Session Details

Concurrent Workshops

Workshops are uniquely designed for Ontario’s college administrators Attend one or all of those designated workshops. All other workshops are open to anyone attending the conference.

New this year is a “Chair’s Leadership Journey” for those interested in digging deeper with their academic colleagues.

The Chair’s Leadership Journey: Connect, Converse…Act
This series of workshops offers chairs the unique opportunity to ‘dig deep’ into a three distinct leadership challenges: maximizing faculty performance, improving department culture and supporting student success. Through discussion, shared learnings, pooled experiences and consideration of best practices these highly interactive sessions will provide you with the opportunity to connect with chairs with a similar goal, learn from each other and collect leadership practices that you can apply in your department. This is the opportunity for you to finally have time for meaningful discussions with peers with similar goals and aspirations for their departments and gather practical ideas that can help shape your leadership practice and future actions. Throughout each session, you will also have the opportunity to reflect on your leadership values and how they can and should shape your practice.

Concurrent Workshop Details
A1 Mental Health
When it affects our own employees, colleagues – and bosses – what are our strategies?

Panel Experts: Lise Labine, HR Consultant; Ella Forbes-Chilibeck, Lawyer
This interactive session will use case studies and discussion to address the mental health challenges that today’s manager must navigate in the workplace. How do we accommodate? What conversations are essential, and when? What resources are available to us? Gain new insights and strategies.

A2 Labour Relations – A Guide to Managing with the Support Staff Collective Agreement

Don Sinclair, CEO, College Employer Council

Participants will receive an orientation on the key provisions of the Support Staff Collective Agreement and gain a practical understanding of the resources available to guide decision making on Support Staff issues that typically arise in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on equipping participants with the tools necessary to develop consistent and fair processes when addressing various types of employment related issues.

As a result of this session, participants will be able to: Understand and apply the Support Staff collective agreement to address common circumstances that arise in the workplace involving key Support Staff collective agreement provisions. Participants will be advised of the various resources available to them that can guide their decision making as it relates to Support Staff under their supervision.

A3 Chair’s Leadership Journey – Maximize Faculty Performance

Co - Facilitators: Barry Waite, Centennial College, Chair and Sue Wells, Chair, Child and Family Studies Department, Centennial College

Imagine a department where every faculty was teaching to the very best of their ability… great learning would be happening, complaints would be reduced, faculty would feel valued and proud… and your job would be so much easier! Connect with fellow chairs to share how you work to achieve this goal and be inspired by the practice of other chairs as they strive to do the same.

B1 Truth and Reconciliation: Supporting Indigenous Education within the Ontario College System

Facilitator: Carolyn Hepburn, Dean - School of Indigenous Studies & Academic Upgrading, Sault College

Joined by other members of IPEC (Indigenous Peoples Education Circle) Carolyn will facilitate an interactive panel session designed to help you expand your cultural competency for leadership in colleges. With the release of the Truth and Reconciliation report, this panel presentation will share reflections and insights regarding best practices, challenges and potential opportunities pertaining to Indigenous education within the Ontario College system with the intent of fostering a greater understanding of Indigenous history, worldview and perspectives and will offer educators from all backgrounds an opportunity to discuss and explore the critical role community colleges have in the advancement of Indigenous education within the province.

B2 Creating teams that excel: How (and why) to boost support staff engagement

Laurie Sanci, Coach and Organizational Consultant

Improving engagement among support staff is easier than you think. Would you be surprised to learn that recognition is just as important, if not more, to this employee group than financial rewards? Join Laurie Sanci, as she shares valuable insights learned from her experiences facilitating focus groups with support staff in key service areas of an Ontario college. Participants will learn some of the barriers to engagement and walk away with concrete practical tools and concrete strategies to engage this critical, yet often undervalued employee group.

B3 Chair’s Leadership Journey – Improve Department Culture

Co-Facilitators: Mary Devine, Chair, School of Business, Accounting and Financial Services, Centennial College and Sue Wells, Chair, Child and Family Studies Department, Centennial College

How do people in your department feel as they approach their workday? We all want to lead departments where people enjoy the job they do and feel valued and respected in the workplace.  Differing personalities and the dynamics amongst group members can create havoc within a department. What proactive and reactive strategies and practices have you used to create a positive department culture? Connect with colleagues to share your ideas and learn from others successes.

C1 Career Success and Mobility in Colleges

Krista Pearson, Registrar, Algonquin College; Jordene Lyttle, Partner, Promeus Executive Search; Richard Peters, CA, Vice President, Finance and International, Canadore College

Join this expert 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 Business Intelligence – Using Data to Inform Your Decisions

Presenters: Bryan Eburne, Manager, Fees, Curriculum and Reporting, Registrar's Office; Andrew Pridham, Academic Chair, Information and Communications Technology; Alanna McDonell, Director, Marketing

Effectively using BI dashboards and tools, and making data–informed decisions can have a significant impact on efficiencies and outcomes.
Using examples and case studies, a team from Algonquin College will share their experience, lessons learned, and how BI has influenced their approach to the retention of students.

C3 Chair’s Leadership Journey – Support Student Success

Co-Facilitators: Wanda Forsythe, Chair, School of Legal and Public Administration, Seneca College and Sue Wells, Chair, Child and Family Studies Department, Centennial College

Do you feel like your interactions with students are restricted to resolving disputes and shaking their hands at graduation? Your role in supporting student success is very different than faculty’s role, yet no less important. Although often one step removed from day-to-day interactions with students, your leadership can have direct impact on student retention. Connect with fellow chairs to share perspectives and ideas for how you can provide leadership to student success initiatives and practices.

Post-Conference Sessions:

OCASA Chair’s Network

Labour Relations: Managing with the Academic Collective Agreement
Peter McKeracher, Director - Academic – College Employer Council

Creating teams that excel: How (and why) to boost support staff engagement

Laurie Sanci, Coach and Organizational Consultant
Improving engagement among support staff is easier than you think. Would you be surprised to learn that recognition is just as important, if not more, to this employee group than financial rewards? Join Laurie Sanci, as she shares valuable insights learned from her experiences facilitating focus groups with support staff in key service areas of an Ontario college. Participants will learn some of the barriers to engagement and walk away with concrete practical tools and concrete strategies to engage this critical, yet often undervalued employee group.

Time Workshop Schedule
Additional time slots will be opened (offering some workshops twice) if registration warrants it
Monday
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
A1
Mental Health

When it affects our own employees, colleagues– and bosses – what are our strategies?

A2
Labour Relations

Managing Support Staff and the collective agreement

A3
Chair’s Leadership Journey

Maximize Faculty Performance

Tuesday
8:30 am – 10:00 am
B1
Truth and Reconciliation

Supporting indigenous education within the Ontario College System

B2
Creating Teams that Excel:

How (and why) to boost support staff engagement

B3
Chair’s Leadership Journey

Improve Department Culture

Tuesday
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
C1
Career Success & Mobility in Colleges

Expert Panel answers your questions

C2
Business Intelligence

Using Data to Inform Your Decisions

C3
Chair’s Leadership Journey

Support Student Success

Tuesday
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Creating Teams that Excel:

How (and why) to boost support staff engagement

Post conference – OCASA
Chairs Network
Labour Relations

Managing with Academic Collective Agreements