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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
May 30, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Call for Proposals

Proposals are invited for concurrent sessions of various types and lengths, as described below. Your completed proposal should be submitted no later than
2 p.m. on March 9, 2015.

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone is welcome to submit a proposal. Please note that all session presenters must be paid registrations at the conference in order to appear on the schedule of sessions.

Proposal Submission Form


  • Discovery Sessions (electronic posters), within one 60 minute period (DS) These electronic poster sessions provide the opportunity for you to share your topic, research findings, or program with individuals or small groups. Since the sessions will be conducted through your laptop or other device (not provided), a small table and power will be provided. Note: laptops are not provided, please bring your own. All Discovery Sessions are presented simultaneously during one 60 minute period. Attendees will freely move between presentations to view your work and talk with you. Presentations should be made with a software such as Powerpoint or Prezi. Because you will have attendees stopping by your table at various times, we recommend you keep your presentation down to a few slides (5-6 seems to work well) that can be easily restarted as new viewers come by. You will also have wireless internet access, so that should an attendee want to discuss your session topic more in detail, websites and other information can be easily access by you. Abstracts of your presentation will be posted on the conference website prior to the start of the conference so that attendees can get some knowledge of session topics in advance of the session.

  • Information sessions, 25 minutes (IS)
    Information sessions provide an opportunity to formally presenta topic or issue. For example, one couldshowcase aparticular practice,profile an initiative or partnership, or share highlights of the impact on student learning. The focus is on dissemination rather than on dialogue and exchange. Presenters should allowat least five minutesfor questions andexchange.

  • Panel discussions, 60 minutes (PD)
    Panel discussions provide anopportunity for a team to present different points of view or approaches to atopic orissue related to the conference theme. Each panelist will have time for a short presentation inclusive of a brief question and answer period. Proposers should allow 15-20 minutes for discussion with the audience. Panels should have no more than four members. A panel moderator is recommended.

  • Workshops, 60 minutes (W)
    Workshopsaim to provide a forum for the collaborative development and discussion of ideas. They may be designed, for example, to demonstrate and critically examine a particular experience or practice, orexplore an innovative partnership model. Proposals must include details on the ways in which participants will be engaged in meaningful activities and discussion around the topic.


  • Please prepare your proposal using the Proposal Submission Form
  • Download the form and save it with the file name
    (Example: WRogersP would be a proposal for a workshop submitted by P. Rogers)
  • If you have a date and time preference please indicate this in the other comments section of the submission form - We are unable to accommodate presentation time and date changes after April 10, 2015
  • Submit your completed proposalas an email attachment no later than 2 p.m. on March 9, 2015 to

Proposals will be reviewed by three members of a blind peer review committee.
Proposers will be informed of the success of their submission by March 27, 2015.


Title (20 words maximum)
Provide a succinct title that describes your topic and its link to the conference theme.

For each presenter and co-presenter associated with the proposal submission, include a 50 - 75 word biography.

Session Format
Provide a brief rationale indicating why you selected the session type and the length for the proposed session.

Abstract (250 words maximum)
The review committee will evaluate howwell your abstract accomplishes the following:

  • Provides a rationale for the selected topic and demonstrates how it relates to theconference theme.
  • States clear session outcomes.
  • Includes an outline of what delegates will experience and observe in your session. For workshopsessions, the abstract should give an idea of how participants will actively contribute to the session.
  • For panel sessions only, briefly outlines speaking points of each panelist.
  • Because the purpose ofan abstract is to communicate key information clearly and concisely, the review committee willconsider the style and languageof your abstract.

Pleaseidentify all partner groupsinvolved in your initiative.


Please if you have any questions.