Growing Talent

April 29 - May 1, 2024

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre | Calgary, Alberta

Growing talent for a resilient future

CICan’s annual Connection Conference is the only event of its kind. Hosted in collaboration with Bow Valley College and SAIT, this year’s theme will offer postsecondary leaders and stakeholders from across Canada and around the world the opportunity to discuss, share, and be inspired by how we are growing talent for success in a rapidly changing world.

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What to expect

CICan’s annual conference attracts over 1,200 attendees from around the world; It is a networking goldmine and a learning accelerator for postsecondary professionals. The 2024 Connection Conference will be guided by seven streams and will feature thought-provoking panels, transformative workshops, and keynote addresses by world-renowned speakers. This event is designed to be beneficial for leaders at every level within the college and institute system.


Keynote and Invited Speakers

David Coletto

Founder, Chair & CEO
Abacus Data

Linda Nazareth


Pari Johnston

President and CEO
Colleges and Institutes Canada
What past attendees are saying...

Absolutely humbled to attend this captivating and engaging session. Such a powerful story and such amazing entrepreneurial spirit.

Featured Stream

Strengthening Indigenous Education

The right of Indigenous peoples to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples along with other international human rights instruments including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This stream will focus on best practices and solutions to improve the access to higher education and ensure the retention and success of Indigenous learners at colleges and institutes and in the labour market.
Pre-Conference Forum | April 27 - 28

Charting a Path to Net-Zero

Education's role in delivering a green transition

This discussion will focus on providing accessible and tangible inspiration to institutions of varying sizes and budgets, aiming to empower and drive behavioral change within their reach. Delegates will be equipped with the necessary tools for effecting this transformation, shedding light on how colleges and institutes can maximize their potential to combat global climate change.

Code of Conduct & Duty of Care

As we begin holding events in person, the health and safety of all attendees remains our priority. Learn more about the extra steps in place to protect everyone attending our events in-person.