2023 Annual Conference

November 3, 2023

Manitoba Advising Professionals are pleased to present the 25th 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

2023 Conference

Keynote speaker: Dr. Mehvash Ali, Psychologist, University of Washington Counseling Center & NACADA Board of Directors


New members: $265.00 ($200 conference fee + $25 2023 membership + $40 2024 membership)

Current members: $240.00 ($200 conference fee +$40 2024 membership)


Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the refund policy?

Up to Oct. 27, 2023 — 100% refund (minus Eventbrite processing fee)

After Oct. 27, 2023 — 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.

MAP's 25th Annual Conference Agenda

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

8:45-9:00am MAP Welcome and Introductions (Madison Ballroom A & B)

9:00-10:00am Keynote Address (Madison A & B): Supporting Student Growth Post-COVID

Dr. Mehvash Ali, Psychologist, University of Washington Counseling Centre

details TBA

10:00-10:30am Coffee Break (registration area)

10:30am-12:00pm Concurrent Sessions 1

Session 1A (Madison A & B):  Tips From a Psychologist: Facilitating Change Through Advising

Facilitator: Dr. Mehvash Ali, Psychologist, University of Washington Counseling Centre

details TBA

Session 1B (Madison C): Cultural Diversity, Communication, and Conflict 

Facilitator: Kriz Cruzado, Mediation Services Winnipeg

Cultural diversity is a universal reality. So is conflict. Knowing how to deal within a culturally-diverse world will increase your success at work and in your relationships. Learn how to recognize the cultural elements in conflict and gain a framework for working in cross-cultural settings. 

 Our environments at work and play are becoming increasingly diverse. Cultural diversity is what makes life interesting; however, at the same time diversity can contribute to or increase tensions (bumps, clashes and collides) resulting from diverse interpretations / world views, styles, meanings. Communication norms vary greatly across cultures.  Cultural competency has been an essential skill across sectors, roles, ages, and disciplines and now, with global human rights movements and advances, we need to go beyond the cultural competency paradigm.  

Cultural sensitivity is essential for building and maintaining healthy, productive and respectful workplaces and communities. In this lecture, participants will examine the dynamics and complexity of culture, including reflecting on and articulating their own culture (disclosure) and practice how to proactively seek to discover and better understand the cultures of the people around them (inquiry). The emphasis being learning to recognize diversity factors and value them such that we can adapt, build bridges and reconcile differences and be a contributing member of an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming society .

12:00-1:30pm Lunch & AGM/Annual Report (Location TBA)

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

Session 2A (Madison A): Making Truth and Reconciliation Real 

Facilitator: Joanna White, Indigenous Curriculum & Cultural Advisor for the Department of Community Services, Red River College Polytechnic

In this workshop, participants will get to experience a holistic and relational approach to Truth and Reconciliation and learn what this can look like within a post-secondary setting. Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of the following questions:

  • How do we create the best possible experience for Indigenous students? 
  • How do we create a welcoming environment where Indigenous students feel like they belong?
  • What is the best way to engage with Indigenous students?

Session 2B (Madison C): Money Talk$

Facilitator: Dan Bailey, Coordinator of Awards & Financial Aid Office, The University of Winnipeg

Navigating the challenges of university life can be a demanding and often stressful experience for students. Balancing academic responsibilities, social engagements, and personal well-being can take a toll on mental health. One crucial yet often overlooked aspect of this equation is financial stability. Financial stress is a significant contributor to anxiety and depression among university students. However, through effective financial planning, students can alleviate stress, and ultimately enhance their mental well-being. In this discussion, we will explore the profound impact of financial planning on mental health and its impact on the success of university students.

2:45-3:00pm Coffee Break (Registration Area)

3:00-4:15pm Concurrent Sessions 3

Session 3A (Madison A): Navigating Norms: Supporting International Students in Work-Integrated Learning, Education, and (re)Establishing Professional Identities

Facilitator:  Brian Rochat, Work-Integrated Learning Coordinator, Career Services Department, Red River College Polytechnic

In what ways do students' cultural norms inform their expectations and experiences within international education and work-integrated learning? Applying Geert Hofstede’s (1980, 1984, 2010) framework for cultural dimensions to a qualitative study, Brian Rochat’s research explores staff and student perceptions of how culture affects learning and development within international education. The project included international student participants, from 11 different countries and representing 11 programs, registered within a central Canadian Polytechnic, as well as 5 staff. This study was grounded in the epistemological perspective of social constructivism that presumes people are born into cultures that have already constructed meaning about their objects and symbols, and that an individual’s understanding of meaning is shaped by sociocultural influences that manipulate their behaviour, experiences, and thinking (Licqurish and Seibold 2011, 12). The presentation will unpack findings relating to international students experiencing Canadian cultural norms, challenges/barriers, and provide a model with recommendations for delivering culturally relevant programs.

Session 3B (Madison C): Debunking the Myths of Generations 

Facilitator: Maryann Kempe, Chief Human Resources Officer, Birchwood Automotive Group

There are currently five generations in the workforce. This unique opportunity creates a dynamic workplace where individuals have varying interests, motivations, and outlooks, all of which impact workplace culture. Self-leadership, that is knowing our own bias and lens, is key to embracing the unique needs of each generation and creating a workplace that celebrates each other’s uniqueness.  In this session, you will explore strategies to create opportunities for collaboration and connection.