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2023 National Staff Conference


2023 National Staff Conference

The CTF/FCE is pleased to welcome you to the 2023 National Staff Conference (NSC). Taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn located in beautiful downtown Ottawa, from November 22 to 24, 2023.

This year’s theme, “In solidarity”, invites us to reflect on ways we can continue to collaborate and share our knowledge as a collective dedicated to strengthening publicly funded public education.

The Conference will address the following topics:

  • Building stronger union solidarity
  • Advocating for Public Education: Retention and Recruitment
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Representation Matters
  • Professional and Social Issues

This two-and-a-half-day professional development conference unites staff from across the CTF/FCE Member and Associate Organizations and provides a unique opportunity for participants to take advantage of learning opportunities, engage in discussions, share innovative ideas, and create meaningful connections.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Register by November 6, 2023

As we confirm speakers and finalize the program for the CTF/FCE National Staff Conference, we will update this page. 

Keynote Speakers

Dr. James Makokis

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Anthony Johnson

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Samantha Nutt

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Gabrielle Brassard-Lecours

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sava saheli singh

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Céline Castets-Renard

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Hannah Johnston

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Stacey Pelika

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Oksana Kishchuk

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David Coletto

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Important Information


Registration will open from September 25 to November 6, 2023. The National Staff Conference registration fees include access to all sessions and social events.

View our Cancellation Policy.

  • Early-bird (deadline October 20, 2023): $600 (plus taxes)
  • Regular (deadline November 6, 2023): $650 (plus taxes)

Book Your Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Downtown is holding a block of rooms at a group rate of $189 per night for a standard room. Please book your hotel room by Friday, October 27, 2023 to benefit from the group rate. Book your stay through the direct booking link above or call 1-800-445-8667 or 613-234-6363. When booking, please reference CTF/FCE National Staff Conference.

Please email Cheryl Dourian, Meeting and Event Planner if you have any questions about the hotel.

Scent Free Policy

The CTF/FCE adheres to a scent-free policy in our building and at all our meetings and events because of sensitivities and allergies among staff and attendees.

Health and Safety

In keeping with the CTF/FCE’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy environment for all, please be mindful of the following:

  • To minimize the spread of COVID-19, all individuals attending CTF/FCE events are asked to monitor their health and the onset of symptoms prior to attending the event;
  • Anyone who feels unwell is asked to please not attend the event and contact CTF/FCE Meeting and Event Planner Cheryl Dourian as soon as possible;
  • KN95 masks will be available for those who wish to wear one.

Discover Ottawa

We look forward to welcoming National Staff Conference participants to our Nation’s Capital. Click here to explore all that Ottawa has to offer!

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Hourly Schedule

Day 1 | Wednesday, November 22, 2023

13:00 - 16:30
National Teachers Research Network Meeting
15:30 - 17:30
Onsite Registration and Information
18:00 - 18:30
Meet n’ Greet
18:30 - 18:45
Opening Ceremony
18:45 - 19:30
Ice-breaker activity
19:30 - 20:30
Opening Keynote
20:30 - 22:00
Welcome Reception

Day 2 | Thursday, November 23, 2023

7:30 - 8:30
Onsite Registration, Coffee and Tea
8:30 - 8:45
8:45 - 9:45
Opening Panel
9:45 - 10:15
Networking Break with Refreshments
10:15 - 11:45
Interactive Session
11:45 - 13:00
Lunch (included) and Networking
13:00 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:00
Break and Transition
14:00 - 15:00
Discussion Groups
15:00 - 15:30
Networking Break with Refreshments
15:30 - 16:15
Closing Keynote
19:00 - 22:00
Social Gathering (optional)

Day 3 | Friday, November 24, 2023

9:00 - 9:30
Bus departs for the CTF/FCE Office (Coffee and tea)
9:30 - 10:45
Departmental Session Part 1
10:45 - 11:15
Break with Refreshments
11:15 - 12:30
Departmental Session Part 2
12:30 - 13:00
Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up


Nov 22 - 24 2023

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/Toronto
  • Date: Nov 22 - 24 2023


Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Downtown
361 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada


Canadian Teachers' Federation
[email protected]
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