innovative problem solving, entrepreneurial thinking, agile teams that respond to industry demand, and strong, diverse partnerships.  

Industry professionals from across Canada will gather virtually over three half-days of networking, idea exchange and social activities. Keynote speakers, presenters, panelists and conference participants will engage in discussions around new economic realities, social issues, the global pandemic, increased demands for learner pathways, emerging micro-credentials, and changing industry trends. 

We want to hear how you are reimagining your practice within your CE unit to improve the careers and lives of people in your community and beyond. 

Registration and Fees

Registration is open!

Every Canadian university or college in good standing with Universities Canada is eligible for Institutional membership. In addition, CAUCE offers Affiliate (Organization, $270) and Professional (Individual, $130) memberships.

Not a member? Apply today!

Schedule

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Sponsorship opportunities

CAUCE 2021 offers a unique opportunity to communicate your company’s message to conference delegates representing university continuing education units from across Canada, and in some cases internationally.

As a supporter of the 67th Annual Conference and Meeting, your organization will be featured amongst leaders in innovative educational technologies and workplace innovation, and receive considerable promotion pre-, post-, and during the event.

Committees

CAUCE 2021 is a virtual conference that was made possible through the hard work and dedication of its members. Thank you!

  • Ian Allen, College of Extended Learning, University of New Brunswick
  • Krissy Collins, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
  • Sheila LeBlanc, Continuing Education, University of Calgary
  • Brad Mahon (Chair), Faculty of Continuing Education, Mount Royal University
  • Coral Sawchyn, CAUCE Secretariat, University of Saskatchewan
  • Deanna Wolfe, CAUCE Secretariat, University of Saskatchewan
  • Gina Aiello, Professional, Applied and Continuing Education, University of Winnipeg
  • Anne Dwyer, Continuing Education, McMaster University
  • Jen Gordon (Chair), School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
  • Jessica Martin, Open Learning and Educational Support, University of Guelph
  • Alison Adair, Western Continuing Studies
  • Jennifer Farrell (Chair), Continuing and Distance Education, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Katie Mellof, Extended Education, University of Manitoba
  • Liam Yoo, Faculty of Continuing Education, Mount Royal University
  • Julia Denholm, Continuing Studies, Simon Fraser University
  • Dalia Hanna, The Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University
  • Patsy Knutson, Continuing Education, University of Calgary
  • Dawne Ramashoye, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University
  • Coral Sawchyn, CAUCE Secretariat, University of Saskatchewan
  • Soula Serra (Chair), Centre for Executive & Professional Education, University of Windsor
  • Aldo Caputo (Chair), Centre for Extended Learning, University of Waterloo
  • Juan Mavo-Navarro, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
  • Ian Stephenson, Professional and Corporate Relations, Athabasca University
  • Michelle Aarons, Ontario Tech University
  • Lorraine Carter, Continuing Education, McMaster University
  • Meghan Clark (Chair), Open Learning and Educational Support, University of Guelph
  • Lucy Schenk, Western Continuing Studies
  • Deanna Wolfe, CAUCE Secretariat, University of Saskatchewan