2019 CETABC Forum

At the Edge of Tomorrow

Held every May for almost two decades now, the annual CETABC Forum is British Columbia’s best event for Continuing Education professionals. We feature informative professional development sessions, an exciting and thought-provoking keynote, and great opportunities to network with your fellow CE and contract training professionals.

This year we’re moving to a new venue at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. It promises a great facility and better access for members travelling from around the province. As always, the professional development workshops will be spiced with lots of opportunities to share your experiences, exchange ideas and explore new opportunities through events like the Panel Discussion and Dialogue Café in addition to social opportunities like the Welcome Reception and Networking Dinner.

Upon Arrival

First thing to do is check in at the Welcome Desk in the lobby of the TRU Residence; it’ll be open Wednesday from 1:00 pm on. You’ll receive a Participant Package with all the information you’ll need for the event. Please also drop off at the Welcome Desk any door prizes or institution swag you’re donating to the Forum. There’ll be a table in this location where you can display your catalogues and brochures.


All accommodation is at the TRU Residence & Conference Centre. Despite the name, this is the Forum residence only. The actual conference centre for all Forum sessions is the TRU Activity Centre, just across the street from the Residence. Mailing address for the Activity Centre is:

1055 University Drive

Kamloops BC V2C 0E1


There are parking fees in effect during the Forum from 08:00 – 17:30 daily. Parking Lot N is an economy lot and is $4 for full day parking. Lot K & H are regular lots and are $5 for full day parking.

Guests renting rooms at the TRU Residence should check-in first as there may be parking included with their stay.


WiFi will be available in the Activity Centre:

  • Network:  TRU
  • Username:  CETABC
  • Password:  tzg4z7


Session and Forum evaluations will be done online this year as we try to reduce our paper consumption.

Workshop Evaluation Form

Forum Evaluation Form

Welcome Reception

The Wednesday evening Welcome Reception is in the Mountain Room on the 2nd Floor of the Activity Centre. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the event starts at 7:00. There’ll be food and a cash bar (first drink’s on us!). Hope to see you there!


29 -31 May 2019 (Wednesday Afternoon – Friday noon)


$350 plus GST
Phone 604.323.5322 and quote course number 60252 to register through Langara College Continuing Studies

(Fee includes: coffee & snacks each day; light refreshments at the Wednesday reception; breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Thursday; breakfast Friday)


You must arrange your own accommodation at Thompson Rivers University Residence:
Email: info@truresidence.ca
Phone: 250 852 6296
Web: http://stayrcc.com/kamloops

2 beds: $114.95
4 beds: $179.95

CETABC Forum 2019 map

CETABC Forum 2019 timetable



Welcome to the site of the Continuing Education and Training Association of BC (CETABC) -- an association of continuing education and contract training professionals from colleges, institutes, and regional universities throughout BC.

Together, CETABC members are the voice for continuing education and contract training in BC, promoting and enhancing learning opportunities for British Columbian adults in communities and workplaces across every region of the province.  We work together to advance our shared commitments around quality and best practice, partnership and collaborative innovation, engagement, and accountability.

President's Message

Dennis Silvestrone - CETABC President

CETABC is British Columbia’s own association of continuing education, contract training, and workforce training professionals.

Representing colleges and regional universities all across the province, CETABC provides a meeting place for our members to share their passion for lifelong learning. It is where we collaborate, share best practices, and find solutions to uniquely British Columbia situations.

This is accomplished through committee work, regular meetings of representatives from our member institutions, and an annual forum. The forum provides two days of intense professional development where we get together for workshop sessions, discussion panels, expert speakers, and networking opportunities.

Today CETABC continues to be a voice for lifelong learning of all kinds in British Columbia: continuing education, contract training, and workforce development. Our college and regional university members provide learning opportunities to adults and workers in every region and virtually every community throughout BC.

Our members play a vital role in our communities - responding quickly and with innovative solutions to the adult education and workforce training needs of our employers, communities, citizens, and families. 


Deans and Directors of continuing education and contract training in BC have a long history of dialogue and collaboration to advance shared issues and interests.

Initially, we met periodically and relatively informally to discuss action we might take arounspecific issues affecting continuing education in the province – government caps on tuition fee increases for continuing education courses, for example.

In time, we began taking collaborative action to bolster the profile, influence, and delivery capacity of continuing education and contract training in BC. This led to our partnering on large scale labour market training contracts, around which we could leverage our combined expertise to achieve improved outcomes and deeper cost effectiveness for government and industry.

Eventually, the scale of our activity called for a greater degree of organization and accountability as an association.  After rigorous strategic planning, we formalized our governance, sharpened our priorities, and re-branded ourselves as CETABC -  the Continuing Education & Training Association of BC.

Today, CETABC is actively engaged in advancing "best practices", expanding partnerships, and streamlining the delivery of continuing education and contract training system in BC.  Our focus is enhancing adult opportunities for learning throughout the province and, in the process, improving socio-economic, community, and labour market outcomes for all British Columbians.

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