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2016 Leaders & Innovators Conference

It was an incredible two days. Plan for next year! Here's immediate feedback:

... I left feeling so incredibly inspired and re-energized and looking forward to next year!  Often when I leave a conference, I wonder whether it was worth the time away from work and I may take away a nugget or two of good information, but I left yesterday with so many new things to think about and new tools for leading my team and improving their work environment. (participant)
 
Thanks again for including me in the fantastic OCASA conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and valued meeting the wonderful professionals who make the college system hum and thrive. So much talent was represented. So much heart for education, the student experience, and creative collaboration with community and industry. I left inspired and excited. (facilitator)

Framing Leadership

June 27& 28
Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute, King City

Join us for this outstanding networking event - packed with learning, sharing of practices and networking. You will leave inspired and rejuvenated for the work you do everyday. Also enjoy the surroundings, designed to include recreation in a meaningful retreat - nature trails, biking, swimming and more.

PLENARY SESSIONS
 
Framing Leadership

Karen Creditor
CEO, OCAS
Monday morning, Conference opening

Focus on Ontario’sPolitical and Economic Landscape

Linda Franklin
President & CEO, Colleges Ontario
Monday afternoon

A 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning 

Maxim Jean-Louis
President – CEO, Contact North
Tuesday morning

PRESIDENTS' PANEL

Three leaders who have lived their careers and achieved notable success in the college system. Honest, insightful and inspiring, don't miss it.
Tuesday, conference closing.

Ann Buller

President
Centennial College

Cheryl Jensen

President
Algonquin College

Chris Whitaker

President
Humber College

 

Concurrent Sessons
 

Three time slots offer variety and opportunity. Combined with four plenary sessions, this is exceptional learning across two days.  

 A1 Slashing isn't just for horror films

Kelly Murray-Scott, Director, Financial Planning, Lambton College; Kate Large, Director Financial Services, Lambton College
This fun, interactive session is designed for Deans, Directors and Managers with little to no financial training or experience (or those who want to brush up on their skills) to better understand the financial processes they may be involved in.  Topics covered include setting a budget, forecasting, purchasing, risk, financial statements and reporting, contracts, accruals/deferrals, etc. We will explore how the various operations of the College affect non-finance Administration. Come and learn how to help your Finance Department help you!

 
 
A2 Recovery and Resiliency-Mental Health on Campus

Karyn Baker, Project Lead, Campus Mental Health Partnerships, Georgian College; Michele Deirish, Project Lead, Campus Mental Health Partnerships, Centennial College and Nicole Lindros, Mental Health and Addictions Transition Worker, Georgian College

Ontario colleges are seeing an ever-increasing number of students with complex mental health needs. We will lead you in an interactive session allowing you to apply new learning, that will enhance your awareness about the extent of mental health and addiction issues on campus, grow your knowledge about campus initiatives to address the needs of students with complex mental health issues, and expand your familiarity with recognizing students in distress and ways of managing the distress.

A3 Service/Program Reviews-Stories from the field

Trish O’Connor, Special Project Leader - Human Resources and Academic Division, Lead – Office of Sustainability, Fleming College; Sue Kloosterman, Director, Academic Planning & Operations and Student Mobility, Fleming College; Katerina Gonzalez, Director, Planning and Institutional Research, Niagara College; Chuck Doyle, Manager, Office of Lean Initiatives, Algonquin College

Integrating planning is increasingly becoming an important process in dealing with the challenges of resource allocation in community colleges. Taking a systematic approach to aligning resources with strategic plans, a service/program review helps the college be better prepared for the future by employing integrated planning. Join panel members who are engaged in this process to gain insight from their lessons learned, keys to success, useful tools and the impact on the college as a whole.

B1 Best Practice: Is Your Annual Performance Management System Working for You?

