CCO Conference
May 30 - 31


Conference Roster


CCO Conference

CCO's 45th Annual Conference includes unmatched networking opportunities, featured guest speakers, and informative session specially designed to bring value to your PCC. 

CCO’s annual conference is a gathering of career colleges and their stakeholders across the province in celebration of the sector, its students and the continued progress being made in recognition of the important role career colleges play in Ontario’s postsecondary education system. 

This year's conference will incorporate the 6th annual CCO awards ceremony to recognize a deserving instructor and seven outstanding graduates of the career college sector.



Hilton Hotel & Suites

6361 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9


Wednesday, May 30
4PM - 12AM

Thursday, May 31
7:30AM - 10 PM


(519) 752-2124 ext.113

*The below conference schedule is in the process of being finalized. The sessions and times expressed in this schedule are subject to change.

Wednesday, May 30

Annual General Meeting

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for CCO's Annual General Meeting as CCO and its members shape the future of your Association and your voice.

Registration will be made available to all members from 1 pm to 4 pm on May 30 at the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls. Please note that attending the Annual General Meeting is free for all members. Those who wish to attend the Annual General Meeting are not required to attend the conference.

Welcome Reception

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kicking things off, CCO welcomes delegates and special guests to the beginning of our much anticipated conference.

Guests are free to take full advantage of the catered reception and abundant networking opportunities, beneficial to new and seasoned veterans of the sector.


Thursday, May 31

Keynote: Phil Fontaine - The Future of Education

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Speaker: Phil Fontaine

Bold, tenacious, solution-oriented and forward-looking, Phil Fontaine is an articulate advocate for the future of Canada and for our indigenous peoples. As the former three-term National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, he is a shining example of how strong leadership can work. Known for his calm and confident demeanor, he has a proven track record of opening the lines of communication and bringing people together in a common cause for a better future and to resolve issues of the past.



Breakout Session: PCC 101 | Best Practices for Career Colleges

10:00 am - 10:55 am

Speaker: Noel Abbot

Details to be announced.

Breakout Session: Marketing

10:00 am - 10:55 am

Speakers: Michael Katz, Don Thibert

Details to be announced.


Breakout Session: Sexual Violence and Harassment

10:00 am - 10:55 am

Speaker: Suzanne Mason, Public Education Coordinator, Niagara Sexual Assault Centre

Understanding the myths and realities of sexual assault and harassment is crucial to stopping this widespread and underreported crime.  Statistics show that 15 to 25 per cent of women will experience some form of sexual assault while attending post-secondary schools.

This presentation will cover the reasons that sexual violence occurs; why the majority of victims do not report; prevention strategies for school administrators, staff and bystanders; and how to support students who disclose being sexually harassed or assaulted and inform them of their options.

Although only five per cent of sexual assault victims report to the police, the #MeToo Movement has resulted in more disclosures to their support networks and/or through social media. The discussion will include the impact and responsibilities for all workplaces with this heightened awareness.

Plenary: PARIS System | Learn by Demonstration

11:05 am - 12:00 pm

Speakers: Marilyn Gurevsky, Rob Terhune

Details to be announced.

Breakout Session: Discussion of Current Tax, Audit and OSAP Administrative Performance Requirements

1:05 pm - 2:00 pm

Speakers: Paul Kitchin, Dave McCarroll

Presentation will include:

  • Brief update on personal and corporate income tax changes in the past year
  • Update on KPI reporting and results
  • Discussion of KPI reporting on application for OSAP designation
  • Update of default rate statistics and resulting government reaction – promissory notes and penalties
  • Discussion of how best to prepare for the annual audit of financial statements and schedules
  • Update on changes to the 2018 Re-registration Guidelines

Breakout Session: Career Tools for Millennial Learners

1:05 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker: Elisabeth Sykes, Program Coordinator, Career Pathways Program, Mohawk College

Addressing the career needs of millennials can be daunting and exhilarating. This interactive workshop will tackle the unique challenges millennials, and those who teach them face, as they attempt to enter the precarious workplace. Online and job-focused applications have increased opportunities to find work and millennials need additional guidance to navigate this complex process. Soft skills and interview skills remain important to job success.  Millennial learners need to be engaged, entertained, and rewarded whether they are online or in a face-to-face environment.  This workshop will enhance your ability to respond to this specific cohort but can be applied to all job seekers as well.

Plenary: Student Mental Health: Considerations for Career Colleges

2:05 pm - 3:00 pm

Speaker: Stephanie Walker, Director, Student Support, Morneau Shepell

This presentation will focus on research and trends in student mental health, offer insights and practical recommendations for supporting students, and share outcomes from institutions that have implemented the Student Support Program. 

  • An overview of mental health statistics for college students
  • A review of challenges faced by college students (academic, personal, relationship, financial)
  • The impact of technology on student mental health
  • Statistics and research on International Student mental health
  • The connection between mental health and student retention
  • Tools and resources colleges can use to address these challenges
  • Outcomes of the Student Support Program

Breakout Session: Labour Market Trends

1:05 pm - 2:00 pm

Speakers: Trudy Parsons, MDB Insight

DSkills mismatch. Skills shortages. Artificial intelligence. Fourth Industrial Revolution. Common topics of discussion around board tables, and in on-line and printed publications. Where is our world of work going? How do we best prepare to be competitive in the job market? How do we choose our career pathway? The answer lies in being informed!

This session will explore Ontario’s labour market, showcasing what is happening across economic sectors, the jobs most in demand, and the skills and certifications employers are asking for when hiring. To effectively plan our workforce and the skills and knowledge needed, we are required to examine both labour supply and labour demand. This session will share a snapshot of labour market activity and trends emerging in Ontario. 

A shared goal for students and educators is relevant employment – helping graduates secure work that provides them opportunity to apply their learning and expertise. Being informed is step one to achieving that goal!



Plenary: Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Speakers: Dan Attwell from Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Details to be announced.

CCO Awards Gala and Dinner

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ontario’s career college sector has played an essential role in post-secondary education and career training for over 150 years.

The CCO Awards Gala is a night to recognize the sector's outstanding graduates and the hard-working instructors who helped get them to where they are today.