OCAS | Fall 2019 Data Summit Sponsor | Montreal | Oct 22 - 25, 2019

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Who's Attending the Fall 2019 Data Summit?

At PESC's Fall 2019 Data Summit

PESC convenes leaders and experts

of major initiatives from around the world.

In attending PESC Data Summits,

please note PESC does not:

  • - have an exhibit hall or demonstration area
  • - provide a Summit 'app'
  • - provide bus transportation

Representatives from the following organizations are attending PESC's Fall 2019 Data Summit:




Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (2)


Ascendium Education

Bardic Systems

​Campus Manitoba (2)

​Carnegie Mellon University

CollegeSource (2)

​Conestoga College

Credentials Solutions (2)


​Digitary (5)

Educational Credential Evaluators

EducationPlannerBC (4)


Florida International University

Groningen Declaration Network

Liaison International

McGill University

National Student Clearinghouse

Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer

OCAS (6)

Ontario Universities' Application Centre (5)



University of Montreal

University of Phoenix

University of Southern California

Fall 2019 Data Summit | October 22 - 25, 2019 | Montreal | Learn, Participate, Inspire & Connect at PESC!

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P A N E L  1 : Canadian Perspectives 

Ruth Blades, NSCAT

Karen McCredie, EducationPlannerBC

Jennifer Paradise-McCurdy, OUAC

Marc Provencher, OCAS

Susan Stein, ApplyAlberta

Romesh Vadivel, McGill University


The Canadian presence and influence within PESC has existed since the very formation of PESC.  As Canadian students cross provincial and international borders to attain their education, the need for institutions, software providers and systems vendors that support Canadian and international markets to ensure mobility and interoperability has never been greater.

The formation of the Canadian PESC User Group (CanPESC) in 2011 solidified the importance of Canada’s role within PESC and drew together many Canadians from across the country to work towards a common goal. Its main mission is twofold:

To encourage participation in PESC workgroups


To promote and educate Canadian stakeholders on the

importance of data standards and interoperability,

thereby avoiding duplication of efforts,

costs and of data standards.

As the voice and official committee representing Canadian interests, CanPESC also serves in a liaison role. It coordinates and communicates its efforts across all provinces and territories, and works closely with Canadian organizations such as the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC).


In 1999 for PESC’s 1st Annual Best Practices Competition, the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) was awarded 1st PLACE for its submission, “Ontario Universities Electronic Transcript System (OUETS): A Model of an Electronic Standardization Initiative."

In 2007, for PESC’s 10th Year Anniversary, the PESC Fall 2007 Data Summit was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Montreal.

In 2011, at the PESC Fall 2011 Data Summit held October 26, 2011 in San Francisco, PESC launched the Canadian PESC User Group.

In 2012, for PESC’s 14th Annual Best Practices Competition, the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) was awarded 1st PLACE for its submission, “OCAS XML Transcript Initiative.”

In 2012, for PESC’s 15th Year Anniversary Year, the PESC Fall 2012 Data Summit was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.

From 2013-2015, OCAS' William McKee served on the PESC Board of Directors,

In 2013, through establishment of CanPESC, PESC entered into a formal MOU with ARUCC, allowing ARUCC and PESC to attend each other’s events without charge, thereby fostering a closer working relationship. 

In 2013and 2016, OUAC's Doug Holmes and OUAC's Leisa Wellsman, respectively, were recognized with PESC’s Distinguished Service Award.

In 2017, for PESC's 20th Year Anniversary, the PESC Fall 2017 Data Summit was held at the Radisson Waterfront Hotel in Toronto.

In 2018, at the PESC Fall 2018 Data Summit in San Francisco, Charmaine Hack, ARUCC Past-President and Chair of the ARUCC-GDN Student Mobility Project, served as Keynote Speaker.​​

In 2018/2019, for PESC's 20th Annual Best Practices Competition,  the Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) was awarded 1st PLACE for its submission, "MyTranscripts | Nova Scotia's Electronic Transcript & Data Exchange System."

