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