About the Conference

Whether they are older, work fulltime, have a disability, are a single parent, first-generation or Indigenous, today’s students bring unique ambitions, needs and motivations to the classroom. The non-traditional student is becoming the new normal. Is the Canadian postsecondary system ready to respond? HEQCO’s 7th annual conference will examine the systems, programs and strategies that lead to greater postsecondary participation, retention and attainment. Join us as we tackle today’s most pressing issues including barriers to pursuing higher education, the role of parents and community, current research on student demographics, best practice in access and retention, inclusive design and assessment.


A two-day conference with over 20 sessions, including three interactive workshops, and more than 60 speakers.


Another great conference is history. See the highlights!

  • Keynote Carolyn Acker kicks things off

  • HEQCO President and CEO Harvey Weingarten with student attendees

  • Master stone mason and master singer Bobby Watt

  • One of 22 well-attended panel sessions

  • Keynote Gabrielle Scrimshaw

  • Hands-on in a conference workshop

  • Where workshop ideas gather

  • The Hon. Deb Matthews and HEQCO CEO Harvey Weingarten