In late February of each year, we hold our annual Deans and Directors’ meeting in Toronto ON. This meeting is a significant professional development opportunity for the leaders of our institutional membership to network and dialogue about continuing education issues and trends. To keep our conversations intimate and relevant, we invite the institutional membership holder (unit leader) to attend this meeting. The unit leader may invite the associate dean or director from within their unit. Alternatively, the university may select a second unit leader to participate (fee required)


Building on Strengths: Shaping the Future of University Continuing Education in Canada

As leaders of university-based continuing education in Canada, we shape the ways in which continuing education learning opportunities are created within our institutions and for our learners. In doing so, through the diversity of our program offerings, we impact: the lives of those seeking to upskill and reskill; employers and industry growing and supporting their workforces; newcomers seeking language learning opportunities; and so many others who look to us for opportunities to learn across their life- and career-spans.

Recognizing the roles we play in shaping the future of university continuing education in Canada, at the 2023 CAUCE Deans and Directors’ Meeting, we will bring together data, thought leaders, and each other as one way in which we can build on our collective strengths in order to build an even better future.

The agenda is subject to change.


Thursday, February 23, 2023

7:30 - 8:30 am Registration and Hot Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am President's Welcome
8:30 - 10:00 am

2-Minute Speed Round Table Reports*

Topic: Who are you and what are you hoping to learn today and tomorrow?

Open Mike or What I Need to Know is…

Bring along your ‘burning question’. If there is time after the speed roundtable discussion, we will have an open mike.

* Your comments will be timed so that we finish on time.
10:00 - 10:30 am Nutrition & Networking Break
10:30 - 12:00 pm

How do FSC micro-credential initiatives inform policy issues/questions

FSC will present some initial insights from four of its projects that focus on microcredentials. Some of these projects are close to finishing, while others are still just beginning. An exchange informed by the policy-related questions will follow the initial talk. The last part of the session will open the floor to general questions.
Presenters: Noel Baldwin, Director of Government and Public Affairs, Chloe-Marie Brown, Policy Analyst, Steve Richter, Senior Bilingual Policy Analyst, Future Skills Centre

12:00 - 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch and Networking
1:00 - 2:30 pm Rotational Roundtable Topics
2:30 - 3:00 pm Nutrition & Networking Break
3:00 - 4:00 pm

New information on adult learners and upskilling: Data from the Labour Force Survey (November 2022)

Statistics Canada has recently collected data on Canadians’ participation in training or “upskilling” opportunities.  This presentation provides an overview of the data collected in November of 2022 and will include information on: Canadians’ participations in upskilling/training, the types of training taken, their perceived employment-related benefits of engaging in upskilling, and some of the barriers or outcomes Canadians encountered in pursuing training.
Presenter: Klarka Zeman, Chief – Education Indicators Section, Canadian Centre for Education Statistics, Statistics Canada

4:00 - 4:30 pm

2023 State of CE Survey: Preliminary Results

In partnership with UPCEA and The EvoLLLution, several CAUCE members participated in the 2023 State of Continuing Education report, the third annual report providing high-level data on the opportunities and challenges facing continuing education leaders across North America. This exclusive presentation will provide a high-level overview of the preliminary results of the survey, highlighting some interesting findings that shine a light on the direction of our industry and areas of particular focus for the coming year.

Presenter: Amrit Ahluwalia, Editor in Chief, The EvoLLLution: A Modern Campus Illumination

6:00 - 8:00 pm Reception and Cash Bar

Friday, February 24, 2023

8:30 - 9:30 am

Breakfast Networking Meeting

Table hosts: Executive Committee Members

9:30 - 10:00 am CAUCE Business and Updates
10:00 - 10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:30 am

President Panel and Q&A: Ask Me Anything

This session is an opportunity to be inspired and pick the brains of three of CAUCE's presidents and senior leaders in continuing education. Be sure to bring questions!

Panel Members:
Christie Schultz, Dean, Centre for Continuing Education, UofR (22-23)
Sheila LeBlanc, Associate Vice-President, Continuing Education, UofC (21-22)
Ian Allen, Executive Director, College of Extended Learning, UNB (20-21)

11:30 - 12:30

The word from Ottawa

Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities, representing 97 public and private not-for-profit universities at home and abroad. Join a senior member of their government relations team to hear the latest political and policy developments in Ottawa impacting higher education, discuss how faculties of continuing education can continue to advocate for expanded support for skills-based education at the post-secondary level and reflect on the government’s skills agenda in the face of growing economic uncertainty.

Presenter: James Hammond, Senior Government Relations Officer, Policy and Government Relations, Universities Canada

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch


Early Bird rate: $575.00 (until January 31, 2023)
Regular rate: $600 (February 1 - 20, 2023)

Online registration is closed. Please contact the secretariat if you would like to register for the meeting.

If you cancel your registration by February 6, 2023, you will receive a refund minus a $50.00 administration fee. Cancellations after February 6, 2023, are not eligible for a refund.

If you wish to transfer your registration to a colleague, you must contact by February 13, 2023.

Institutional data collection

Please use this reporting template to submit your one-page report that will be included in the meeting package. To facilitate the timely distribution of the meeting package, please submit your report before February 13, 2023.

Our online data collection survey for 2023 ends on November 30, 2022. Contact the secretariat if you require more information.

Accommodations and venue

Arrangements have been made at the Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel for our meeting and accommodations.

We have arranged for a special rate of $289.00 per night based on single or double occupancy plus applicable taxes and fees. For hotel reservations phone 416-960-5200 and quote the group: Canadian Association for University Continuing Education(CAUCE) or block code G022123CAUC. You may also book your room online via the hotel's online booking system.

The cut-off date for reservations is 5:00 pm (EST) on January 23, 2023, but we would appreciate you reserve your room prior to December 23rd if possible so that we are able to make important attrition decisions. CAUCE has committed to confirming a certain number of blocked rooms for this event so we respectfully ask that you please enjoy your stay at the Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel.

The hotel parking lot is a Green P municipally owned lot located at 9 Bedford Road.  

Valet Parking: Unlimited in/out privileges 

  • $50.00 per 24 hours; $13.00 per hour 
  • Valet parking charges can be routed to the guest or to the master account.  

Self-Parking: No in/out privileges  - 

  • See the above link for self-parking rates and information.

 If parking in the underground lots – to enter the hotel lobby: 

  • Follow the “Elevator Exit” sign 
  • Take the elevator up to the Ground floor
  • Follow the door to the right to enter hotel lobby 

The special rate is not available after January 23. Please book your room in advance of this deadline.

Past meetings

Deans and Directors of our institutional members looking for the reports from previous Deans and Directors' meetings may log in to the member portal to download the reports from the Deans and Directors Workspace.

Annual regional meetings

Western Deans and Directors Meeting (WDD)– An informal group of western deans and directors who meet yearly in the fall. The western deans are meeting November 22-23, 2022. Contact Jo-Anne Clark, University of Victoria for more information.

The Ontario Council for University Lifelong Learning (OCULL) is a professional association of educators who develop and deliver degree and non-degree continuing education programs. Visit their website for information about their annual fall retreat.