Pre & Post Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference - June 10 & 11, 2017

Carleton University, Tory Building

These sessions are available for an additional fee to attendees.  Meals, Nutrition Breaks and transportation to Carleton from the Shaw Centre included.

  CROWD – Approximately 30 people will attend on Saturday, June 10. On Sunday, June 11, we expect that 150 will attend, breaking out into different sessions of 30-45 people each. Only for breakfast and lunch will 150 people be together in one space.

  SOUND/LIGHTING – All breakout session rooms will have large windows with natural light. The option for florescent lighting in smaller rooms will be available. Microphone use will only be an option during Saturday’s session in the larger lecture room. Chatter from fellow participants is expected during nutrition breaks, and during breakfast and lunch on both days.  

  SPACE/QUIET SPACE – All pre-conference proceedings at Carleton University will be located predominantly in seminar style classrooms, which possess moving tables, with the exception of the lecture style classroom with fixed tables for Saturday’s pre-conference session. The outdoor quad space located in front of the main Tory Building entrance is available for those who would like to enjoy the fresh air during nutrition breaks.  Quiet space will be available in the hallways in both the Tory Building and University Centre for those who may require a low stimulus break between sessions.

  LANGUAGE – The pre-conference will be in English. Two sessions will include welcome ceremonies led in both Algonquin and English.

  ALCOHOL/BEVERAGES – Hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks will be served throughout the day in the Tory foyer or inside the session rooms in the University Centre. Water fountains are also located throughout the buildings.


  FOOD/SERVICE – Conference attendees will be served breakfast, lunch, and nutrition breaks in the Tory foyer on Saturday. On Sunday, breakfast and nutrition breaks will be available in the Tory foyer and in breakout session rooms in the University Centre. A seated buffet lunch will take place in the University Centre Galleria. Vegan, gluten free, nut free and dairy free options will be available.

  RESTROOMS – There are gendered washrooms on all floors of the Tory Building. There is an accessible washroom located on the second floor of Tory Building in room 252.

Accessible washrooms are located in the University Centre:
     - First floor in Room 135c
     - Second floor in Room 226a (women) and 226b (men)
     - Third floor in Room 303
     - Fourth floor in Room 426 c
     - Fifth floor in Room 529

  ELEVATORS/STAIRS – Elevators are available and reach every floor in all buildings at Carleton University.

  TRANSPORTATION/TERRAIN (walking, additional requirements, etc.) – Pay & Display parking is located at the University Centre in P2 and in other parking lots on campus. Click here for the map of parking lots on campus. It takes roughly 40 minutes on OCTranspo bus routes #4 or #7 direction “Carleton” from the Rideau Centre stop.

  ATTENDANT CARE – Attendants will not be pre-booked for events at Carleton University. Should you wish to use an attendant, care can be arranged by contacting prior to the conference. This service will be free. 


2A. Strengths-Based Resilience: An Evidence Based Approach to Make Student Service Work Meaningful & Effective

Sunday, June 11 9:00AM – 4:00PM  |  $199.00

University Centre, Room 280

Reflecting dynamic, diverse and complex social landscape, contemporary Canadian campuses are ripe with opportunities as well as with challenges. Student services professionals on Canadian campuses is often well-trained and experienced. However, rarely they are offered professional development opportunities that focus on their boosting their resilience. Grounded in the science of positive psychology and resilience, the workshop is also well-anchored in the Competency Model recently introduced by CACUSS. The experiential exercises of the workshops (described below) aim to build concrete and contextually-relevant skills which have been shown to enhance resilience.

Relevant to a wide variety of student services professionals, this workshop will present experientially based, concrete, and contextually-relevant resilience skills which can enrich personal lives, and can make work in student services more engaging and meaningful.

Based on more than a decade of evidence and training experienced of the presenter, the current work has been developed and refined with the support of Mental Health Innovation Fund and has won two innovation awards, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals and edited book volumes.

PresenterDr. Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health & Wellness Centre, and an associate faculty in the graduate psychological clinical science program at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Canada. He is co-chair of the Campus Mental Health and the inaugural president of the Clinical Division of Positive Psychology International Association.

