The Call for Proposals is closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal. We are now reviewing the huge volume of proposals and will be announcing the program in March 2018. 

Submission Types and Guidelines

  • Briefly state the importance, relevance, value, and/or interest to the Canadian higher education IT community as represented by the CANHEIT and TECC audiences.
  • Successful sessions include the delivery of engaging content in an engaging way – try to include participant interaction as much as possible.
  • PowerPoint is a great tool for presentations, but reading out the text doesn’t add to the experience of learning from you. Move beyond static PowerPoints: Use more interactive discussion and innovative ways for participants to learn from you and one another, and contribute to the shared knowledge in the room.
  • Consider the learning outcomes of your session – what will your audience know or be able to do as a result of participating in the session?

a 45-minute presentation timeslot

Panel Discussion
If you have a great idea for a panel discussion AND are prepared to coordinate it. For example, an “Experience Talks” panel with lessons learned about a particular topic.

Birds of a Feather
Do you have a topic you would like to discuss with like-minded colleagues? Minimal preparation required!

Poster Session
Map out your information on a poster! It will be informally presented during our evening poster reception and on display for the entire conference.

30-minute Mini-Presentation
We have introduced 30-minute mini-sessions if you have something smaller to share.

Do you want to host a workshop? A limited number of 2-hour time slots are available. This includes pre-conference TECC workshops.

For CANHEIT-TECC 2018 we have developed our Themes and Topic areas in close consultation with our partners, drawing key topics for both CUCCIO and Compute Canada members. Below are the conference topic areas and the definitions that we’ve used to support them.


  • Developing risk-based security strategies that keep pace with current security threats and challenges.


  • Management and governance: Implementing effective institutional data governance practices.
  • Data-enabled culture: Using Business Intelligence and analytics to answer big questions and inform the broad conversation.

Research Computing

  • Advanced Research Computing
  • Research portals
  • Bridging the gap between Research Computing and IT

Student Success

  • Managing system implementations and integrations that support student success initiatives.
  • Understanding and advancing technology’s role in defining the student experience on campus (from applicants to alumni).

Leading & Partnering

  • Helping institutional staff adapt to the increasing pace of technology change.
  • Institution-wide IT strategy: Reinforcing/Repositioning the role of IT leadership as an integral strategic partner of institutional leadership in achieving institutional missions.
  • Prioritizing and budgeting for IT: Balancing and rightsizing IT priorities and budget to support IT-enabled institutional efficiencies and innovation in the context of institutional funding realities.

Technology & Trends

  • Digital integrations – Ensuring system interoperability, scalability, extensibility, data integrity, standards and governance across multiple applications and platforms.


  • IT Staffing and Organisational Models
  • Ensuring adequate staffing capacity and staff retention considering retirements, new sourcing models, growing external competition, rising salaries, and the demands of technology initiatives on all staff.

Proposal Reviewer

We’re looking for representatives from CUCCIO member institutions to help us review program proposals for CANHEIT-TECC 2018. 

Proposals are across a range of topics, focusing on:

  • Data: Big data, data management and governance, database development, analytics
  • Research Computing: Research portals, bridging the gap between research computing and IT
  • Student Systems & Student Success: Systems and technologies supporting student success, evolution of teaching and learning technology
  • Technologies & Trends:  Cloud, Software, Jupyter notebooks, Artificial Intelligence
  • Leading & Partnering: Institution-wide IT strategies, change leadership
  • People: Professional development, diversity and inclusion, IT staffing and organizational models

Why get involved?

  • Learn what the latest best practices and hot topics are;
  • Collaborate with higher education IT leaders from across Canada; and
  • Help shape the CANHEIT-TECC 2018 program.

What is the time commitment?
Approximately 10 hours from February 26 to March 9, 2018 which includes:

  • Reviewing a minimum of 20 proposals; and
  • Participation in introductory and final discussions.

The deadline to express your interest is Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 5:00 pm Pacific.
Not sure if your institution/organization is a CUCCIO member? We still want to hear from you! 

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CANHEIT-TECC 2018 : June 18-21