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 CAUBO/CUCCIO Webinar 1: Why Move to the Cloud? - February 3, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET

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

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 1:00-2:30 PM ET
Target Audience: Senior Administrators interested in this issue

There are many reasons why an institution may move to the cloud. Legacy systems may need to be upgraded or replaced; new functionality may only be available in the cloud; or it can be an opportunity to change how the business works. Before making the change, institutions should clearly articulate and understand the business objectives of moving to the cloud. Many institutions have developed an overarching strategy or framework to help guide their discussions and processes toward adopting cloud solutions. Webinar participants will hear an overview of three different approaches.

Our presenters include:

  • Stephen Lamb, Deputy CIO, University of British Columbia
  • Terry Nikkel, CIO and AVP Information Technology Services, University of New Brunswick
  • Karen Smyth, Director, Information Technology, Mount Saint Vincent University

There will be opportunities for interaction during the webinar via live polling, and a tailored discussion will follow the presentation. This 90-minute webinar is intended for all senior administrators interested in this issue.

This is the first in a series of five free webinars presented by CAUBO and CUCCIO titled Moving to the Cloud: Key Considerations.  Participants can attend any or all of the webinars. Click here to save the dates!

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 February 2, 2021.


Stephen Lamb
Deputy Chief Information Officer
University of British Columbia

Stephen Lamb joined UBC’s Office of the CIO in April 2017 as Deputy Chief Information Officer to help lead significant change across the information technology landscape of the university. Stephen oversees governance and investment planning processes, project and portfolio management, IT-related risk management, workforce planning, service management, financial maturity improvement, engagement services and communications. In addition, he collaborates with senior executives across UBC on the development and implementation of projects at the enterprise and local level.


Terry Nikkel
Associate Vice President, Information Technology Services
University of New Brunswick

Terry Nikkel is Associate Vice President, Information Technology Services, at University of New Brunswick. Terry has strategic and organizational responsibility to ensure that enterprise information and communications technologies and services meet the current and anticipated needs of the University, in collaboration with relevant UNB partners across both campuses including academic and research computing. Terry has direct responsibility for the planning and delivery of enterprise IT services, Fredericton campus-specific IT services, and the services provided to the New Brunswick sector of the national research and education network.  Previously, he was Director, Information Services and Systems at the UNB Saint John campus. Before joining UNB he was a tenured librarian at Dalhousie University, and also worked for a number of years for Honeywell International Corporation, in a large R&D unit. Terry has an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Dalhousie.


Dr. Karen Smyth
Director, Information Technology & Services
Mount Saint Vincent University 

Dr. Karen Smyth is the Director of the Information Technology & Services Department at Mount Saint Vincent University. Karen is an experienced leader in delivering technology services and solutions, both in university and financial sectors. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Karen’s IT career began in the financial sector, where she honed her leadership and technical skills delivering on a number of complex multi-jurisdictional, change initiatives.

When Karen moved to Canada in 2008 she joined the IT&S department at Mount Saint Vincent University, allowing her to return to her academic roots. Karen has a PhD in microbial genetics from Cardiff University.

Karen looks at the big picture of technology use within organizations and has used her leadership role at the Mount to break down department silos and transform the way the University looks at its data and business processes.

FREE Webinar: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) - January 27, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET

*Please note that this webinar will be offered in English and is open only to FBS participants.

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET
Target Audience:  All FBS/SANCP Members

FBS/SANCP is pleased to host a webinar dedicated to the important topic of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI)

Please join Indira Naidoo-Harris, Associate Vice President Diversity & Human Rights, University of Guelph, and former Cabinet Minister for the Status of Women & Minister of Education in the Province of Ontario, as she moderates a discussion with leaders in the sector who are currently engaged in the complex organizational change process that is EDI. Our discussion panelists are:

  • Angela Campbell, Associate Provost Equity & Academic Policies, McGill University
  • Gervan Fearon, President and Vice-Chancellor, Brock University
  • Jane Ngobia, Vice President Inclusive Communities, Sheridan College
  • Jasmine Walsh, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Dalhousie University

This session will be recorded.

There will be opportunities for interaction and tailored discussions during the moderated Q&A segment that will follow the speakers’ panel.

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


Indira Naidoo-Harris
Associate Vice President, Diversity & Human Rights
University of Guelph

Indira Naidoo-Harris is a trusted public leader, policy-maker, journalist and advocate. Currently serving as the Associate Vice President of Diversity & Human Rights at the University of Guelph, Naidoo-Harris is working to foster a culture of inclusion by leading discussion and education efforts about inclusivity, equity and accessibility.

She is a former Ontario cabinet minister, well-known journalist and human rights advocate. Elected in 2014 as Halton’s MPP, she held several cabinet posts, including Ontario’s first ever Minister of the Status of Women, and Minister of Education.

Naidoo-Harris has developed and worked on policies, strategies and frameworks that have changed lives including Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Childcare Policy Framework, the Strategy to Deliver Free Preschool Childcare for Children in Ontario, Ontario’s first Comprehensive Dementia Strategy, and the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

As the first official voice for women in the province, Naidoo-Harris headed the Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy and the Strategy for Gender-Based Violence. She also worked on anti-human trafficking legislation, led consultations across the province with women’s and Indigenous groups, victims of violence and social reformers, and worked with business and government officials on pay equity and other issues. She also served as Associate Minister of Finance, and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care.


