2023 CACEE National Conference

December 4 - 6, 2023




Get ready to come together as a professional community this December! CACEE is thrilled to be hosting the 2023 CACEE National
Conference on December 4th - 6th at the state-of-the-art BMO Institute for Learning (IFL) in Toronto, ON 

What can I expect at the 2023 CACEE National Conference? -

  • A conference experience rooted in skill building, connection with 100+ employers and career educators, thought leadership, networking and showcasing innovation
  • Distinct Programming and Roundtable Forums for: Employers, Senior Career Leaders, and Career Educators
  • Examination of critical issues shaping the post-secondary to career transition landscape including: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA), AI and Emerging Technologies, Strategic Talent Partnerships, Supporting International Students, Future Skills, Sustainability, Equitable Evaluation, and Cultivating Talent Pipelines
  • Celebration of excellence in career education, employer branding, experiential learning, research, and campus recruitment at the 2023 CACEE Awards
  • Hot Topic Discussions, Fun Social Events and Networking Receptions, Exhibitor Showcase and Vendor Demos, Dynamic Speakers, Panels and Plenary Sessios, and more... 
  • Unique opportunities to:
    • Build Connection with Employer and Career Centre Partners
    • Engage with Cutting Edge Research
    • Contribute to Advocacy Initiatives
    • Join Industry and Campus Tours
    • Engage in Appreciative Inquiry, Systems Thinking, and Collective Problem Solving
    • Participate in Niche Communities of Practice

Quick Links -

Conference Attendee Profile -

100+ professionals invested in supporting students, new graduates and early career talent in the transition from post-secondary studies to career success including:

Campus Recruitment and Talent Acquisition Professionals | Early Career Talent Leaders | Career Educators | Experiential Education and Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Professionals | Senior Career Leaders | HR Professionals and Hiring Managers | Program Staff and Leaders from Professional Associations/ Sector Councils | Partners, Funders, and Vendors supporting the Post-Secondary to Career Transition

Geographic Breakdown of Attendees at the 2023 CACEE National Conference -

  • 12% Atlantic Canada & Quebec
  • 20% Western Canada
  • 67% from Ontario

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Conference Venue - 

The venue for the 2023 CACEE National Conference is the BMO Institute For Learning (IFL) in Toronto, ON.

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Additional Venue Details -

This wonderful facility is equipped with everything needed to provide you with an amazing conference experience:

  • 100% accessible conference facilities equipped with top-notch AV technology: Forum Conference Hall, Breakout Classrooms and Learning Centres, Meeting Rooms, Exhibitor and Reception Halls and more...
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the venue
  • High quality meals that can be tailored to your dietary requirements and a full range of snacks and beverages available throughout the conference day
  • Easy highway access to both Pearson International Airport and Downtown Toronto
  • More than ample FREE parking available for all attendees - 470 spots available
  • Affordable and comfortable option to stay on-site in the Executive Residence or choose one of the many nearby options for accommodation
  • A social centre equipped with fireplaces, TVs, a variety of seating options, pool tables, cash bar, and spaces for 1:1 or small group meetings
  • Recreation facilities including a Gym and Pool for those staying on-site

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Event Schedule & Conference Program - 

The National Conference will take place over 3-days - December 4th - 6th, 2023. The Conference Agenda provides an at-a-glance view of the sessions, events, and networking that will be a part of the conference program.

Conference attendees will also want to review the 'Know Before You Go' package which is chock-full of logistics and event details that will help you prepare for and fully engage in your conference experience.

Download the Conference Agenda     Download the 'Know Before You Go' Package

Sessions & Programming Highlights -

There is a fantastic programming and learning line-up in-store at the 2023 CACEE National Conference including:

Plenary, Panel, & Fireside Chat Sessions

In our three plenary and one fireside chat sessions throughout the conference, we will explore the: 

  • evolving landscapes in Experiential Learning & Skill Building across our talent ecosystem 
  • critical role of Career Influencers in creating safe, meaningful, and sustainable career pathways 
  • new normal and social contract in the workplace 
  • impact of the AI revolution in our space and on the future of work

Session Summaries for the Plenary, Panel, & Fireside Chat Sessions 

Featured speakers include: 

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Communities of Practice (CoP) Roundtables 

These roundtable discussions are an opportunity to niche-down into your areas of interest and role in strengthening the early talent pipeline. While there is a facilitator for each CoP, they are there to nurture dialogue rather than to lead it. So come prepared to exchange ideas, tap into collective expertise, share successes and key learnings, identify approaches to common challenges, and foster connection with colleagues. 

