SEM Summit 2022

November 12, 2022

Red Canadian maple leaf with Toronto skyline

Welcome back SEM Summit 2022

Navigating Ongoing Change and Shaping an Inclusive Future

After a two-year hiatus, the Canadian SEM Summit is back. Join us at the 13th annual Canadian SEM Summit where we will explore SEM using our unique facilitated discussion style. At this year's Summit, we will have a leading-edge conversation reflecting on the past two years, and the impact that has had on how we are shaping an inclusive future together in higher education in Canada. We will critically explore some important aspects of SEM:
  • How must SEM evolve in Canada to ensure we meet our equity, diversity, and inclusion goals?
  • How has the pandemic impacted Canadian SEM practices; what have we learned and what will endure?
  • How will we encourage innovative recruitment, marketing, and communications to meet the demands of an ever-growing diverse prospective student population in Canada?
  • How will we support access, persistence, and success in an era of diverse post-secondary learners in Canada?
  • How will data inform and shape our decisions and strategic planning for a more inclusive learning environment in Canada?
  • What lessons are there to be learned from higher education systems elsewhere in the world?
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SEM Summit Details

The 2022 Canadian SEM Summit is held in partnership with AACRAO at the AACRAO SEM Conference at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario.  Registration for the full SEM Conference (Sunday - Wednesday) is not required to register for the SEM Summit (Saturday).

The Canadian SEM Summit runs Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 8 am to 4:30 pm EST. A Networking Reception follows from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Check back here for more information on the program as details develop.

Thank you from your team across Canada; we look forward to seeing you in Toronto.

SEM Summit 2022 Program 

Co-Convenors: Jeff Adams, Jason Hunter, and Jody Gordon.
Program Committee: Ray Darling, Mike Bluhm, Kylie Thomas, Irlanda Price, Clayton Smith, Jeff Adams, Jason Hunter, and Jody Gordon.

  • Opening Panel Discussion

    SEM is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


    • Irlanda Price, AVP, Students VIU
    • Jody Gordon, Managing Consultant, AACRAO Consulting


    • Sanchit Mittal, Partnerships Manager at an Ontario-based Edu-Tech company and EDI Consultant for post-secondary
    • Michele Sandlin, Associate Executive Director (Interim), AACRAO Consulting
    • Charmaine Hack, Vice President of Strategic Enrolment Management, Centennial College

    In this session, the panelists will discuss how post-secondary institutions are embracing equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the student lifecycle.

  • Facilitated Sessions

    Recruitment/Marketing through an EDI Lens


    • Lydia Gill, Manager, Access and Equity Recruitment, University of Toronto
    • Ray Darling, University Registrar, University of Guelph

    In this session, we will introduce participants to the efforts underway in Ontario to recruit and admit university students from equity-seeking groups, institutionally and collectively. We will also discuss some of the challenges and opportunities inherent in this work. Participants will be asked to reflect upon and share their own experiences in this space within their institution and the systems they work in throughout Canada.

    Collection and Use of Data in Supporting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


    • Michael Bluhm, Associate Vice President Strategic Enrolment & University Registrar, Thompson Rivers University
    • Cathy Newell Kelly, Registrar, University of Waterloo

    In this session, we will introduce the ongoing work in two different jurisdictions (Ontario Universities, and the BC postsecondary system) regarding the collection and use of Equity Data. We will then seed discussion regarding the opportunities and challenges, both at a system and institutional level, in relation to governance, stewardship, transparency, access, and utility of Equity Data. In preparation for this discussion, give some thought to what’s happening in your sector, and at your institution. How far along is your institution in developing an Equity Data strategy; who are the actors in this space; what are the biggest challenges; how will an effective Equity Data strategy influence enrolment and student success at your institution?

    Persistence – Supporting Student Success


    • Neil Buddel, Vice President, Student Experience and Success, Centennial College
    • Jason Seright, Dean of Indigenous Education and Engagement, Humber College

    Closing | Lessons Learned | Take-Aways


    • Jeff Adams, University Registrar and Executive Director, Enrolment Services, University of Manitoba
    • Jason Hunter, Vice President, Students and Institutional Planning, Humber College

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