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National IT conference comes to U of M in June

Come ‘Meet in the Middle’ and share your ideas and expertise at CANHEIT-ARC 2019

February 13, 2019 — 

Canada’s premier conference for higher education IT leaders and experts in advanced research and computing (ARC) will be hosted at the U of M this June 18-21 and you are invited to attend. The Canadian Higher Education Information Technology Conference, known as CANHEIT, brings together professionals working directly in higher education IT or in a related area to share their experiences and learn from each other.

In the spirit of our province’s long history of collaboration and knowledge sharing, the university will co-host CANHEIT-ARC 2019 with three other universities, two national organizations, one college and one provincial association. This partnership to bring CANHEIT-ARC 2019 to Manitoba will showcase our province’s enthusiasm for technology and innovation.

“We know that higher education IT is an exciting and challenging place to be,” says Mario Lebar, CIO at U of M. “Professionals who work in this area have much to offer the university community and each other, which is why the conference is such a great opportunity either to attend or to present at.”

The CANHEIT-ARC 2019 call for proposals is open to all faculty, students and IT staff. The programming committee expects to review proposals from Canadian and international higher education IT professionals who use technology to enhance and improve the university experience for staff and students.

“A CANHEIT conference is unique because it is a technology conference that is organized by and located in a higher education institution,” adds Lebar. “Conference presenters are higher education staff who share the same context and who have a lot of experience and expertise.”

Conference participants can expect three full days of conference programming, including three inspirational keynote speakers and social night outs that showcase Manitoba’s unique flavour. 

And for the first time in CANHEIT’s history the three keynote addresses will be from women in tech: activist and entrepreneur Gabrielle Scrimshaw; research director Glenda Morgan; and leadership and change expert Cheryl Cran. “It’s exciting to have three talented and compelling female keynotes at this year’s conference,” says Terry Bunio, Programming Committee Chair.

K-L Holter, Director, IST Client Services and Planning Committee Chair, notes that, “Along with great keynotes and a full session schedule, we will be featuring networking events at the Université de Saint Boniface, the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo and at the Canadian Human Rights Museum.”


Call for Proposals  

  • Share your experience, expertise, ideas and adventures in IT by submitting a proposal today.  Whether you have an idea for a panel discussion or an informal collaborative discussion gathering, a “lightening” talk or a workshop, it only takes ten minutes to fill out the online submission form.



Early Bird registration is available until March 31. U of M IST is inviting the university community to take advantage of this opportunity to share your expertise and collaborate with your peers. Register now and save $100 off the registration fee.

Visit the CAHEIT-ARC 2019 website for more information about the conference. Visit frequently for programming updates!


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