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CACSD 2018 Conference Theme

Being Well: Holistic wellness amidst brokenness

The 2018 CACSD Conference seeks to explore wellness issues and practices as student life practitioners grapple with the responsibility of providing safe and healthy environments where students can learn, develop and grow. A holistic approach to wellness that encompasses the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical is the hope and desire for both ourselves and our students. Yet often the stresses of life and our own brokenness keep us from experiencing this kind of wellness.

The keynote sessions, workshops and activities of the conference will seek to explore ways of building resilience both personally and professionally. As caregivers for others, student life professionals sometimes neglect their own well-being. In an effort to embody the elements of wellness in ourselves, opportunities for assessment and facilitation of our own personal wellbeing will be provided for conference attendees.

In addition to examining our own wellness, we will take a deep look at ways and means of promoting student wellness on our campuses. Through the sharing of strategies and programs, it is our hope that each attendee will be able to go back to their own campuses with new energy for the difficult task of caring for students who are hurting deeply.

The 2018 conference will be held from May 22-25 at Booth University College in Winnipeg, MB


Plenary Speakers

Kristie and Keith MartelK and K

Kristie Martel serves at Geneva College as the Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion. She studied Chemistry at Kenyon College, where she was involved in the ministry of the Coalition for Christian Outreach as a student. Kristie holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Geneva College. She enjoys running, tennis, interior design, fashion, makeup artistry, and cheesecake.

Keith R. Martel, PhD is the Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in Higher Education Program at Geneva College. He is the co-author of Storied Leadership and an avid cycling and outdoor enthusiast. He currently has his mind wrapped up in philosophical ramblings concerning higher education and technology. On twitter @krmartel and  @StoriedLeader

Keith and Kristie live in Beaver Falls, PA with their two children, Simone and Gavin, and dog Echo.


2017 Conference Schedule

Friday, May 26, 2017 – Monday, May 29, 2017

Pre-conference trip in the mountains (separate registration)

Monday, May 29, 2017

2:00pm – Registration Opens (arrivals welcome anytime)     

4:00pm – Campus Tours

5:00pm – Welcome Reception – Courtyard

5:30pm – BBQ Dinner – Courtyard

7:00pm – Welcome and Worship                   

8:00pm – Fireside conversation or explore the city

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

7:30-8:30am – Breakfast

8:45am – Worship and Devotion

9:15am – Keynote Speaker – Keith and Kristie Martel

10:15am – Break

10:30am – Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

12:30pm – Lunch

1:00pm – Banff Excursions (options/cost on your own)

  • Banff Gondola & mountain top walk
  • Cave & Basin or Turtle Mountain hikes
  • Banff Shopping
  • Canmore to Banff Bike ride

5:30pm – Supper in Banff (on your own)

7:30pm  – Optional Activities: Return to Ambrose or Hot Springs (bring your bathing suit!)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

7:00-8:30am – Breakfast

7:00am – CACSD Fun Run

8:45 am     Workshop I

9:45 am   Coffee Break – Lower Atrium

10:00 am – Keynote Speakers – Keith and Kristie Martel 

11:15 am – Chapel (starts at 11:30)

12:15pm – Lunch & Round Table Discussions (offsite)                   

2:00pm – Workshop II

3:15pm – Break/Optional Campus and Residence Tour

4:00pm – CACSD Annual General Meeting                    

6:30pm – Closing Banquet  

8:30pm – Activities: Peace Bridge River Walk Downtown, Peters Drive-In, Fireside

Thursday, June 1, 2017

8:30-9:30am – Breakfast  

10:00am – Keynote Speakers – Keith and Kristie Martel

11:00am – Worship and Communion

12:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – Post Conference Excursions

2017 Conference Theme

The Next 150: Preparing Students to Thrive in a Complex World

-5starstravelAs Canada celebrates its 150th year in 2017, This CACSD will focus on and celebrate the past while looking to the next 150 years and what lies ahead in Christian Higher Education. The contemporary moment in higher education is accented by issues that require a complex response. The political and religious history that shaped the residential schools, the human effects on the global climate, economic instability, changing perspectives on gender and sexuality, technological transformations, mental health issues on the rise, and an increasingly globalizing, diverse and pluralistic world confront students and challenge them to seek ways to engage the world. All require a sustainable, robust and faithful response informed by the gospel. Christian student development professionals stand in a unique position to mentor and support students through this learning process.  Join this pivotal conversation at the Annual CACSD conference in Calgary.

CACSD Pre-Conference

Only 6 spots left!

