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2024 JOINT CASFAA/OASFAA CONFERENCE AGENDA 

FORGED IN STEEL: CONNECTION, COLLABORATION, AND COMMUNITY

The conference committee is working to put the finishing touches on the conference schedule. We're excited to share the following draft with you now, and will continue to update with content as we confirm additional sessions and activities. Stay tuned!

You can also download the draft program HERE

Pre-Conference Start-up - Sunday, June 2, 2024

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm      Check-in & Registration for out-of-town/out-of-province attendees

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm      CASFAA Meet & Greet for new members

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm      Sunday Night Welcome Cocktail Reception for All Attendees*

*Light refreshments only

Day 1 – Monday, June 3, 2024

TIME

ACTIVITY

8:00 am – 9:30 am

CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION

BREAKFAST

9:30 am – 10:00 am         

WELCOME

Land Acknowledgement:

Sarah Robinson, Acting Registrar, McMaster University

Opening Remarks:

Dr. David Farrar, President & Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University (tentative)

Conference Overview:

Josh Levac, Lakehead University – CASFAA President

Shaun Anderson, Carleton University – OASFAA Co-Chair

Celeste Coles, Durham, Durham College – OASFAA Co-Chair

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Keynote Speaker:

Renata Hall, Manager, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Programs, Equity & Inclusion Office, McMaster University

10:45 am – 11:00 am

BREAK

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Plenary Session:

Dr. Rick Monture, Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies, Department of Indigenous Studies Program, McMaster University (tentative)

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

LUNCH

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Breakout Session 1:

Christine Doolittle, Director, Indigenous Student Services, McMaster University

Elizabeth Way, Senior Associate Registrar, Aid & Awards, McMaster University

Justine Henhawk-Bomberry, Director, Post-Secondary Student Services, Grand River Post-Secondary Education Office

“New Financial Aid Supports for Indigenous Learners”

Breakout Session 2:

Farahnaaz Kanji, Director of Youth Strategy – RBC Future Launch, Royal Bank of Canada

“Untapped Potential: Working Together to Open Doors to Opportunity Through Scholarships”

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

BREAK

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Roundtable Discussion 1:

Jiffin Arboleda, Senior Financial Aid Specialist, University of Toronto

“US Aid – Best Practices for Process Title IV Loans, Alternative/Private Loans, and Veterans Affairs Benefits”

Roundtable Discussion 2:

Lana Hardwick, Financial Aid Administrator, Niagara College and OASFAA Western Regional Representative

“Financial Aid – 101 (OSAP)”

4:30 pm – Optional

On-Campus Activities

Planetarium Display

Nuclear Power Plant Tour

Campus Tour

DINNER ON YOUR OWN

 

Day 2 – Tuesday, June 4, 2024

TIME

ACTIVITY

8:00 am – 9:30 am

BREAKFAST

8:30 am – 9:30 am

CASFAA Annual General Meeting

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Plenary Session:

Marc Guindon, Manager, Educational Institutional Relations and Services & Customer Success Lead, Finastra

“Updates from the National Student Loans Services Centre”

10:45 am – 11:15 am

BREAK

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Breakout Session 1:

Saba Rafiq, Assistant Director, Student Support & Advising, York University

“Transforming Student Support: Revolutionizing Service Culture at York University”

Breakout Session 2:

Yingyi Chen, Assistant Registrar, International Student Awards and Financial Aid, Dalhousie University

Justin McKiel, Assistant Registrar, Financial Aid, Dalhousie University

“Topic – TBD”

Breakout Session 3:

Necia Martins, MBA, EdD, Associate Registrar, Student Finance & Client Services, Wilfrid Laurier University

Elizabeth Way, MTS, Senior Associate Registrar, Aid & Awards, McMaster University

2023/2024 CASFAA National Data Benchmarking Project Co-chairs

“Digging into the Date – 2023/2024 CASFAA National Data Benchmarking”

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

LUNCH

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Breakout Session 1:

Ministry of Colleges & Universities (Ontario)

“OSAP Updates”

Breakout Session 2:

Jennifer Da Silva, Associate Direction of Financial Aid, University Registrar’s Office, University of Toronto

Donna Wall, Associate Registrar & Director, Financial Aid & Awards, Vice Provost Strategic Enrolment Management, University of Toronto

“Redesigning Financial Aid at the University of Toronto”

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

BREAK

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion 1:

Ricki Wellstead, Student Loans & Awards Officer, McMaster University

“Refugee Supports – A Discussion”

Roundtable Discussion 2:

Celeste Coles, Manager, Financial Aid & Awards, Durham College, Co-Chair of OASFAA

“Having Difficult Conversations”

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

BANQUET DINNER

 

Day 3 – Wednesday, June 5, 2024

TIME

ACTIVITY

8:00 am – 9:30 am

BREAKFAST

8:30 am – 9:30 am

OASFAA Annual General Meeting

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Plenary Session:

Student Accessibility Services and Student Affairs (tentative)

“Holistic Approach for Supporting and Assisting Students with Disabilities”

10:45 am – 11:15 am

BREAK

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Breakout Session:

Matt Horner, Team Lead, Student Services, McMaster University

“Inflation-Busting: Ideas to Help Students Manage Limited Resources in an Increasingly Expensive World”

Roundtable Discussion:

Lisa Junkin, Associate Registrar & Director of Service Delivery and Student Financial Aid Support, Trent University

Danielle Aspin, Financial Aid Coordinator, Trent University

“Effective Student Engagement: Hosting Meaningful Conversations & Increasing Funding Applications"

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

Closing Remarks:

Josh Levac, Lakehead University – CASFAA President

Shaun Anderson, Carleton University – OASFAA Co-Chair

Celeste Coles, Durham, Durham College – OASFAA Co-Chir