Convention Committee / Comité Congrès

2021 – 2022 Committee / Comité

Chair / Président

Lisa Votta-Bleeker (Deputy CEO and Science Director)

Members / Membres

Ada Sinacore (Board Liaison)
Frederick Grouzet
Rob Cribbie
Jérémie Richard
Nada Alaifan
Kelly Dean Schwartz
Judi L. Malone (PAA representative)
Brigitte Sabourin
Deanne Simms
Rob Coplan (Developmental 2022 representative)
Harris Wong
Rashi Chhabra
Laurie Ford (ex-officio: Board Liaison for Sections)

Staff (Observers)
Kathy Lachapelle-Pétrin (Convention Program Manager)

Contact the Committee / Communiquez avec le comité


The Convention Committee aims to make each convention a vital event in the life of Canadian psychology, where friends and colleagues meet for the dissemination of scientific knowledge, for the acquisition of skills, for formal and informal networking and to meet old friends.

  1. To ensure the Convention is a milieu for all Canadian psychologists, psychology students and interested others to be well informed of recent findings in the field of psychology.
  2. To ensure the CPA sections, relevant psychology organizations and all Canadian psychologists and students feel they are an integral part of the Convention.
  3. To contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge, education and training and public and private practice in psychology and related fields.
  4. To develop an operational framework to realize the short and long term goals and strategies of the Convention.
  5. To promote psychology to the public and to support relevant public policy issues through Convention activities.

Terms of Reference

  1. To advise and guide Convention planning.
  2. To review as required proposals, nominations, and venue-specific plans for the current and future years’ conventions.
  3. To provide representative input into convention planning from CPA’s constituencies and related organizations and parties.
  4. To promote a spirit of inclusiveness regarding the Convention within the CPA membership, with sections, with other relevant associations and organizations, with the media and with the political infrastructure.
  5. To engage in a process of continuous quality improvement through a cycle of evaluation, planning and action.


The Convention Committee is a Standing committee of the Board of Directors and reports to the Board through the Director Responsible for the Convention who is the Committee Chair.


The Convention Committee is composed of the Director Responsible for the Convention, the past Director Responsible for the Convention, four representatives from CPA sections (representing clusters of related areas), a representative from the Student Section and the Convention Manager. The Director Responsible for Liaison with sections is ex-officio in order to maintain effective links with the Committee on Sections and the sections themselves.

Committee Size and Activity

The Committee needs to be active, with communications occurring at a frequency of once a month at a minimum. Committee membership is a good training and recruitment tool for senior positions within the Association and Committee members are excellent informed ambassadors for CPA and about CPA’s activities.

Responsibilities of Committee Members

The Convention Committee members are responsible for pursuing the vision and terms of reference of the Committee. To this effect, members participate in all discussions pertaining to the Convention, work on projects or issues brought forward by the Committee, the Board of Directors, the sections and the members as appropriate.

Membership Term

Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors through the Board member responsible for the Committee for one year with the intention that members will serve for a three (3) year term. Membership recruitment and retirement is staggered to ensure continuity and Committee institutional memory.

Meetings and Reporting

Throughout the year communication will take place primarily through e-mail. Conference calls will be arranged as needed by the Chair. Meetings are minuted. Regular communication of the plans and activities of the Committee will be provided to the membership through the Committee’s Annual Report to the Annual General Meeting, articles in Psynopsis and information on the web site and to the Board of Directors through reports to each Board meeting by the Committee Chair/Co-Chair. The Committee meets at the conclusion of each Convention.