The Chairs Network

Chairs Summit 2017

This event has been postponed due to the academic work stoppage. We will hold the Summit in the early spring and invite your input into the best time for you.

Helping Chairs cope, and thrive.
Sharing our challenges, lessons learned and together identifying new opportunities.

Date: TBA
George Brown College - Waterfront Campus
Featuring Dr. Marilyn Herie, PhD RSW, Vice President Academic and Chief Learning Officer, Centennial College
Paleofuturism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

What does the future hold for teaching and learning in higher education? “Paleofuturism” explores our present and future through the lens of historical “futurist” predictions and imaginings. This entertaining and thought-provoking overview explores the implications of the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” (artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and the internet of things) for community, collaboration, employment and teaching/learning in higher education. Prepare to be amazed…and amused….by this forward look backwards!

Registration will re-open once the new date has been determined.

The day was a lift to my spirits, put some wind in my sails...Thanks for the Summit, it was really a great use of my time...It was a great day - I got a lot out of it and felt recharged afterward. Thank you to the organizers! (Attendees comments from 2016)

OCASA Fee: $100 - includes refreshments, lunch and materials (non-members pay $150, after October 3)
Registration space is limited.

You will engage with outward looking academic leaders who value:
  • engaging with fellow administrators who perform a similar role in other colleges
  • exchanging practices around issues you similarly face, and sharing learning opportunities unique to your challenges
  • expanding your network, and opening opportunities to collaborate with administrators from other colleges on an on-going basis
Open to those whose responsibilities include:
  • the planning, development, delivery, and financial viability of academic programs
  • and/or the management and administration of full and part-time faculty and support staff, and students
  • and whose titles might include Chair, Associate Dean, Associate Chair, Academic Manager or Program Manager

8:30 am – 9:00 am Meet your colleagues and light breakfast refreshments
9:00 am - 10:00 am  Dr. Marilyn Herie, PhD RSW, Vice President Academic and Chief Learning Officer
10:00 am –12:00 pm Round Table Discussions
12:15 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Round Tables & Closing Summaries

Sponsored by the OCASA Chairs Network

Organizing Team
Mary Devine, CentennialLynn Kurylo, George Brown
Wanda Forsythe, SenecaBarry Waite, Centennial
Marilyn McNeil-Morin, George BrownSue Wells, Centennial
Meeting Location

Geroge Brown College, Waterfront Campus (click here for Google map)
51 Dockside Dr.
Toronto, ON
M5A 0B6
(Easy taxi, or hardy walk from Union Station)


There are pay parking lots located on Macpherson and Bridgeman Avenues. Find other parking lots around Waterfront Campus here.

Public Transit Directions to Progress

The main subway stops for the Waterfront Campus are Union station on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina), as well as Sherbourne station and Pape station, which are on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth). From Union subway station, you may take the No. 6 Bay South bus or the No. 72 North bus to Dockside Drive. From Sherbourne subway station, you may take the No. 75 Sherbourne bus to Queens Quay East. From Pape subway station, you may take the No. 72 South bus to Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne.
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