SAS Competency: Emotional and interpersonal Intelligence (Core); Leadership, management and administration (Core); Student advising, support and advocacy (Core); Student learning and development (Core)

Community of Practice Focus Areas: Campus Mental Health; Counselling

(Organized by Campus Mental Health; Counselling Community of Practice)

3A. International Student Career Development: A Whole-campus Perspective

Sunday, June 11 9:00AM – 4:00PM  |  $199.00

Tory Building, Room 204

For international students, career development is uniquely complex and inseparable from challenges like academic planning, maintaining mental wellness navigating the immigration process, and family planning (Li, 2014). Peer networks, international offices, and career services are just a few on-campus resources utilized by international students seeking help with post-graduation goals like finding employment. Many require a level of understanding beyond traditional career exploration support. Our session will explore competencies needed to support international student’s challenges and expectations, as well as how these competencies are beneficial to support other student populations such as Indigenous, New-to-Canada, Refugee, and First Generation students.

Presenters: Robert Coffey, Ph.D. is an Assistant Director for International Students and Sponsored Student Programs Coordinator at Michigan State University (USA). Robert has worked in student and academic affairs for over twenty years across multiple functional areas, including conflict management, multicultural/LGBTQ student services, residential life/housing, and undergraduate research.

Lynn Walsh is the Manager of the Internationalization Office at Memorial University and holds a BA and MEd (post-secondary studies). She has worked in international education and student services for the past 15 years, specifically in career development and international student services. She has a strong aptitude and experience in international/multicultural settings and has worked on numerous career development initiatives, programs and services for international students.

Megan Sager is the International Student Advisor at the University of Guelph, supporting the transition and development of undergraduate and graduate international students. Megan has worked in international education and student services across multiple functional areas, including academic advising, transfer student and first-generation programming, and English language teaching & learning support. She holds a BA in English and Communications Studies and an MEd in Student Development Administration.

Arif Abu is the Coordinator of the International Student Support office of Ryerson University and the Co-Chair of Internationalization of Student Affairs CoP of CACUSS. His knowledge on the experience of international students comes from firsthand experience as well as his academic studies at the University of Windsor (MA in Political Science and BA with honors in International Relations and Development Studies).

SAS Competency: Intercultural fluency (Intermediate); Student advising, support and advocacy (Intermediate)

Community of Practice Focus Areas: Integrated Academic and Professional Advising; Internationalization in Student Affairs  (Organized by Internationalization of Student Affairs Community of Practice)

4A. The Way is Made by Walking

Sunday, June 11 9:00AM – 4:00PM |  $69.00

Join colleagues for a guided reflection walk (~20km) along the Chemin des Outaouais ending at Notre Dame Cathedral, steps from the Conference Centre. In our "on-the-go" profession, creating space for contemplation to keep us grounded while responding to challenges is critical yet often undervalued. At the end of the walk, we will debrief the experience and hear from colleagues about the impact of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. This workshop invites participants to take a deep breath and integrate inner and outer work - reflection and praxis - as a step toward the future, integrating the past.

The group will start at Carleton University and end at the Shaw Centre.  Breakfast, bag lunch and nutrition breaks are included.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a water bottle, a hat, a back pack and a waterproof jacket.

Organizers ask delegates to speak to them about their needs and how they would best be supported in order to feel truly included in the experience.  Please email to inquire further about this session and how we can accommodate your accessibility requests.

Facilitators: Rachel Barreca is a community builder and educator with an interest in transformative learning through the arts. For more than twenty years she has worked in Canadian and British higher education, providing students with opportunities for holistic learning through co-curricular programming in residence life, orientation and transition, student leadership, student activities, and career education. She currently works as the Manager, Campus Engagement at Ryerson University’s Career Centre.

Formerly the Dean of Students at Redeemer University College, Karen Cornies has worked in Student Affairs for over twenty years at four post-secondary institutions. She has just begun working as Executive Director at Silver Lake Camp and Outdoor Education Centre.

Tricia Seifert is department Head and Associate Professor, Adult & Higher Education at Montana State University, and is interested in the role of higher education organizational structures, environments and experiences in student learning and success; international and comparative perspectives of the student affairs and services field; and higher education's role in facilitating students' journey toward life purpose and meaning.

