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62nd Annual CAGS Conference

Graduate Education in an Age of Uncertainty: Challenges and Opportunities

29 October - 1 November 2024

Toronto, Ontario

Sheraton Centre Hotel

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) will host its 62nd Annual Conference at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, from 29 October to 1 November 2024. The title of this year’s conference is Graduate Education in an Age of Uncertainty: Challenges and Opportunities.

The conference will feature a variety of practical, results-driven panel discussions, roundtables, lightning presentations, and workshops, as well as daily plenary sessions dedicated to exploring the pressing challenges and unique opportunities that confront the graduate studies ecosystem in Canada. The conference will feature CAGS’ annual general meeting (AGM) and the 2024 National 3MT Showcase. A pre-conference workshop for deans, associate deans, and directors will be held in afternoon on Tuesday, 29 October (separate registration required), followed by the conference opening ceremony. The annual CAGS Awards Banquet will be held in the evening on Wednesday, 30 October. Opportunities for networking and reconnecting with colleagues will be a feature of the conference experience.

The CAGS Conference Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals for individual and group presentations. We invite submissions in English or French from deans, associate/assistant deans, directors, faculty members, administrators, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students from CAGS member institutions and interested stakeholders. Presentation topics should relate to the conference title – Graduate Education in an Age of Uncertainty: Challenges and Opportunities.

Proposals will be considered for the following formats:


  • Single Presenter – Lightning Talk (1 speaker, 10-15 minutes)
  • Multiple Presenters – Lightning Talk (2-3 speakers, 30 minutes total)
  • Multiple Presenters – Panel Presentation (3-6 speakers, 90 minutes total)
  • Multiple Presenters – Roundtable (5-10 speakers, 90 minutes total)
  • Multiple Presenters – Workshop (90 minutes total)

Please note that all presenters will be responsible for covering the costs of their conference travel and accommodation if selected by the Conference Planning Committee. Accepted presenters will be granted a 10% discount on their conference registration fees. Conference registration fees include access to all events, presentations, and activities, as well as all meals and coffee breaks served during the conference.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 4:00 PM (ET) on Tuesday, 30 April 2024. The conference committee will make its final decisions by 31 May and will notify all applicants by email.

For more information about the 62nd Annual CAGS Conference, please visit our website.

Virtual University Career Conference

Morning: Professional skills-based workshops in the morning led by Deloitte, Executive Director of The Get REAL Movement Chris Studer, and globally recognized Career Strategy Coach & Former Fortune 500 Senior Director Tiffany Uman

  1. Prep Skills Workshop:
  • Resumes & Cover Letters
  • Personal Branding & LinkedIn

2. Live Skills Workshop:

  • Crushing the interview
  • Network effectively

Afternoon: Five different educational panels with leading industry professionals from amazing companies and organizations! Last year's organizations included Kiehl's, Deloitte, Recipe Unlimited, Purdys Chocolatier, DDB, Peace Collective, Hackergal, LG2, Rainbow Railroad, and WealthSimple.

  1. Start-ups & Entrepreneurship
  2. DEI in the Corporate Space
  3. Non-Profits & Charities
  4. Recruiters and Hiring Managers
  5. Surprise Panel!

Attendees can look forward to a combination of fan-favorites from last year, along with new incredible new companies and organizations, as well as a new panel entirely!

The day will conclude with virtual breakout rooms where students will have the chance to meet recruiters at ten different companies and organizations, including Get REAL, to ask questions, get face-time, and hear about employment opportunities!

This event is completely free, completely virtual over zoom, and also includes lunch, T-Shirts, and prizes sent out to attendees!"

The application link can be found here! Applications are due March 13th, 2024.

CAGS Launches 2024- Summer Leadership Program

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) is excited to host its inaugural Summer Leadership Program for Deans, Associate Deans, and Directors of Graduate Studies. The program will be held in-person from 5-7 June 2024 at l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) in Québec City, Québec. The program will be held in a bilingual environment with content presented in both French and English.

The CAGS Summer Leadership Program is designed to provide participants with new opportunities to learn, share, and network with colleagues from across the country. The workshop aims to develop leadership skills and experience in a collegial environment, and to stimulate conversation among a national network of individuals who are passionate about the future of graduate education. The program will feature a keynote address, daily morning plenary sessions, roundtable conversations, and content sessions on topics such as administrative leadership, managing teams, balancing priorities, navigating budget cycles, fostering inclusive excellence, change management, and building leadership capacity. Participants will benefit from a number of formal and informal networking opportunities, including a cocktail reception and dinner, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, catered lunches, and a group dinner in downtown Québec City.

