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

FREE Webinar: Making Data-informed Decisions with HR Metrics, December 3, 2020, 1:00-2:15 PM ET

* Please note that this webinar is delivered in English only *

Date and Time: Thursday, December 3, 2020, 1:00-2:15 PM ET
Target Audience: Senior professionals in HR (directors, managers, and operational staff)

CAUBO and the HR Metrics Service announced a joint partnership in early 2020 to provide CAUBO members with quality HR benchmarking services. HRMS is a privately owned national benchmarking service with 65 client organizations from a variety of sectors, including several Canadian universities.

Join us for this CAUBO webinar to hear from Lisa Irish, Owner/Operator of HRMS on how members can benefit from the key benchmark metrics developed by HRMS for higher education. The metrics allow institutions to measure and compare institutional performance in the areas of productivity, HR efficiency, compensation, recruitment, retention, and workforce demographics.

The webinar will also feature Stephen Dodge, Director, Human Resources at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Larry Phillips, Executive Director of Human Resources at Thompson Rivers University who will share their experience with the HR Metrics Service and provide practical information on how they are using their data and benchmarks to support their organizational decision making.

There will be opportunities for interaction through live polling and a tailored discussion/Q&A segment based on submitted audience questions following the presentation.

This webinar is aimed at HR directors, management, and operational staff.  Senior administration responsible for HR may also find it useful to participate.

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 December 2, 2020


Lisa Irish
Owner / Operator
HR Metrics Service

Lisa Irish is the Owner/Operator of the HR Metrics Service, Canada’s leading HR benchmarking service. Managing the service since its inception in 2010, Lisa has focused on providing organizations with the comparative HR data to support their decision making. A process improvement specialist, Lisa has consulted on a variety of projects focused on employee service centres. Past experience includes 15 years with the Niagara Region in various roles from Community Services to Human Resources.

Lisa holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brock University, a certificate in Human Resource Management from Niagara College, and is a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL – HRPA).

Stephen Dodge
Director, Human Resources
Memorial University

Steve has 34 years of experience in the field of human resource management with the past 30 at the senior and executive level.  After almost 25 years in healthcare, he joined Memorial University in 2011 to assume the university’s senior HR position as Memorial’s Director of Human Resources. During this time, Steve and his leadership team have embarked on transforming HR’s mandate and service delivery model. This client-centered approach has resulted in a new HR service model (MyHR) which has streamlined all transactional HR processes and is underpinned by case management and other technologies. Greater transparency and accountability have been supported through the development of performance metrics and reporting.

Steve is a graduate of Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration.  He has also completed the Health Services Management Program of the Canadian Healthcare Association, receiving the Ronald J.C. McQueen Award for academic performance and leadership.

Larry Phillips
Executive Director
Thompson Rivers University 

Larry is the Executive Director of Human Resources at TRU. Larry has participated or led national and international leadership committees with a focus on consensus building, problem-solving and conflict resolution. At TRU he participates in workplace committees primarily dealing with employee and labour relations. Part of this vision is to identify and implement learning and career opportunities for staff and students. By building trust-based relationships, Larry has led fundraising and volunteer activities including the United Way, Royal Inland Hospital and at TRU. He has a passion for student engagement and learning and delivers workshops, guest lectures and career planning for TRU students.

FREE Webinar: Responsible Investing in Canadian Universities, December 10, 2020, 1:00-2:15 PM ET

* Please note that this webinar is delivered in English only *

Date and Time: Thursday, December 10, 2020, 1:00-2:15 PM ET
Target Audience: University vice-presidents, treasurers, chief investment officers, directors and senior managers of investments and finance

Canadian post-secondary institutions are increasingly contemplating or acting on important issues related to responsible investing (RI) and incorporation of environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) into the selection and management of investments.

Deidre Henne, AVP (Administration) and CFO at McMaster University, Donna Kotsopoulos, Professor, Management and Organizational Studies and Srikanth Ramani, Assistant Professor of Finance, both from Huron University College at Western University are leading a comprehensive study exploring approaches to responsible investing across Canadian institutions.

Join us for a webinar where this research team will provide valuable insight into key findings from CAUBO’s recent 2020 Responsible Investing Survey (report available here). They will also present preliminary findings from their interviews with 32 institutional leaders about institutional practices and constraints related to RI. 

This webinar is intended for university vice-presidents, treasurers, chief investment officers, directors and senior managers of investments and finance.

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 December 9, 2020


Deidre Henne
Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Vice-President of Administration
McMaster University

Dee is a well-respected leader with in-depth strategic financial planning, treasury, contract negotiation, risk management and human resource expertise. She has a reputation for instilling confidence, interest and engagement in people. Dee graduated from McMaster University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and articled with Ernst & Young LLP, obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation in 2001. She then held a number of positions at Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada’s second-largest academic health sciences centre, finishing her tenure there as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Population Health Research Institute. In 2009, she was recognized as an Ivey Scholar as she completed her executive MBA at the University of Western Ontario.

