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CESBA Virtual Conference 2021: Call for presenters

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CESBA invites you to share your expertise!

This year, CESBA is offering engaging online professional learning opportunities to inform and inspire exemplary practice in adult and continuing education across Ontario.

As a potential workshop presenter, you have an opportunity to lead a learning session with educators from across Ontario.  To ensure a range of viewpoints and diverse experiences, presenters are encouraged to collaborate on their proposals. The workshops will be held on November 25. Please read full guidelines and submit proposal form below.

SUBMIT PROPOSAL for November 25 conference


November 25-26, 2021, Online


September 30, 2021 (@11:59 PM)

All sessions, with the exception of the keynote, may be recorded and shared on the CESBA Conference site after the event.

The theme of the 2021 CESBA Conference is Bridges to Innovation, with a focus on:

  • Post pandemic trends and opportunities
  • Best and next practices in virtual learning
  • Building resilience and inclusion
  • Leadership for our new reality


  1. Interactive workshop (60 minutes), using interactive features on
  2. CESBA Combo presentation (25-minute presentations repeated twice with a five-minute break in between)

New Platform for 2021

CESBA 2021 is launching an exciting new conference platform, CESBA Events powered by EventMobi. This platform is user-friendly, allows for more engagement between participants, and lets participants view registered sessions live or OnDemand after the conference. Participants will watch and engage in your workshop seamlessly in the CESBA Events platform, which includes built-in Chat, Polling and Q&A features.

What kind of proposals are we looking for?

Since this a virtual conference, CESBA is looking for interactive proposals that engage our members online! For 60-minute workshops, that means using tools such as chat, break-out sessions, whiteboard and polls.  For the shorter presentations, it means creating questions that connect participants and inspire discussion. And we have professional coaches who can help you make your presentation as engaging as possible!

  • Inspire leadership and cooperation among adult educators and/or students
  • Showcase strategies for designing learning models
  • Present diverse perspectives in response to timely trends and practices in A&CE
  • Encourage a dialogue about current issues and directions that affect adult education today



Before adding a co-presenter to your proposal, please confirm their willingness to be included.  Lead presenters and co-presenters may not be added or changed after the deadline date for submissions.


Workshop presenters will be asked to sign a presenter agreement to acknowledge their acceptance of the terms and conditions of these guidelines, including permission to record and post your workshop and materials on the CESBA website.  The agreement will be emailed with your acceptance.  A copy of the agreement must be returned to CESBA no later than October 8, 2021 prior to the conference.


Use this checklist to organize the details required to compile your workshop proposal.

  • Title (80-character limit)
  • Streams: (tick one)
    • Post pandemic trends and opportunities
    • Best and next practices in virtual learning
    • Building resilience and inclusion
    • Leadership for our new reality
  • Workshop description (75-word limit) – Provide a concise and accurate description of the workshop, considering that the content will be used in the conference website.
  • Workshop format (choose one)
    • Interactive workshop (60 minutes), using interactive features
    • CESBA Combo presentation (25-minute presentations repeated twice with a five-minute break in between)
  • Learning objectives (40-word limit) – Provide three key points that participants will learn as a result of attending your session. Please use the active voice:  discuss, learn, share, explore etc.
  • Audience (tick as many as apply)
    • Credit
    • ESL/FSL
    • LBS
    • Employment
    • PSW
    • Principals
    • SOs, Directors of Education
    • New staff
  • Lead Presenter
    •  Name:
    •  Title:
    •  Organization:
    •  Email:
    • Phone:
  • Lead Presenter Bio (60-word limit) – Please include a short description of your education, position title and professional affiliations, including school board, community affiliation, as well as any recent accomplishments.
  • Co-presenter
    • Name:
    • Title:
    • Organization:
    • Email:
    • Phone:
  • Co-presenter Bio (60-word limit) – Please include a short description of your education, position title and professional affiliations, including school board, community affiliation, as well as any recent accomplishments.



  • Presenter permission will be obtained on the Presenter Agreement to share your workshop and learning materials on the CESBA website, following the conference.
  • All workshops may be recorded. Workshop materials will be made available to participants following the conference.
  • Online resources, (including a list of where to seek further information) should support all workshops.


All online presenters are required to have the following technical capacity:

  • HD webcam (1920 x1080 resolution)
  • Reliable broadband wired internet connection preferred
  • Desktop computer or laptop. Tablets or smartphones CANNOT be used
  • Headphones and lapel mic or headset with built-in microphone

All online sessions will be assigned a moderator to support participant connectivity and engagement.


