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CPCO Conference 2018 highlights

CPCO Conference 2018 highlights

By Jacob Chouinard

Photography by Bahar Pourpezeshk (Edge Imaging)

Our 2018 Conference at the Delta Hotel was a true success. From Opening Mass with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins to insightful presentations full of energy to informative breakout sessions – it was a busy and engaging two days.

Thank you to everyone who helped plan the event and to those who attended. CPCO would also like to thank keynote presenters Chris Lowney and Isabelle Fontaine for their engaging and insightful presentations. We also thank our breakout session leaders, Alex Russell, Chris Lowney, Michael Higgins and Paul Davis.

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We Are Not Living an Era of Change but a Change of Era


“We Are Not Living an Era of Change but a Change of Era”

By Chris Lowney

Chris Lowney is a keynote speaker at the upcoming CPCO Conference 2018. To register for the conference, visit our website.

Pope Francis said, “We are not living an era of change but a change of era.”

One could engage in intellectual debate about his claim: is it really a change of “era”? But this much is beyond debate: we’re living through a complex, volatile moment in history. One that is challenging leaders in Politics, Business, Religion, and not least, Education.

To thrive in this new environment we must all pick up some new skills and abilities, including this one: to become comfortable with the reality of being uncomfortable. It feels deeply uncomfortable, for example, to have to plan for the future when one can’t predict the future with any confidence. It feels deeply uncomfortable to have to make decisions amidst circumstances that seem to change constantly. Faced with such realities, some leaders shrink from the task. They step back, hoping that things will go back to “normal.”

But I’m afraid that volatility and complexity are here to stay. Therefore, we will all have to learn to step up and lead amidst such challenging circumstances. Put differently, we’ll have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

I’m looking forward to discussing this and other ideas during my keynote presentation at the CPCO Conference. It will be my great privilege to present to educators who are making a powerful difference in our society.

Chris Lowney
Chris Lowney

Chris Lowney is the author of seven books, including the award-winning Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World). He founded Pilgrimage for Our Children’s Future, which supports education and healthcare projects among severely impoverished, marginalized communities, and also co-founded Contemplative Leaders in Action, an emerging leader formation program now active in a half-dozen cities.

CPCO Conference 2017


CPCO Conference 2017 highlights

By Jacob Chouinard

Photography by Eric Choi (Edge Imaging), Hannah Yakobi (CPCO) and Jacob Chouinard (CPCO)

Our 2017 Conference at the Delta Hotel was a great success. From insightful presentations to informative breakout sessions and participation in social media contests — it was a busy and engaging day.

Thank you to everyone who helped plan the event and to those who participated.

We also thank our sponsors and vendors, who supported the event and set up creative and informative booths for everyone to enjoy.

To view the full gallery of photos from the conference, please visit our Facebook page.


CPCO Conference 2017

CPCO Conference 2017: what to expect

By Hannah Yakobi

Our annual conference is less than a month away!

This year, the event features an incredible line-up of keynote speakers and several excellent breakout sessions guided by industry leaders.

The Opening Keynote is by Bruce Rodrigues, Deputy Minister of Education. As an exemplary thought leader and role model for humble and merciful leadership in education, he will set the tone for this year’s conference theme: Walking Each Other Home. Recognizing the work that we do as leaders in Catholic Education can be all-consuming — especially in times of “initiative fatigue” — Bruce reminds us of the importance of support, stewardship, accompaniment and encounter, and our commitment to walking each other home. You can read more about his keynote on our website.

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