Executive Committee 2023-2024


Rod Lastra
Acting Dean, Extended Education
University of Manitoba

President Elect

Jennie Atkins
Executive Director, Continuing Education
University of Windsor

Past President

Christie Schultz
Dean, Centre for Continuing Education
University of Regina

Secretary Treasurer

Jo-Anne Clarke
Dean, Division of Continuing Studies
University of Victoria

Western Representative

Ewa Wasniewski
Director, Domestic Programs
University of Calgary, Continuing Education

Central Representative

Michelle Aarons
Director, Continuing Professional Education
York University, School of Continuing Studies

Eastern Representative

Mary-Eleanor Power
Director, Marketing and Communications
Dalhousie University, Open Learning & Career Development


Sheila LeBlanc
AVP Continuing Education
University of Calgary

Standing Committees

Our communications committee recommends and oversees the development of communications strategies for the association.

2023-2024 Committee Members
  • Alison Adair, Western University
  • Tania Astorino, University of British Columbia
  • Dina Guralnik, McGill University
  • Paul Jenkins, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Shannon Koumphol, Toronto Metropolitan University (chair)
  • Samantha Lehmond, University of Regina
  • Mary-Eleanor Power, Dalhousie University (liaison)
  • Chelsey Smith, McMaster University
  • Samantha Stevens-Hall, University of Toronto

Our conference planning committee is responsible for the design, framework, and overall success of our annual conference and meeting.

2023-24 Committee Members

  • Jennie Atkins, University of Windsor (chair/liaison)
  • Nathan Cheney, Brock University
  • Jen Gordon, University of Toronto
  • Gabriela Santamaria, University of Calgary
  • Coral Sawchyn, CAUCE
  • Ewa Wasniewski, University of Calgary
  • Deanna Wolfe, CAUCE
  • Karen Woloschuk, University of Manitoba

Our membership committee plays a critical role in ensuring our association has a thriving, satisfied membership.

2023-2024 Committee Members

  • Ian Allen, University of New Brunswick
  • Andy Cochrane, Honorary Member
  • Gary Hepburn, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Sheila LeBlanc, University of Calgary (chair)
  • Christie Schultz, University of Regina (liaison)
  • Alex Waugh, Honorary Member

Our professional development committee has a broad mandate to conduct needs assessments and design and offer professional development programs for our members.

2023-2024 Committee Members

  • Michelle Aarons, York University (liaison)
  • Majid Babaei, McGill University
  • Shivani Bhukhureea, University of Winnipeg
  • Nathan Cheney, Brock University
  • Tyrone Chou, University of Calgary
  • Marina DeBona, York University
  • Hajime Katoaka, University of Victoria
  • Kari Kumar, University of Manitoba (chair)
  • Christie McGaghran, McMaster University 
  • Partha Roy, NAIT
  • Aubrae Wilson, Toronto Metropolitan University

Award Committees

Our design and marketing awards committee conducts the submission and evaluation process for the annual design and marketing awards competition– an annual competition adjudicated by a committee of professional peers from across the country to recognize innovation and excellence of design and marketing initiatives in a number of categories.

2023-2024 Committee Members

  • Christina Abraham, Toronto Metropolitan University (co-chair)
  • Amy Baier, University of Toronto
  • Liz Dirksen, University of Guelph
  • Jody Edwards, University of Calgary
  • Karen Hamilton, McMaster University (co-chair)
  • Shawna Kirkbride, University of New Brunswick
  • Samantha Lemond, University of Regina
  • Patricia St. Laurent, University of British Columbia
  • Ewa Wasniewski, University of Calgary (liaison)

Our nominations committee is responsible for soliciting nominations to the offices and executive positions of the association, for honorary membership, and for the award of recognition.

2023-2024 Committee Members

  • Ian Allen, University of New Brunswick
  • Sheila LeBlanc, University of Calgary 
  • Christie Schultz, University of Regina (chair/liaison)

Our program awards committee overseas the submission and evaluation process for the annual program awards of excellence. The competition is adjudicated by a committee of professional peers from across the country to recognize innovation and excellence in program development in a number of categories.

2023-2024 Committee Members

  • Effie Dracopoulos, McGill University
  • Kathleen Geenlen, McMaster University
  • Heather Gore Liddell, York University
  • Natalie Green, University of Guelph
  • Marcia McKenzie, University of Manitoba
  • Kristopher Noseworthy, Université de Saint-Boniface (chair)
  • Raveen Sanghera, Simon Fraser University
  • Nada Savicevic, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Tatiana Qaqish, University of Victoria
  • Nicole Tate-Hill, Western University
  • Ewa Wasniewski, University of Calgary (liaison)

Our research and scholarship committee fosters research and scholarly activities relevant to continuing education among our member institutions.

2023-2024 Committee Members

  • Michelle Aarons, York University (Liaison)
  • Racquel Biem, University of Saskatchewan
  • Alison Brophey, University of Victoria (Co-Chair)
  • Paul Jenkins, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Juan Mavo-Navarro, University of Toronto
  • Michael Owen, Brock University
  • Nagina Parmer, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Carola Weil, McGill University (Co-Chair)
  • Kristin Wilson, University of Waterloo

Interested in serving on a committee?

Joining a standing committee allows you to participate in CAUCE at a greater level and contribute to our organization's growth and future success.Participating on a standing committee is a great way to build relationships and network with your continuing education colleagues across Canada. It also serves as a professional development opportunity as you will gain experience and learn from your colleagues. Through active participation on a committee, you may also have the opportunity to someday chair or co-chair the committee or become an executive committee member.

Contact the Secretariat if you are interested in serving on a standing committee as we are looking for new committee members.