  • CESBA reserves the right to cancel workshop sessions prior to the conference. Once your workshop proposal has been accepted, CESBA will confirm your session enrolment numbers about 10-14 days prior to the conference.
  • Some presenters who are not selected for the 2021 conference may be invited to speak at other CESBA events during the academic year.


  • Consider which focus and workshop format best suits your presentation.
  • Review all components carefully to be sure all required information is present and complete.


CESBA Board of Directors: Call for Nominations | Conseil d’administration de CESBA : Appel de candidatures

CESBA is now accepting applications to fill one or two vacancies on its Board of Directors.

Appointments to the CESBA Board are made by the Board on recommendations from the Nominating Committee, using a transparent set of criteria. The term for all positions is three years, starting in the fall of 2021, and is renewable once. Consideration is given to those nominees who have experience administering programs in adult and continuing education (A&CE).

Please review the Nomination Letter for details on the competencies required and how to apply. Submit the printable form attached to the nomination letter above.

Nominations must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

For inquiries about nominations to the CESBA Board, please contact the Paul Cox at 416-597-1904 ext. 1 or by email at

Learn more about the CESBA Board of Directors.

CESBA est à la recherche de candidat/e/s afin de combler trois postes vacants au sein de son conseil d’administration.

Les personnes appelées à siéger au conseil d’administration de CESBA sont désignées par ce dernier sur recommandation du comité de nomination, compte tenu de plusieurs critères transparents. Chaque poste a un mandat de trois ans, qui commence à l’automne 2021 et est renouvelable une fois. Seront privilégiées les personnes qui ont de l’expérience en administration des programmes d’éducation des adultes et d’éducation permanente.

Pour postuler un poste au conseil d’administration de CESBA, veuillez lire la Lettre et le formulaire de demande.

Les mises en candidature doivent nous parvenir au plus tard 16 h, le mercredi 30 juin 2021.

Pour toute demande de renseignements concernant le conseil d’administration de CESBA, veuillez contacter la directrice générale de CESBA au 416 597-1904, poste 1, ou par courriel à

First virtual conference was a great success

Inclusion 2020 was a tremendous success with over 200 people attending each day to learn and connect with their A&CE colleagues. Thank you so much to all who participated!

Here are some highlights:

  • Pre-conference – Five well-attended all-day sector workshops were held for PLAR/Guidance, ESL/FSL, LBS, PSW and International Languages. Thank you to the CESBA committee members who organized and hosted!
  • Conference
    • Our full-day A&CE learning event included an inspiring keynote by Anthony McLean, 20 workshops, sponsor networking, student performances from Centre d’Excellence Artistique de l’Ontario, and more!
    • Our wonderful co-hosts, Ben Vallati, Superintendent from Ottawa Catholic and CESBA’s Executive Director, Bernadette Beaupre kept everything on track.
    • And at the end of the day, Paul Cox from Waterloo Catholic DSB was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to adult and continuing education. Congratulations, Paul!

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the presenters, volunteers and conference committee members. Thank you also to our conference sponsors, including EduTravel, Niagara College and The Bridge. Please check out the video from our multi-year sponsor EduTravel about the experiential and online learning opportunities they offer. Visit to learn more about 2021 EduTravel programs.

Conference Prizes and Offers

Thank you so much to all the fabulous prize donors at the conference and congratulations to all the winners!

Our top prizes went to Jodi McDonald from Bluewater DSB who won an improv workshop for nine with The Yes Men, Jocelyne Leclair from CSC du Nouvel-Ontario who won 12 leadership coaching sessions from escouadeÉDU, and Lucy Blosser from York Region DSB who won a cooking class for nine with One Blonde Chef.

Check this out > Gillian from One Blonde Chef has also offered an exclusive discount to CESBA members for a team building cooking class.

For more on our 2020 conference, visit

A Big Thank You and Congratulations to Hanne Nielsen

CESBA and all of our community partners send virtual best wishes and hugs to Hanne Nielson, retiring Superintendent of Simcoe County District SB!  Hanne and her husband are off to PEI once she is finishes in December of this year. Hanne worked with SCDSB for 30 years and 20 were in Adult and Continuing Education.

