SAVE THE DATE: March 18 Special CIRPA Membership Meeting

As a follow-up to our Annual General Meeting in October, CIRPA is holding a special meeting of the membership, via Zoom, on Monday, March 18:

  • 10am PDT (BC/YT);
  • 11am MDT (AB/SK/NT);
  • 12pm CDT (MB);
  • 1pm EDT (ON/QC);
  • 2pm ADT (NB/NS/PE);
  • 2:30pm NDT (NL).

This meeting requires your vote on two important business matters:

  • Appointment of a new auditor
  • Approval of an increase to the annual membership fee

The Zoom link and an agenda will be shared closer to the meeting date.


We look forward to seeing you on March 18,

Miranda Pearson



CIRPA Professional Development Forum: Data Governance

On June 7, CIRPA-ACPRI is hosting a professional development member forum, focused on data governance. This is an opportunity for higher education professionals to learn about data governance best practices and discuss challenges in the field. The forum will include four sessions focused on different aspects of data governance in higher education.

The keynote speaker for the event is Alex Leigh, a world leader in higher education data governance. He will be presenting a session on “Data Governance and Education, a match made in…,” exploring the benefits and challenges of managing data as a strategic asset in education. Alex has worked with over 100 organizations, including 54 universities, founded the UK Higher Education Data Governance network, and designed and developed the HEDIIP data capability framework and sector-level governance for reporting.

The second session of the forum will focus on the First Nations principles of OCAP® and data sovereignty, which are essential for collective rights. This presentation will discuss the data and information infrastructures that First Nations are building to support self-determination and self-governance, including the First Nations Data Centre, the First Nations Data Governance Strategy, and education and training programs.

The third session will feature a panel discussion with representatives from four Canadian colleges, exploring the challenges of making data accessible for various stakeholders while ensuring privacy and confidentiality. Panelists will offer insights into how data governance is being addressed at their institutions, related challenges, and potential solutions.

The fourth session will provide an update on recent data governance program developments from five Canadian universities, including the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, York University, the University of Toronto, and the University of New Brunswick. Panelists will speak to their experiences and insights based on their institutional programs while answering questions about recent accomplishments, lessons learned, and future opportunities.

The sessions will take place at different times throughout the day, with registration links provided for each one- please register for each session separately depending on the one you are interested in attending. 

An active paid membership in CIRPA is required for this event. CIRPA’s membership year runs from July to June. If you are not currently a paid member, please wait until June to purchase your membership and we will extend your membership through to the end of June 2024. Any memberships purchased before June 1, 2023 will expire on June 30, 2023.

Session Time (EST) 

Temps (HNE)



Data Governance and Education, a match made in… 

Gouvernance des données et enseignement : une combinaison…

12 noon EST

12h00 HNE

Register for / s’inscrire à la: Session 1
The First Nations Principles of OCAP® and Data Sovereignty 

Les principes de PCAP® des Premières Nations et la souveraineté des données

1pm EST

13h00 HNE

Register for / s’inscrire à la: Session 2
Data Governance at Canadian Colleges 

La gouvernance des données dans les collèges canadiens

2pm EST

14h00 HNE

Register for / s’inscrire à la: Session 3
Data Governance Program Update – A Panel Session 

Mise à jour du programme de gouvernance des données – Panel

3pm EST

15h00 HNE

Register for / s’inscrire à la: Session 4


Next Webinar: A Framework to Guide the Collection and Use of Student Data to Support Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The fight against systemic discrimination and the commitment to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across postsecondary institutions has translated in increased requests for demographic information about students, faculty, and staff. Practitioners must grapple with this challenge and search for ways to reconcile formal approaches to data collection and analysis with an evolving understanding of the needs to support EDI and fluidity in definitions, terminology, and context. During this session, participants will have an opportunity to learn concepts that are central to EDI as well as guiding principles for data collection, as we share lessons learned from our work in this area. We will provide an overview of our research-based approach and findings, and introduce participants to the EDI framework we developed. Since learning and integrating EDI into our day-to-day lives is a personal journey, enriched by shared experiences and collaboration, the topic will be discussed using a participative and reflective approach.

April 27 at 1 pm EDT

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Next Webinar: How has the pandemic changed post-secondary education, and how might this impact institutions going forward?

February 15 at, 1 pm EDT


Join Dr. Nicole Johnson, Executive Director of the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association (CDLRA), as she shares the key findings from the CDLRA’s 2022 national surveys and discusses what this means for the future of post-secondary education. Since 2017, the CDLRA has conducted annual pan-Canadian surveys to track trends related to digital learning at Canadian post-secondary institutions. In particular, since 2020, the CDLRA has been investigating the impact of the pandemic on course delivery and teaching practices. One of the key outcomes of the pandemic is an increased demand for online and hybrid course offerings, alongside an increased demand for technology integration in the classroom. In this presentation, Dr. Johnson will discuss challenges faced by institutions (and the post-secondary sector as a whole), anticipated trends in online and hybrid learning, and tensions related to innovation.


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