In late February of each year, we hold our annual Deans and Directors’ meeting. 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, the unit leader (Dean or Director) within our Institutional Membership Category, are invited to attend this meeting. The unit leader may invite an associate dean or director from within their unit to participate as a second registration (fee required) from their institution.

Theme 2024

Innovating Lifelong Learning: Strategic Directions for Continuing Education in the Modern Era

This theme embodies our collective journey towards redefining the role of university continuing education units in today's rapidly evolving educational landscape. We aim to delve into the creative and strategic pathways that can propel programming innovation and foster entrepreneurship among lifelong learners. Through engaging discussions, including insights from HESA President Alex Usher, we will explore the dynamic interplay between adult learning markets and university frameworks. Our focus will be on embracing new challenges and opportunities, understanding the latest trends in adult education, and collaboratively setting a visionary direction for the future of continuing education. This meeting is not just a convergence of ideas, but a launching pad for actionable strategies that will shape the future of lifelong learning in Canada.


Thursday, February 22, 2024

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*

Focused Introductions: Please introduce yourself and highlight one point from your written report that you are proud of, and then tell us about one thing that keeps you up at night (or gives you heartburn). 

* Your comments will be timed so that we finish on time, therefore, if there are two representatives from one institution in attendance, the second delegate will provide an introduction only. 

10:00 - 10:30 am Nutrition & Networking Break
10:30 - 12:00 pm

Exploring the dynamic relationship between adult learning markets and university frameworks

Continuing education units have two key sets of relationships: with their clients (adult learners) and with the universities they serve and in terms of the market for adult learning.  In this talk, HESA President Alex Usher will examine recent changes both in learning markets and universities, describe what they portend for the future, and suggest some possible directions for Continuing Education units, both singly and collectively. 

Presenter: Alex Usher, President, Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA)

12:00 - 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch and Networking
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Shaping the Future of University Continuing Education: A conversation with Alex Usher

Join us for a thought-provoking afternoon session where university continuing education leaders from across Canada will engage in a foundational dialogue with Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA). This facilitated session is designed not as a conclusion but as a starting point for ongoing exploration and development in the field of adult learning.

Key aspects of the session:

  • Engagement and Exchange: Share challenges, opportunities, and case studies with Alex Usher to gain his unique insights on the current state and future prospects of higher education in Canada.
  • Planting Seeds for Future Growth: This session is about beginning a conversation, setting the stage for future dialogues informed by Alex's reflections and feedback.
  • Building a Collaborative Network: Foster a sense of community and collaboration among leaders in university continuing education, encouraging continued exchange beyond the session.
  • Long-Term Vision Development: Use this opportunity to start shaping a long-term strategy for adapting to the evolving needs of adult learners and their institutions.

Objective: The goal of this session is to plant seeds for further development, conversation, and insight. We recognize that an hour is just the start. Our ambition is to spark new ideas and perspectives that will continue to grow and evolve, informed by the collective wisdom of the participants and Alex Usher's expert commentary. This is the beginning of a journey towards innovative and effective solutions in university continuing education.

Moderator: Rod Lastra, CAUCE President, Extended Education, University of Manitoba

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Charting the Course – The Future of Post-Secondary Education 

The "Charting the Course: The Future of Post-Secondary Education" series navigated the evolution of post-secondary education in Canada, considering the profound impact of technology, innovative learning methods, skill shelf life, and more. These roundtable discussions brought together a diverse group of education professionals to engage in insightful conversations, share experiences, and envision the future of post-secondary education in Canada.   

The discussions revolved around key themes, including:  

  • Technology in Education: How are technologies such as artificial intelligence reshaping the educational landscape?   
  • Flexible Learning Models: What role do hybrid learning models, like online courses, micro-credentials, and experiential learning, play in post-secondary education?   
  • Student-Centered Education: How can personalized and adaptive learning be implemented to engage students, support their well-being, and prepare them for the future demands of the workforce?   
  • Lifelong Learning: How can post-secondary education keep up in an era where the shelf life of skills may only be a few years?   

This session will share the core findings of these roundtable discussions. 

Presenters: Allison Clark, Research & Policy Analyst, and Lisa Wolfgram, Stakeholder Relations Coordinator,  Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) 

3:00 - 3:30 pm Nutrition & Networking Break - Sponsored by ICTC
3:30 - 4:30 pm

Rotational Roundtable Topics

4:30 - 6:00 pm 4:30 à 6 apéritif and wine down 

Friday, February 23, 2024

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast Networking Meeting

Table Hosts: Executive Committee Members

9:00 - 10:00 am

CAUCE Business and Updates 

10:00 - 10:30 am

Nutrition and Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Exploring emerging LMI / data practices amongst CAUCE members 

In this session you will learn about the emerging practices and common use cases of LMI by CAUCE members, by their specific user groups. These include analysts, program designers, marketing teams, and institutional level decision makers. With these specific use cases in mind, Vicinity Jobs has built a new PSI Insight tool.

A demonstration of the new Vicinity Jobs PSI Insight tool

The second part of this session will include a live demonstration of the new PSI insight tool’s capabilities.

Presenter: Austin Hracs, Senior Vice President of Research and Partnerships, Vicinity Jobs Inc.

11:30 - 12:30 pm

Reflections and Next Steps

This session will provide us with the opportunity to summarize the last two days and synthesize actionable takeaways.

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

The agenda is subject to change.


Early Bird rate: $595 +GST (until January 31, 2024)
Regular rate: $650 + GST

Register online via the member portal:

If you cancel your registration by February 5, 2024, you will receive a refund minus a $50.00 administration fee. Cancellations after February 5, 2024, are not eligible for a refund.

If you wish to transfer your registration to a colleague, you must contact by February 12, 2024.

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 12, 2024.

Our online triennial data collection survey for 2024 ends on December 4, 2023. Check your inbox for your individual survey link, or contact the secretariat if you require assistance or more information.

Accommodations and venue

The Intercontinental Montreal

Arrangements have been made at the Intercontiental Hotel for our meeting and accommodations.

We have arranged for a special rate of $209.00 per night (Classic King) based on single occupancy plus applicable taxes and fees. For hotel reservations phone 514-987-9900 or 1-877-660-8550 and quote the group: Canadian Association for University Continuing Education(CAUCE). 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 Tuesday, January 23, 2024, but we would appreciate you reserve your room prior to December 22nd so that we are able to make important attrition decisions on that date. Cancellations will be accepted up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

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 Intercontinental Hotel.

The special rate is not available after January 22, 2024. Please book your room in advance of this deadline.

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 8-9, 2023. Contact Ewa Wasniewski, University of Calgary 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.

Eastern Deans and Directors Meeting (EDD) – An informal group of western deans and directors who meet yearly in the fall. Contact Mary-Eleanor Power, Dalhousie University for more information.