2019, EducationPlannerBC's's Cathy van Soest was recognized with PESC’s Distinguished Service Award.

2019, in support of a new collaborative arrangement, the Fall 2019 Data Summit was held in Montreal at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in Partnership with the Groningen Declaration Network. PESC's Summit hosted the Board of Directors of the Groningen Declaration Network, the Board of Directors of PESC, a day-long meeting of CanPESC at McGill University, the AACRAO SPEEDE Committee, a silent auction benefiting Indspire, and a day-long Retreat of the ARUCC/GDN & Student Mobility Project, in addition to General (Plenary) and Breakout Sessions.

Groningen Declaration Network | PESC Partner | PESC is a Proud Signatory and Contributing Participant of the Groningen Declaration Network! | Join Us in India for GDN 2020!

Unlock the Mobility of Education Data with PESC Approved Standards​, Technology & Services​

National Student Clearinghouse | PESC Annual Diamond Sponsor | Fall 2019 Data Summit Sponsor | Montreal | Oct 22 - 25, 2019

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P A N E L  2 : Data Privacy & Protection

Mary Chapin, National Student Clearinghouse

Doug Falk, National Student Clearinghouse

Melanie Gottlieb, AACRAO

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​​Silent Auction

PESC is pleased to announce a

​$1,600 (CD) donation to


Thank you to all that contributed, bid

and purchased at our Silent Auction.


PESC is pleased to announce a

$3,500 (US) donation to


Thank you to all that registered and sponsored

PESC's Fall 2019 Data Summit.


To register for the FALL 2019 DATA SUMMIT, please click REGISTER HERE and complete the registration process online.

NOTE for institutions, institutional systems and institutional consortia:  PESC provides a '2 for 1' discounted registration rate for the Fall 2019 Data Summit, which means two (2)  from the same institution, system or consortia are eligible to register for the price of one (1).  For more information on '2 for 1', please contact the PESC office directly.


$995 (US)


​$950 (US)


Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel

1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West

Montreal, Quebec H3B 2L7 Canada

+1 514-878-2000


Online Reservations

Group Name:  'PESC'

Group Rate:  $229 (CA)

Group Deadline:  August 30, 2019

Dress Code is business casual.


All cancellation & refund requests must be submitted to PESC in writing (e.g. email) and will be processed 30 calendar days after the Fall 2019 Data Summit concludes. Any person who registers and decides not to attend MUST submit a formal cancellation request - otherwise full payment is due. Cancellation & refund requests made by September 23, 2019 may be considered for a refund upon request. Any cancellation & refund request made after September 23, 2019 is not eligible for a refund regardless of the attendance of the registrant. All cancellation & refund requests must be submitted to:

Jennifer Kim
Membership Services Director
1250 Connecticut Ave, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Cancellation & refund requests may also be sent by email to Jennifer.Kim@PESC.org.


PESC requires that all speakers, moderators, chairs & attendees of Spring & Fall Data Summits register and remit registration fees to attend Data Summits. PESC thanks all speakers, moderators & chairs and is truly grateful for their efforts in volunteering to provide updates and presentations at Spring & Fall Data Summits. Only in rare instances, however (that is if a speaker is only attending a Data Summit for a specific session or presentation), can registration fees be considered for waiver and only by the PESC office.​​


By participating in this event, you agree that you may be photographed, filmed and recorded, and you grant PESC and our affiliates the right to use, publish, and copyright your picture, likeness and/or name and/or audio recording in videos and/or photos taken during this event for use by PESC and our affiliates throughout the world, in perpetuity, and through media.

