Call for Proposals and Reviewers

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Call for Proposals and Reviewers NOW OPEN!

The Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges in Canada (ARUCC) and the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) come together for the first time to jointly host Sea Change 2018 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. This year’s program presents a unique opportunity for members of CACUSS and ARUCC to blur the lines of their thinking and practice, and explore the knowledge and experiences of our professional partners.

You'll notice that ARUCC is taking a new approach to its Call for Submissions for the joint ARUCC/CACUSS SeaChange conference. While the submission form may appear more detailed than submission forms we have used previously - don't worry! The additional detail will help us ensure that broad range of topics and issues are covered.

Call for Reviewers

For the first time, we are thrilled to invite ARUCC members to put their names forward to be proposal submission reviewers. We think this is a great way to engage ARUCC members by helping ensure that session topics resonate.

The Rubric

A rubric will be used to help inform which proposals will be selected. This is intended to provide transparency for the kinds of criteria that we are looking for.

We continue to encourage first time presenters and seasoned presenters alike!

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Join us for SEA CHANGE 2018 with unique opportunities to connect with conference delegates! We invite you to engage with our members in exciting ways and share in the entire conference.  We want to work with you to find out how we can best help you meet your marketing objectives.

The ARUCC Biennial Conference attracts senior managers and decision makers from universities and colleges across Canada in this premier Canadian event of the year for education, networking and idea-sharing. Delegates represent the areas of admissions, graduate studies, records & systems, scholarships & awards and recruitment and many have 10 – 20+ years of experience in a postsecondary environment. With the 2018 conference being held jointly with 2018 sponsor and exhibitor package, take advantage of this opportunity to increase your exposure to both the ARUCC and the CACUSS audiences by via one of the following events or items listed at

One Beautiful City & Two Organizations

Prince Edward Island is proud to host the 2018 Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) & Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) Conference in beautiful Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Our annual conference is the largest gathering of student affairs professionals in Canada. Now in our 45th year, we bring together over 700 professionals to share best practices,research, procedures and programs related to supporting student learning, success, and wellness.

Outstanding Professionals

The delegates involved are key decision makers on campus including Senior Student Affairs Officers, Coordinators, Managers and Directors. Their professional scope ranges from accessibility and services for students with disabilities, Aboriginal student services, residences, international students programs, career planning and student employment, leadership, student life, community experience, orientation programs, counseling and health programs, and academic integrity and student judicial affairs.

A Unique Opportunity

The CACUSS conference is an excellent opportunity for your organization to meet and network with both new and established professionals in a wide variety of student service industries, as well as with a wide range of campus constituents. The 2018 sponsor and exhibitor package provides you with an overview of the ways you can become involved as a sponsor or exhibitor in order to raise awareness of your business and promote your products or services to more than 700 conference attendees from across Canada.

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The 2018 Team

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Program Committee

    Chris McGrath, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CACUSS, Conference Co-Chair)
    Charmaine Hack, Ryerson University (ARUCC, Conference Co-Chair)
    Nicole Joron, York University (CACUSS, Program Review)
    Kathryn Verkerk, Simon Fraser University (ARUCC, Program Review)
    Jessica Pilfold, Guelph-Humber (CACUSS, Program Development)
    Treena Smith, University of Prince Edward Island (CACUSS, Host Team)


Host - University of Prince Edward Island

    Treena Smith (CACUSS,Chair)
    Anne Bartlett (CACUSS)
    Adam Robertson, Dalhousie University (ARUCC)
    Karen Morse (CACUSS)
    Darcy McCardle (CACUSS)
    James Reddin (CACUSS)
    Nicole Wadden-Garland (CACUSS)
    Sherri Russell (CACUSS)
    Michelle McCormick (CACUSS)
    Donna Sutton (CACUSS)
    Jonathan Oliver (CACUSS)
    John Szczygiel, Carleton University (CACUSS)
    Maureen Duffy, Holland College (CACUSS)
    Allison Doughart, Holland College (CACUSS)
    Keith Lawlor (CACUSS)

Program Development

    Jessica Pilfold, Guelph - Humber (CACUSS, Chair)
    Annik Gelineau, Universite de Montreal (ARUCC)
    Jean Thompson, University of Guelph (CACUSS)
    Liz Hilliard, UBC, Okanagan Campus (CACUSS)
    Barry Praamsma-Townsend, University of Guelph (CACUSS)
    Antonia Sly-Nichols, Nova Scotia Community College (CACUSS)
    Janeen Hoover, Conestoga College (ARUCC)
    Adam Robertson, Dalhousie University (ARUCC)
    Romesh Vadivel, McGill University (ARUCC)
    Anne Bartlett, University of Prince Edward Island (CACUSS)

Program Review

    Nicole Joron, York University (CACUSS, Co-Chair)
    Kathryn Verkerk, Simon Fraser University (ARUCC, Co-Chair)
    Andrew Arida, University of British Columbia (ARUCC)
    Karen McCredie, Capilanou University (ARUCC)
    James Reddin, University of Prince Edward Island (CACUSS)

Conference Staff

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Banner PEI Registration Closed 2018 EN

Sunday June 17 2018 - Wednesday June 20 2018  |  Charlottetown, PEI  |  PEI Convention Centre

Conference Registration is Sold Out!

