MONDAY JUNE 17, 2019

Welcome and workshops

10:00-12:30pm   Registration
12:30-1:00pm     First Timer’s Welcome (Refreshments provided)
1:00-1:30pm       Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:30-3:15pm       Conceptualizing Wahkohtowin Through a Decolonial and Indigenized Framework OR
1:30-3:15pm       Helping Skills
3:15-3:30pm       Coffee Break
3:30-5:00pm       River Valley Nature Walking Tour OR
3:30-5:00pm       Take Home Self Care
6:30-8:30pm       Opening Cocktail Reception


Keynote and concurrent sessions

9:00-10:20am      Keynote Speaker
10:20-10:40am    Coffee Break
10:40-12:00pm    Concurrent Sessions A
12:00-1:30pm      Lunch
1:30-2:50pm        Concurrent Sessions B
2:50-3:10pm        Coffee Break
3:10-4:30pm        Concurrent Sessions C

Free night. See conference app for dinner recommendations and things to do around Edmonton.


AGM, concurrent sessions and closing reception

9:00-10:20am      AGM
10:20-10:40am    Coffee Break
10:40-12:00pm    Concurrent Sessions D
12:00-1:30pm      Lunch
1:30-2:50pm        Concurrent Sessions E
2:50-3:10pm        Coffee Break
3:10-4:30pm        Concurrent Sessions F
6:00-10:00pm      Closing Banquet

Guidebook - Conference App:

This year the CASFAA Conference 2019 will have a conference app! Those who registered for the conference will receive an email with information about the app. If you did not receive the email, do not worry! You can download the app. at the registration table. There is no charge to download the app., but please only download it only once to one device. This will be the best way to view the schedule, share photos and get up-to-date information during the conference!

First Time Attendee Reception:

Are you new to CASFAA and not sure where to start? CASFAA is very excited that you have decided to attend the conference this year and would love to meet you. This is your chance to mingle with the CASFAA board and other new members in a casual setting. Coffee and refreshments will be provided! 

Monday - Workshops:

The CASFAA 2019 planning committee has arranged for unique workshop sessions on Monday that will aim to provide a deeper understanding of areas that affect the financial aid advisor in Canada. In spirit with the theme Living Tradition, these workshops have been divided into two main themes: learning and understanding our past and supporting the financial aid advisor in building a stronger future.

From 1:30 to 3:15 you will be able to choose from two sessions:

  • Helping Skills
  • Conceptualizing Wahkohtowin Through a Decolonial and Indigenized Framework

From 3:30 to 5:00 you will be able to choose between two interactive sessions:

  • Take Home Self Care - a self care creation kit
  • River Valley Nature Walking Tour - a guided walking tour (with Indigenous theme) around the beautiful University of Alberta Campus and nearby river valley

Opening Reception and 40th Anniversary Kickoff:

Please join us is in kicking off the 2019 CASFAA conference! We will be hosting the Opening Reception at the Japanese Gardens overlooking our city’s beautiful and expansive river valley. The reception will include refreshments, passed hors d'oeuvres, and as always a fun opportunity to meet and catch up with your fellow conference attendees. This year we look forward to the incredible musical offerings of Harp Chick, Keri Lynn Zwicker! 

Swag Day Tuesday:

Are you a proud representative of your school? Then on Tuesday of the conference plan to wear your school’s branded colours! (There will be no swapping of swag - just showing off of your school's colours!)

Keynote Speaker:

Join us on Tuesday morning to hear from Shana Dion, a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree woman) from Kehewin Cree Nation. Current Assistant Dean First Nation, Métis and Inuit at the University of Alberta, Shana is an inspirational and heartfelt speaker who cares deeply for her students. By doing what she likes to call "heartwork", she strives to find ways to break down institutional barriers and personal biases to create a safe and inclusive campus that then enriches relationships with our diverse communities from near and far for years to come. 

University of Alberta - Finding Hidden Gems at Your Institution:

As financial aid professionals we are often trying to balance providing exceptional service on our campus while managing limited resources. Our campuses also provide lots of opportunity to strengthen our services by collaborating, sharing knowledge, and building networks with stakeholders. This stream will look at some of the opportunities available on the University of Alberta campus with the hope to inspire you to think of what opportunities could be available on your campus. 

Tuesday - Free Night:

The CASFAA Conference is an action-packed 3 days of learning, sharing, networking, celebration and fun. With this in mind - Tuesday night is all for you. While there will be no structured activity, your Conference 2019 planning committee has set up a list of recommendations for activities and restaurants to take in on Tuesday night. Check out the Conference 2019 phone app for more information and stay tuned for our restaurant reservation sign-up list.  

CASFAA 2019 Closing Banquet:

The CASFAA 2019 closing banquet will be held at the Edmonton Fairmont Hotel Macdonald on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00pm. Join us for food, dancing, and celebration to wrap up another year of coming and being together. Join the CASFAA board in the unveiling of the CASFAA 2020 Conference location, the recipient of the CASFAA Award of Merit and other exciting announcements. The Hotel Mac is also famous for having the best patio in town, which will be open and and ready for you to enjoy the big Edmonton sky and sunset.