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1st Annual Education and Skills Symposium 2018

Wednesday November 28 - Thursday November 29 2018 Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Toronto, Ontario


JOIN US for Education and Skills Symposium 2018!

The Conference Board’s Centre for Education, Skills and Society invites you to join us for the first annual Education and Skills Symposium to explore the policies, practices, and programs needed to build accessible and fluid education and skills pathways in Canada.

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Symposium Overview

Your participation in this two-day Symposium will connect you with a wide variety of key stakeholders from across Canada to learn about the latest trends and issues relating to education and skills development. Leading experts will engage you in interactive discussions around two major challenges facing our country’s education and skills development systems: 1) ensuring Canada’s education systems are universally accessible, equitable, and representative of the country’s diversity; and 2) promoting successful transitions from K-12 to post-secondary education (PSE), and from school to work.

Symposium Themess

Education and skills are required to grow our economy and standard of living, and to improve the social and cultural life of our country. However, our education and skills development systems face numerous challenges and disruptors.

Barriers to access are limiting participation in education at all levels, especially for marginalized people and Canada’s increasingly diverse population. Mobility options are limited, especially for rural and remote students. We also face challenges when it comes to inter-provincial and international mobility. New graduates also experience challenging school-to-work transitions, and would benefit from access to more work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities.

This year's Symposium will focus on exploring the policies, practices, and programs needed to build accessible and fluid education and skills pathways in Canada. The symposium program will include two streams—early childhood education and K-12, and PSE and adult/workplace learning—and will cover the following themes:

  • Improving Access to Participation―What is needed to improve access to education at all levels, particularly for marginalized people and Canada’s increasingly diverse population, including immigrants, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities?
  • Decolonizing Education―What is needed to decolonize our education systems and to address the education-related Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada?
  • Supporting Learner-Driven Pathways―How do we enable the fluid and efficient movement of learners between K–12 and PSE and within PSE?
  • Enabling School-to-Work Transitions―How do we ensure sufficient, high quality WIL opportunities are available to improve skills training and labour market entry?

Build Your Network

Connect with global, national, provincial/territorial, and local stakeholders from across the education and skills continuum. Network, engage in meaningful conversations, and cultivate strategic partnerships with expert speakers, business leaders and decision makers, government officials, civil society, and representatives from primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Expand your network and connections to take your performance to the next level.


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