CESBA Conference

December 6-7


Registration is now closed.

For nearly 25 years, the annual CESBA Conference has offered a wide range of professional networking and learning opportunities to inform and inspire exemplary practice in adult and continuing education (A&CE) across Ontario.

  • Discover new ideas, innovations, and partnerships to apply in your day-to-day work in adult and continuing education.
  • Access more than 20 sessions, including plenary, panel and performing arts presentation by young Ontarians.
  • Learn in your own environment at your own pace.
  • Connect with speakers via online polls, audience Q&A other engagement tools.
  • Continue to learn through unlimited, on-demand access to workshops and keynote speech for six months.


Amanda Neilson

Manager of Clinical Practice at Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services


Eric Dallin

Principal of Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute and Adult Learning Centre, Toronto District School Board


Katie Maracle

Professor and Unit Manager, Six Nations Polytechnic


Sarah-Jane VandenBerg

Career Development Practitioner

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are now available. Explore how your organization can connect with hundreds of educators and key decision makers at Ontario’s premier adult and continuing education conference!


Our conference theme is Embracing Transformation: It’s up to all of us!

The CESBA Conference 2023 offers two incredible days of learning, knowledge-sharing, networking, and fun! It is a unique opportunity to learn best and promising practices to support your work in adult and continuing education in Ontario.  

Our conference begins on Wednesday, December 6 with Sector Day organized by leaders in their fields. Please note the change in order from last year! Dedicated workshops, presentations and discussions will be held for the following seven sectors:

  • Summer School (NEW!)
  • Francophone (Back by popular demand!)
  • Credit/Guidance/Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
  • Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS)
  • Personal Support Worker (PSW) programs
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)/French as a Second Language (FSL)/Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
  • International & Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE)

Our second conference day on Thursday, December 7 is our Keynote and Workshop Day.  After starting the day with an inspiring address by international keynote speaker, Joze Piranian, you will have an opportunity to select from more than 18 dynamic workshops that explore four sub-themes in adult and continuing education: 

  • Telling Our Stories
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Technology
  • A&CE Essentials


Click on the days below for full program details.




7:00 am

Registration opens

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Exhibits, Breakfast buffet

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Opening & welcome

10:30 am – 10:45 am


10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Sector sessions continue

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch (networking and exhibits)

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Sector sessions continue

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Sector sessions conclude

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Guided cross-sectoral networking

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Mix & Mingle Reception – For all conference guests




7:00 am – 8:00 am

Exhibits, Breakfast buffet

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Welcome and keynote by Joze Piranian: Face fear. Become Resilient. Unlock Potential.

9:30 am – 9:50 am


11:00 am – 11:20 am


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


2:40 pm – 3:00 pm

Final plenary and closing

3:00 pm


Registration FAQ

CESBA members receive a special conference rate for a single day or the full conference. If you would like to inquire about your board becoming a member of CESBA, please contact our Executive Director, Paul Cox at pcox@cesba.com. We also offer discounted rate for student tickets with a valid student ID. Hotel accommodates and travel codes are also available at a significant discounted rate, please visit the Accommodations page for details.

This year, we are offered a special super saver rate for those who book before July 31, as well as a discounted rate for those who book before September 30. See rate details.

The registration fee allows access to all events and functions during the event and includes: conference materials, receptions, meals and breaks as specified in the program.

All travel costs including air and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee. We have an amazing hotel rate of $149/night at our conference venue, the Chelsea Hotel. Room availability is limited. Travel and accommodations details.

We will send an email to all registrants closer to the conference. You will need to return to the registration form to make your selection. We recommend buying your ticket early to reserve your spot.

Unless there is a change in government health guidelines at the time of the conference, we will no longer have formal COVID restrictions. However, any attendee who wishes to wear a mask should feel most welcome to do so.

Registration payment is by credit card.

After completing the registration form and processing payment, you will be routed to a confirmation page. In addition, you will receive a confirmation email with your registration information.

Yes, you can register a group of participants. Continue your registration form until the payment portal where you will see the option to add another registrant. You need to submit contact details for all attendees. When the workshops selections are available, the person who registered the group will need to return to the registration form to make the workshop selections.

