Learning and Events

CAUBO provides a wide variety of professional development offerings for the benefit of its members, including our annual conference, online courses, workshops, and webinars. We also produce a Guide to Communications in a University Context, available online in its entirety. Click here to view a list of on-demand webinars.

Upcoming Events

Online Course: University Culture and Governance - October 3 – December 14, 2022

Thank you for your interest in CAUBO’s online courses. Registration for this course offering is now closed as we have filled all available spaces.

Click here to add your name to a waiting list now. Please be sure to include your full name, title, institution and contact information. You will receive an email offering you priority registration for the next offering of this course.

Course Description

Please note that this course is only offered in English at this time.

This newly revised course provides a comprehensive overview of university culture and governance. The objective is to help administrators, new and established, to better understand the university context and work more effectively and efficiently within the unique university environment.

Among the longest standing institutions in the world, universities adhere to fundamental principles and values that have been championed by academics from the earliest of times. Those principles and values continue to shape the modern university and contribute to an environment that is substantially different from that encountered in private or public sector organizations. To be effective in a university, it is essential that administrators understand and respect these values and principles and adapt their practices accordingly.

The unique nature of universities and the academic culture impact how administrators work, interact with individuals, consult, bring forward ideas or plans for review or approval and implement new initiatives. They are experienced by all administrators whether in academic units, central services, student services or ancillary services.

This course is a blend of web-based materials and live learning sessions. Through presentations, readings, assignments, and group discussions, this course aims to provide administrators with the ability to take context and culture more instinctively into account in conducting their work. The course will provide participants with a general understanding of:

  • the origin of universities and how this is reflected in the culture and traditions of today’s university
  • the division of roles between the Senate, the Board, and the University President and how this might affect planning and decision-making in academic and non-academic units
  • the unique judicial process that applies to universities and how that influences process development and application
  • collegial governance and its meaning in practice
  • principles and importance of equity, diversity, inclusion, and indigenization (EDII) and how these are integrated into all areas of the university system and culture
  • the federal and provincial influences over universities from a constitutional perspective and funding context
  • the general funding sources of universities for operations, research, and capital/infrastructure
  • principles of academic freedom and their application
  • the academic workload
  • the meaning and implications of the peer review process and principles of natural justice in a university
  • academic values and how they impact routine interactions of academics and administrators

MODULE 1 – The University Context

MODULE 2 – Equity, Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Decolonization: A Required Competency for Effective University Leadership

MODULE 3 – Trends in University Finances and Funding Models

MODULE 4 – Fundamental Academic Principles and Values 

MODULE 5 – Academic Culture and Working Environment 

MODULE 6 – The Relevance of Culture and Governance for Administrators

Target Audience:

  • All individuals recruited from outside of the university sector into mid to senior management positions
  • Individuals aspiring to more senior managerial roles in a university
  • Mid to senior level administrative staff from across the university

UCG Course Schedule Overview

* All times are in Eastern Time (ET)

Subject Date Time
CAUBO UCG – Introduction / Overview Monday October 3, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
CAUBO UCG LLS 1 of 6 Thursday October 13, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
CAUBO UCG LLS 2 of 6 Monday October 24, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
CAUBO UCG LLS 3 of 6 Wednesday November 2, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
CAUBO UCG LLS 4 of 6 Monday November 14, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
CAUBO UCG LLS 5 of 6 Thursday November 24, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
CAUBO UCG Working Group 1 of 2 (Group A) Tuesday November 29, 2022 1:00 PM -2:00 PM Group A
CAUBO UCG Working Group 1 of 2 (Group B) 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Group B
CAUBO UCG Working Group 2 of 2 (Group A) Tuesday December 6, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Group A
CAUBO UCG Working Group 1 of 2 (Group B) 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Group B
CAUBO UCG Case Study Submission Due Date Monday December 12, 2022 By 11:00 AM
CAUBO UCG LLS 6 of 6 Wednesday December 14, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Time commitment

Participants are expected to commit approximately 30-35 hours to the completion of this course, which includes presentations, readings, course activities, group work and Live Learning Sessions.

Facilitated by:

Rosie Parnass

Rosie Parnass is currently a consultant offering HR consulting, facilitation and coaching services to higher education and not-for-profit organizations. Rosie recently retired from the University of Toronto after working there for over 35 years in a variety of functional areas including; student life; career services; human resources; organizational development and learning; and work/life support. As Executive Director, Organizational Learning and Development and Work Life Support, Rosie led a team providing organizational development, career management, mentoring and continuous learning programs that supported the University community. Rosie has presented at many conferences, nationally and internationally and has taught at the University’s School of Continuing Studies. Rosie has also been involved with CAUBO on the Training and Development Committee, and as a facilitator in their on-line course program. Rosie assists CAUBO with their professional development activities including acting as a program consultant for the annual conference and functional seminars. She has also been a facilitator for their on-line courses for the past few years. Rosie has a Master of Education, specializing in Adult Education and Counselling from OISE/UT; has completed the Advanced Program in Human Resources Management from the Rotman School of Management. Rosie is a recent graduate of the Solution Focused Coaching program and has an active coaching practice.

