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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of the President
September 3, 2015

Canadian Excellence


National Conference for President's Executive Assistants of Canadian Universities

The environment at Canadian Universities continues to change, becoming increasingly complex.† This in turn complicates the President's role as leader of the institution even further.† There are growing demands for the President's already precious time, both from external as well as internal stakeholders.

This heightened activity affects all those in the Office of the President. As Executive Assistants, not only is there an increase in what is asked of us, but because of the unique relationship the EA has with the President, we are also more aware of the affect these demands have on the President, not only as a leader but also as a person.

How can we as Executive Assistants, support the President in the most effective way?

Building on the success of the 2014 Workshop, the PEACU Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to the 2nd Annual PEACU Conference.

Personal development is an important part of growth and can be found in many different forms.† The PEACU conference is designed to bring this unique group together with sessions specifically tailored towards the many challenging facets of our role.† As a group we can network, share ideas, talk about the challenges we face and ultimately learn from one another.

Location: Toronto, Ontario (see program for specific locations)

Date: Monday, April 20 to Wednesday, April 22, 2015*

Registration Fee: $395.00 + tax

On-line registration is now open: Please visit the Registration page for details.

*We have expanded the program this year to include a full day on Wednesday, allowing us to offer a one-day certificate program from the Schulich Executive Education Centre.† Our celebration dinner will take place Wednesday evening where the certificates will be handed out to participants of the Wednesday program.

Please click here to view the program, and check back periodically to access an updated program as it becomes available.


Please feel free to contact any member of the Organizing Committee, with your questions, concerns, or to learn about opportunities for your institution to sponsor this important initiative.



Irene Fezza

Executive Assistant to the President, York University, Toronto, ON†† 416.736.5200

Maebelle Knechtel Bell

Executive Assistant to the President, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON † 519.884.0710 ext 2443†


Janet King

Executive Assistant to the President, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC†† 250.740.6568

Karen McBain

Executive Assistant to the President, Huntington University, Sudbury, ON 705-673-4126 ext. 203

Cindy Reardon

Executive Assistant to the President, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS†† 902.457.6131