Annual Conference

Proposals accepted now through Friday, October 23, 2020

CAUBO builds the capacity of leaders in the higher education sector by connecting them with peers and information enabling insights into effective practices, and new and different perspectives.

After the disappointment of having to cancel our 2020 conference in response to the global pandemic, we are pleased to announce that we have begun planning for CAUBO 2021—and we want you and your institution to be part of it!

At this time, CAUBO is planning to hold a hybrid conference in 2021. We will closely monitor the higher education landscape and all health and safety developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. As we approach the event date, we may ultimately shift to a completely virtual event. Regardless of the event type, we are looking for energetic and engaging speakers to deliver diverse, interactive, and thought-provoking conference presentations.

Please share your expertise and experience and submit your content proposals for the CAUBO 2021 Conference and Pre-Conference Seminars that will be hosted both onsite and virtually by McGill University from May 30–June 1, 2021 at The Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Our general themes are new or best practices in higher education administration related to improved productivity and operational efficiencies, quality of service delivery, and using data to inform strategic decision-making.

For 2021, we would welcome content focused on how institutions are meeting the challenges created by the pandemic, so we can provide members with best practices that were developed during this time.

Does your idea or proposal:

  • Demonstrate innovative ideas that will enhance, transform or disrupt the administration of our institutions?
  • Encourage a dialogue about current issues and opportunities affecting university administration today?
  • Involve cross-functional collaboration or inform a national perspective?
  • Present diverse perspectives in response to trends or challenges facing higher education?

If so, we want to hear from you. Find out more about the content guidelines and how you can submit a conference presentation proposal on our website.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and connecting with you either live or virtually in Montreal in May 2021!


About the CAUBO Annual Conference

The conference is CAUBO’s flagship professional development event, and takes place in mid-June of each year. It brings together university administrators from across Canada working in a variety of functional areas such as finance, human resources, treasury, procurement, facilities, internal audit, and IT. Conference sessions focus on trends and hot topics in higher education administration, with the aim of sending delegates home with best practices and information they can put to use right away at their jobs. Evening social and networking events provide a great opportunity to relax and reconnect with friends and colleagues and enjoy great food and entertainment in interesting and vibrant venues.

The conference location rotates among CAUBO’s four regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, and West. CAUBO’s member universities take turns hosting the conference, and the host selects the annual theme. More than 600 people attend the CAUBO conference annually.

You can also search for recorded content from previous conferences via the Knowledge Centre.

Dates, hosts, and locations of upcoming CAUBO Conferences:

Highlights from CAUBO 2019

Highlights from CAUBO 2018