2017 CETABC Forum - Leading Through Transition

CETABC 2017 Forum - Leading Through Transition

It’s time for the 2017 CETABC forum, three exciting days of professional development and networking with our fellow continuing education and contract training colleagues from all over BC.

This year includes a social evening dinner and an afternoon Dialogue Café to share experiences, exchange ideas and explore new opportunities

The Forum is filled with learning opportunities, including:

  • Contract Training
  • Program Finances and Administration
  • Curriculum Development
  • People Management (instructors and others)
  • Learning Technology
  • Programming Tips


Vance Creek Hotel and Conference Centre
at Silver Star Resort (near Vernon / Kelowna Airport)

DATE: 17 - 19 May 2017 (Wednesday – Friday)


Forum Fee and Meals: $299 (includes GST)
Phone 604.323.5322 and register with CRN: 60617 at Langara College Continuing Studies

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


Vance Creek Hotel and Chilcoot Rooms are full but there are still some condominums available: 

4 X studio
2 X 1 bedroom and bunkbeds in an alcove
1 X 2 bed + 2 bath

book through Vance Creek: 

Phone: (250)  549 5191
Toll Free: 1-800-610-0805
Fax:  (250) 549 5177
Email: info@vancecreekhotel.com

Keynote Address: The Future of Work and the Challenge for Skills Providers

50% of the jobs we do will be threatened by automation by 2030. How does this affect education and skills? How will we recognize foreign credentials, transfer credit, work-based learning and prior learning? How can we reinvent skills learning?
These issues will be the focus of this challenging, yet humorous, interactive and engaging presentation.
Stephen Murgatroyd has been engaged in adult education all of his working life and has worked extensively in retail, financial services, manufacturing and hospitality in Europe, North America and Asia. He is a prolific author and has keynoted at conferences in over forty countries.

Featured Events

Forum 2017 will feature a mixture of break-out sessions (workshops) and plenary sessions involving all participants (Keynote, Panel Discussions, and Dialogue Café). Here’s a small sampler of what’s in store.

Exploring the Challenges of Cross-Cultural Communication

This workshop is for people who wonder "what are the barriers?" when communicating across cultures.

We will look at the variety and clexity of oral communication styles and some of the challenges that arise when different communication styles meet.

Program Evaluation: A Qualitative Approach

Workshop participants and facilitator will collaborate in brainstorming key questions and methodologies to be answered in the program evaluation process with a focus on qualitative and arts-informed methods.

Getting Things Done for New Coordinators

Explore some simple methods to quickly capture your tasks, de-clutter your brain, make effective To Do lists and keep track of details so that nothing goes missing.

Dialogue Café - Future Skills

Participants will be challenged and encouraged to share, rethink and reimagine the work they do every day, such as:
• The design, development and delivery of skills education
• Approaches to assessment
• Open Badges for external credentials
• Take a look at new ways of thinking about apprenticeship to degree
• Barriers to change that inhibit innovation and change
• New practices from around the world
• New models for securing student engagement
• New approaches to the skills agenda

Panel Discussions

Forum 2017 features two discussion panels covering topics of increasing importance and relevance. On Wednesday guest experts will lead a panel on First Nations education. And on Thursday a panel of industry veterans will lead the discussion on industry needs and possibilities for CE.

Open Badges

Workshop participants will learn about an exciting new type of portable credential: Open Badges. These have been adopted by employers, educational institutions, and professional/vocational organizations around the world. They provide a new way to recognize achievement, especially learning that takes place outside of a classroom.
Governing bodies for open badge credentials include:
CanCred Factory - a distinctly Canadian service for managing Open Badges; and
CanCred Passport - a free service where users can set up mini-portfolios to store, share and display their badges.


Forum 2017 Programme