2022 Annual Conference

November 4, 2022

Manitoba Advising Professionals are pleased to present the 24th Annual Conference. This year the agenda will again include a variety of interesting, informative, and relevant sessions for advisors and other post-secondary personnel in a variety of settings. 

Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport 
1740 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, MB

2022 Conference Agenda and Speaker Bios

8:15 - 8:45 am  Registration and Continental Breakfast (Madison Ballroom A & B)

8:45 - 9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

9:00 - 10:00 am Keynote Address: Jason Tyler McLean (Madison Ballroom A & B)

One Drop of Water

In his book One Drop of Water, Jason shares an encouragingly vulnerable yet articulated viewpoint on the darkest truths of living with multiple mental illnesses throughout his lifetime. A road map for others to follow from what could have been death by suicide to creating a life of sustainable self sufficient happiness. Colourful and illustrative storytelling showcasing compelling experiences and parallels that are influencing and educating about mental illness, suicide prevention and the unique battle plans devised used as a form of self treatment. To help others further understand that they are not alone in their battle and there is hope. As well, to positively take an educational role in opening more minds to the truths about mental illness and the state of mental health in our society in order to lift the cloud of stigma that casts shades of grey in this area.

10:00 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Session

Session  1A (Madison A): ADHD/working with students with ADHD

Facilitator: Miriam Unruh (Academic Learning Centre, U of M)

Students with ADHD can find university quite challenging. ADHD is a central nervous system disorder that limits a person’s ability to develop age-appropriate executive function skills. Learning at university requires students to manage tasks, information, attention, and effort – all of which are dependent on the ability to access and use the brain's executive functions. In this workshop, I will explain how executive function deficits impact students with ADHD and provide strategies that adults with ADHD can use to adapt to an environment that demands a high level of executive function.

Miriam Unruh is an Academic Learning Centre (ALC) instructor & Academic Coach at the University of Manitoba. She has an honours degree in English Literature, and a Masters in Post-Secondary Education. She teaches ARTS 1110 (Introduction to University), gives workshops on writing, time management and learning skills and sees students one-on-one on almost all aspects of writing, studying and learning.

Session 1B (Madison C): Self-Care: The Awesome Human Project  

Facilitator: Margarita Natcheva, Academic Advisor, RRC Polytech

The Awesome Human Project: Break Free From Daily Burnout. Struggle Less and Thrive More. A book by Nataly Kogan

Are you overwhelmed by work, relationships, and responsibilities--and wrestling with inner doubt and fear of burning out? Challenges in life are constant. But the struggle is optional. We can't always control what comes our way, but we can change how we meet those challenges. According to the author of The Awesome Human Project, Nataly Kogan, "Small changes in mindset can create big impacts in your ability to thrive in work and life.”

This workshop is an interactive one. The attendees will be encouraged to participate and to work in groups to reflect on the practices discussed in the workshop. Welcome!

12:00-1:30pm Lunch & AGM/Annual Report (Ellice Room)

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Concurrent Session 2

Session 2A (Madison A): 2SLGBTQ+ Awareness, Inclusion, and Affirmation (Part 1)

Facilitator: Bre Giesbrecht, Rainbow Resource Centre

This 2.5-hour workshop will enhance your organization’s capacity to create and maintain safe(r) and more inclusive spaces for all staff, clients/customers, and other stakeholders. Through explanations, videos, testimonials, and group discussions, participants will learn how to better support the 2SLGBTQ+ people they interact with.

Session 2B (Madison C): Building a Student Success Advising Program: Progress and Pitfalls in Developing a Robust Support System for Students At-Risk of Attrition

Facilitators: Ashley Brown, Kate-Lyn Danyluk, & Matt Shantz, U of W Student Success Advising Team

This presentation will outline the process of building the current Student Success Advising Program at The University of Winnipeg and the supports offered, including outreach models, the Degree Revival Program, USupport (Retention Alert), and Coaching program. It will also look at the difficulties that Student Success Advisors have encountered during this process and provide an opportunity for group discussion on common challenges, including student engagement, and competing institutional priorities.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm:  Coffee Break

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm: Concurrent Session

Session 3A (Madison A): 2SLGBTQ+ Awareness, Inclusion, and Affirmation (Part 2) Continued from Session 2A

Facilitator: Bre Giesbrecht, Rainbow Resource Centre

Session 3B (Madison C): Indigenous Student Engagement and Achievement

Facilitator: Tanis Kolysnik, Aboriginal Student Services Centre Coordinator, The University of Winnipeg

In 2021, a fact-finding mission took place, led by the McCall MacBain Foundation, regarding “Access and Pathways for Indigenous students to University Studies”. This survey included universities from across Canada and highlighted initiatives that are resulting in positive outcomes, and also areas where we need to improve. The University of Winnipeg Aboriginal Student Services Centre took part in the survey and we would like to share some findings and lessons learned. During the workshop we will provide a scenario question for group work and discussion.


Conference Registration & Membership - $200 (Includes Conference Fee + 2023 Membership)

New Member / Membership Only - $25 (For those not attending the conference and would like to purchase a MAP membership for the upcoming 2023 year.)

Deadline for registration and submission of fees: Thursday, November 3, 2022

Breakout sessions will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. A hot lunch is provided. Please contact us at least one week before the conference if you have any dietary restrictions.

Please note that although speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing, circumstances beyond the control of the organizers may necessitate substitutions, alterations, or cancellations of speakers and/or topics. MAP reserves the right to alter or modify the advertised speakers and/or topics if necessary without any liability to you whatsoever. Any substitutions or alterations will be updated on our web page as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the refund policy?

Up to Oct. 28, 2022 — 100% refund

After Oct. 28, 2022 — no refund

Refunds will not be issued for no-show registrants. Membership fees are non-refundable. If a member is unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, conference registration may be transferred to another MAP member.

What if the conference is cancelled?

In the event of cancellation of the Conference due to bad weather or other circumstances beyond our control, MAP will make every effort to reschedule the event to an alternate date. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, MAP will, at its discretion, refund the conference fee amount paid minus any venue cancellation charges. No refund will be made where participants are able to claim on an insurance policy.

MAP will not be liable for any ancillary or related costs including, but not limited to, hotel and airline charges or cancellation fees due to weather or other conditions or circumstances.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is free at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport. Winnipeg Transit offers bus service.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact mbadvisorsinfo@gmail.com with any questions you may have.