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5th Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2017

Wednesday November 29 - Thursday November 30 2017 Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport Toronto, Ontario

JOIN US for the 5th Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2017!

Summit Overview

The Conference Board’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education (SPSE) invites you to join us for the 5th annual Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2017 to set goals, and identify roles and resources needed to build and maintain a world class skills and PSE system that supplies the highly skilled and educated workforce Canada needs.

Your participation at this 2-day event will connect you with a wide variety of key stakeholders from across Canada to address the advanced skills, education, and competitiveness challenges facing Canada today. Leading experts will engage you in interactive discussions to define key issues, identify strategic goals, and establish concrete actions to achieve the changes we need in Canada’s skills and PSE system.

Special Feature: Consultation sessions (“Sharing Circles”) for all delegates will focus on best practices, disruptors, and what else is needed to drive success in the key areas identified through extensive research. Future success in skills and PSE will be driven by progress on: skills development; accessibility to post-secondary education; data on post-secondary education in Canada; PSE institutional sustainability; research impact and knowledge mobilization; and learner pathways. These working sessions will crowdsource the collective knowledge of sector experts to define real solutions and strategies. These facilitated discussions are opportunities for educators, governments, businesses, and other learning partners to share enlightened thinking. A discussion document will be provided to registered delegates in advance of the Summit.

Summit Themes

The year's Summit will focus on setting goals, identifying stakeholder and institutional roles, and finding the resources needed to ensure that Canada’s skills and PSE sector becomes a global leader. The Summit program will explore the following themes:

  • Designing Multi-Disciplinary Collaborative Platforms for Addressing Issues in Skills and Post-Secondary Education―Who should champion them? Can we graft them on to existing networks?
  • Implementing Cross-Sectoral Platforms―How can we build and maintain a world class PSE system that supplies the highly skilled and educated workforce we need?
  • Leveraging Opportunities for Innovation―How do we develop and leverage the innovation skills of PSE graduates to facilitate cross-cultural exchange, technology adaptation, and successful partnerships?
  • Engaging Employers in Skills Development―How can we better equip employers to build on the skills and education of the workforce and ensure they provide opportunities to grow and learn on the job? How can we better equip PSE institutions to collaborate with employers on skills training?
  • Identifying Needed Tools and Resources―What types of data would help the PSE system? How can reforms or changes be funded? How do we build an adaptable PSE system?
  • Learning from Past Success and Best Practices―What can we learn from regional and national successes in terms of skills and post-secondary education policies, programs and practices?


As a participant, you will:

  • Gain insights from the Summit’s high-profile speakers who will share their novel perspectives on implementing skills and PSE strategies, building strategic partnerships, and tracking outcomes
  • Participate in consultations on stakeholder and institutional roles as well as the resources needed for future success across various platforms of a world class skills and PSE system
  • Learn about the latest in skills and PSE programming as well as future directions from leading institutions and educators
  • Meet industry leaders to discuss and debate significant industry-related issues that affect your organization and the future of PSE
  • Share your best practices and insights with a broad range of PSE sector experts

Build Your Network

Connect with the key leaders and major industry players that can help you take your organization’s performance to the next level. Network, ask questions, and build relationships with expert speakers, business leaders and decision makers, government officials, civil society, and academics.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

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Marketing Partners

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CAUCE logo


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Polytechnics Canada logo

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Travel Partner

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The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

Preliminary Agenda Available!

The preliminary agenda for this event is now available.

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2016 Event

Last year's Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit took place November 30–December 1, 2016 at the Marriott Eaton Centre in Toronto

Sponsorship Opportunities

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View Our Sponsors' Websites

University of Victoria—Co-operative Education Program and Career Services


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Marketing Partners

Canadian Association for University Continuing Education
City of Toronto Administrative, Professional, Supervisory Association (COTAPSA)
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)
Polytechnics Canada
Skills Canada Northwest Territories

Travel Partner

VIA Rail Canada Inc.