CESBA Conference 2024: Call for Presenters

CESBA invites you to share your expertise!

CESBA is excited to announce the Call for Presenters for the CESBA Conference 2024 – celebrating CESBA’s 25th Anniversary. This year’s conference theme is “Forward Together: Championing Adult Education for the Future,” focusing on exploring the evolving landscape of Adult and Continuing Education (A&CE) and fostering collaboration within the sector. 

Our conference takes place over two days.  The first day is reserved as a “Sector Day” for CESBA members.  The second day is “Workshop Day” and open to members, adjacent organizations, and those with an active interest in and leadership within the A&CE sector.  In 2024, Workshop Day is December 5, 2024.  

The 2024 conference will take place at the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.  The CESBA conference was a sold-out event in 2022 and 2023 and we anticipate more than 400 to be in attendance in 2024! 

Key Dates


December 4-5, 2024
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto


June 30, 2024 (@11:59 PM)


August 9, 2024


September 6, 2024


The theme of the 2024 CESBA Conference is Forward Together: Championing Adult Education for the Future, with a focus on the following four sub-themes:

  • Navigating the Future of Education and Technology in A&CE
    • Workshops under this heading may include topics such as AI tools in A&CE (for administrators or students), development of new tech programs, technology supports for A&CE, micro-credentialing for adult learners, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. 
  • A&CE and Employment Connections
    • Workshops under this heading may address strategies for fostering connections between A&CE and employment opportunities, supporting work placements, trades training, pathways to further education, and skills development initiatives.
  • Diverse Perspectives and Pathways
    • Workshops under this heading will explore topics such as neurodiversity in education, representation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities, equity and inclusion in A&CE, and pathways to success for diverse learners. 
  • A&CE Fundamentals
    • Workshops under this heading will cover essential topics in A&CE, including Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), funding mechanisms, student information systems, mental health support, and operational best practices.

Submission Guidelines

Each proposal should include: 

  1. A workshop title (please keep it short and interesting!) 
  1. An abstract (maximum 250 words) 
  1. A brief description of the intended workshop (75 words)
  1. A headshot of the presenter(s) (maximum of two presenters) 
  1. A biography of the presenter(s) (maximum 100 words each) 
  1. The sub-theme (outlined above) that your workshop is aligned with
  1. At least three learning outcomes for participants in the proposed workshop.
  1. The A&CE sectors/audiences your workshop applies to, e.g., Credit, ESL/FSL, Literacy & Basic Skills, International & Indigenous Language Education, Summer School, Employment, Personal Support Worker Training, Principals, Superintendents/Directors, Teachers, Program Leaders, New to A&CE

Please note:

  • Presenters are encouraged to incorporate interactive and engaging elements into their sessions.   
  • Submissions include acceptance of the conditions outlined below. Please read before clicking on the link at the bottom to fill out the form.
  • The deadline for proposal submissions is June 30, 2024

Terms & Conditions

  1. Free Workshop Day Registration: CESBA and its members appreciate the contribution that presenters make in sharing their professional knowledge and expertise to strengthen the A&CE sector. To acknowledge these contributions, presenters will be provided with a ticket to attend Workshop Day free of charge.  If your submission is accepted, you will be manually registered by CESBA and are not required to self-register for the conference.  CESBA does not provide payment for workshop presentations.
  2. Presentation Content: The content of your workshop or presentation must be relevant to the theme of the conference and aligned with the selected conference theme. Presentations should not promote specific products or services.
  3. Session Preparation Call: Successful applicants must make themselves available for a session preparation call to be scheduled in the fall. This call will provide an opportunity to discuss logistics and session format, as well as allow presenters to ask questions.
  4. Presentation Format: Workshop sessions will be 60 minutes long and should include time for Q&A to engage participants. Presenters will be given an additional five minutes at the end of the workshop for participants to fill out questionnaires to provide feedback.
  5. PowerPoint Template: CESBA will provide successful applicants with a PowerPoint (PPT) template for their presentations. Presenters are encouraged to use this template for consistency across sessions.
  6. Confirmation of Participation: Accepted presenters must confirm their participation in the conference by September 6, 2024. Failure to confirm participation by the deadline may result in the re-evaluation of your proposal.
  7. Presentation Submission: Presenters must submit their final presentations to CESBA in advance of the conference. This ensures that presentations are properly formatted and ready for presentation, including the addition of a post-event QR code for the conference survey.
  8. Travel and Accommodation: Presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. CESBA will not cover travel expenses or provide accommodation for presenters.
  9. Audiovisual Equipment: CESBA will provide standard audiovisual equipment for presentations, including a laptop pre-loaded with presentations, screen, microphone and AV support staff available. Special A/V requests and will be considered, but not guaranteed.
  10. Copyright and Permissions: Presenters are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions for copyrighted materials included in their presentations. By submitting a proposal, you affirm that you have the necessary rights to use all materials included in your presentation.
  11. Code of Conduct: Presenters are expected to adhere to the CESBA Conference Code of Conduct, which promotes a respectful and inclusive environment for all participants. 

What happens after I submit a workshop proposal? 

Proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee for:  

  • Relevance to the conference theme  
  • Relevance to professional development needs of the sector and CESBA membership
  • Clarity of content and learning objectives  
  • Diversity of perspectives and presenters  
  • Practical and relevant examples and how to apply learnings to A&CE settings in Ontario. 

CESBA reserves the right to make suggestions to improve proposals, which could include expanding your topic to include other examples, or merging your session with one that is similar. This would be proposed in an effort to provide the best overall program for conference attendees.


For all conference inquiries, email Erinn Graham-Barter at egraham-barter@cesba.com

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