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.

Learning opportunities at the 2019 Forum will include:

  • Student Onboarding
  • Instructor Training
  • Liberating Structures
  • Prior Learning Assessments
  • Contract Training
  • Learning Technology
  • Programming Tips
  • Teaching & Employing Millenials


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

Call for Presenters:

If you’re interested in facilitating a workshop, or there’s a topic you’d like to see covered, please contact:
- Claire Sauve - csauve@vcc.ca, or 
- Nanette Plante - plant@camosun.ca.


Early Bird Registration: Only $315 (plus GST) till 31 March 2019! ($350 plus GST thereafter)
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

Use booking code 8284 (valid until 28 April 2019)
2 beds: $104.95 ($114.95 without code)
4 beds: $169.95 ($179.95 without code)

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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