Hanne and her mighty team at Simcoe County developed and shared numerous best practice resources, strategies, professional development approaches, research, curriculum and marketing materials and much more with CESBA members and the field for many years. 

Her ability to innovate and solve problems in a creative ways are endless. Her board was one of the first to develop integrated programs at sites in her catchment area, so that students could seamlessly move between programs and experiment with various career pathways. Students can access services from multiple programs and move to others such as adult literacy, adult credit, ESL for adults and employment services.

Join us in wishing Hanne many new, big adventures in Canada’s smallest province, PEI!

Bernadette, Executive Director

Welcome Message from our Executive Director

Dear CESBA members and friends,

As you know we continue to work during an international health crisis that is moving into a second wave.  The social, emotional, financial, physical, environmental effects of this crisis will be felt for years to come.

During this difficult time, staff, board and ministry representatives have been very impressed with our sector’s ability to move quickly from face-to-face learning to virtual classrooms. A&CE staff are demonstrating their incredible resilience by using every tool possible to try to ensure the learning continues during this crisis – and including as many of our students as possible.

Our recent hybrid learning pilots in adult credit, supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE), certainly paid off as many boards were already using online tools to help students achieve their goals. Those tools and learning were transferred to other programs such as ESL and LBS.

CESBA is committed to listen to your concerns as we move into the fall and winter months. We are holding regular regional meetings with our ministry partners (MCCSS, MOE, MLTSD). During these sessions, we inform them of the issues you are experiencing and ask them to make changes and move in new directions to accommodate adult students’ needs. Our ministry partners are also committed to participating in our regional meetings so that they can hear directly from members themselves.

Our annual conference (virtual), “Inclusion 2020: Moving Forward Together” is also an opportunity where members can improve knowledge of new learning/teaching strategies, as well as learn about ways to make our school communities more diverse, inclusive and equitable to Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+.

We wish everyone the best as we continue to adapt in this ever-evolving environment. We hope to see all of you at our upcoming meetings and our November 25-26 conference!

Stay healthy and safe!

Bernadette Beaupre
Executive Director

Motivational speaker Anthony McLean announced as keynote at CESBA 2020 virtual conference

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We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for CESBA’s virtual conference on Thursday, November 26.

Inclusivity in Education: Better than Diversity

With a background in theatre, Anthony McLean delivers lively presentations on mental health, diversity, and inclusion. He has delivered hundreds of inspiring talks across Canada, the US, and Australia, and, as a respected voice in his field, appeared on CBC News, Global Toronto’s Morning Show, and Breakfast Television. Delivering research-backed tools and actionable strategies, McLean always leaves his audiences inspired to bring their best every day.

McLean is also an actor who has starred in television commercials for Ford, Milk, Tim Horton’s, Sprite, Verizon Wireless, and Bell. He also hosted the CBC Television show The X and was featured in the documentary films Colour Me, SOAR, and Rising Above. In his theatre career, McLean participated in the renowned Stratford Festival where he developed his passion for Shakespeare. He also loves to freestyle rap — give him any topic in the world and he’ll make up a rap on the spot about it.

McLean is currently writing his first book, Mental Health for High Performers.

Watch for registration information in early September!

Anthony McLean est le conférencier d’honneur à la conférence virtuelle CESBA 2020 le jeudi 26 novembre*

L’inclusion dans l’éducation : Mieux que la diversité

Homme de théâtre, Anthony McLean donne des présentations claires et intéressantes sur la santé mentale, la diversité et l’inclusion. Très respecté dans son domaine, il a été invité à des centaines de conférences inspirantes au Canada, aux États-Unis et en Australie, et a fait des apparitions à CBC News, Morning Show de Global Toronto et Breakfast Television. Il a le don d’inspirer les gens à qui il s’adresse et de les encourager à donner le meilleur d’eux-mêmes chaque jour.

McLean est aussi un acteur qui a fait de la publicité à la télévision pour Ford, Milk, Tim Horton, Sprite, Verizon Wireless et Bell. En outre, il a animé l’émission The X à CBC Television et est apparu dans les documentaires Colour Me, SOAR et Rising Above. Au théâtre, il a participé au prestigieux Stratford Festival où est née sa passion pour Shakespeare. Il adore le rap free-style — donnez-lui un sujet et il est capable d’improviser sur le champ.

McLean écrit actuellement son premier livre, Mental Health for High Performers.

Informations d’inscription à venir début septembre!

*Veuillez noter que le discours sera en anglais.

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