Angela Campbell
Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies)
McGill University 

As Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies), Professor Angela Campbell is responsible for academic policies and procedures, as well as the oversight of all equity matters, at McGill. In her role, she advises senior academic administrators on the application of University policies and regulations. She further supports strategic academic and recruitment plans and operations, and provides oversight of the academic life cycle from recruitment to retirement. In this connection, Professor Campbell leads the nomination and allocation of Canada Research Chairs, James McGill Professors, and William Dawson Scholars. She serves as Chair of the Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity (JBSCE), Chair of the Universal Access Capital Projects Working Group, and Vice-Chair the Academic Policy Committee (APC).

Angela Campbell is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, specializing in Family, Health, Successions and Criminal Law. She has previously served as Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) and Director (Institute of Comparative Law) in the Law Faculty.

Dr. Gervan Fearon
President and Vice-Chancellor
Brock University

Gervan Fearon began his term as President and Vice-Chancellor in August 2017.  Before joining Brock, he served at Brandon University as President and Vice-Chancellor, and as Provost and Vice-President Academic.

Prior to his time at Brandon, Fearon served several other academic positions, including as Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University; as Associate Dean at York University’s Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies; as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington; and as an Associate Professor at York University.

Fearon received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, after having received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph. He also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) designation and an ICD.D designation. He is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and several other awards.

His research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Public Economics and the Canadian Journal of Economics and Industrial Relations-Relations Industrielles Quarterly Review.

Besides academic achievements, his career includes several years in the Ontario government in roles as a senior analyst at Treasury Board Division, Ontario Ministry of Finance, and as an executive assistant to Deputy Minister and Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

He is passionate about the role of post-secondary education in supporting regional development and has served on numerous community boards and helped champion significant community development initiatives.

He currently serves on the Governance Committee of Universities Canada, the Executive Committee of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), the Board of United Way Nagara, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, and as Chair of the Education Committee of the BlackNorth Initiative. Previous activities include serving as Chair of COU’s Budget and Audit Committee, President of Tropicana Community Services and as a member of Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council.

Jane Ngobia
Vice President, Inclusive Communities
Sheridan College 

Jane Ngobia is the Vice President, Inclusive Communities at Sheridan College. She has held progressive leadership positions locally and abroad within the post-secondary sector. Jane is described as a community peace-builder and change agent. Over the years, she has served as a Chief Diversity Officer where she launched and overseen pan-institutional initiatives to facilitate systemic and institutional equity. Jane’s passionate pursuit of an equitably shared world has moved her to extend her personal and professional capital towards fostering a culture of care and justice for all.

Jasmine Walsh
Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources
Dalhousie University

Jasmine Walsh (she/her) is a graduate of Memorial University (BA 1995) and Dalhousie University (LLB 2003). Jasmine practiced labour, employment and pensions law with private firms in Atlantic Canada before joining Dalhousie University as Director of Academic Staff Relations in 2010. In November 2016 Jasmine assumed the role Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources. Jasmine is a lifelong volunteer and advocate for social justice causes. She led Dalhousie’s Strategic Initiative on Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness culminating in many new initiatives for Dalhousie including its first multi-year Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness Strategy.

FREE CAUBO/CUCCIO Webinar Series: Moving to the Cloud: Key Considerations - Save the Dates

Save the Dates!

The reasons why an institution may want to leverage cloud-based alternatives for IT-enabled services and solutions vary as widely as the issues that must be considered when making these decisions. Legacy systems may need to be upgraded or replaced; new functionality may only be available in the cloud; or the cloud may present an opportunity to change or streamline legacy processes. Issues such as data privacy and protection, total cost of ownership, accessibility, business process and technical integration, functional support, and exit plans all need to be addressed. It’s not simply a technical decision.

To help our member institutions as they look to the cloud, CAUBO and CUCCIO have partnered to deliver a series of five webinars, each aimed at a specific aspect of the decision process, including why to move at all, assessing the risks, contract negotiations, understanding the financials, and change management. In each 90-minute session, participants will learn from their colleagues’ experiences, hear from subject matter experts, ask questions, and participate in discussions and information-sharing with the panelist and other participants.

These sessions will be free, and participants can attend any or all of them. More detailed information, including registration information, will be available after the holiday break.

Please plan to join your colleagues in 2021 to hear about and share experiences moving to the cloud. Mark your calendars for the following days/times:

Webinar 1:
Why Move to the Cloud?
Wednesday, February 3,  1:00 -2:30 PM (ET)
Register Now!
Webinar 2:
Assessing the Risks
Wednesday, March 3,  1:00 -2:30 PM (ET)
Webinar 3:
Contract Negotiations and Management
Wednesday, March 31,  1:00 -2:30 PM (ET)
Webinar 4:
Understanding the Financials
Wednesday, April 28,  1:00 -2:30 PM (ET)
Webinar 5:
Change Management
Wednesday, May 26,  1:00 -2:30 PM (ET)


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.