THEME: In from the Margins: Telling our Story and Leading through Innovation 

The world of work has experienced significant disruption since the pandemic began nearly two years ago. Our CE units and our work are now on the center stage. Work we have quietly done at the margins of our institutions, such as, supporting access to equity-deserving groups, providing upskilling and reskilling training, and collaborating with employers to customize learning solutions for their workforce, is now experiencing increased visibility. In parallel, we have seen an increase in focus and funding by all levels of government for targeted upskilling and reskilling. With the rise in visibility and increase in funding opportunities comes increased competition. Competition from within our institutions, from other sectors of post-secondary institutions, and from private providers is on the rise. There are attempts to encroach upon and, in some cases, dominate in our field of practice.  

In response to these threats, our 2022 Deans and Directors’ meeting focuses on addressing two questions intended to maintain and build our competitive advantage: (1) How do we ensure funders and other key decision-makers are aware of the collective expertise and impact of university continuing education? And (2) How do we continuously leverage emerging technology to improve learner experience and operational efficiencies? 


Thursday, February 24, 2022

12:30 - 1:45 pm (ET) Welcome and 2-Minute Speed Round Table Networking Session
1:45 - 2:00 pm Break ​
2:00 - 3:00 pm

EdTech Implications of the Shift from Transactional to Lifelong Education

Hyperpersonalization is changing every corner of every industry in the commercial space—so how is higher education adapting? Or rather, how can it adapt? In this presentation, Modern Campus CEO Brian Kibby will reflect on the trends shaping consumer engagement in the commercial world and share insights into how their introduction to the postsecondary space can inspire transformational change in the role and impact of colleges and universities.

Presenter: Brian Kibby, President, Modern Campus 

3:00 - 3:10 pm


3:10 - 4:20 pm

World Café – Exploring the Implications of Emerging Tech/EdTech for Continuing Education 

Join Christie Schultz as she leads us through questions and 'wonders' about the changes in emerging technology and what it may mean for you as leaders, the student experience and future technology. We will also explore how CAUCE should respond, act and advocate in response to the changes we are anticipating.

Facilitator: Christie Schultz, Director, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina 

4:20 pm

Wrap up and introduction to Day 2


Friday, February 25, 2022

12:30 - 1:00 pm Welcome and CAUCE Updates
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Advocacy and Lobbying 101 for UCE 

Advocacy is a critical tool for making your priorities known to decision-makers, whether at your institution or within government. This session will cover the essentials of federal policy advocacy, including the structure of government, the ins and outs of the budget cycle, and how to communicate your priorities clearly and strategically to decision-makers.

Presenter: Laurent Carbonneau, Senior Government Relations Officer, Universities Canada 

Moderator: Sheila LeBlanc, Director, Continuing Education, University of Calgary 

2:00 - 2:15 pm


2:15 - 3:30 pm

A New Approach to Data Collection: Refining our data collection goals, instrument, and process 

Supported by the Academica Group, we have recently begun a project to redesign our data collection tools to ensure the collection of accurate, comprehensive, and meaningful data for which to tell our collective story. This data collection approach seeks to engage our member institutions to demonstrate the breadth and depth of continuing education departments’ impact in Canada. In addition, it will support our collective advocacy and awareness initiatives inside and outside our member institutions. 

During this session, the Academica Project Team will provide an overview of the project and its specific objectives and the preliminary research findings from an environmental scan of best practices from similar jurisdictions. The team will use most of the session to engage us in a discussion of goals for data collection, key terminology in use in continuing education in Canada, and the next steps in the project.

Faciilitators: Julie Peters, Vice President Research, and Bonnie Crocker, Senior Consultant, Academica Group

Moderator:  Jennie Atkins, Executive Director, Continuing Education, University of Windsor 

3:30 pm

Wrap up


Fee: $50.00

Register online via the Member365 portal:

Refund Policy: Full refunds minus a $10.00 administration fee will be given prior to 4:30 pm EST, February 15, 2022. No refunds will be issued after February 20, 2022. Substitutions will be allowed with the permission of CAUCE.

Institutional data collection

Please use this reporting template to submit your one-page report that will be included in the meeting package.

An online data collection survey will be sent to your inbox in mid January. If you do not receive your unique link, please contact the CAUCE secretariat.

Submit the one-pager and online survey by February 21.

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.

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 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 the next fall retreat.