CCO Conference
May 30 - 31


CCO Conference


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

Details to be announced.

Plenary: PARIS System | Learn by Demonstration

11:05 am - 12:00 pm

Speakers: Marilyn Gurevsky, Rob Terhune

Details to be announced.

Breakout Session: KPI | Operations and Best Practices

1:05 pm - 2:00 pm

Speakers: Paul Kitchin, Noel Abbott, Marilyn Gurevsky

Details to be announced.

Breakout Session: Career Tools for Millennials

1:05 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Details to be announced.

Plenary: Your Students' Mental Health

2:05 pm - 3:00 pm

Speaker: Morneau Shepell Ltd.

Details to be announced.

Breakout Session: Labour Market Trends

1:05 pm - 2:00 pm

Speakers: Trudy Parsons, MDB Insight

Details to be announced.



Plenary: Ask Your Ministry Rep

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Speakers: Carol Strachan, Noah Morris, Travis Coulter

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.