Cultivating Awareness and Developing Skills: Experiential Learning in the Rocky Mountains

66b8290c-8216-4ad0-bc9b-44b169e5f7e3When: Friday, May 26 to Monday, May 29   Who: Beginner to Advanced Hikers/Campers

f6407057-db17-4c1f-991f-3b0367fee3d9Join Dr. Wally Rude as he leads this unique and once-in-a-lifetime experiential-based outdoor adventure in the Rocky Mountains. You will spend time hiking, learning about experiential and outdoor education student development theory, plant and wildlife identification, and more! Another goal is ab074323-a4c3-4624-bb0d-d0f3cf14085athat participants will cultivate an awareness of God’s presence through scripture, prayer, natural beauty,
silence, and outdoor activity.This Pre-Conference event is limited to 12 participants accepted on a first-come basis. Please consider joining this outdoor adventure experience that will equip and train student development professionals for effective leadership.

This Outdoor Adventure Includes:

  • Experienced hiking guide
  • Transportation to and from Waterton National Park
  • National park passes
  • 3-night campsite rental with running water and toilet facilities
  • All food and drink
  • Tents, tarps, dishes, maps, first aid, bug spray, and other supplies
  • Cooking stoves, fuel, and cleaning supplies
  • Maps, firewood, matches, camp chairs, etc.
  • Resource binder with readings and prayers
  • Packing list – emailed to participants
  • Experienced nurse who will oversee any safety or medical concerns along the way   

Does Not Include:

  • Flight to Calgary

Early Bird (on or before April 22, 2017): $163
Regular (from May 6 to May 20): $200


Hiking Guide – Wally, Nurse – Paula, Menu Planner – Andrea


Email Wally or Andrea if you have any questions or are seeking additional information about this pre-conference at: OR andrea.hensen@ambrose.eduimg19

Conference 2016

Full Conference program

Monday, May 30, 2016

2:00 p.m.      Registration Opens (campus arrivals are welcome any                                           time of day)  

5:00 p.m.      Campus Tour

6:30 p.m.     Dinner (Dining Hall)

8:00 p.m.     Welcome and Worship

9:00 p.m.     Conversation in the Courtyard (Dessert Reception)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

8:30-9:30 a.m. Breakfast (Dining Hall)

10:00 a.m.     Worship

10:30 a.m.     Workshop I

12:00 pm      Lunch (Dining Hall)

1:30 p.m.      Plenary I (Keynote Speaker Steven Garber)

2:45 p.m.     Coffee Break           

3:00 p.m.     Plenary II (Keynote Speaker Steven Garber)

4:15 p.m.      Leave for Downtown Toronto via Subway

5:30 pm        Dinner Out on the Town

6:45 p.m.     Meet at Rogers Center

7:07 p.m.     Jays vs. Yankees

10:00pm      Approximate Return Time

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

8:30-9:30 a.m. Breakfast

9:45 a.m.        Plenary III (Keynote Speaker Steven Garber)

11:00 a.m.    Coffee Break

11:20 a.m.     Worship (Joining in with Tyndale’s Community                                                   Chapel, guest speaker Charles Price)                    

12:30 p.m.   Lunch (Dining Hall)

1:30 p.m.     Workshop II

2:30 p.m.     Coffee Break

2:45 p.m.     Workshop III

4:00 p.m.     CACSD Annual General Meeting                  

6:30 p.m.     Closing Banquet Dinner

8:00 p.m.     Evening Entertainment (Snakes & Lattes)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

9-10:00 a.m.   Continental Breakfast (Dining Hall)

10:30 a.m.       Worship, Speaker, and Communion Feast   

12:00 p.m.       Lunch (Dining Hall)

1:00 p.m.       Excursions

  1.      Golf
  2.      Ripley’s Aquarium
  3.      Walking tour of Chinatown & Kensington Market
  4.      Walking tour of the Distillery Historic District &                                                           St. Lawrence Market

John Krueger Travel Bursary

John Krueger was a dedicated student affairs professional, friend, and colleague who passed away on March 23, 2012; John was a cherished member of the Redeemer University College team for 23 years and a great friend and contributor to CACSD.

In honour of John’s legacy and passion for learning, desire to see growth in other professionals, and honour his contribution over the years to the development of professionals in CACSD, the John Krueger Travel Bursary was established in 2012 to assist CACSD members who present financial need and wish to attend our annual conference.

In order to support ongoing professional development through annual conference attendance, your executive has set aside funding for the John Krueger Travel Bursary and welcomes your application. Please submit your applications using this form by April 15. If you have any questions contact Andrea Hensen at