CNAR Launches First Interactive Digital Conference

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

CNAR 2020 to Host Over 500 Canadian Regulators from Across the Nation


Ottawa, ON, September 9, 2020 – CNAR’s (Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation) 13th Annual Conference kicks off today with a compelling session tackling a most pertinent topic given the importance of technology this year: “Modernizing Practice Standards in Response to Disruptive Technologies.” Tomorrow, September 10th, will feature a powerhouse panel that explores how to avoid being completely devoured by discipline hearings, “Surviving the Monster Discipline Hearing that Consumes All of Your Resources – and Sanity.”

This week marks CNAR’s first of 12 weeks of learning, sharing, and connecting Canadian regulators. With 500 registrants to date, the Conference further solidifies CNAR as the information and networking hub of Canadian regulation. CNAR continues to welcome registrants throughout its three-month run and offers on-demand playback two weeks after each broadcast. For more information about sessions and speakers, please click HERE.

“We are thrilled to bring to our membership and supporters a weekly infusion of educational sessions, best practices, and industry knowledge throughout the fall,” said Alyson Gaffney, Executive Director, CNAR. “This year - more than perhaps ever before - CNAR recognizes the need to continuously connect the membership, share information, and offer tools to help regulators do their jobs better. We are extremely proud to bring together so many wonderful regulatory leaders for CNAR 2020.”

CNAR is pleased to announce the first of two Conference keynote speakers, Mr. Eric Ward. Mr. Ward is a senior director of Policy Horizons Canada, the Government of Canada's centre for foresight. This group is constantly scanning for sources of disruption, and helps government policy-makers think strategically about the uncertainty and change that lay ahead. For example, what might advances in AI do to the value and nature of knowledge work? How could changes to the way people receive and interpret information affect their perception and expectations of professional experts? What might telework and greater international trade in services mean for regulators? Joined by CRTO’s Kevin Taylor in a fireside chat format to discuss some of Policy Horizons' work about the Next Digital Economy, Biodigital Convergence, and Social Futures, Mr. Ward will help regulators think about how they might orient their organizations to both face inevitable challenges and identify opportunities in uncertain futures.

In addition, the CNAR Conference will address such other timely issues for regulators as multigenerational workplace best practices, the impact of COVID-19, effective governance, regulatory reform, and truth and reconciliation.

CNAR 2020 also features an intensive workshop series in October which includes its renowned Master Class in Professional Regulation and Certificate in Fundamentals of Regulation sessions. CNAR partners Yardstick Assessment Strategies, Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc (SML), Rosen Sunshine LLP, and Benard & Associates will also host workshop events during the October series (click HERE for details). CNAR would like to thank these organizations, as well as WeirFoulds LLP, Prometric, and Mietkiewicz Law for their ongoing support and collaboration this past year.

“Canadian expertise in credentialing and regulation can’t be underestimated. It’s incredibly important to have this kind of event that offers a Canadian perspective,” commented Isabelle Gonthier, Ph.D., President of Yardstick Assessment Strategies. “Let’s leverage this virtual conference to continue to share our knowledge and skills, and deepen our relationships.”

CNAR 2020 will take place virtually from September 9th – November 26th, 2020. Be sure to share your thoughts on the Conference on Twitter (@cnar_rcor) and LinkedIn (CNAR RCOR) using the hashtag #CNAR2020.

About CNAR

CNAR was established in 2003 as the federation of national organizations whose provincial and territorial members are identified in legislation as responsible for protection of the public through the self-regulation of professions and occupations. Since 2007, CNAR has held an annual conference to address emerging regulatory issues and exchange information between licensing boards, accrediting agencies, examining bodies, and government officials at all levels.


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CNAR wishes to highlight the Premier, Platinum, and Gold sponsors of CNAR 2020:

Since merging with ProctorU in early 2020, Yardstick has become a fully-integrated powerhouse in professional testing. Yardstick provides high-stakes exam development and delivery services and is now integrated with ProctorU’s full array of online proctoring solutions. Together, regulators and professional credentialing bodies have access to every service available in the industry, including psychometrics, exam administration, practice test development, and the largest provider of live online proctoring in the world. Collectively, Yardstick and ProctorU have helped deliver more than 27 million exams and counting. Visit and for more information.

For over 150 years, the lawyers of WeirFoulds have been proud to serve our clients in their most difficult and complex matters. We are the firm of choice for discerning clients within our core areas of practice: 1) Litigation; (2) Corporate; (3) Property; and (4) Government Law. Within these core areas, as well as key sub-specialties, we address highly sophisticated legal challenges. We have acted in some of Canada's most significant mandates and have represented clients in many landmark cases. Reflecting the firm's focus, our lawyers are consistently recognized as leaders in their chosen areas of practice and in the profession at large.

Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc (SML) is a firm focusing on the regulation of professions and industries. SML is one of Ontario’s most recognized firms in the area of professional regulation. The lawyers at SML provide general advice to regulators in a number of professions, tackling issues concerning registration, quality assurance, complaints, discipline, governance and illegal practice. We also draft regulations, by-laws, policies, rules and procedures for regulators. SML lawyers also assist with appeals and civil litigation at all levels of court affecting those regulators. We are particularly well-known for our practical, cost-effective and even-handed approach to prosecution. SML lawyers also act as independent legal counsel to other regulators for whom we do not provide general advice. SML also conducts conferences, seminars, workshops, and courses on all aspects of self-regulation.

Prometric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, is a trusted and market-leading provider of technology-enabled testing and assessment. Committed to a set of values that get the right test to the right location at the right time and to the right test taker, Prometric supports candidates worldwide who take more than 9 million tests each year. Through innovation, workflow automation and standardization, Prometric advances test development and delivery solutions that are better, faster and at less expense for its clients. Prometric delivers tests flexibly via the Web or by utilizing a robust network of more than 8,000 test centers in more than 160 countries and on behalf of more than 350 clients in the academic, financial, government, healthcare, professional, corporate and information technology markets.