Brian Benn, Associate Director – Organizational Development , St. Lawrence College

In 2013-14, less than 20% of St. Lawrence College (SLC) administrators submitted a signed performance plan to be filed in the human resources department employee files. In 2015-16, the compliance rate was 100%. What changed? Attend this session to learn how a focus on organizational values, targeted goals, reduced form length, and a President’s commitment to change made all the difference. Brian will share the best practices they have implemented to yield positive results, including a cultural shift around performance management and the tools they employed. Brian will also facilitate an interactive discussion to generate best practices of performance management that are yielding results across colleges.

B2 Managing Unconscious Bias

Yasmin Razack, Director, Global Citizenship Education & Inclusion, Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Inclusion, Academic Excellence

What is the danger of our unconscious that makes us believe that some people or ideas are 'better than others'? There are multiple implications of our unconscious biases that can impact hiring practices, performance evaluations and treating select members of our team unfairly, without intention. Each one of us is capable of acting on our 'unconscious bias', though research has demonstrated we are capable of disrupting this behaviour through personal development and the integration of organizational strategies. This interactive session will support college administrators to develop a deeper understanding of 'unconscious bias' and it's impact on employees. Examining how unconscious bias can play out in the workplace, this workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and tools to recognize biases within themselves and others, as well as to individually disrupt 'unconscious bias' in the college environment by integrating institutional practices to contract common behaviours.

B3 Relationship Systems Intelligence™:Intro

Janet Frood, President, Horizon Leadership Institute Inc.

Moving beyond Emotional and Social Intelligence, Relationship Systems Intelligence™ (RSI) focuses on the collective wisdom, skill and experience of everyone the system to achieve goals. Current reality demands more focus on the human dimension in the workplace and how to create conditions for effective collaborations and cross-functional teaming.  In the quest to be more effective, efficient and engaging, creating a relationship-based culture is the new norm. Leaders using RSI are better equipped for the increasing focus on collaboration and collective impact, which requires more intentional focus on relationship design and alignment in order to achieve results. In this session you will learn about this new paradigm so that you can bring this awareness to your leadership.  You will also experience two exercises that will help you learn how to "reveal the system" you are working with.

C1 Career Success and Mobility

Brian Desbiens, Past President, Fleming College and Associate Partner, Promeus Executive Search; Kevin Weaver, Dean, Technology and Visual Arts, Georgian College; Karen Creditor, CEO, OCAS
Join this panel to better understand the leadership competencies required to progress in your career, generally, and in the college system. Also, identify personal gaps against those competencies, recognize the challenges/barriers to upward and lateral mobility at your college, and consider tangible strategies to acquire and demonstrate leadership competencies.

C2 Service/Program Reviews-Stories from the field (Repeat)

Trish O’Conner, Special Project Leader - Human Resources and Academic Division, Lead – Office of Sustainability, Fleming College; Sue Kloosterman, Director, Academic Planning & Operations and Student Mobility, Fleming College; Katerina Gonzalez, Director, Planning and Institutional Research, Niagara College; Chuck Doyle, Manager, Office of Lean Initiatives, Algonquin College
Integrating planning is increasingly becoming an important process in dealing with the challenges of resource allocation in community colleges. Taking a systematic approach to aligning resources with strategic plans, a service/program review helps the college be better prepared for the future by employing integrated planning. Join panel members who are engaged in this process to gain insight from their lessons learned, keys to success, useful tools and the impact on the college as a whole.

 C3 Relationship Systems Intelligence™: Practical Applications (Part 2)

Janet Frood, President, Horizon Leadership Institute Inc.
This session will build off of the first session where the concept of Relationship Systems Intelligence™ is introduced. It will be a deeper dive into the concepts to help you become more systems oriented in your leadership. You will experience tools and exercises you can use as a Leader. You will learn ways to:

  • Access the different levels of reality operating within a team at any time
  • Reveal the "third entity" of a team and access it's "voice" to determine what it needs most
  • Cultivate empathy and understanding that is essential for collaboration and productive work relationships
  • Design a team alliance to create conditions for high productivity and positivity
Kingbridge Conference Centre offers outstanding leisure and recreational facilities as well as inviting networking and conversational spaces.