SAS Competency: Emotional and interpersonal Intelligence (Intermediate); Leadership, management and administration (Intermediate)

Community of Practice Focus Areas: Campus Mental Health; Spirituality and Religious Pluralism

6A. Senior Student Affairs Officers Forum

Sunday, June 11, 9:00AM – 4:00PM  |  $199.00

Morning Only - $99.00

University Centre, Room 378

This Pre-Conference workshop for Senior Student Affairs Officers and has been designed based on feedback collected in January 2017. Based on the feedback received, this pre-conference opportunity will aim to address the following broad goals:

  • The Pre-Conference workshop will include a professional development opportunity, specific to the unique needs of Senior Student Affairs Officers.
  • The Pre-Conference workshop will offer an opportunity for intentional sharing of new projects, challenges, and innovations.
  • The Pre-Conference workshop will offer an opportunity to begin exploring the role of SSAO within CACUSS and identify next steps for re-engaging these leaders within the CACUSS community.

In order to begin addressing these broad goals, the following agenda for the day has been developed:

Welcome, introductions
Speaker: Charlene Bearhead - Truth and Reconciliation on our campuses

Morning debrief
Roundtable - Current successes and challenges - SSAO participants are invited to share new projects, challenges, successes, innovations. Based on this roundtable, the facilitator may choose to do breakout groups or another activity.
Discussion - Exploring the role of SSAO within CACUSS
Wrap up and networking

Presenter: Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, experienced educator and education innovator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience.  Charlene currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and volunteers  as the co-chair of the Downie-Wenjack Fund Board of Directors and is a member of the Pathways to Education Canada Indigenous Education Advisory Circle. Ms. Bearhead also works to support the Alberta Joint Commitment to Action: Education for Reconciliation.

Charlene most recently served as the first Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba Prior to that she was the National Coordinator for Project of Heart and for the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation.  Ms. Bearhead coordinated the Education Days within the TRC National Events for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which focused on inspiring teachers and students to further educate themselves around the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools as well as to support and facilitate the building of positive and respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada. 

Charlene has served as a teacher, principal, education director and superintendent, both on and off reserve, over the years and holds permanent teaching certificates from both Alberta and Manitoba. 

Facilitator: Janet Morrison assumed the role of Provost and Vice President, Academic at Sheridan in 2016.  Sheridan has been a leader in undergraduate education since 1967; our Creative Campus approach combined with a commitment to polytechnic education prepares students for work and life.

Prior to her appointment at Sheridan, Janet spent 17 years at York University working in various roles focused on learning, discovery and engagement, most recently, serving as Vice-Provost, Students. Before joining York, she held leadership positions in student affairs and taught at the University of Guelph, Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio and George Brown College.  She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and education.

Having worked in the post-secondary sector for over twenty-five years, Janet remains passionate about student success and community engagement.  She served as a staff representative on York’s Board of Governors and in 2010 was awarded York University’s President’s Leadership Award.  An active volunteer, Janet is currently a member, and the former Chair of, the Board of Trustees at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and has previously chaired the Board of Directors for the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.

SAS Competency: Leadership, management and administration (Advanced); Post-secondary acumen (Advanced)

1B. Be where the students are: Online training programs for student leader groups

Sunday, June 11 9:00AM – 12:00PM  |  $99.00

Tory Building, Room 234

This is a Leadership Educators COP sponsored session.  Be where the students are. In 2017, this means being online. The trend to online and blended learning approaches extends outside the classroom as many Student Services units recognize the attractiveness of online learning for our ever-diversifying student populations. Through a mix of lecturettes, group work, discussion, and the insight of an expert panel, this interactive pre-conference will provide leadership educators with the opportunity to develop a draft online training program for their student leadership group.

Presenter: Holly Salmon is the coordinator of the peer tutor training program at Douglas College, British Columbia. The peer tutors at Douglas receive about 30-60 hours of training per term, delivered in a rich hybrid online/in person model. She has been using online modes of instruction across various platforms in her teaching and tutor training since 2002, and has received grants for online course development. Her expertise and experience with online learning come from her work as a faculty member at Douglas College, the University of New Haven (Connecticut), and the University of British Columbia.