Credentials Solutions | PESC Annual Diamond Sponsor | Fall 2019 Data Summit Sponsor | Montreal | Oct 22 - 25, 2019

​​​ Fall 2019 Data Summit

​October 22 - 25, 2019 | Montreal

Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada | PESC Partner and Signatory and Contributing Participant of the Groningen Declaration Network!
DIGITARY | PESC Annual Diamond Sponsor | Fall 2019 Data Summit Sponsor | Montreal | Oct 22 - 25, 2019
DegreeData | PESC Annual Gold Sponsor | Fall 2019 Data Summit Sponsor | Montreal | Oct 22 - 25, 2019
Oracle | PESC Annual Diamond Sponsor | Fall 2019 Data Summit Sponsor | Montreal | Oct 22 - 25, 2019

PESC and The Canadian PESC User Group 

proudly present  THE FALL 2019 DATA SUMMIT

Canadian PESC User Group | The Authoritative Group within PESC to Represent Canadian Interests | A Voice for Canada!
PESC | GEO CODE | Global Education Organization Code List Directory
Parchment | PESC Annual Diamond Sponsor | Fall 2019 Data Summit Sponsor | Montreal | Oct 22 - 25, 2019
Fall 2019 Data Summit | October 22 - 25, 2019 | Montreal | Learn, Participate, Inspire & Connect at PESC!

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P A N E L  3 :  Digital Credentials

Andy Dowling, Digitary

Melissa Pool, McMaster University

Valerie Thomas, Treasury Board

Chris Winczewski, Learning Machine

Hans Pongratz, Technical University of Munich

Jason Weaver, Parchment

PESC - HOME - Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council | Data Standards, Digital Data and Records Exchange, XML, JSON, JSON-LD, Electronic Data Interchange EDI, Voluntary Consensus Standards, Education's Standards-Setting Body, PK20W Education Standards Council, PESC Approved Standards and PESC Approved Services

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In Partnership with the

Groningen Declaration Network


The PESC Membership, GDN and

the General Public are welcome and encouraged

to register and attend! 

Get Connected at PESC!

about emerging initiatives and be provided with 
a tremendous amount of resources & contacts

in discussions with leaders and experts 
of emerging initiatives

through PESC to a growing global community

about new opportunities, demonstrations & pilots

Whether you are a policy-maker, technologist,

manager, expert practitioner or CEO,

PESC welcomes you! 

For our Fall 2019 Data Summit,

beautiful Montreal hosts this year's event.

Montreal is the most populous municipality

in the Canadian province of Quebec

and the second-most populous

municipality in Canada.

Named after Mount Royal,

Montreal is the historic commercial

capital of Canada, and an important hub

for commerce, finance, technology, arts,

culture and a host of vibrant industries.

PESC returns to Montreal where for 2007,

PESC celebrated its 10th year anniversary.

The FALL 2019 DATA SUMMIT includes a range of topics all targeting: access, integration and implementation of data systems; maintenance and promotion of data exchange standards; open, community-driven development & innovation of technology; data privacy, data quality, data management, and data collection and reporting; mobility and overall interoperability; and other key factors that drive global education data systems development and technology.

lead open, transparent, collaborative development across the education domain. Supporting this mission are PESC Partners and Affiliates: AACRAO, APEREO, ARUCC, A4L Community, Connecting Credentials, DXtera Institute, EMREX, Erasmus Without Paper (EWP), Groningen Declaration Network (GDN), HR Open Standards, SHEEO, the T3 Innovation Network and the U.S. Department of Education's CEDS - Common Education Data Standards Initiative.  

include: Annual Diamond Sponsor Members: Credentials Solutions, Digitary, National Student Clearinghouse, Oracle and Parchment; Annual Gold Sponsor Member: DegreeData; Silver Sponsor Member:  Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

The FALL 2019 DATA SUMMIT is comprised of 1.5 days of General Sessions, followed by 1.0 days of Breakout Sessions. All General Sessions are presented in conference-style format with Featured Speakers, lunches, reception.  Breakout Sessions are presented concurrently in working meeting format in which workgroups, initiatives & task forces convene.