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Announcing the Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions subject to change without notice

This is the first time these two organizations will formally come together to share common interest, learn from research and innovative practices, and to collaborate and build partnerships between members and external stakeholders. As travel and professional development budgets are tight, building cost efficiencies for both organizations will benefit our membership and our invited exhibitors and sponsors.

The ARUCC biennial conference is the largest gathering of registrarial professionals in Canada. Now in our 53rd year, ARUCC membership spans the country with almost 200 individual institutions represented and numerous national initiatives underway. Our biennial conference is a much sought-after event attracting representatives and colleagues from universities and colleges, large and small and from coast to coast to coast, with the goal to share best practices, research and programs related to enrolment management, admissions, registration, student records, and student success and wellness. It features 3 full days of learning in over 150 educational workshops, keynote speaker(s), poster presentations and more.

Included in the conference registration ticket are access to all educational sessions, nutrition breaks, exhibitor/poster fair, lunches, opening reception and closing banquet. Pre-conference workshops should be registered for separately.

The 2018 joint ARUCC/CACUSS Conference is organized to be of interest to:

  • University/College leaders including: enrolment managers, strategists and vice-presidents; registrars; deans; directors.
  • Staff involved in University/College: admissions; student recruitment; frontline service; scholarships and awards; financial aid; information systems; academic advising and counseling; transfer and articulation; curriculum management; government reporting; research and analysis.
  • Campus mental health leaders and researchers
  • Accessibility, student support, and student life professionals
  • Students and emerging student affairs professionals

We invite you to join other leaders and colleagues from across Canada whom will meet to discuss policy, strategy and issues in post-secondary culture, as well as innovative ways to implement new ideas around enrolment management and student success on your campuses.

We look forward to this exciting collaborative venture in 2018 and hope to see you in PEI!


One Day RegistrationTwo Day  RegistrationFull Conference Registration
CACUSS/ARUCC Members $255.00

$475.00 $615.00
Non Member & Associate Members $295.00 $555.00 $815.00
Student & CACUSS Life Members $195.00 $345.00 $435.00


  One Day Registration

Two Day  Registration

Full Conference Registration





Non Member & Associate Members




Student & CACUSS Life Members





ARUCC/CACUSS Members save $200 off conference registration prices!

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Cancellation Policy: Event cancellations must be received in writing (via email) no later than Friday, May 25, 2018. No refunds will be issued if the request is received after Friday, May 25, 2018. Cancellations received prior to Friday, May 25, 2018 will receive a refund minus a $75 administration fee. Pre and Post-Conference workshop cancellation fee until Friday, May 25, 2018 is $25. In extenuating circumstances, your event registration can be transferred to another delegate. Transfer requests received in writing no later than Friday, May 25, 2018 will be issued to another delegate for a $20 administration fee. After Friday, May 25, 2018 registration can be transferred to another delegate for a $50 administration fee. 



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UPEI is proud to host the CACUSS and ARUCC 2018 conference and we welcome you all to our beautiful Island, the unceded territory of the Mi’ kmaq, from June 17-20. The theme Sea Change is derived from the creation of sea glass; the sparkling jewels found along our shorelines. When considering the student experience, there are many parallels to be drawn to the process glass undergoes when becoming sea glass.  A bottle or a piece of pottery finds its way into a new environment, it begins tossing and swirling in all sorts of directions, bumping up against obstacles all the while reshaping and refining itself, becoming more resilient. Then, finally, it is delivered onto the shoreline of our beaches, a stronger, unique, one of a kind, gem.

We invite you to take a moment and think about all the areas where we can Sea Change already happening: the coming together of CACUSS and ARUCC colleagues to broaden our scope in search of best practices in delivering supports to our students; we already Sea Change in the way we are developing and implementing competencies to further define and refine our profession; and we already Sea Change in our commitment to bettering ourselves, professionally and personally, as we continue to open our hearts and our minds while being guided by the calls for action from the Truth and Reconciliation report. And most importantly, we invite you to come to our Island, to listen, to speak and to learn so that you can return to your campuses reenergized and refuelled, ready to be change agents, allowing our students, on all our campuses to Sea Change happening all around.