CESBA Conference

December 4-5


Registration coming soon

For 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.

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! To learn more, email chun-lam@bplevents.com


Our 25th anniversary conference theme is Forward Together: Championing Adult Education for the Future!

The CESBA Conference 2024 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 4 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
  • Francophone
  • 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 5 is our Workshop Day.  After starting the day with an inspiring address by keynote speaker, David Chalk, you will have an opportunity to select from more than 18 dynamic workshops that explore four sub-themes in adult and continuing education: 

  • Navigating the Future of Education and Technology in A&CE
  • A&CE and Employment Connections
  • Diverse Perspectives and Pathways
  • A&CE Fundamentals

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 an early bird rate for those who book before September 6. 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 $X/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.

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 18.  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 15.

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

Full Conference Rates

Early Bird Rate –
Before September 6

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, 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 $169 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 the CESBA Fall Conference 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.

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Contact Us

If you have questions about attending, sponsoring or presenting at CESBA 2024 Forward Together: Championing Adult Education for the Future, email us at registration@cesba.com