There are 6 CoP Roundtables to choose from:

Round One - Monday, December 4th, 2023 | 2:15 - 3:30 pm 

  1. Senior Career Leaders – University 
  2. Campus & Early Talent Recruitment Strategy – Employers & Professional Associations 
  3. Optimizing Strategies & Best Practices for Student Engagement 

Round Two - Monday, December 4th, 2023 | 3:45 - 5:00 pm

  1. Colleges – Career Educators & Leaders 
  2. AI & Technology – Applications in Career Education 
  3. Building Working Alliances with Industry – Employer Relations 

Explore Key Topics of Discussion for Each CoP Roundtable

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Concurrent Sessions & Workshops

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Full Session Summaries

In these learning blocks you will have the opportunity to choose sessions that: 

  • fit with your personalized goals for your professional development and learning at the conference. 
  • are aligned to your role as a senior leader, career educator, or employer
  • engage in interactive sessions rich in tangible learning outcomes, strategies, and approaches you can apply in your day-to-day 
  • explore topics that are top of mind in our work supporting students and new graduates in navigating their transition from school to the workplace. 
  • are led by subject matter experts, innovators, and leaders in our space.

Highlights include:

Building Inclusive Career Pathways for Early Talent 
Dr. Guang Ying Mo - Director of Research | Diversity Institute
Dr. Juan Marsiaj - Director of Research (Special Projects) | Diversity Institute
Edmund Sofo - Partnership Development Manager | Diversity Institute

Leaders Leading Leaders
Diana Kawarsky - President | The Soft Skills Group

Fostering Collaboration for International Student Employment: Bridging Organizations, Ecosystem Partners, and Post-Secondary Institutions
Pat Chaisang - Founder & CEO | Isempower
Ramneet Brar -Co-Founder & COO | Isempower

Privilege.  Fostering Collaborative Partnerships that Support Indigenous Students Begins with Understanding Positionality.
Janet Westbury - Regional Associate Director, Central Canada | CEWIL

AI in Career Education & Experiential Learning: How Seneca Polytechnic Uses AI Simulations to Support Student Interview Success
Sheila Bruce - Manager, Career Ready Programming | Seneca Polytechnic
Imran Mouna Director, Strategic Partnerships | InStage  

Access & Inclusion: Creating a Hub for Collaboration, Knowledge Building, and Digital Resource Sharing
Chris Hussey - Access & Inclusion Officer | Conestoga College
Alice Michaud - Associate Director, Talent Development & Career Services Talent Hub | Conestoga. College

Work Integrated Learning, Career Education, and Inclusive Recruitment Practices – Showcasing Employer Partnerships
Dr. Fiona Deller - Special Advisor | Diversity Institute
Mary Vourakes - Program Manager (ADaPT) | Diversity Institute

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TalentLink Reception

Monday, December 4th, 2023 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm

What better way to cultivate the early talent pipeline than fostering connections between career educators and employers? This fun-take on speed networking will provide a forum for employers to build their brand awareness amongst career influencers and for career educators to pitch how their students and new grads can help meet employers’ talent needs. 

The event is also a great opportunity to share innovative programs (e.g., experiential learning, diversity focused initiatives, new graduate rotational programs, and more) with each other and identify ways to collaborate.

This session is proudly sponsored by the 2023 TalentLink Reception Partner, The Direct Sellers Association of Canada.

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Hot Topics Tables

Excited and want to get a jump on things before the official start of the conference program for the day? Why not fuel your morning by joining one of the Hot Topic Table discussions – where ideas sizzle, perspectives blaze and innovation sparks! Join a few of your colleagues in exchanging insights on the hottest trends, issues, and topics in our space. 

If a table is full, feel free to grab another and expand the conversation. Or should one of the conference sessions spark a conversation you’d like to continue or you have another burning question you would like to explore, invite a few colleagues to join you. 

While these conversations are entirely optional (we get it if you just want to start your day with a hot cup of coffee…) sometimes it’s the unstructured conversations that ignite amazing ideas! 

Tuesday Hot Topic Tables | 8:00 - 8:30 am

  • Topic # 1 – Centring Reconciliation in Career Education and Early Talent Acquisition Programming for Indigenous Students 
  • Topic # 2 – Supporting Student (and our own) Mental Health Both During Peak Periods and All-Year Round 
  • Topic # 3 – Salary Transparency in Job Postings: What’s the Impact? 
  • Topic # 4 – How Can We Empower the Next Generation of Innovators & Changemakers? 

Wednesday Hot Topic Tables | 8:30 - 9:00 am

  • Topic # 1 – Measuring the Impact & ROI of Career Education and Campus Recruitment Initiatives 
  • Topic # 2 – Accessibility by Design in Career Education and Campus Recruitment 
  • Topic # 3 – Green Skills and Careers in Sustainability

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Excellence in Innovation Showcase - Poster Sessions

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Dive into groundbreaking research, insights, and initiatives as a part of the Excellence in Innovation Showcase. Don’t miss these poster sessions for a first-hand look at the forefront of career education and campus recruitment as you: 

  • explore a research collaboration out of Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent University investigating the impact of career education on students’ competency development and career readiness 
  • uncover data-driven excellence in student engagement at the UTM Centre 
  • are inspired by the impact of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems Mentorship Program at UBC 
  • contribute to charting the course in refreshing the CACEE Competencies 

More details about the Poster Sessions and presenters are available on the Conference Agenda.

