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Past Events

Advising Award Reception

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 members and supporters of the advising community got together in the Thomson House Ballroom, to celebrate the 2017 nominees for the Dean of Students Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising and all the important work being done by advisors across the university.

For a small sample of the glowing testimonials submitted with the nominations for all our nominees, check out the PDF icon 2017 Award Reception slideshow!

2nd Annual AAN Spring Mixer Wine & Cheese

The Academic Advisers Network held their 2nd Annual Spring Mixer Wine & Cheese on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  

Advisors from across the university had the chance to relax together before the registration and end-of-semester rush.

2016 Fall Speed (Up)Dating event

This always-lively event was hosted by the Student Affairs Collective in the Thomson House Ballroom on Thursday, October 27, 2016.  The list of presenters and slides can be found here.   

AAN Spring Mixer 2016

The Academic Advisers Network hosted advisors from across the campus at the Spring Mixer Wine and Cheese on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

It was a great opportunity for advisors to catch up, share stories, celebrate another successful term of advising and get re-energized for the final push of the term!

2nd Annual Speed (Up)Dating event

The Student Affairs Collective welcomed over 100 interested staff members on Thursday, November 19, 2015 for the 2nd Annual Speed (Up)Dating event, held in Leacock 232.

A list of speakers and the slides presented at the event can be found here.

Student Affairs Collective Advising Day(s) 2015

This year's Advising Day(s) events took place on June 9 and 11, 2015.  

Details on these two events and the material presented by the speakers can be found on the Student Affairs Collective website.

Academic Advisors Network 2015 Annual General Assembly

Building Bridges to Better Support Our Students

Wednesday, March 25, 2:00-4:00 pm

Speakers discussed some of the resources available to students throughout their time at McGill and other important aspects of the student experience, including admissions. 


  • Prof. Ollivier Dyens, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning)
  • Kim Bartlett, Director of Admissions
  • Leslie Copeland, First-Year Coordinator, Campus Life & Engagement
  • Jan Bottomer, CaPS
  • Prof. Dimitrios Berk, Ombudsperson for Students

* For more information on the Academic Advisors Network, please see PDF icon What is the AAN 2015.*

Slides that were presented by speakers during the event can be found here:  AAN 2015 AGM Slides

Academic Advisors Network Winter 2014 General Assembly

The AAN Winter 2014 General Assembly was held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM.

The Guest Speaker for this event was Professor Ollivier Dyens (Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning), who spoke on the topic of how:

“Good advising is conducive to good mental health”  

Many post-secondary institutions across North America are faced with mental health issues. How can we address the rise in mental health while controlling both costs and rising stress on frontline staff? By tackling the issue at one of its points of origin: when students are about to enter key transitional phases in their educational path. 

Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) Conference

McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies hosted the annual Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) conference in 2013.  The event took place at Marriott Chateau Champlain, Montreal, from May 22 to 25, 2013.  Keynote speakers from Canada and USA presented, as well as workshops and seminars that address the increasingly prominent role of continuing education among learners and collaborators.  Details on this conference can be found at the CAUCE conference website.

National ACademic ADvising Association (NACADA) Region 1 Conference

The 2013 NACADA Region 1 Conference took place in Montreal from March 20-22. You can find details on the conference and other NACADA initiatives on their website.

Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Conference Fall 2012

The Office of the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) hosted McGill’s second Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) conference on November 13, 2012. The focus of this conference was Student Advising and Graduate Supervision.

The day-long Conference was designed to provide participants with an opportunity to learn about how student advising is organized at McGill, identify facilitators, barriers and challenges to advising and learn about tools & best practices that support the persistence and retention of students.

For more information on the initiatives that came out of this conference, click here.

Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS) 

Created in 2012, the Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences brings together academic advising, summer studies and internships under one umbrella. Read more here.

2012 Consultation Fair: Academic Advising and Graduate Supervision

The realization of McGill's Consultation Fairs was the result of one of the recommendations made by the Student Consultation and Communication Work Group (SCC). The Fairs offered a unique opportunity for the McGill community to gather together and discuss issues of concern. Participants include members from the student body, faculty, senior administration, administrative and support staff and other interested members of the McGill community.

The 2012 Consultation Fair focusing on Academic Advising and Graduate Supervision took place on October 16, 2012, 4:00-6:30pm in Redpath Hall.

2012 Academic Advising Census Results Presentation, Discussion and Reception

Academic advisor census survey results were presented. Advisors had the opportunity to discuss survey findings, next steps, and the development of the academic advising survey for students.

Lina Di Genova, Manager of Student Assessment, presented the survey results and Dean of Students Andre Costopoulos led the discussion after the presentation. A reception with food followed.

The event took place on Thursday, December 6 from 1-4 p.m. in Leacock 232.

The Summary Report on the Census can be found here: PDF icon Summary Results

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