SAS Competency: Student learning and development (intermediate); Technology and digital engagement (intermediate)

2C. Canada’s 150th Birthday in context: What does reconciliation mean for Post-Secondary Institutions in light of this landmark milestone for Indigenous peoples and settlers

Sunday, June 11 1:00PM – 4:00PM  |  $99.00

228 Patterson Hall 

With the 2017 CACUSS conference happening in Ottawa on unceded Algonquin territory during the year of the 150th Birthday the Community of Practise for NASSA is suggesting that participants take some time to analyze the role that their institutions are playing in the ongoing efforts of reconciliation in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and to share best practises about how this can be done respectfully and with an approach of Indigenizing their institutions from within.

We suggest that participants pre-read the following documents: Corntassel, Dhamoon & Snelgrove (2014) Unsettling settler colonialism: The discourse and politics of settlers, and solidarity with Indigenous nations?

Elder Paul Skanks 

Born  in Toronto. Raised in Kahnawake, Mohawk Reserve in Quebec. Named at birth by my maternal grandmother. My spirit name is Tiao Re Hen Sere which  means  "the first light of day" (daybreak). I am a band member of the Mohawks of Kahnawake,Iroquois Confederacy. My life is based on the principles  of  "The Great Law" of the Haudenasaunee (People of the Long House). I am of the Turtle Clan.

I am a resident of Ottawa/Gloucester Ontario since 1978. I have 3 granddaughters from two of my three sons.  My earlier community work has encompassed, chairing both  elementary  and  middle school Parent Advisory committees; coached competitive  hockey  and  soccer to regional championships; Board Member of Harmony House, at its inception (a secondary housing for battered woman).  Formerly, a Board Member and Elder of the Ottawa Head Start Program, an  aboriginal pre-school curriculum and I continue work with their Ontario Regional Organization.I am “on call “ by Elder’s Lodges (Kumik and Dodem Kanonhsa); INAC; AFN; Odawa Native Friendship Centre and Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre (board member),  to provide teachings/ceremonies  and/or  personal counselling. I served as an elder and a member of the Aboriginal  Implementation  Committee  of  StatsCan in the development  of  the  Aboriginal  Peoples’  Survey for the Canadian Census. For several years I was a elder/traditional consultant in association with the National Aboriginal Counsel on Species at Risk (a Canadian Wildlife Services initiative), Similarly I was a regular visiting elder counseling aboriginal young offenders at the Ottawa/Carleton Detention Centre

I retired from  Bell  Canada in 1994 after 29 years of service.  As a product  manager,  I  assisted  in  the  development and pioneered  the  introduction  of  display-based  residential  telephones (Maestro  and  Vista).  I helped develop and introduce telecommunication products  for  the  disabled. I successfully completed under-graduate and mature  student  diploma  and  business  courses at Concordia/Loyola and McGill Universities. Since my retirement I have undertaken a rewarding new career of my cultural rebirth. To this end I actively pursue knowledge based on traditional teachings and do my best to lead a life based on these principles. I have been blessed by learning from many gifted Elders/Teachers from various First Nation cultural backgrounds across Turtle Island. I have been taught to share what I have learned, when asked by sincere seekers of the truth. I believe it is our responsibility to help others who are attempting to live a balanced life in harmony with Mother Earth. My acquired life skills have been greatly influenced by the traditional teachings I have acquired. I continue to work with  native elders/teachers and others across the continent. I perform opening ceremonies, give presentations or conduct workshops (cultural reclamation/wellness) in response to requests from various organizations (Govt., Schools and Community groups). My goals are to help establish better understanding of native culture and traditions. I also promote constructive human relations between divergent Canadian/North American/World cultures. I aim to educate myself and  others in the crucial role we all must play to preserve our human, spiritual and ecological survival.

Seán Kinsella currently serves as the Coordinator of Residential Transition Programs at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus in Student Housing. Seán Kinsella is a nêhithaw/nêhiyaw (Woods/Plains Cree)/ Nakawé (Saulteaux)/otipemisiwak (Métis)/Irish Two-Spirit/Queer urban Indigenous person who was born, lives and works in the territory traditionally known as Tkaronto, which is covered under the Dish With One Spoon Wampum treaty. He has worked in student affairs since 2007 and is currently a part-time faculty member in Indigenous Studies at Centennial College in Toronto. His areas of research interest include academic transition for first year students, the experience of Indigenous students/faculty/staff in post-secondary institutions, Indigenous methodologies/pedagogy, and storytelling as a research methodology.

