LSAC Eastern Regional Conference

  • 06 Dec 2013
  • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario

Organizer: Lorri McLeod (

Theme:  PACE – Passionate and Caring Educators

The December 6, 2013 LSAC Eastern Region Conference  PACE – Passionate and Caring Educators, will be held at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario.  We are very excited to be hosting this event and look forward to greeting and collaborating with our peers from across the region for a day of learning, sharing, and inspiration.

Conference Proposals:
We are now accepting conference proposals for consideration.   Presentations can be based on practice, research, focus on professional development, or be a facilitated discussion.  New this year, we will also be offering a ‘speed meeting’ activity where participants can go to a variety of information tables for 20 minute mini presentations and walk away with new ideas and resources to add to their LS Practice.

Any and all proposal ideas are welcome; we invite you to share what you and your institution are doing regarding program assessment, essential skills training, etc.  For those of us who did not attend our national conference in May, there were many exciting topics including:  Plugged in or Tuned Out – How is Technology Changing Teaching and Learning, E-tutoring: From Concept to Reality, Engaging Students In and Beyond the Classroom – Mutual Commitment, Embedding Learning Strategies into First Year University Courses, etc.  The possibilities are endless! 

To submit a conference session proposal please visit


Best Western Plus Macies Hotel
1274 Carling Avenue, Ottawa ON  K1Z 7K8
613-728-1951 ext 607 or toll free 1-800-268-5531

  • $94 plus tax & fee, per night with 1 queen bed for 1 to 2 persons
  • $99 plus tax & fee, per night with 2 queen beds for 1 to 4 person

Best Western will honor these prices for Thu Dec 5, Fri Dec 6 & Sat Dec 7 – thought some people may want to spend an extra night or two in Ottawa to site see & shop! 

To secure this price, the reservations must be made between now and Nov 4 as they will release the block booking 1 month prior to our event.  When you make your reservation, please refer to block booking name:
LSAC Conference 2013

The hotel is as close to the college as possible (we don’t actually have any hotels right by Algonquin).  A quick cab ride will have you here in approximately 15 minutes and cost of about $20.  

There are several other hotels in Ottawa that you are welcome to check out:

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Kent MacDonald  is the seventh president of Algonquin College.

Dr. MacDonald has held a variety of positions at Algonquin College, including Vice President, Academic, Vice President, Student Services and Development and Dean of the School of Business. Prior to joining the College, Dr. MacDonald held senior leadership positions in both the private and not-for-profit sectors and was an educator in the elementary, secondary and post-secondary systems in Ottawa, Nova Scotia and New Zealand.

Dr. MacDonald earned his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds a Master Degree in Education (Administration) from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, an MBA from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario and a BSc from St. Francis Xavier University.

Schedule / Agenda:

Time Events
8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Continental Breakfast, Chair Yoga
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome & Housekeeping – Lorri McLeod, Algonquin College
Opening Remarks – Maryann Kope (LSAC Eastern Conference Chair) University of Guelph & Shelley Styles, Algonquin College, Director of SSS to introduce Dr. Kent MacDonald
9:15-10:00 Keynote Address: Dr. Kent MacDonald, President and CEO, Algonquin College
10:00-10:15 Questions and answers with Kent
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:20 Concurrent Session A Rooms TBA
A1 – Individual Learning Consultations – Anne Marie Wetter, Wilfrid Laurier 
A2 – What’s in it for me? – Developing our Peer Leaders – Beth Salt, Georgian 
A3 – Embedding a Learning Strategist into a University Community – Sandra Moffat, U of T, Woodworth 
A4 – Getting started with Assessment – Maryann Kope, Guelph
11:20-11:30 Break / Relocate
11:30-12:20  Concurrent Session B Rooms TBA
B1 – Peer Facilitated Mentoring for At-Risk First Year Students – Linda Williams, Queens
B2 – Teaching and Learning with the Smart Pen – Gordon McGregor, Algonquin
B3 – Teaching Faculty How to Integrate LS’s Into the Curriculum – Brandy Mullen, Georgian
B4 – Strategies for Active Reading – Sarah Hunter, Georgian
12:20-1:30 Lunch / LSAC Eastern Meeting / Campus Tour
1:30-2:30  Speed Meetings – Mini Presentations; 1:30-1:50, 1:50-2:10, 2:10-2:30 
  1. Tutor Credentials with CRLA – Beth Salt, Georgian
  2. Using Response Cards for Student Engagement – Brandy Mullen, Georgian
  3. Peer Led – Learning Skills Workshops – Melissa Gallo, Humber
  4. The Memory Factory – Laurie Dance & Debi Maniloff, Algonquin
  5. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Zsuzsa Grandpierre, Algonquin
  6. LS Apps for Students Mobile Devices – TBA, Algonquin
  7. Learning Style’s – TBA, External
  8. Student Leaders – ‘How We Learn Best’ – TBA, Algonquin
  9. Publishers Table – TBA, External
  10. Extra table for morning’s presenters to sit at so if anyone didn’t get to a presentation but wants info. they can go & ask the presenter!
2:30-2:40 Break
2:40-3:20 Speed Meeting continued; 2:40-3:00, 3:00-3:20
3:20-3:30  Feedback & closing remark s
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