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CIRPA-ACPRI 2023 Conference: Best Presentation Award

CIRPA-ACPRI is pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Conference Best Presentation Award: the team from University College of the North, The Pas, Manitoba: Amber Strong, Halla Elnour, Laura Labossiere, and Ashley Blackman.

The topic was ” Unexpected Applications: Leveraging Our New Survey Platform to Enhance UCN’s Strategic & Operational Capabilities.” The selection was based on the session evaluation survey and a review by the Best Presentation Committee members and was unanimously endorsed by the CIRPA Board of Directors.

As part of the award, the team will attend the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) annual forum in Denver, Colorado from May 28 to 31, 2024 where they will present the session as the 2023 CIRPA Best Presentation. To help support the attendance, CIRPA and AIR have a joint agreement to cover up to $2,000 USD for conference expenses.

As a rehearsal for the AIR Forum, the team will also present their session to the CIRPA-ACPRI members via a special webinar – stay tuned for more details!

This year, the CIRPA-ACPRI’s fall conference will take place in Fredericton, New Brunswick. All members of the community are encouraged to consider presenting; it is a great way to keep the community abreast of new and exciting changes, and you could be selected to attend the 2025 AIR Forum in Orlando, Florida.

Congratulations to the deserved winning team from University College of the North!


Call for Presentations: Explorance World 2024 Conference – Feedback for the Brave

Dear CIRPA members,

Explorance is thrilled to announce the upcoming Explorance World 2024 Conference, where thought leaders and professionals from the fields of Higher Education, Human Resources, and Learning and Development will converge to explore the transformative power of feedback in driving key strategic initiatives – across all industries. As a respected leader in Higher Education, Explorance believes that your expertise and insights would greatly contribute to the success of its conference. Explorance invites you to submit a presentation proposal and share how your institution has used Explorance products and solutions to shape your key feedback initiatives.

If your proposal is selected, the conference registration fee will be waived for each presenter.

Conference Details:
Date: June 25-28, 2024
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Theme: Feedback for the Brave – Where Feedback Analytics Meets AI

Presentation Tracks:
1. Developing a Robust Student Feedback Strategy
2. Survey & Evaluation Design and Technology Configuration
3. Reporting and Analytics: Unlocking Data Insights
4. Insights to Action: Transforming Student Feedback Data into Results

Deadline for submissions is Jan 31,2024. Don’t miss the chance to shape the future. Elevate your institution and enable student success at Explorance World 2024.

Submit a proposal




CIRPA-ACPRI is launching our third annual mentoring program for members

CIRPA-ACPRI supports the professional development of its members through networking and knowledge-sharing to facilitate informed decision-making in Canadian post-secondary education.

The mentorship program aims to match experienced IR practitioners with aspiring staff in a supportive, one-on-one environment and provide both parties with a rewarding professional relationship that is mutually advantageous. The program creates a space and forum for mentees to discuss and seek input from mentors on a variety of topics that could range from career navigation, work roles and responsibilities, and balancing non-work issues. Participants are sought from diverse backgrounds, institution types, geographic locations, and roles.

The program runs from February – December, 2024. Mentees are encouraged to meet regularly with their mentors as well as connect with other mentees over the entire duration of the program.

Regular and emeritus members are eligible to apply. Space is limited.

CIRPA is thrilled to offer this opportunity to its members as we continue fostering social connectedness in the IRP community. If you have any questions about this program, please contact  Matthew Hack at

Click here: Let us know you’re interested!

2024 CIRPA Conference Fredericton Call for Volunteers

Planning is underway for the next Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association (CIRPA) annual conference. Fredericton, the beautiful capital city of New Brunswick, is our host city from October 21-23, 2024! Our venue, the Fredericton Convention Center (FCC), is located near the shore of the historic Wolastoq (St. John River).

Fredericton Sneak Peek:

We encourage all CIRPA members interested in helping plan the 2024 conference to contact us. There are many exciting ways to get involved, including:

    • Conference Programming
    • Local Arrangements
    • Communications

Please reach out to – our Conference Chairs are eager to discuss roles and responsibilities and answer any questions you may have.

Miranda Pearson
President, CIRPA-ACRPI

Stephen Blair Dove
Vice-President, CIRPA-ACRPI

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