FREE Webinar: Measuring Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions - October 12, 2022, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

* Please note that this webinar is delivered in English only

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Target Audience: Senior Administrators interested in this issue

CAUBO initiated a Climate Change Mitigation Strategies project to support members’ efforts to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This project encompassed four deliverables, including educational materials, a report that outlines the current landscape regarding member policies, practices, areas of focus, and planned priority areas related to climate change adaptation and mitigation, and a Roadmap to net-zero that provides guidance to institutions as they act towards becoming net-zero.

This webinar will focus on the fourth component of the project which provides guidance on the measurement of Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Assessing GHG emissions across the entire value chain can be complex, and for institutions just beginning to assess their Scope 3 emissions, it can be difficult to know where to start. As Scope 3 emissions can represent upwards of 87% of an institution’s total GHG emissions, it is an important concept to understand and integrate for an institution to achieve its goal of becoming net-zero.

The presenter will provide an overview of the activities and operations to be included as Scope 3 emissions, discuss the challenges associated with the measurement of these emissions, provide examples of how calculations are performed, as well as offer advice and recommendations for tracking Scope 3 at higher education institutions.

There will be opportunities for interaction during the webinar via a Q&A session that will follow the presentation. This 90-minute webinar is intended for all senior administrators interested in this issue.

CAUBO’s Climate Change Project has been made possible by financial support from The McConnell Foundation.

This CAUBO PD activity may count towards credits for accreditation programs and designations in your field. Visit the CAUBO website for more details.

Take note that registration will close at 8:00 PM ET on October 11, 2022.


Kris Urban
Senior Project Manager

With a background in construction technology and project management, Kris provides design assistance for various building types pursuing sustainable certifications. He specializes in LEED rating systems, LEED O:M recertifications, and WELL certifications, and also has experience with the development of sustainable master plans, Green Globe certifications, and the LEED Neighbourhood Development system. Kris is based in our Kitchener office and advises on sustainable building design across Canada.


Other Events of Interest

As events become available, CAUBO will provide updated listing of professional development events hosted by other organizations that CAUBO members may find to be of interest. These listings are submitted by the hosting organization and are not endorsed by CAUBO. If you are hosting an event that you would like to see listed here please contact CAUBO’s Professional Development Coordinator Kristine Serjak at kserjak@caubo.ca.

In an effort to expand professional development opportunities, CAUBO has partnered with NACUBO and its Eastern chapter, EACUBO, to offer reciprocal member pricing on events. Visit www.nacubo.org for a list of upcoming events. If you see an event you’d like to participate in, contact the Communications and Membership Coordinator for the appropriate discount code.

Webinar on Public Sector Accounting Board’s (PSAB) Government Not-For-Profit Strategy Decision and Implementation Plan

Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB): Exposure Draft “Employee Benefits, Proposed Section PS 3251”

  • WebinarWatch the recorded webinar to learn about the key proposals in PSAB’s Exposure Draft “Employee Benefits, Proposed Section PS 3251”.


Earn Accreditation Credits from CAUBO Professional Development

Members who participate in CAUBO’s professional development offerings can now ask to have them applied as credits towards some accreditation programs and designations in their respective fields. We have engaged with a number of accrediting organizations who have acknowledged CAUBO as an offeror of professional development that may be eligible for their programs.

How do I acquire my credits?

Each individual member will be responsible for assessing whether or not the PD activities you take part in are relevant to your work and/or education requirements. If you believe they are, you must file directly with the specific accreditation body to earn your credits. Generally, the receipt or email confirmation originally provided by CAUBO can serve as proof of registration. Please contact the respective organizations directly to find out more about how to receive your credits.

Which accreditation bodies are participating?

The list of accreditation programs and organizations that may provide continuing education credit for CAUBO professional development activities is below. This list may be incomplete, so if you know of others that should be added, please let us know by emailing kserjak@caubo.ca.

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA)
  • Association For Supply Chain Management
  • Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • Canada’s Association of I.T. Professionals (CIPS)
  • Canadian Institute of Traffic & Transportation (CITT)
  • Canadian Payroll Association
  • CFA Institute
  • Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR)
  • CIM Chartered Managers Canada
  • CPA Canada
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors Canada
  • Institute for Supply Management in the US
  • LEED Green Associate/LEED AP
  • National Institute of Government Procurement (NIGP)
  • Ontario Public Buyers Association (OPBA)
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
  • Supply Chain Canada

If you have questions about this accreditation initiative, please contact Kris Serjak at kserjak@caubo.ca.