Call for Proposals

CAUBO 2019 Annual Conference and Pre-Conference Seminars

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, September 14, 2018

Share your expertise and experience with your peers and colleagues!

Submit your proposals for the CAUBO 2019, co-hosted by Saint Mary’s University, Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD, and Interuniversity Services (ISI), in Halifax from June 9-11, 2019.

CAUBO provides peer-to-peer sharing which builds on the existing capacity of higher education leaders by connecting them with colleagues and information, enabling them to pursue learning opportunities that offer insights into effective practices; creates solutions for shared issues; and, provides participants with new and different perspectives.

We would love to see your proposal on a program or activity that:

  • Demonstrates innovation
  • Improves quality of service delivery
  • Improves productivity within a team or the institution
  • Involves cross-functional collaboration
  • Informs a national perspective

Submitting a Proposal

To submit a proposal, please include the following information (as required in the online submission Form):

  • Session Coordinator Details
    (The person who will oversee the organization of the session) including name, title, department, institution, country, and email (Note: The session coordinator may also be a presenter/speaker)
  • Session Topic (Title) (75 characters maximum)
  • Session Summary (150 word maximum)
  • Session Description (500 words maximum)
    Please focus on the key messages, core issues and/or the learning objectives to be addressed, as well as the results, learning outcomes or lessons learned.
  • Language of Delivery (English or French or Both)
  • Presenter (Speaker) Details
    (Up to three presenters) – including name, title, department, institution, country, email


  • Submissions will be considered from universities, colleges, government agencies, and other higher education associations, as well as corporate participants subject to the policy below.**
  • Preference will be given to Canadian universities.
  • Proposals will be assessed by CAUBO’s Program Committee, the Executive Director, and the volunteer member Content Coordination Teams (CCT’s)
  • CAUBO may request modifications to accepted proposals on topic emphasis, session format to accommodate one or more similar proposals, and to number of speakers per session
  • Confirmation of the proposal submission will be sent upon successful transmission of the online form
  • The decision status of all proposal will be sent no later than December 31, 2018

Please note CAUBO aims for one to three presenters per session in order to provide a variety of perspectives on a topic while still ensuring each presenter has a meaningful amount of time to share their thoughts. As a result, we reserve the right to limit the number of speakers to a maximum of three per session.

Presenters are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel, accommodation and registration fees should they wish to participate in the Conference or Pre-Conference Seminars. Registration is not required to be a presenter at an individual session.

*All corporate presentations MUST include a CAUBO member university or college co-presenter that is clearly identified in the proposal for the submission to be accepted for consideration.

Delivery Formats

Select a presentation format that will engage your peers in discussion and learning beyond the simple dissemination of information. We would like each session to be comprised of at least 25% audience engagement.

The majority of sessions are between 75 to 90 minutes in length; however, there may be opportunities to accommodate session lengths from 60 to 180 minutes.

Sessions may follow one of these formats:

  • Debate (75 to 90 minutes)
    Using a thought-provoking topic, create a panel with two opposing viewpoints. Add a moderator to frame the conversation and engage the audience.
  • Workshop (75 to 90 minutes)
    Presenters may deliver a short segment of content and then lead engaging activities, group discussions, and participant reflections on the information recently learnt and how to apply it.
  • “Talk Show” (75 to 90 minutes)
    Have two to three presenters who represent multiple perspectives on the same issue; the moderator and/or presenters create an engaging discussion with dialogue, storytelling or case studies, and lessons learned. No audio visual aids, including PowerPoint presentations, are used in this delivery.
  • Panel Presentation (75 to 90 minutes)
    Have two to three presenters share experiences in a formal PowerPoint presentation on the same issue; presenters conclude with an engaging discussion on outcomes and/or lessons learned and provide audience discussion through a Q&A segment.
  • Case Study (75 to 90 minutes)
    Share the outcomes of campus experiences through a formal presentation focused on problem identification, effective practices, research findings, or technical solutions. Audience engagement is encouraged through question and answer periods, basic polling, etc. This format can be used by an individual presenter or a panel (different stakeholders from the same institution or from multiple institutions) that can provide multiple perspectives on the same issue.