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Management Briefing - CANHEIT 2015 being hosted by ITS at UNB

Author: ITS

Posted on Jun 1, 2015

Category: Management Briefings

CANHEIT (Canadian Higher Education IT) is Canada’s only national conference focusing on IT issues and trends in Canadian universities and colleges today. ITS is pleased to be the conference host this year; working closely with UNB Conference Services, we will be welcoming over 300 IT professionals, vendors, and guests to UNB, serving up a great program, awesome social events, inspiring keynotes, and enthusiastic hospitality.

It’s going to be a busy week

CANHEIT 2015 takes place June 16 to 19, on the Fredericton campus. As you may know, the annual CAUBO (Canadian Association of University Business Officers) conference is being held in Saint John June 14 to 16; the day of overlap will allow CANHEIT delegates to participate in CAUBO. Several IT-oriented sessions, delivered by CIO’s from institutions across the country, are featured on CAUBO’s program on the 16th, extending reach to an important stakeholder audience. Other organizations are also holding important meetings during the week; for example CANARIE, operator of Canada’s national research and education digital network, will be hosting several meetings, taking advantage of the presence of representatives from regional and provincial R&E networks across the country.

Low stress, high energy

This year’s CANHEIT theme, Keep Calm and Power Up, perfectly reflects the characteristics and dynamic nature of the IT profession today. Practitioners are highly experienced with keeping calm in the face of constant change, reacting quickly to opportunities and crises alike, and staying on the leading edge of technology. So when fatigue sets in, there is nothing like a gathering of peers and colleagues to get creativity and energy flowing again.

Some other notable CANHEIT features include several conference firsts, including the inaugural CUCCIO (Canadian University Council of CIOs) Awards, recognizing excellence in collaboration, community, and innovation in IT across Canada; the aforementioned overlap with CAUBO, promoting wider awareness of the integral nature of IT in our institutions; plus the debut of New Brunswick’s own Phoenix Dinner Theatre, entertaining delegates and guests while they enjoy a fantastic meal.

Great keynotes set the tone

CANHEIT 2015 features three great keynote speakers who will inspire, entertain, and amaze us. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut, has visited UNB before, and is back by popular demand. Her rich and varied career has culminated in her current deep interest in environmental issues, putting action before words by setting up the Roberta Bondar Foundation to educate and improve the environment. Jeff Havens is a hilarious, entertaining speaker on inter-personal communication—he’ll reach out to the inner-geek in CANHEIT delegates and give them a tweak that will leave them laughing at themselves. Finally, UNB’s own John Spray, Director of the Planetary and Space Science Centre, will astound us with his work in impact cratering mechanics, hypervelocity impact and shock, planetary materials, and other extraordinary areas.

Location, location, location

CANHEIT delegates and vendors will be easy to spot during the course of the conference, particularly in the main venues including the Richard J. Currie Center, the Student Union Building, Tilley Hall, and MacLaggan Hall. Conference participants will be taking breakfast in McConnell Hall; other meals and breaks will be in the SUB, where 24 vendors will interact with delegates. Most program sessions will be delivered in classrooms in Tilley, while keynotes will take place at MacLaggan. The Alumni Memorial Building will host delegates after hours for themed social gatherings, while RJCC will be the site of the dinner theatre on Wednesday night, and the spectacular Awards Gala, Thursday evening.

June 1, 2015, Terry Nikkel, AVP, ITS