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4th Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2016Nov 30–Dec 1, 2016 Toronto

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks—Day 1

Bloom <br />  
Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada
Shoukri <br />  
President and Vice-Chancellor
York University
9:00 AM Plenary Session 1

Skills and Post-Secondary Education Strategy for Canada

Michael Bloom will present the draft Skills and Post-Secondary Education Strategy for Canada. The Strategy reflects a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the PSE sector, and will encourage voluntary action to address those challenges and opportunities. Key collaborators in developing and implementing the Strategy include government at all levels, PSE institutions (including universities, colleges, polytechnics, and others), private sector organizations, indigenous peoples and groups, and international partners. Dr. Bloom will discuss the importance of identifying specific goals and actions that can be realistically implemented in order to realize our shared vision of skills and PSE.

Bloom <br />  
Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada
10:00 AM Networking and Refreshment Break

Enjoy some free time to grab a coffee and network with peers.

10:30 AM Plenary Session 2
Ensuring Successful Transitions from Secondary to Post-Secondary Education

Supporting successful student transitions from secondary to post-secondary education and careers is important to securing our collective future. But what are the key success factors to making smooth transitions? And what kinds of transition models, programs, and techniques are available to students once they begin their post-secondary education? This session will discuss innovative transition support models that facilitate access and opportunity to participate in advanced education and develop meaningful careers.

Tsubouchi <br />  
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario College of Trades
Coté <br />  
Director, Policy and Research, Canada Student Loans Program
Employment and Social Development Canada
12:00 PM Networking Luncheon

Join us for a luncheon to network, renew and make new connections with speakers, experts and potential partners! Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss and share their insights and key takeaways.

1:15 PM Interactive Workshop Series A

Choose 1 of the following 3 dynamic sessions:

1:15 PM A1—Connecting the Dots: Aligning Canada's Skills Development System to Labour Market Needs

Labour market demands change frequently in response to evolving market conditions. How employers articulate their skills demands to prospective employees and the PSE sector is critical to supply/demand alignment. How can we assist employers and PSE institutions to develop a common understanding and vocabulary and allow joint planning to resolve skills supply/demand issues? This session will share practical improvements to Canada's labour market information system to best reflect the roles and needs of all players.

Walker <br />  
Vice-President, Policy, Innovation and Skills
Business Council of Canada
Sado <br />  
George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology
Bowkett <br />  
Director, Policy
1:15 PM A2 - Improving PSE Student Mobility Through Multi-Dimensional Learning Pathways

Today's PSE students looks for flexible programming with customizable options to acquire the experience and skills they need to reach their employment goals. Many wish to pursue a learning pathway that includes more than one institution, sometimes in different provinces or countries. But barriers to credit transfer, institutional collaboration, geography, access, and opportunity continue to hinder mobility. This session will share how mobility enhances student well-being, political and community involvement, economic productivity and growth, and labour market outcomes. Participants will discuss ways to optimize relevant policies, laws, and regulations to facilitate student mobility across provinces and institutional categories.

Moore <br />  
Project Lead
Public Policy Forum
1:15 PM A3 - A Northern University in Canada: Planning Ahead for Success

Canada is currently the only Arctic nation in the world without a university in its North. But plans are now in place to establish Canada's first Northern university. This institution's local community and employment links will improve access to higher education for indigenous people and other Northern residents. It has great potential to address our Northern skills and labour market challenges. This session will explore challenges and solutions to establishing a university in Canada's North.

Barnes <br />  
President & Vice Chancellor
Yukon College
2:30 PM Networking and Refreshment Break

Enjoy some free time to grab a coffee and network with peers.

2:45 PM Interactive Workshop Series B

Choose 1 of the following 3 dynamic sessions:

2:45 PM B1 - The Digital Dividend: Increasing Learner Access and Institutional Sustainability

Online learning allows institutions to improve accessibility and achieve economies of scale in program delivery. Online learning is well-suited for continuing education, adult learners, and non-traditional learners who may have difficulty adhering to a traditional course schedule on a physical campus. Digital courses can also reach a much wider audience than can an in-person course delivered in a bricks-and-mortar lecture-hall. But how best to integrate online learning resources and avoid destructive competition between institutions? This session will explore Canadian success stories in online learning.

Marsh-Fior <br />  
Executive Director
MacLeod <br />  
Chair, RAIC Centre for Architecture
Athabasca University
2:45 PM B2 - Creating International PSE Experiences for the Inward and Outward Bound

Inbound PSE experiences allow students from other countries to explore Canada's abundant natural and economic resources. Outbound PSE experiences permit Canadian students to learn about diversity and economic opportunities in other jurisdictions. Both inbound and outbound PSE students bring an advanced appreciation for differences, an innate curiosity, and new skills with them. This session will discuss the structural and institutional changes needed within our PSE system to encourage higher take-up of inbound and outbound PSE experiences. Long-term retention of foreign and Canadian graduates with international PSE experience will also be explored.

Carr <br />  
Session Chair:
Provost and Vice-President Academic Affairs
Concordia University
Nolle <br />  
Dean, Seneca International
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Knutson <br />  
Director, Internationalization Office
Memorial University of Newfoundland
2:45 PM B3 - PSE Partnerships for Entrepreneurial Experience

Post-secondary students make up Canada's largest source of new talent. Unfortunately, Canadian grads are experiencing high unemployment rates and gaps in skill-sets, citing a 'lack of experience' as their main barrier to employment. To overcome these issues, Enactus, a global academic network, provides an experiential learning platform that challenges post-secondary students to use business and entrepreneurship to solve economic, social and environmental issues. This past year alone, through partnerships with academic institutions and top-tier Canadian businesses, Enactus Canada's 2,734 students drove 280 community empowerment projects that led to the launch of 672 business ventures. Hear first-hand from an Enactus Canada enhances the post-secondary experience, resulting in more socially-conscious and work-force-ready graduates.

Almond <br />  
Enactus Canada
Williams <br />  
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility
Canning <br />  
Student, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Ryerson University
4:00 PM Plenary Session 3

Institutional Management: Building a Financially Sustainable Model

Rising costs of higher education coupled with increasing participation rates are challenging the financial sustainability of PSE institutions in Canada. This session will explore policy and operational options that can be used to address revenue and expenditure trends. Panel members will deliberate technological efficiencies, interprovincial cooperation, regional innovations, student recruitment strategies, and reforms to academic employment structures and tasks.

Austin-Smith <br />  
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
Butler <br />  
Director, Faculty Bargaining Services
Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO)
5:10 PM Closing Remarks
5:15 PM Networking Reception

Thursday, December 01, 2016

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks—Day 2

Michael Bloom will provide a recap of the issues discussed on Day 1 and will outline the program for Day 2.

Bloom <br />  
Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada
9:00 AM Interactive Workshop Series C

Choose 1 of the following 3 dynamic sessions:

9:00 AM C1 - PSE Institutions as Catalysts for Growth and Innovation in City Regions

Globally, clusters of PSE institutions in urban centres are playing important roles in regional innovation systems and economic development. Positive town-gown relations ensure mutual benefit and opportunities for research collaborations and other partnerships. This session will explore lessons learned from a successful Canadian PSE-city relationship.

Fennessy <br />  
Vice President, Applied Research and International Education
Conestoga College
MacLatchy <br />  
Provost and Vice-President: Academic
Wilfrid Laurier University
Jarvie <br />  
Executive Director, Co-operative Education and Career Action
University of Waterloo
9:00 AM C2 - From Arts and Humanities to Skills, Jobs and Careers

While scholars and students agree that studying arts and humanities is valuable for its own sake and for its contribution to human understanding, many insist on more. Arts and humanities graduates rightly expect that their education will also contribute to their employability. This session will discuss skills development in the arts and humanities and how best to ensure that arts and humanities education provides students with the skills and training they need for employment in today's economy.

Lapointe <br />  
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
McMaster University
9:00 AM C3 - Improving Access for Graduate Students with Disabilities

As the number of students with disabilities entering graduate education in Canada continues to increase, disability service providers, financial aid administrators, student life professionals, students themselves, graduate departments, deans and student services directors, and universities as a whole are looking for new strategies to make graduate education more equitable to all. This session will share recent research from the National Taskforce on the Experience of Graduate Students with Disabilities on financial aid, disability-related funding, mental health, universal design, student success, and postdoctoral experiences.

Hildyard <br />  
Session Chair:
Special Advisor to the President and Provost
University of Toronto
Sukhai <br />  
Senior Advisor
National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
10:15 AM Networking and Refreshment Break

Enjoy some free time to grab a coffee and network with peers.

10:45 AM Plenary Session 4
Improving PSE Opportunities and Outcomes for Indigenous Learners

The disparity in PSE attainment between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples has grown over the past quarter-century. And the PSE outcomes of indigenous peoples will continue to erode without meaningful and substantial intervention. This panel will debate indigenous-specific strategies for equitable access to, participation in, and completion of post-secondary education and skills acquisition. Panel members will discuss priorities and the potential roles of K-12 and post-secondary education institutions, governments, companies and employers, and communities.

McKean <br />  
Session Chair:
Senior Research Associate, Education, Immigration and Network Manager
The Conference Board of Canada
Wesley-Esquimaux <br />  
Indigenous Chair for Truth and Reconciliation
Lakehead University
McCagg-Nystrom <br />  
Vice-President, Community and Extensions
Aurora College, Yellowknife North Slave Campus
St.Germain <br />  
Director, Education and Training
Métis Nation of Ontario
12:00 PM Networking Luncheon

Join us for a luncheon to network, renew and make new connections with speakers, experts and potential partners! Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss and share their insights and key takeaways.

12:30 PM Luncheon Presentation
Big Thinking Lecture

Session details to be advised

Westheimer <br />  
University Research Chair in Democracy and Education
University of Ottawa
1:15 PM Plenary Session 5

Strategic Insights on Tapping into Immigrant Skills

An increasingly competitive global economic environment calls for cutting-edge policies and practices that value diverse student bodies. Many international students and internationally trained professionals attend Canada's post-secondary education institutions, creating a unique set of needs and opportunities. This session will discuss how bridge training programs are helping meet the needs of industry and employers, post-secondary education institutions, and skilled newcomers. Presenters will highlight how these programs are overcoming gaps that exist for internationally trained professionals, and how the programs themselves have evolved over time to continue to reinforce their stakeholders' interests.

Gordon <br />  
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Austin <br />  
Academic Director, Centre for Practice Excellence
University of Toronto
Eaton <br />  
Executive Director
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)
2:30 PM Plenary Session 6

Session details to be advised

Awad <br />  
Canadian Novelist
3:30 PM Closing Remarks

3:45 PM Summit Adjourns


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