The conference will take place in the Montgomery Room of the Carleton Suite Hotel.

Day #1

8:15 am - 8:30 am


Meet CASA staff, grab a coffee or tea, and pick up your name tag!


8:30 am - 9:00 am

Welcome and Indigenous Elder Opening

A local Indigenous Elder will do us the honour of opening our conference.


9:00 am - 9:30 am

Icebreaker Activity, What is CASA, Why a GOTV Campaign?

You will have the chance to get to know each other a little bit through an introductory icebreaker activity, before learning about what CASA does and its purpose for running a Get Out The Vote campaign.


9:30 am - 10:30 am

All About Pledges

This presentation will teach you best practices for collecting pledges and running pledge-driving and voter mobilization events. An overview of CASA’s digital campaign infrastructure, NationBuilder, will also be provided.


10:30 am - 10:45 am



10:45 am - 11:45 am

Try It Out: Pledge Collection and Inputting into Digital System

In this practical session, you will be asked to try some of the techniques you’ve just learned for yourselves. You will be presented with a few specific scenarios and challenges that you will need to react to.


11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch (not provided)


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Vote Pop Up (Guest Speaker)

Democracy and voter mobilization expert, John Beebe, will take you through a simulated voting experience called Vote Pop Up. At the end of this conference, you will also be provided with the materials to be able to run this simulation on your own campus, to demystify voting and raise awareness about the upcoming election!


3:00 pm - 3:15 pm



3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Personalized Feedback and Working Time

Each association will also have a scheduled time to sit down with CASA's Executive Director, John Rix, to receive personalized feedback on the work plan they submitted. There will then be time for you to discuss this with your team and incorporate it into your work plan. The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • 3:30-3:40 pm BUSU
  • 3:40-3:50 pm UMSU
  • 3:50-4:00 pm CCSAI
  • 4:00-4:10 pm RRCSA
  • 4:10-4:20 pm CSI
  • 4:20-4:30 pm AUGSA


Day #2


9:00 am - 9:15 am



9:15 am - 10:30 am

Media Training & Practice

Since the GOTV campaign is likely to attract some media attention, we will be providing you with training on how to best participate in media interviews.


10:30 am - 10:45 am



10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Elections Canada - Giving You the Right Information About Voting

An Elections Canada representative will run you through the ins and outs of how voting works at the federal level, when and where your students can vote, and what identification they need to bring. There will also be ample time for you to ask questions, so that you can give your students all the right information about voting.


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch (not provided)


1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

How to Run a Non-Partisan Campaign

In this session, you will learn how to run a professional, non-partisan campaign.


1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Scenarios & Activity on Non-Partisanship

This participatory activity will test you on what constitutes non-partisan and partisan behaviour.


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Using Social Media to Amplify the Campaign

This session will provide you with training on how to use social media to your advantage during this campaign. It will also provide an overview of CASA’s plans to run Instagram contests, which you can use to help collect pledges on your campus.


2:30 pm - 2:45 pm



2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Managing Your Volunteers, Phone Banking & Door Knocking

In this presentation, CASA staff will give you advice on how to best manage and show your appreciation for your invaluable volunteers. Voter mobilization tactics such as phone banking and door knocking will also be covered.


3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

NationBuilder Session (How to Export & Find Volunteers)

Campaign leads will have the chance to learn how to export students who have pledged for activities such as phone banking. You will also be taught how to find those students who identified themselves as wanting to volunteer on the campaign.


3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Working Time Cont'd & Receive GOTV Materials

At this time, we will be handing out the materials you will need to run GOTV on your campus. This will be done one at a time, so please wait patiently until you are called. In the meantime, this is a great opportunity to work with your team on finalizing your work plan and incorporating the feedback you've received.

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