61st Annual CAGS Conference


Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Mentorship



7-10 November 2023

Victoria, British Columbia

In-Person Format with Live-Stream of Main events



The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) will host its 61st Annual Conference at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria, British Columbia, from 7 to 10 November 2023. The title of this year’s conference is Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Mentorship.

Today’s graduate students and postdoctoral scholars face enormous challenges, including financial and family stresses, job market uncertainty, housing precarity, and the increasing toll on their everyday mental health and wellness. More than ever before, graduate students and postdocs require high quality, inclusive, and compassionate supervision and mentorship as they work to achieve their educational and professional goals. Excellent supervisors and mentors encourage work-life balance, inspire their trainees to be creative in their thinking, to push their research in new directions, and to contribute positively to their communities and to Canadian society more broadly. They are essential to graduate student and postdoc success – in the classroom, the laboratory, and beyond. The 61st Annual CAGS Conference will explore and celebrate the highest standards in inclusive supervision and mentorship.

The CAGS Conference Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals for individual and group presentations. We invite submissions in English or French from deans, associate/assistant deans, directors, faculty members, administrators, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students from CAGS member institutions. Presentation topics should relate to the conference title – Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Mentorship.

Proposals will be considered for the following formats:


  • Single Presenter – Lightning Talk (1 speaker, 10-15 minutes)
  • Multiple Presenters – Lightning Talk (2-3 speakers, 30 minutes total)
  • Multiple Presenters – Panel Presentation (4-6 speakers, 90 minutes total)
  • Multiple Presenters – Roundtable (5-10 speakers, 90 minutes total)
  • Multiple Presenters – Workshop (90 minutes total)

Please note that all presenters will be responsible for covering the costs of their conference travel and accommodation if selected by the Conference Planning Committee. Accepted presenters will be granted a 10% discount on their conference registration fees. Conference registration fees include access to all events, presentations, and activities, as well as all meals and coffee breaks served during the conference.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 4:00 PM (ET) on Wednesday, 31 May 2023. The conference committee will make its final decision by 14 June and will notify all applicants by email.


About the 61st Annual CAGS Conference

For more than sixty years deans, associate deans, administrators, faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students have met at our annual conference to learn and share ideas about the future of graduate education in Canada.

The conference will be a primarily in-person event with selected sessions and special events being live-streamed on the CAGS YouTube channel. Presentations will be delivered in both English and French, with the goal of creating a truly bilingual environment. The conference hotel and event spaces are fully accessible and CAGS staff will be on site to assist with any accessibility requests. All necessary measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of conference attendees.

The conference will feature a variety of panel discussions, roundtables, lightning presentations, and workshops, as well as daily plenary sessions dedicated to inclusive excellence in graduate supervision and mentorship. The conference will feature CAGS’ annual general meeting (AGM) and the 2023 National 3MT Showcase. A pre-conference workshop for deans, associate deans, and directors will be held in afternoon on Tuesday, 7 November (separate registration required), followed by the conference opening ceremony. The annual CAGS Awards Banquet will be held in the evening on Wednesday, 8 November. Opportunities for networking and reconnecting with colleagues will be a feature of the conference experience.

Details related to the conference registration portal, ticket pricing, and hotel group rates will be available in June.

COVID-19: Our Commitment to keeping you safe

CAGS takes very seriously its role in providing a safe, accessible, and enjoyable conference experience for all attendees. The 61st Annual Conference will conform to all municipal, provincial, and federal public health mandates, and CAGS will take all measures necessary to protect the health and safety of conference attendees.

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort - Covid-19 Measures and policies

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Province of British Columbia public health information

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Future CAGS Conferences

2024 – Toronto (Sheraton Hotel)

2025 – Ottawa (Delta Hotel)

2026 – Regina (Hotel Saskatchewan)

2027 – Atlantic Canada

2028 – Québec City