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Message from the Governor General of Canada

Message from the Governor General of Canada on the occasion of the Canadian Psychological Association’s 85th Annual National Convention

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
Photo credit:
Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © OSGG-BSGG, 2021

Click here to read the Welcome message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., O.Q., C.D.,
Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada


2024 CPA Convention Handbook Now Available!

The CPA Convention Handbook is a guide to our Annual National Convention. This guide provides helpful tips on preparing for your Convention experience, highlights student-specific programs, events, and resources available at the Convention, offers a tool to help you plan your Convention schedule, and informs you of local sights and attractions not to be missed during your stay in Ottawa.


Beginning this year, the CPA will not be accepting submissions for Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops (PCWs). Instead, our team will be actively seeking out presenters and topics for the Pre-Conference Education Day. We hope this will result in subject matter that is better connected with the needs and interests of members and attendees.

Materials will still be built on a foundation of innovation and information, with a specific focus on relevance to psychological research, teaching, learning, and practice. We are taking this new approach based on an analysis of attendance patterns for recent PCWs, in response to member suggestions, and with an eye toward relevant topics of interest.

The PCW Day will be built around a solid core of specific subject areas that will be available each year starting in 2024, along with a selection of relevant and timely education opportunities that will be renewed annually.

Suggestions for workshop topics are always welcome – if you have an idea, please submit it to education@cpa.ca.

Attendees will still be able to register for PCWs and the full Conference program using a single transaction.

National Indigenous Peoples Day
The CPA acknowledges that our 85th Annual National Convention will be held on the traditional and unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin People. On June 21st CPA is honoured to celebrate and acknowledge National Indigenous Peoples Day. We recognize, and encourage all our delegates to celebrate, the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis across Canada.

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General Information

CPA Convention Department
613-237-2144   ext. 330
1-888-472-0657   ext. 330

CPA Marketplace and Sponsorship

For information about becoming a Sponsor and/or renting a booth space in the CPA Marketplace trade show, please contact:

613-237-2144   ext. 325
1-888-472-0657   ext. 325

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) respectfully acknowledges that its Head Office and staff are located on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnabeg Peoples. The CPA is committed to being an association that is accountable to Indigenous peoples through our response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s report.

The CPA wishes to acknowledge that Ottawa, the site of the CPA’s 2024 Annual National Convention, is built on the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe and the people of the Algonquin Anishnabeg Nation which encompasses the watershed of the Kitchissippi (Big River) now commonly known as the Ottawa River. We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers and recognize all Indigenous people in the region, from all Nations across Canada, who make Ottawa their home and who continue to nurture the land with their culture and their presence. We are grateful to come together on this land in a spirit of truth, reconciliation, respect, learning, and collaboration.