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Innovation & Solutions Sprint -

Wednesday, December 6th, 2023 | 10:35 - 11:50 am

They say two minds are better than one! What about 100+? This session is all about applying a systems-thinking approach to address emerging trends and issues in career education and early talent recruitment. Through your lens as a senior leader, career educator, or employer we will generate ideas, solutions, opportunities, and innovative approaches that will push boundaries, empower excellence, and advocate for the importance of our critical work cultivating the early talent pipeline.

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Social Events -

Dinner and Social Event -

On Tuesday evening, be sure to join in the fun over a casual dinner, take part in a spirited chocolate and candy sculpture competition, and enjoy some down time with your fellow conference attendees! This event is proudly sponsored the 2023 CACEE National Conference Social & Networking Partner, Enterprise Mobility

Networking Suite -

Join your conference colleagues for a cup of good cheer, a game of pool or darts, conversation, and fun after your conference programming day in the Social Centre. 

On Monday, this will be a more informal event that has been coined ‘Networking Unplugged’ and on Tuesday, we will keep the good times rollin’ after our Dinner and Social Event sponsored by Enterprise Mobility.

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Accommodations - 

Still looking to Book Accommodations? You can do so here. The exclusive CACEE rate is $230/night which includes breakfast each day and dinner (when not otherwise a part of the conference program). The CACEE booking window is December 3rd – 6th and you may book any combination of evenings therein. 

Arriving on Sunday, December 3rd? The BMO IFL has opened-up additional rooms, so you are now able to amend your reservation to include this additional night at the CACEE exclusive rate. In addition to dinner on Sunday, your package will also include breakfast and the option for lunch (before the conference starts in the afternoon) on Monday.

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Sponsors & Exhibitors -

The National Conference is a wonderful vehicle to showcase your organization and build your brand amongst an engaged audience of career educators, employers, and other professionals focused on the post-secondary to career transition. 

CACEE asks you to join us thanking event sponsors for the 2023 CACEE National Conference -

Social & Networking Partner -


TalentLink Reception Partner -


President's Luncheon & 2023 CACEE Awards Partner - 


Exhibitors -

CACEE is excited to host the following Exhibitors as a part of the Exhibitor Showcase at the 2023 CACEE National Conference:

Looking to be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 2023 CACEE National Conference? Download the 2023 Sponsorship Package or reach out to us at events@cacee.com to explore and secure your sponsorship at the National Conference. We look forward to partnering with you!

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Pricing & Key Dates - 

Register for the 2023 CACEE National Conference using the registration links at the bottom of this page.  Please note that in order to access the Member Rate, you need to be logged into your CACEE account.

Standard Conference Rate
November 6th - November 24th

CACEE Member - $800 | Non-Member - $925

Group Rates for 3 conference attendees or more are available.  Please contact the CACEE National Office at events@cacee.com to coordinate registrations involving a group rate.

After November 24th, registration is only available by contacting the CACEE National Office at events@cacee.com and is subject to subsequent approval by the conference venue.

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Health & Safety Protocols -

Click here for more information about the BMO IFL’s commitment to health and safety. In accordance with the Province of Ontario’s reopening plan, CACEE will take direction from the Ministry of Public Health in accordance with the latest provincial guidelines. 

As of March 21, 2022, masks are not required at the BMO IFL. Though masks are NOT mandatory as of this date, they will still be encouraged for both guests and employees and highly recommended for those who are immunocompromised, at high risk, or who choose to still use them. Proof of vaccination is no longer required at the BMO IFL. 

Please note this may be subject to change but compliance with all government regulations at the time will be required and enforced at the conference.

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Cancellation, Refunds, and Transfers -

Requests for cancellations or refunds need to be made by contacting the CACEE National Office at events@cacee.com.

  • Cancellation requests received by October 4th, 2023 – Registrants will receive a full refund less a $75 administrative fee.
  • Cancellation requests received between October 5th – November 4th, 2023 – Registrants will a receive 50% refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for no-shows or cancellation requests received after November 4th, 2023. Substitute attendees are permitted.

Substitute attendees are possible up until registration on-site at the conference venue opens at 12:00 pm Eastern on December 4th, 2023.  Please e-mail events@cacee.com to confirm substitute attendee details as soon as possible.

If payment is not received prior to the opening of registration on-site at the conference venue at 12:00 pm Eastern on December 4th, 2023, CACEE reserves the right to cancel an attendee/attendees registrations without prejudice or liability.

CACEE also reserves the right at any time to change the conference venue, topics or speakers, and to cancel the conference without prejudice or liability, other than, except where a force majeure (which will have the same meaning as in the applicable contracts with the third party suppliers in connection with the conference) event applies, a refund of the conference fees paid. If, because of a force majeure event(s), the CACEE National Board of Directors determines that the conference needs to be cancelled, CACEE may deduct fees (determined by reference to the amounts which CACEE is required to pay to third parties under contracts entered into in connection with the conference) to any and all refunds issued. Copies of the contractual arrangements with third parties, including the force majeure provisions of those contracts, can be made available to members on request.

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Contact Us - 

If you have any questions or would like additional information about the 2023 CACEE National Conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to the CACEE National Office at events@cacee.com.