About CPA2021

While we do not know for how long COVID-19 will remain a public health emergency in Canada, we do know that at this time, restrictions continue to exist regarding in-person gatherings of more than 50 attendees, where proper physical distancing measures would be difficult to implement and maintain. 

Accordingly, on the recommendation of the CPA’s Convention Committee, the CPA’s Board has taken the decision to cancel our in-person 82nd CPA Annual National Convention, scheduled for June 4th – 6th, 2021, in Ottawa, ON, inclusive of all pre-convention workshops that would occur on June 3rd and pivot, once again, to a virtual event in June.

Spanning the three weeks of June 7th – 25th, the CPA’s 2021 Virtual Event will feature the CPA’s Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony, familiar and new presentation types, numerous professional development workshops, section annual meetings, an exciting line up of speakers, and various opportunities to, virtually, network and engage.  Content will be available on-demand to registered delegates through to the end of December 2021.

We have made this decision based on the guidance and directives of experts and governments, and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our members and affiliates, attendees, staff, public and the various teams that support the annual convention. With the benefit of time to plan, we are excited and confident in our ability to plan a fabulous virtual event.

The abstract submission system will open at the end of October; we look forward to receiving your submission and welcoming you in June.

Convention Committee


Lisa Votta-Bleeker (Deputy CEO)


Kim Corace (Board Liaison)
Ian Nicholson
Frederick Grouzet
Kristin Reynolds
Michelle Guzman-Ratko
Georden Jones
Alisia Palermo
Rob Cribbie
Nicole Sugden
Jérémie Richard
Carly Marshall
Laurie Ford (ex-officio: Board Liaison for Sections)

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

Contact the Committee