CAGS invites new and experienced graduate deans, associate and assistant deans, senior administrative staff, graduate program directors, faculty supervisors, and others interested in graduate education to participate in the program. Those serving in acting or interim positions are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The CAGS Summer Leadership Program will be held in a bilingual environment with content presented in both French and English. Tickets will be sold through our online registration portal and will include all program materials as well as meals, coffee, and refreshments. A limited number of spaces are available for this event and tickets will be sold until the capacity of the workshop has been reached.

To learn more about the 2024 CAGS Summer Leadership Program, visit the program website or write to CAGS Executive Director, Ian Wereley.

McCall MacBain Scholars

The event is a virtual panel discussion with three recent UWinnipeg grads who each received a full graduate scholarship to McGill University. It will be a fun, informal discussion with opportunities for attendees to engage with panelists, ask questions, and hopefully be inspired by the great work these recent alumni are doing. It takes place on Thursday, February 22 from 7 - 8:30pm as part of the Alumni Perspectives Speaker Series.

The scholarship will be available again this year, so this is a great way for students to get first-hand insight of what it takes to be a McCall MacBain Scholar and apply for similar scholarships, learn what the process was like, and what sorts of career opportunities presented themselves to our UWinnipeg Scholars since they received the scholarship.Please check it here.

AG Careers

AG Careers is inviting interested students to take part in AgCareers.com's upcoming Feed Your Future Virtual Career Fair that is being held in Partnership with The Royal Agriculture Winter Fair on November 22nd, from 11:00am till 3:00pm ET.

With the uncertainty surrounding recruitment right now our Virtual Career Fairs are a great way for Student to interact with Employers for the positions they are hiring for in a safe and secure environment.

Students can register for the Event for FREE here: https://site.pheedloop.com/event/EVEZCDFIUYMAA/home/

We will also be hosting Virtual Career Fairs on January 24th and March 27th in the coming year!

Please feel free to reach out with ANY questions you may have about our Virtual Career Fairs!

BioTalent Canada - Career Starter Program

The Career Starter Program facilitates the transition of barrier youth into the labour market. It bridges the gap between talent and industry, introduces participants to the bio-economy as a viable career path, and enables employers to strengthen their workforce.

Career Starter provides bio-economy employers with 50% of a youth’s salary to a maximum of $15,000 in wage subsidies for a three to six-month job placement.


HerStart Fellowship Applications for Winter and Summer 2024

Youth Challenge International (YCI) has launched new positions and start dates for Canadians (citizens and permanent residents) to gain professional experience in the international development and social entrepreneurship sectors in a  HerStart Fellowship. YCI is currently recruiting for HerStart International Fellowship positions to collaborate for 3 or 6 months with our impact-driven teams in Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda!  

HerStart is a YCI program providing 10,000 women in Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana with the training, tools, and funding opportunities to become social entrepreneurs.  As a key part of HerStart, Fellows have the opportunity to support YCI staff, as well as our innovative and impact-driven partner organizations in each country.  

3- and 6-month placements with start dates in January and May 2024 are now open. Positions available include:    

  • Gender Equality Fellow  
  • Climate Action Fellow  
  • Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Fellow  
  • Social Entrepreneurship Fellow  
  • Program & Partnerships Fellow  
  • Communications Fellow   

HerStart Fellows will gain hands-on professional international development experience, expand their impact-driven networks, and engage in high quality training from experts in critical topics such as gender equality, climate action and social innovation.  

HerStart International Fellows receive a holistic benefits package including pre-departure training, post-placement support, round-trip airfare, visas, health insurance, a monthly living stipend and much more.  This program is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs.

Want to learn more about HerStart International Fellowships? Meet our Fellows and watch videos highlighting their experience here! 

Curious to see what HerStart entrepreneurs are innovating? Meet Entrepreneurs from each country and watch videos showcasing their social businesses here! 

Access the full list of current HerStart Fellowship opportunities and apply today! bit.ly/3pW1DBv  

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UBC Graduate School Information Sessions

UBC be hosting a wide-ranging series of webinars through late autumn and winter to support prospective students and applicants.