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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2019 Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) is a non-profit, self-governing, professional association of more than 25,000 members. The association is Ontario’s independent certifying body for engineering and applied science technicians and technologists. Since 1957, OACETT has gained recognition from industry, colleges and government for promoting excellence in engineering technology and providing high standards in certification.

Registration and Mobile App Sponsor
OCAS is the link between post-secondary applicants and Ontario’s public colleges. Each year, OCAS helps almost 300,000 individuals take the first step toward a brighter future through a college education. OCAS also delivers leading-edge systems, dependable technology and cost-effective solutions across the higher education sector. Learn more about OCAS at

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Gold Sponsors

Borden Ladner Gervais is Canada’s law firm—specializing in business law, commercial litigation/arbitration and intellectual property. We enjoy recognition as a leading firm by a number of legal directories, underscoring our depth of expertise and outstanding client service. BLG has more than 700 lawyers in offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

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Silver Sponsors

Akran Marketing is an innovative branding and premium incentive company that provides exceptional service to the educational sector. Committed to corporate social responsibility, Akran delivers creative ideas for sales promotions, trade shows, specialty advertising solutions, and motivational gifts. For educators, Akran supplies premium incentives for student recruitment, retention and special events – always on budget, on target and on time.

Delegate Bag Sponsor
Central Michigan University has offered master’s degrees in Canada since 1977. CMU supports the continuing education of all students from young adults acquiring new skills on our main campus to adult learners advancing their careers or setting off in new directions.

Speaker Sponsor
Detonate Group is a Print/Design Agency that specializes in bridging the gap between graphic design and print.

By working together with our team of experienced designers, we bring solutions to the table to make projects look their very best and stay within budget.

We pride ourselves on the relationships we have built with our industry partners to be able to provide the best possible pricing, guarantee the highest quality product and fastest turnaround times.

Media Print Sponsor
FMAV is the audiovisual and event technology company for people who plan live events. Clients trust FMAV because we intimately understand the importance - and the emotion - of what they have been tasked with: to create a connection.

Audio Visual Sponsor
Johnson Insurance is a proud supporter of college alumni in Ontario and across Canada! For over 20 years, our partnerships, specializing in home, auto, and travel have given us the opportunity to be the insurer of choice with many of your alumni members. Johnson Insurance is elated to be a sponsor at the Higher Education Summit once again this year to show our continuous support to post-secondary education in our communities.

WiFi Sponsor
Mitacs powers research & development by connecting industry with the best post-secondary institutions to solve business challenges — in Canada and internationally. For 20 years, Mitacs has funded cutting-edge research, created job opportunities for graduate students and helped companies reach their business goals, achieving results that have bolstered the Canadian economy.

Pre-conference Reception Sponsor
ORION is a not-for-profit organization supporting Ontario’s progress with essential digital infrastructure. We facilitate new discoveries by connecting research and education institutions, regions, and people – enabling collaboration, learning, forging partnerships, and providing our community with the digital tools and expertise they need to make the world a better place.

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Bronze Sponsors

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Future sponsorship and exhibit opportunities

Increase your corporate visibility and exposure to Ontario’s public colleges, which serve 500,000 students and clients each year.

If you’re interested in reaching a higher level of product/service recognition in this fiercely competitive market, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of all the extras a Colleges Ontario conference has to offer. Let us be your solution in targeting the sector by choosing the best sponsorship opportunities suited for you.

2021 sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are being developed. To see past sponsorship opportunities, please click on either prospectus images to the right.

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Why Sponsor?

Whether your organization is large or small, national or international, there are many opportunities to involve your organization in this event. You can enhance your participation at this event by sponsoring an educational session/event, promotional items and/or exhibit floor opportunity.

To discuss sponsorship opportunties tailored to your organization’s budget and goals, please contact:

Loretta Piattelli
Manager, Member Relations & Services
Colleges Ontario
(647) 258-7684