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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.


McKean <br />  
Associate Director, Education
The Conference Board of Canada
9:00 AM Plenary Session 1
How to Build Robust Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Programs: Insights from Industry

Senior leaders from different industry sectors will engage the audience in an informative and interactive discussion on the role of the private sector in creating high-quality WIL experiences for Canadian PSE students. Representatives from financial services, mining, and start-ups/entrepreneurship will share insights from the WIL programs they are developing for their members in collaboration with the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER). In May 2016, BHER members committed publicly to a goal of ensuring that 100% of students in Canada benefit from at least one WIL experience prior to graduation. The panelists will discuss successes and challenges to date in turning this ambitious goal into reality.


Walker <br />  
Moderator:
Vice-President, Talent and Skills
Business Council of Canada
D'Souza <br />  
Panellists:
Senior Vice-President, Talent Initiatives
Toronto Financial Services Alliance
Stirrett <br />  
Founder and Executive Director
Venture for Canada
10:00 AM Networking and Refreshment Break
10:30 AM Sharing Circle Sessions—Set A
(please select one session)

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. A discussion document will be provided to registered delegates in advance of the Summit. Delegates will choose 1 of the following 3 interactive, facilitated sessions to discuss a major platform for addressing skills and PSE issues in Canada:


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

Aspiration: Canada's PSE systems are universally accessible, equitable, and representative of Canada's diversity.

Participants will discuss how to overcome the barriers associated with: affordability of PSE; accommodating students and staff with disabilities; access to PSE in rural and remote communities; providing culturally and regionally relevant programming; and more. Goals and actions to achieve greater accessibility in PSE will be identified, as well as recommendations on roles for stakeholder groups and organizations and best practice models that should be shared widely.


Sukhai <br />  
Facilitators:
Head of Research
CNIB
Gardner <br />  
Supervisor Labour Market Projects
Métis Nation of Ontario
Wickham <br />  
Strategic Advisor
10:30 AM Session A2
Skills Development

Aspiration: Learners have the advanced skills and knowledge they need to contribute as global citizens and to the future of work.

Participants will discuss how to overcome the barriers associated with: opportunities for meaningful experiential (work-integrated) learning experiences; producing enough skilled graduates to meet labour market demands; graduates' ability to articulate their skills to employers; and more. Goals and actions to achieve the optimal mix of skilled PSE graduates will be identified, as well as recommendations on roles for stakeholder groups and organizations and best practice models that should be shared widely.


Almond <br />  
Facilitators:
President
Enactus Canada
Robinson <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Polytechnics Canada
Barker <br />  
Director, Learning, Development Programs
RBC
10:30 AM Session A3
Data on Post-Secondary Education in Canada

Aspiration: Stakeholders have access to high-quality, uniform, accessible data on the performance of Canada's PSE systems..

Participants will discuss how to overcome the barriers associated with: consistent and timely tracking of PSE systems performance; availability of data on the diversity of PSE campuses; granular data on graduate employment outcomes; and more. Goals and actions to develop and provide access to meaningful and timely data will be identified, as well as recommendations on roles for stakeholder groups and organizations and best practice models that should be shared widely.


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
Widening Career Pathways for Arts and Social Science Graduates: Advanced Digital and Professional Training (ADaPT)

Innovation requires an understanding of users, of organizations, markets, policies and content. As Artificial Intelligence revolutionizes systems development, the skills brought by Social Science and Humanities (SSH) graduates are becoming even more important. This panel will review new research and innovative approaches to work integrated learning which can help bridge the skills gap and also reduce barriers to highly skilled employment opportunities for women, persons with disabilities, some racialized minorities and indigenous people.


Cukier <br />  
Session 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.


Ticoll <br />  
Session Chair:
Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Strategies
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Reich <br />  
Speakers:
Professor, Technology and Innovation, Beedie School of Business
Simon Fraser University
Crowe <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Intersect
Foucault <br />  
Vice-President, Product Management
Symbility INTERSECT
Wang-Martin <br />  
Chemistry Teacher, STEM Teacher Advisor and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Coordinator
Glenforest Secondary School
Habib <br />  
Visual Art and Design Techology Teacher and IB DP Coordinator
Glenforest Secondary School
Boyed <br />  
Grade 12 International Baccalaureate Student
Glenforest Secondary School
2:45 PM Workshop B
Building the Inter-Connected, Entrepreneurial Institution

Placing human knowledge and concerns at the centre of the data revolution is critical to meeting society's needs. OCAD University's approach to partnerships enables interdisciplinary, experimental development of creative digital solutions to today's urgent social, economic, technological and environmental challenges. An open dialogue with participants will focus on how innovation training, design thinking, Big Data and accelerator capacity can be combined to support commercialization in emergent and established companies, increase the economic footprint and institutional sustainability of PSE, and reaffirm the role of post-secondary education institutions in the research/innovation/skills development ecosystem.


Luke <br />  
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
OCAD University
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 provide more welcoming spaces that support intercultural learning. Panellists will share examples of what institutions are already doing to Indigenize their campuses and the impacts they are seeing.


Wabano <br />  
Panellists:
Director, First Peoples' Centre and
Associate Dean, School of Indigenous Studies, Canadore College
Joseph <br />  
Team Leader, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Success
University of Saskatchewan
Blore <br />  
Education Officer
Métis Nation of Ontario
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
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.


Marsh <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Education Quality and Accountability Office
Burns <br />  
Faculty Member, Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Arts
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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
(please select one session)

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. A discussion document will be provided to registered delegates in advance of the Summit. Delegates will choose 1 of the following 3 interactive, facilitated sessions to discuss a major platform for addressing skills and PSE issues in Canada:


1:30 PM Session B1
Institutional Sustainability

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

Participants will discuss how to overcome the barriers associated with: shrinking operating grants and rising operating costs; forecasting enrollment levels; the need to maintain and update physical infrastructures; and more. Goals and actions to achieve institutional sustainability will be identified, as well as recommendations on roles for stakeholder groups and organizations and best practice models that should be shared widely.


Grundy <br />  
Facilitators:
Vice-President Academic and Provost
Royal Roads University
Baldwin <br />  
Director, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Post-Secondary Education
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
1:30 PM Session B2
Research Impact and Knowledge Mobilization

Aspiration: Canada becomes a recognized leader at mobilizing evidence-based research for end-users in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Canada's researchers span boundaries, collaborate, and connect their work to new services, products, processes, systems, public policies, and innovations with social, economic, cultural, and scientific value.

Participants will discuss how to overcome the barriers associated with: moving ideas to implementation; embracing disruption; embedding impact knowledge mobilization into research and teaching; and more. Goals and actions to achieving mobilization of evidence-based research will be identified, as well as recommendations on roles for stakeholder groups and organizations and best practice models that should be shared widely.


Phipps <br />  
Facilitator:
Executive Director, Research and Innovation Services
York University
1:30 PM Session B3
Learner Pathways

Aspiration: Canada's skills and PSE systems enable the fluid, efficient movement of learners into, between, and through post-secondary education and employment.

Participants will discuss how to overcome the barriers associated with: student movement between institutions and jurisdictions; providing programming for multiple student needs; recognition of prior learning and of foreign credentials; and more. Goals and actions to achieving fluid, efficient student mobility will be identified, as well as recommendations on roles for stakeholder groups and organizations and best practice models that should be shared widely.


Lapointe <br />  
Facilitator:
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
McMaster University
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.


McKean <br />  
Associate Director, Education
The Conference Board of Canada
4:00 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
4:15 PM Summit Adjourns

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