What's Included

-  Featured Speakers & Panelists  

-  Breakouts on emerging technologies & initiatives

-  Morning Continental Breakfast on three (3) days

-  Morning Breaks on 3 days with hot coffee

-  Afternoon Breaks on 2 days w/ sweets & treats

-  Hot & Cold, customized lunch buffet on 2 days*

-  Annual Fall Reception  w/ hors d’oeuvres

-  Discounted hotel lodging rate within group block

* gluten-free & vegan options available

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​​Program Committee

Ruth Blades, Manager, Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer

Joanne Duklas, President, Duklas Cornerstone Consulting

Karen Hanna, Higher Ed Services

Doug Holmes, Manager, eTranscripts, OUAC

Jennifer Kim, Director of Membership Services, PESC

Simone Ravaioli, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Digitary

Cathy van Soest, Manager, Transcript Services, EducationPlannerBC

Romesh Vadivel, Assistant Registrar and Director, Service Point, Enrolment Services, McGill University; ARUCC President

Contact PESC to join the Program Committee!

For an overview of

the Fall 2019 Data Summit and

the Program Committee



Ruth Blades

Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer

Romesh Vadivel

ARUCC/GDN & Student Mobility Project

Herman de Leeuw

Groningen Declaration Network

Mary Chapin

Doug Falk

Melanie Gottlieb

Data Privacy & Protection

Andy Dowling

​Digital Credentials and DRAGONS

Melissa Pool

Digital Diplomas

Valerie Thomas

Talent Cloud

Jason Weaver

​Digital Credentials

Joanne Duklas CMEC #1

Joanne Duklas CMEC #2

Doug Holmes

Cathy van Soest

CanPESC User Group


User Group Meeting

McGill University

3415 McTavish St. (corner of Sherbrooke St W)

McGill University Service Point

Red Room (at entrance)

McGill University Statement

on Traditional Territories

Tuesday October 22, 2019

10.00am - 5.00pm

The Canadian Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council User Group (CanPESC) will convene for a full day of meetings and discussion on Tuesday October 22, 2019 immediately prior to the Fall 2019 Data Summit.  Participation in this Pre-Summit CanPESC meeting is free and open.  Meet and greet with CanPESC starts at 9.00am (continental breakfast and coffee provided) and lunch is 'on-your-own'. Registration, details & the agenda for the Pre-Summit CanPESC meeting is being managed by CanPESC.

GDN Board of Directors


​Le Centre Sheraton Montreal

Monday October 21, 2019

9am - 5pm

Tuesday October 22, 2019

9am - Noon

PESC Board of Directors


Le Centre Sheraton Montreal

Tuesday October 22, 2019

5pm - 7pm

Featured Speakers

Matt Bemis

Associate Registrar

University of Southern California

Ruth Blades

Operations Manager


Mary Chapin

Chief Legal Officer, VP & Corporate Secretary

National Student Clearinghouse

Andy Dowling



Joanne Duklas


Duklas Cornerstone Consulting

Doug Falk


National Student Clearinghouse

Melanie Gottlieb

Deputy Director


Doug Holmes

Manager, eTranscripts


Jim Kelly

Senior Director of Technology

Educational Credential Evaluators

Herman de Leeuw

Executive Director


James Murray-Beckman



Hans Pongratz

Sr. Vice President IT-Systems and Services


Technical University of Munich

Melissa Pool

University Registrar

McMaster University

Simone Ravaioli

Director of Strategic Partners


Cathy van Soest

Manager, Transcript Services


Susan Stein

Executive Director

Alberta Post-Secondary Application System

Valerie Thomas

Treasury Board

Romesh Vadivel

Assistant Registrar and Director

Service Point, Enrolment Services

McGill University

Jason Weaver

Head of Product


Chris Winczewski

VP Product

Learning Machine


P R O G R A M   A T - A - G L A N C E