Cancellation of the 2020 Higher Education Summit and Premier's Awards gala

As colleges need to focus on managing the wide-ranging and ongoing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Colleges Ontario has made the difficult decision to cancel the Higher Education Summit and Premier’s Awards gala for this year.

We will continue to run the Board Excellence and Leadership Excellence programs. Sessions such as good governance and board orientation that are usually in-person pre-conference sessions at the Higher Education Summit will be offered remotely in 2020. More information on dates, times and formats will be released in the near future.

Thank you and we hope to see you at the 2021 conference and gala, which are set for November 27 to 29, 2021.

November 28, 2021 - November 30, 2021 | Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

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About the event

The Higher Education Summit is an annual event that explores the top issues affecting post-secondary education today. Highlights include featured talks from world-renowned leaders and networking opportunities at the most senior level. The 2021 conference, hosted by Colleges Ontario, will take place November 28 to 29, 2021 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

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Sheraton Centre
Toronto Hotel

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Saturday to Monday
November 28 – 29, 2021

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Experience Toronto

One of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world, Toronto is home to varied cultural institutions that include numerous museums and galleries, festivals, historic sites and more, all of which attract over 25 million tourists each year.

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World-class speakers

Our dynamic speakers will transform how you view today’s major events. Previous speakers have included bestselling author and Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, Canadian icon Jann Arden and Toronto Star national affairs columnist Chantal Hébert.

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Dynamic exhibit fair

With a focus on networking, you’ll leave this conference inspired by new insights and ideas, and energized by new connections. As the hub of summit activity, it’s the place to meet, eat and expand your knowledge.

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“This is what I need for success.”

“The spokespersons the companies chose to have present were well-informed and engaging.”

“This event is the ideal learning ground for post-secondary leaders in Canada - there's nothing else like it.”

“Excellent and thought-provoking speakers are at the centre of this conference.”

“Lots of opportunities for networking and meeting new people in the college environment.”

“It’s a unique opportunity to engage with all in colleges in our vast province.”

“Great energy and activities; lots of good food too.”

“Really well-chosen exhibitors. Most were very relevant to my interests. I spent more time speaking with them and learned more than I ever have at an event like this.”

“Excellent format.”

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Sponsorship and exhibitor information

Connect. Engage. Participate. We have an array of opportunities tailored for maximum exposure. For information on sponsorship and exhibitor benefits, please contact Loretta Piattelli at (647) 258-7684 or

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2019 Platinum Sponsors

2019 Gold Sponsors

2019 Silver Sponsors

2019 Bronze Sponsors

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Don't miss out

Conference will start in

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Future Higher Education Sumit Dates

Mark these in your calendar now!


November 26 - 28


November 25 - 27


November 23 - 25
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Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen St W,
Toronto, ON

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Superbly located in the heart of downtown Toronto and close to the city’s top attractions, the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel is the perfect destination for both work and play.

Seize the opportunity to explore the best of the city from this four star property. Take advantage of the many exciting things to do in the Toronto area during your stay.

Steps from the nearby Hockey Hall of Fame and close to top world-class dining, shopping, entertainment and more.

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Colleges Ontario conference office
340 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1K8
Direct: 416 703 8701 or Toll free: 1 877 869 7423 at Ext: 228