For Seán community is such an important value and has extended to his involvement in the greater Toronto area in the Indigenous community as well as at the university on committees such as Positive Space, Council for Aboriginal Initiatives, and Chairing the Orientation Working Group here on campus. He has also served as the previous Co-Chair/Executive Director of the Peel Aboriginal Network Indigenous Friendship Centre, and most recently was one of the Co-Chairs for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Working Group for Students at the University of Toronto.

Maria Shallard is of Penelakut First Nation and European ancestry and grew up Lil’wat territory in Pemberton BC.  She currently serves as the Coordinator, Aboriginal Programs at the University of Guelph in Student Life and resides on the traditional land of the Attawandron people. Maria holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria with a double major in Environmental Studies and Canadian history with a minor in Indigenous Studies. She completed a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Guelph where she completed a thesis that focused on ocean governance, human well-being and Indigenous sovereignty. In past experience she has worked in First Nations communities with youth driven by a passion to provide opportunities to navigate between divergent worldviews through experiential and out of class room opportunities. While at Guelph she sits on a Truth and Reconciliation Committee and supports Indigenous advocacy and awareness through various community events. Her main focus is to ensure that there are a range of programs offered for Aboriginal students to learn, grow and experience on their academic journey. Maria believes in “nuts’a’maat shqwaluwun” (working together as one) (with one heart/mind) and is looking forward to CACUSS 2017.

Marcia Guno, is a member of the Nisga’a Nation and FASS alumna (Sociology and Anthropology) and is the Director of SFU’s Indigenous Student Centre. Marcia was the 2015 Indigenous Liaison for CACUSS held in Vancouver. 

SAS Competency: Equity, diversity and inclusion (Core); Indigenous cultural awareness (Intermediate)

Communtiy of Practice Focus Areas: Aboriginal Student Services Assembly (NASSA); Equity-Seeking Groups

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Post-Conference - June 15 & 16, 2017


Post-Conference: Working Together: Developing Standards of Practice for Disability Service Professionals

Thursday, June 15, 2017 9:00AM – 3:00PM  | Shaw Centre, Ottawa, Meeting Room 104 I  $50.00, includes lunch

Hosted By: Michelle, Magnusson, Coordinator, Disability Services, Brandon University & The Accessibility & Inclusion Community of Practice

Following up on last year’s successful post-conference workshop, the Accessibility & Inclusion CoP will be hosting a second full-day post-conference day to continue working on developing Standards of Practice for Disability Service Professionals. This will be an interactive, participation-based day with the opportunity to participate in working groups with colleagues across the country. Working groups will be formed in the following areas:  
•    Documentation and Accommodation Planning 
•    Policy and Procedure 
•    Education and Awareness 
•    Philosophy and Models 
•    Training and Professional Development
•    Service Provision 
•    Record Management
•    Campus Elements for Inclusion and Universal Design

If you are interested in assisting in this project, please consider attending! 

Post-Conference: Best Practices Network in Canadian Higher Education: Making a Positive Impact on Student Mental Health

Thursday, June 15 9:00AM – 5:00PM  I  Friday, June 16 9:00AM – 12:00PM  I  Rideau Canal Atrium and Meeting Room 210, Shaw Centre, Ottawa

$125, includes 2 nutrition breaks and lunch on June 15 and 1 nutrition break on June 16.

Hosted By: University of Toronto, McGill and Queens

McGill, Queen’s and the University of Toronto, are developing a national knowledge centre with resources dedicated to identifying best practices for mental health programming for university and college students.  The initiative will include a Best Practices Network and online hub that will support universities and colleges in delivering the most effective services to promote good mental health and resiliency across increasingly diversified student populations. The online hub will be dedicated to identifying and disseminating student mental health best practices and programming that are based on evaluation activities.

The Best Practices Network is launching an inaugural annual conference at CACUSS on June 15 and 16, 2017.   The conference will provide an opportunity for student affairs professionals from across the country to hear from experts and share their experiences with mental health program delivery, stepped care, integrated wellness models, campus mental health literacy initiatives, transferability of mental health programming across post-secondary institutions and assessment and evaluation in mental health programming.  In addition, we will identify gaps and needs that can be met through the Best Practices Network, and existing resources, research and networks that can be leveraged to support the success of the initiative and its benefits to institutions and students. 


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