SEM Summit

Colleges and universities throughout Canada have, in recent years, embraced strategic enrolment management (SEM) as a new way of confronting the educational challenges in today's post-secondary educational climate. The SEM paradigm encourages us to move out of the comfort provided by our respective silos and toward the development of intra- and inter-institutional perspectives--all with a focus on enhancing the student experience.

Our discussions will include a wide array of campus partners, including:

  • Senior administration (board members, presidents, provosts, vice-presidents, vice-provosts)
  • Faculty (deans, associate deans, department heads, faculty advisors, first-year instructors)
  • Registrars, financial aid and student affairs professionals
  • Transfer counsellors and recruiters
  • Educational developers
  • Institutional researchers
  • Finance, planning and budgeting officers

The Canadian SEM Summit works in a unique way that differs greatly from the typical conference you may have attended. We ask our presenters to frame an issue and then to facilitate a conversation to bring forward the differing ways institutions are handling the issue at the campus level. In this way, we ensure wide-ranging discussions and many opportunities for take away ideas. It is our way of creating our own form of "deep learning"! It is also a vendor-free event.

Plan to join college and university colleagues from throughout the country in what promises to be a fascinating three days. We will announce the host city in the fall.

Jody Gordon, Co-Convener
Senior Consultant, AACRAO Consulting

Jason Hunter, Co-Convener
Vice-President, Student and Community Engagement, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Jeff Adams, Co-Convener
Executive Director, Enrolment Services, University of Manitoba


Pictures from previous Canadian SEM Summit's

SEM Summit Comments


"Highly recommend.  Better than I could have imagined.  Came away inspired.  Great to connect with colleagues in this way."  Elizabeth Gray, Manager, Aboriginal Initiatives, Sheridan College

"The facilitated discussion approach makes it more than a conference: it's a conversation."  Brendan Hughes, Executive Director, Student Engagement, University of Manitoba

"The SEM Summit is a great annual conference to meet, discuss and collaborate with Canadian SEM colleagues!"  Jane Fee, Vice-Provost, Student Services, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

"The advantage of the Summit experience is that our discussions are at a relatively high level and focus on issues that are made in Canada.  We're talking with each other on topics that almost always matter to all of us." -Peter Dueck, Director of Admissions & Registrar, Royal Roads University

"I learned how others are working at integrating indigenous perspectives into all aspects of SEM--took away many ideas for how to get my own institution started."Anonymous

"The hands-on aspects were so relevant and I loved not just sitting and listening for three days.  I feel like I actually did something valuable with my time and the university's money in sending me there."  Anonymous

"Everything was useful and relevant to me.  It was helpful knowing that we all face similar issues across the country.  I also loved the collaborative and solution-based approach to everything." Anonymous