2022 CCAE National Conference Call for Proposals

Now Seeking CCAE National Conference Presenters

CCAE knows you and your teams have pivoted adapted, come up with unprecedented creative innovations, and had your fair share of crisis’s challenges this past year. You’ve been over zoomed-whelmed and bounced back time and time again. Beyond all the pandemic jargon, there is a plethora of wisdom that needs to be shared.

CCAE is seeking presenters and presentation proposals for the 2022 CCAE National Conference, and we know you have a story (or 10) to tell. Now is the time to start brainstorming your ideas and stay tuned for the 2022 National Conference call for proposals. Together we will collaborate and learn for an even brighter new normal future in Canadian advancement.

Share your expertise!

Be a #CCAE2022 Presenter & Sumbit your proposal


CCAE is dedicated to:

  • Developing programs and services that are inclusive, equitable and respectful;
  • Serving the advancement community with a focus on innovation, value creation, and excellent service;
  • Delivering exemplary programs, resources and services that are research-based, data-driven, member-focussed, and appropriate to institution type and size, advancement discipline, experience level, and language (English and French).

Submission tips:

  1. Forest through the trees:
    You don’t need to have all the answers - but you should have some. Your colleagues are looking to reflect, compare and react to strategy, projects, thought processes and scale. If you are trying something new and have learnings- there could be an innovative presentation, there!
  1. Dig deeper:
    The CCAE audience, is made up of your colleagues from across Canada! You are presenting to the knowledgeable, the converted. Use your time to dig deeper into your topics. Remove the fluff and go straight to the bones of the matter!
  1. Stay focused:
    If you were attending this session- what would you want to learn (or what you would want your team members to learn). Make sure your Learning Objectives are clear and use them to act as guiding lights as you plan your presentation. Potential attendees will use the session information to judge if the content is right for them.

Target Audience

The 2022 CCAE National Conference will bring together advancement professionals from universities, colleges, institutes, independent schools, cégeps and polytechnics; and all advancement disciplines – alumni relations, development, marketing, communications, advancement services, community relations, government relations, etc.

The key target audience of the National Conference will be early to mid-career professionals, with a commitment to engaging senior leaders as presenters and participants.

Session Formats

The 2022 CCAE National Conference is still in development and CCAE is working with Niagara Falls to ensure the event will be executed within COVID-19 Safety Protocols (whatever those might look like in May 2022!).

At this time, the Conference will feature live in-person content, and a selection of virtual sessions, which will run concurrently with the live programming.  

Based on feedback from the 2021 CCAE National Conference, CCAE attendees really enjoy sessions that feature presenters from multiple institutions, shedding light on similar issues. This requires the creation of shorter, punchier content.

When submitting proposals, please select if you are open to a shorter window and a collaborative session.

The CCAE National Conference Program

The Conference Program Committee assesses all proposals as they relate to others in their discipline and the overall Conference program.

Factors for consideration, include but are not limited to:

  • CCAE Membership: The program requires a balance of presenters from all over Canada, of varying institution sizes and types.
  • Disciplines: The program requires a balance of presentations that appeal to advancement staff who work in multiple disciplines. (A hint- collaboration and cross-discipline proposals are always of interest)
  • Scale: Is the topic of the presentation scalable learning? An aspiration program or a game-changing case study? A mix is very important in sharing learnings.
  • Thought Leadership & Innovation: Some programs may be fresh or in an earlier stage of execution and these are exciting areas to share with your colleagues.
  • The Toolkit: Does the proposal serve the “professional task toolkit” or the “professionals own toolkit”. Presentations directly connected to task, metrics, or project are connected to a task toolkit. CCAE’s goal is to provide education on the whole professional. Areas related to management, planning, governance, leadership, community engagement and collaboration will serve the professional no matter their position.


CCAE does not renumerate presenters for any part of their participation as a presenter. Should presenters be selected to participate in the National Conference, a registration discount will be provided.

Promotion of your session

All confirmed presenters are encouraged to share details about the National Conference and their session in personal or institutional social media channels. Sample text and graphics will be provided that can be updated and personalised. You may also choose to take your promotion to the next level, and provide a short video clip of yourself that includes language that pertains to the theme or topic of your session. CCAE will share your posts leading up to the event to ensure you receive as much visibility as possible for your session.


Have a question about being a presenter or submitting a proposal?

Reach out to Tara Sandler, Director, Strategic Education & Engagement, CCAE.

Calls for proposals are open to everyone, including advancement professionals from member and non-member schools, consultants, corporations, etc. and selections are made by a volunteer program committee. Interested parties from outside the CCAE membership who wish to submit a proposal are required to include a partner from a CCAE member school. Note: This does not apply to keynote speakers and invited guests.

CCAE is dedicated to developing programs and services that are inclusive, equitable, respectful, and ensures they reflect the diversity of our membership. All interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Proposals are welcomed from individuals within visible minorities such as people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, women, people of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and persons with disabilities.

If you require accessibility or other accommodations as a presenter CCAE will work with you to ensure these needs are met.