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Upcoming: February 2021 in Waterloo is the next EDC conference

What is an EDC conference?

Each year, the Educational Developers Caucus sponsors an annual conference (formerly the annual winter meeting of instructional developers) for its members and individuals actively involved or interested in the field of educational development. 

The two-day conference of concurrent sessions and keynotes, and accompanying pre-conference day typically takes place in February (often the third full week) with pre-conference workshops scheduled one day prior. The conference program is organized around a central theme selected by the host institution(s) in consultation with the EDC.

To facilitate equitable access, we aim to move the conference location across the country (east, then central, then west, then central, then east, etc.).

Typical Timeline (exact dates are set by conference hosts each year)

    • February (preceding year): Hosts announced
    • May – September: Call for conference hosts for the following year
    • August – October: Call for conference submissions
    • September – November: Registration opens
    • November – December: Early Bird registration closes
    • November – December: Bursaries applications close
    • February: Conference

    Attend the Next Conference: February 17-19, 2021 at the University of Waterloo (Ontario)

    More information to be posted.

    Watch Recent Conference Videos

    Recent Conference Photos

    Welcome Reception at Dalhousie

    Day Two at MVUC

    Hosting an EDC Conference

    We would be honoured if your institution would consider preparing a proposal to host this prestigious event.  The EDC Annual Conference attracts educational developers and partnering companies and institutions from across the country, and in 2018 we had over 200 delegates attend the conference held in Victoria, British Columbia.  Last year we held the conference fully online. This presents a great opportunity for the host institution to showcase its approach to educational development.

    For more information contact the Vice-Chair, Conferences.

    Typical Deadline for call: September

    Goals of Conference

    In keeping with the EDC Bylaw Aims (3.2), the Conference aims to:

    • facilitate networking and communication between future, new and seasoned educational developers;
    • profile developments (scholarly and otherwise) in the field;
    • afford professional development opportunities to experienced, new and potential educational developers; and
    • provide a forum to exchange ideas, issues and concerns emerging in the field.

    Past EDC Conferences

    To ensure regional access, the conference location moves back and forth across Canada (e.g., East, Central, West). Current and past conference hosts are listed below.

    • 2020 – Dalhousie University and Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax (east)
    • 2019 – Online –
    • 2018 – University of Victoria, Victoria, BC (west)
    • 2017 – University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario (central)
    • 2016 – University of Windsor & St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario (central)
    • 2015 – University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba (central)
    • 2014 – University of Calgary and Bow Valley College, Calgary, Alberta (west)
    • 2013 – Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, Ontario (central)
    • 2012 – Dalhousie University and St. Mary’s University, Halifax, NS (east)
    • 2011 – Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (central)
    • 2010 – Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia (west)
    • 2009 – Durham College,Ontario (central)
    • 2008 – Kwantlen University College and Simon Fraser University, British Columbia (west)
    • 2007 – University of Guelph and University of Waterloo, Ontario (central)
    • 2006 – University of Victoria, British Columbia (west)
    • 2005 – Queen’s University, Ontario (central)

    Past Annual General Meeting Hosts

    • 2004 – Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia (east) [cancelled due to inclement weather]
    • 2003 – University of Western Ontario, Ontario (central)
    • 2002 – University of British Columbia, British Columbia (west)
    • 2001 – University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan (central)


    If you have any questions, please contact: Cosette Lemelin, Vice-Chair Conferences: