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5th Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2017Nov 29–30, 2017 Toronto

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks

The Conference Board of Canada will welcome delegates to the Summit and provide a recap of recent research from the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education. The Centre's new platforms for addressing issues in skills and PSE will be outlined. These platforms will serve as evidence-based calls to action for stakeholders across the country.


9:00 AM Plenary Session 1
Regional Reactions to Skills and Post-Secondary Education Platforms for Canada

The Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education aspires to help Canada's public and private PSE sectors improve their capacity to: support PSE accessibility for all learners; produce skilled graduates for the changing world of work; strengthen Canada's research and innovation capacity; operate sustainably; and enhance Canada's social, cultural, and economic wellbeing.

A regional panel will react to the Centre's new platforms for addressing issues in skills and PSE and will discuss how the goals and actions can be realized by partners in all levels of government, all orders of PSE institutions, and the private sector. Special emphasis will be placed on how to achieve more inclusive representation and equitable conditions in PSE and the labour market for women, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized groups, people with disabilities, and new immigrants.


10:00 AM Networking and Refreshment Break
10:30 AM Sharing Circle Sessions—Set A

In Sharing Circle Sessions at the Summit, delegates are invited to share their insights on the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education's new, dynamic platforms for addressing issues in skills and PSE. Participants will explore together how the platform goals and actions can be realized by partners in government, PSE institutions, and the private sector. Delegates will choose 1 of the following 3 interactive, facilitated sessions to discuss a major platform for addressing skills and PSE issues in Canada:

(please select one session)


10:30 AM Session A1
Accessibility to Post-Secondary Education

Aspiration: Canada's PSE system provides timely, relevant, and effectively delivered education and training to all who need it.


10:30 AM Session A2
Skills Development

Aspiration: PSE students will graduate with the advanced skills and knowledge needed to contribute to economic, social, political, cultural and individual well-being in Canada.


10:30 AM Session A3
Data on Post-Secondary Education in Canada

Aspiration: Stakeholders have access to high-quality, transparent, national and granular data on PSE system performance.


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 Plenary Session 2
Work-Integrated Learning Opportunities for the Social Sciences

A panel of educators, employers, and students will discuss challenges, solutions, and benefits of providing work-integrated learning opportunities for social sciences and humanities graduates.


Cukier <br />  
Chair:
Director Diversity Institute and Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University
Ollinger <br />  
Speakers:
Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition- Peronsal and Commercial Banking, Campus Recruitment
RBC
Vande Wege <br />  
Director, Business Development, Pega Academy
Pegasystems Inc.
Hansen <br />  
Senior Real Estate Investment Analyst
Agellan Commercial REIT
2:30 PM Networking and Refreshment Break

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


2:45 PM Interactive Workshops
(please select one of the following dynamic sessions)
2:45 PM Workshop A
Partnering for Success in the ICT Sector

An Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector expert panel will discuss how industry and educational institutions can collaborate to develop education programs that align with industry needs and improve student employment outcomes. The Information & Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) will share the results of its successful Business Technology Management (BTM) and CareerMash programs as case studies of successful education-business-government partnerships in the ICT sector.


2:45 PM Workshop B
Ensuring Quality Skills Development for Successful Transitions to Post-Secondary Education and the Workplace

Secondary level school boards in Canada focus on keeping all students in school and on track by implementing progressive, preventative programs that meet their needs. This session will discuss school board strategies and tools for remaining responsive and flexible in the face of changing demographics and skills needs.


2:45 PM Workshop C
Rethinking Gender Diversity on Campus

As both employers and educators, post-secondary education institutions have an important role to play in supporting the success of diverse students and faculty. Achieving gender equality is not just a moral imperative, but an economic one. This session will share evidence-based solutions for overcoming conscious and unconscious bias and will provide insights into why gender equity, diversity, and inclusion are crucial to helping Canada develop its PSE system and, in turn, address Canada's business, economic, research, and social and cultural needs.


4:00 PM Plenary Session 3
Findings from Sharing Circle Sessions—Set A

Rapporteurs from the A series of Sharing Circles will report back in plenary on the major issues identified and solutions discussed for accessibility; skills; and data. The entire Summit audience will be invited to discuss how these platforms can be developed and extended to solve sectoral challenges.


4:45 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
5:00 PM Networking Reception

Thursday, November 30, 2017

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair
8:45 AM Plenary Session 4
Indigenizing the PSE Campus

As calls to indigenize PSE curricula increase, PSE institutions are also looking for ways to indigenize their campuses. By doing so, institutions provide inspiration and demonstrate respect for indigenous cultures and knowledge. From building design to traditional gardens, artwork, use of language and symbols, ceremonies, and more, places of higher education in Canada are starting to reap the benefits of providing more welcoming spaces that support intercultural learning. Panelists will share examples of what institutions are already doing to indigenize their campuses and the impacts they are seeing.


10:15 AM Networking and Refreshment Break

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


10:45 AM Plenary Session 5
Sectoral Study in Making Successful Transitions from School to Work

Session details to be advised.


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.


1:30 PM Sharing Circle Sessions—Set B

In Sharing Circle Sessions at the Summit, delegates are invited to share their insights on the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education's new, dynamic platforms for addressing issues in skills and PSE. Participants will explore together how the platform goals and actions can be realized by partners in government, PSE institutions, and the private sector. Delegates will choose 1 of the following 3 interactive, facilitated sessions to discuss a major platform for addressing skills and PSE issues in Canada:

(please select one session)


1:30 PM Session B1
Institutional Sustainability

Aspiration: Governments and institutions collaborate and commit to a sustainability framework that prioritizes flexible funding regimes, education quality, support for basic research, and a responsiveness to emerging challenges.


1:30 PM Session B2
Research Impact and Knowledge Mobilization

Aspiration: Canada is a recognized leader at transforming research into marketable services, products, processes, systems, and public policy to satisfy economic and social needs.


1:30 PM Session B3
Learner Pathways

Aspiration: Canada's PSE institutions enable the fluid, efficient movement of learners between institutions, including institutions in different jurisdictions, institutions of differing credential-awarding status, and institutions operating publicly and privately.


2:45 PM Plenary Session 6
Findings from Sharing Circle Sessions-Set B

Rapporteurs from the B series of Sharing Circles will report back in plenary on the major issues identified and solutions discussed for institutional sustainability; research impact and knowledge mobilization; and learner pathways. The entire Summit audience will be invited to discuss how these platforms can be developed and extended to solve sectoral challenges.


3:30 PM Plenary Session 7
The Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education 2.0 and Closing Remarks

The Conference Board of Canada will share plans for developing the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education beyond its initial five-year mandate. The Centre's refreshed vision will be to support Canada's skills and PSE sector as it looks to: support PSE participation and lifelong learning; produce skilled graduates and high quality and relevant research; operate sustainably; and enhance its global reputation. Through its new platforms for addressing issues in skills and PSE, the Centre will support decision making and collaboration by sector stakeholders.


4:00 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
4:15 PM Summit Adjourns

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