Donna Kotsopoulos
Huron at Western University

Donna has a PHD in Educational Studies from Western University and is the co-director of the of Ontario Ministry of Education’s Mathematics Knowledge Network. Throughout her career she has held various leadership roles that have inspired a research focus on postsecondary education – particularly strategic resource allocation, leadership, and university governance. Donna serves as co-president of the Board of Amabile Choirs of London, Ontario. She also serves as the Secretary General for Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada. Her service, research, and teaching have been recognized with several awards. She was recently honoured as a Fields Institute Fellow through the esteemed Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.

Srikanth Ramani
Assistant Professor, Finance
Huron at Western University

Prior to joining Huron, Srikanth worked at the University of New Brunswick and completed his PhD in finance from Ivey Business School at Western University. His primary research interests are in the areas of responsible investing and ESG and CSR. His research was recently published in the Journal of Business Ethics under the title “The role of mutual funds in CSR.”

FREE Virtual Roundtable: Supporting Faculty and Instructors During the Pandemic, December 16th, 2020, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

* Please note that this virtual roundtable is delivered in both English and French*

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 16th, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET
Target Audience:  All FBS Members

Thank you for your interest in FBS’s virtual roundtable. Registration for this session 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 event.

Faculty and instructors have borne the burden of sustaining both academic and key research programs during the pandemic. Shifting from in person to remote instructional delivery and undertaking research under pandemic public health protocols has required adaptiveness, determination and resilience. No doubt, this work comes at both emotional and psychological cost. Recognizing the challenges entailed in continuing academic work under such exigent circumstances, university leaders wish to support the mental health and general wellness of colleagues.

How can university leaders address the human needs of those who deliver on the institutions’ learning, teaching, research and community mandates?

FBS invites members to join Michele Parkin, AVP Faculty Relations & Academic Administration, University of Victoria; Sonia Coutu, Executive Director of Labour Relations, Concordia University; Serge Desmarais, Professor Emeritus & Former VP Academic, University of Guelph, and our FBS moderator Lynne Gervais for this roundtable discussion, hosted in both English and French.

This session will be limited to 25 participants, on a first come first served basis, to ensure there is opportunity for a meaningful discussion.

To open the conversation, FBS has prepared a few suggestions on supporting instructors during the pandemic.

The roundtable will seek to develop suggestions of actions universities might undertake in support of faculty and instructors. The roundtable will be recorded, and the results will be compiled and shared with colleagues.

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


Lynne Gervais
Field Representative

Lynne has been Field Representative since 2018. She has spent eleven years as Associate Vice-Principal, Human Resources, McGill University, In addition, she has over 30 years’ experience with various multinational organizations. At the international level, she has served as an expert member of a mergers and acquisitions due diligence team on HR matters. She moderated roundtables as part of the European Works Council (EWC) process. Her areas of expertise are total compensation, benefits, pension, human resources information systems, succession planning, international mobility, collective labour negotiation mandates and organizational effectiveness. She also has demonstrated skills in change management, team building and project management. Mrs. Gervais is known for promoting leadership through mentoring and coaching. She has experience as a member of Board of Directors in her capacity as an HR Specialist. Mrs. Gervais is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP); she has a BA (Honours Economics, cum laude) from Concordia University, a Graduate Management Diploma from McGill University, and has completed a Directors Education Program offered at McGill.


Sonia Coutu
Executive Director of Labour Relations
Concordia University

With a passion for education and collaboration, Sonia Coutu strives to make a true difference within each experience. Holding a M.Sc. and M.Ed., she has been Executive Director of Employee and Labour Relations at Concordia University since 2014. She began her career as a teacher for disabled children where she quickly learned to put things in perspective. She also learned that success has different faces, meanings and timelines.  Sonia previously worked as a principal at the elementary level and as vice-principal in a high school. With the student and employee experience at the forefront of her vocation, Sonia feels most comfortable when keeping this vision as a baseline for any decision.

Serge Desmarais
Professor Emeritus & Former VP Academic
University of Guelph

Serge Desmarais is a University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. He joined the University of Guelph in 1995 after holding faculty positions at Saint Mary’s University and Wilfrid Laurier University. During his academic career, Serge held positions as Chair of the Psychology department as well as Associate Dean and Acting Dean in the College of Social and Human Applied Sciences. He also completed a ten-year term as Associate Vice-President (Academic) and served as the University’s Interim Provost in 2014-2015. Serge is a former recipient of a Canada Research Chair in Applied Social Psychology. His research expertise includes the changes and impact of gender norms on perceptions of justice, close relationship, sexuality, and the use social media. Serge has also researched and published several articles on matters related to teaching and learning.

Michele Parkin
AVP Faculty Relations & Academic Administration
University of Victoria

Michele has been Associate Vice-President, Faculty Relations and Academic Administration at the University of Victoria since 2017. Previously she served 13 years at Western University as the Director, Faculty Relations. Through her former work lives as an automotive salesperson, dental practice manager, civil litigator, labour and employment lawyer and Director of Human Resources, she learned the value of relationship building, strong communication, proactivity, and creativity in issue resolution.  Michele combines her love of travel and commitment to empowerment of women and girls by supporting education and micro-finance related projects around the globe.


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.


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.