Canadian Advising Community

This community provides a forum for Canadian professionals who work in an advising capacity, to network with their colleagues across the country and the world.  It was created to ensure that Canadians have a voice within NACADA, and to share interests and ideas that may be uniquely Canadian. One of our goals is to increase communication among Canadian members and to liaise more frequently with each other, in the sharing of best practices and ideas. Despite the fact that post-secondary educational systems vary from province to province, Canadian advising professionals share many common experiences. We welcome input from all Canadian advisors who are working in a variety of contexts and invite you to meet other Canadians and share your advising interests at our annual meeting at the national conference, on our listserv, in presentations, publications and other NACADA venues.

Advising in Canada Blog

A great way for you to promote your own expertise as an advisor, or showcase your advising programming, the Advising in Canada blog is open for submissions. Please contact Allison Scully, our Social Media expert, guru, and coordinator for more information on submission guidelines and publication schedules. 

Online Events

June 2021 - Returning to Campus: Voices of Canada

It was finally Canada’s turn to join the event series “Return to Campus and offer our unique perspective. The “Return to Campus” series encourages discussions on the impact of the pandemic on our advising practices. This panel event was presented by the Canadian Advising and Advisor Training and Development Communities. Starting off with a fun Canadian trivia Kahoot! and finishing with a great discussion on the current impact of the pandemic on advising practices, learning tidbits, returning to campus and takeaways. Moderated by Gavin Farber from Temple University, the Canadian panelists were Tyler Hall from Dalhousie University, Patricia MacMillan from Ontario Tech University, Brigitte Wiebe from University of Manitoba and Aysha Haq from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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May 2021 - Advising Underprepared Students: How Prepared Are We, Really?

This session examined the issue of “underprepared students” through an interrogation of the subjectively of what “preparedness” actually means. Presenters Kate Yee from University and Manitoba and Deanna England from University of Winnipeg explored how intricately tied student preparation is to motivation, as well as the importance of their willingness to engage in a journey of self-discovery. Through further discussion on intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation, the presenters encouraged advisors to educate students on the value of investing time in their own career journeys, and how this will result in increased academic and career satisfaction. When students are open to opportunities, and willing to actively engage, this will result in a better understanding of the non-cognitive benefits of education, and how their learning translates beyond academia; advisors have an active and important role to play in this process.

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April 2021 - Canadian Advisor Discussion Forum

We welcomed Canadian Advisors to join in a discussion forum in smaller breakout rooms. This even provided the opportunity to speak to fellow advisors across Canada in different roles and with different perspectives. Advisors were asked to discuss the following guiding question: As we prepare to return to campuses - what are learnings you’ve had this year you’ll take back with you?

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March 2021 - Faculty Advising Across Borders: Parallels & Intersections

This panel event was co-sponsored by the Canadian Advising and Faculty Advising Communities. The panel featured Faculty Advisors from both Canada and the United States where they discussed similarities and differences of their roles. Moderated by Melissa Staddon from Algonquin College, we were joined by Canadian panelists Dr. Alice Cherestes from McGIll University, Andrew Beltaos from University of Waterloo and American panelists Joe Hinchliffe from University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Craig McGill from Kansas State University.

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March 2021 - Compassion Fatigue

Advising requires us to open our hearts and minds to others and while empathy is imperative, it can also make us vulnerable to be impacted by the trauma of others. We welcomed presenter Brandy Robertson from Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba, who is a certified Compassion Fatigue Educator. The session offered basic self-assessments, conversations and tools to identify and start healing our helpful selves.

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January 2021 - Academic Advising & Retention

We welcomed advisors from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University to speak on how their school is using academic advising to create and maintain continuous retention processes. Their approach includes a retention community of practice, identifying a pilot group with high-potential for retention and creating sustainability of retention projects through a critical calendar. Thank you to Paul Sileika, Shannon Nguyen and Steven Kavaratzis for sharing your learnings and expertise.

 

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December 2020 - Managing Across Borders: Supporting your Advising Team Virtually

This panel event was a collaboration between the Canadian Advising and Advising Administration Communities. A panel of Canadian Advising Administrators shared their valuable insights and strategies to support a remote advising team. Moderated by Gregory T. Mason from Penn State University, the panel included Susan Corner from University of Victoria, Terina Mailer from University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Blair Pisio and Renee Penney from University of Saskatchewan, Shea Ellingham from Mount Royal University and Dianne Hawryluck from Dawson College.

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November 2020 - Virtual Advising

Kamal Bindra, International Academic Advisor at College of New Caledonia (B.C.) presented on virtual advising best practices, results of a recent student survey, and strategies to improve virtual advising and supports for students. Attendees were then joined breakout rooms to learn from other advisors across Canada on tips, tools, and strategies that have made the transition to virtual advising a success. 

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February 2020 - Digital Solutions

Best of Region 5 in 2019!  Theeben Jegatheesan, Ontario Technical University, facilitated a discussion on how you can use low-cost, no-cost, and readily accessible digital platforms and resources to improve your advising practice and support your students. 

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November 2019 - Working with Students in Distress

Matt MacLean, Mental Health Strategist at University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), will offer a glimpse into the training offered at UNB. Learn how to identify “behaviours of concern”, address concerns with students to mitigate crisis, and how to intervene in an emerging crisis. 

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June 2019 - The Logic of the Curriculum

Our panelists for this event:

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March 2019- Career Chats: A New Group Advising Format 

Speaker: Atifa Kareem, University of Toronto

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December 2018 - Dalhousie University's On Track program

Speaker - Heather Doyle

April 2018 Event - Implementing Competencies and Assessment Rubrics

Panelists: Heather Doyle of Dalhousie University, Neil Cole, University of New Brunswick, Lara Ubaldi of York University, Brigitte Wiebe of University of Manitoba, Paul Sileika of Ryerson University with Moderator: Rhonda Christian of Durham College

December 2017 - Advisor Training at Several Institutions in Canada

Panelists: Heather Doyle of Dalhousie University, Paul Sileika of Ryerson University, Melissa Gallo of Mohawk College, and Susan Corner of the University of Victoria with Moderator: Rhonda Christian of Durham College