Registration online will close by November 21.  Due to the popularity of the event, we recommend that participants register early as the event is expected to sell out.

Unfortunately, due to capacity limits, we cannot accommodate in-person registrations. We encourage you to register early.

All registration fees are non-refundable. No credit will be issued for unused registrations. A registration may be transferred to another attendee. Requests for transfers of registration fees must be made in writing. Transfer requests can be registration@cesba.com and must be completed by November 17.

Please contact the CESBA 2023 Conference planning team at registration@cesba.com for assistance.

Full Conference Rates

Super Saver –
Before July 31

Full conference – Member*
Full conference – Non-member

Early Bird Rate –
August 1 – September 30

Full conference – Member*
Full conference – Non-member

Regular Rate –
After October 1

Full conference – Member*
Full conference – Non-member

Daily Rates

For either Sector Day or Keynote/Workshop Day only.


If you are an employee of one of our 60+ member school boards, you qualify for a member rate! If you work for an Indigenous educational authority or institute, CAVLFO, or Correctional Service Canada, please also select this member rate option. If you are unsure, please email registration@cesba.com

*Member Eligibility

Literacy and Basic Skills Sector

LBS Sector Day is fully subsidized for LBS staff. If you would like to attend the full conference, select that option and continue to answer the prompts. You will only be charged at the member rate for the Keynote/Workshop Day.

Travel & Accommodation

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

33 Gerrard St. W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4

Chelsea Hotel Toronto is conveniently located in the downtown area and is easily accessible by car or transit. CESBA has negotiated a preferred rate at The Chelsea Hotel Toronto with single rooms starting at an incredible $149 per night, plus taxes and fees. The deadline for bookings is November 15, but room availability is limited so book earlier to avoid disappointment.

Reservations can also be made by phone at 1-800-243-5732 or 416-595-1975. You must mention that you are part of CESBA Fall Conference 2023 to take advantage of the discounted group rate.


Paid, underground self-parking is available at the hotel and can be accessed via the garage entrances on Gerrard Street, use the hotel address of 33 Gerrard Street West in your GPS as the location. Spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that the underground parking garage has a max. height restriction of 5’6” in certain areas and cannot accommodate oversized passenger vehicles.

  • Hourly Parking rate is $3/hour + HST
  • Event Only Parking (6:00 am to 6:00 pm) rate is $15 + HST
  • Discounted overnight Parking rate is $30/day + HST (added value of unlimited in and out privileges)

Travel Directions

For directions to the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, click here.

Travel Discounts 

Air Canada (Discount Code: HB9Q66E1) 

  • Visit aircanada.com to claim the discount code. 
  • The travel period begins Wednesday, November 29, 2023 and ends Thursday, December 14, 2023. 
  • Travel is valid Monday to Sunday. 
  • For North America – 5% applies on standard fares, 10% on flex fares and higher. 

Westjet (Coupon Code Guest Web/TravelAgent Web 3Q5U9HO or for Travel Agent GDS Only YBE18) 

  • 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Transborder into and out of Toronto.  
  • Visit http://www.westjet.com/conventions to claim the discount code.  
  • The travel period begins Wednesday, November 29, 2023 and ends Thursday, December 14, 2023. 

Porter Airlines (Discount Code CESBA23) 

  • 10% discount   
  • Visit https://www.flyporter.com/en-ca/?promocode=CESBA23 to book online or through your agent with the discount code  
  • The travel period from all markets to Toronto (YTO) begins December 6, 2023 and ends December 7, 2023.  
  • The travel period from Toronto (YTO) to all markets begins December 6, 2023 and ends December 8, 2023
  •  Exception: Discount is available for base fares with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale. The discounted fares are available for booking from September 12, 2023 to December 8, 2023

VIA Rail (Discount Code: 14451)

  • Visit viarail.ca to claim the discount code 
  • 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. The discount is subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.
  • Valid: December 3 to December 10, 2023
  • Exception: Discount does not apply to Escape fares and Prestige Class. 
  • Territory: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Toronto, Ontario and return. 
  • Restrictions: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business Class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa only. 

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Contact Us

If you have questions about attending, sponsoring or presenting at CESBA 2023 Embracing Transformation: It’s up to all of us!, email us at registration@cesba.com