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Education and Skills Symposium 2018Nov 28–29, 2018 Toronto

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks from the Chair

The Conference Board of Canada will welcome delegates to the symposium and outline the themes of the event. Research highlights from the Conference Board's latest work on education and skills will also shared.


McKean <br />  
Associate Director, Education
The Conference Board of Canada
9:15 AM Plenary Session 1
Skills for the Workplace of Tomorrow

The future of work, jobs as well as the make-up of the labour market, are top of mind for employers as they try to anticipate what these will mean for the skills they require. Strategic efforts on the part of both the private and public sectors are needed to provide the required education and skills development opportunities to remain competitive, grow our economy and standard of living, and to improve the social and cultural life of our country. This session will discuss how we can achieve success through commitments to continuous innovation, developing the leaders of tomorrow, leveraging new and emerging technologies, and embracing cultural diversity and inclusion policies and practices.


10:15 AM Networking and Refreshment Break

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


10:30 AM Plenary Session 2
Decolonizing the Education Experience

Since the 2015 release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we have learned about the importance of decolonizing the education experience. Innovative ideas and examples of decolonization, from the physical attributes of classrooms and campuses to curriculum and educational supports, will be shared. This session will also discuss how education can be leveraged to honour the experiences and truths of Survivors.


McLester <br />  
Executive Director, Truth Reconciliation and Indigenization
Algonquin College
12:00 PM Networking Luncheon and Presentation

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.



Luncheon Presentation
Early Childhood Education: Essential to the Education Continuum

The evidence is clear and abundant-participation in two or three years of early childhood education prior to formal schooling benefits all children. Universal early childhood education removes barriers to opportunity and maximizes the benefits of a public education system.

Ensuring a seamless transition from early childhood education into Kindergarten is also beneficial, especially for vulnerable populations. Recent research on the social and economic benefits of early childhood education as well as the growing role of public education in the delivery of early childhood education will be shared in this presentation.


McCuaig <br />  
Fellow in Early Childhood Policy, Atkinson Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
1:30 PM Workshop Series A
(please select one session)
1:30 PM Workshop A1
Creating LGBT2SQ+ Inclusive Classrooms

The classroom climate has a direct impact on both how well students learn and how well they interact socially. Teachers and administrators in Canada are working hard to make their classrooms inclusive and welcoming, where each student feels safe. Despite these efforts, students who are, or who are perceived to be LGBT2SQ+ continue to face discrimination and marginalization. With intensified stressors like bullying, harassment, and lack of role models, LGBT2SQ+ students are also more likely to experience negative educational outcomes. This workshop will help teachers and administrators create inclusive classrooms for everyone. Join Muhammad from the Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg (Canada's longest continuously running LGBT2SQ+ community resource centre) to gain an understanding of what LGBT2SQ+ inclusion means and how we can establish safer and inclusive environments, create resource groups/GSAs, engage allies, and combat mistreatment and discrimination.


Ahsan <br />  
Education Program Coordinator
Rainbow Resource Centre
1:30 PM Workshop A2
Skills and Competencies Recognition for Workplace Impact

The Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) will moderate a panel of experts who will explore current recognition and assessment initiatives and promising practices as well as the impact they have on the lives of people looking to enhance their employment and educational opportunities. Shamira Madhany of World Education Services will discuss the impacts of recognizing the international qualifications and skills of immigrants and refugees, including those without access to verified documents.


Kennedy <br />  
Executive Director
Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA)
Madhany <br />  
Managing Director, Canada and Deputy Executive Director
World Education Services
3:00 PM Networking and Refreshment Break

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


3:15 PM Plenary Session 3
Matching Skills to Jobs: Tools that Enable Labour Market Transitions

Employers and job seekers share the challenge of identifying the skills that are needed in today's and tomorrow's workplaces. This session will discuss how technology-based solutions can enable labour market transitions.


Patterson <br />  
Moderator:
Executive Director
Magnet, Ryerson University
4:45 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
McKean <br />  
Associate Director, Education
The Conference Board of Canada
5:00 PM Networking Reception
6:00 PM Day One Adjourns

Thursday, November 29, 2018

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks from the Chair

The Conference Board of Canada will provide a recap of the issues discussed on day one, and will outline the program for day two.


McKean <br />  
Associate Director, Education
The Conference Board of Canada
8:45 AM Plenary Session 4
Achieving Social Change Through Education Partnerships

Pathways to Education is creating positive social change by supporting youth in low-income communities to overcome barriers to education, graduate from high school, and build the foundation for future success. Since 2001, Pathways to Education has grown to support more than 11,000 youth in 20 locations across Canada. Through the collective power of partnerships, graduation rates have improved by an average of up to 85 per cent in Pathways communities. ESDC will introduce the Pathways Program and highlight how it aligns with ESDC's priorities. Pathways to Education Canada will then share how the Pathways Program is breaking the cycle of poverty through education.


Da Costa Lauzon <br />  
Assistant Director, Learning Policy, Partnerships and Services Directorate, Learning Branch
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Gillespie <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pathways to Education Canada
10:45 AM Networking and Refreshment Break

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


10:45 AM Plenary Session 5
Building Mentally Healthy Campuses

The growth in service demand and the increasing complexity of mental health issues faced by students are creating new challenges for post-secondary institutions. Recent surveys indicate that 50% of students use campus mental health services with 10% in urgent or crisis situations. Mental illness among students is associated with impaired academic achievement, worse occupational preparedness, and lower future occupational performance.

There is an urgent need to address overall campus culture and support students on and off campuses. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) will moderate a panel of experts to shine the light on key issues faced by students, evidence-informed practices that are making an impact, and opportunities to further shape Canada's education landscape to promote and protect psychological health and safety of post-secondary students.


Rewari <br />  
Moderator:
Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Research, Evaluation & Knowledge Translation
Mental Health Commission of Canada
12:00 PM Networking Luncheon

Join us for 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 Workshop Series B
(please select one session)
1:30 PM Workshop B1
Decolonizing Institutional Operations

Algonquin College has committed itself to indigenization, extending's beyond the classroom and curriculum to its very operation. As a case study, the employment equity committee has reinvented itself to operate as an Inclusion and Diversity Circle, embedding traditional knowledge throughout its interactions. This discussion-based workshop will provide an example and inspiration of how one organization effectively indigenized a colonial corporate process for improved group engagement and achieve regulatory outcomes.


Gauen <br />  
Inclusion and Diversity Specialist
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
1:30 PM Workshop B2
Putting Graduate Students to Work

The rising number of PhD graduates from universities in Canada mean that a solid plan for successful transition to the labour market is increasingly critical. Recent trends in PhD statistics and employment will be shared followed by a discussion of innovative initiatives that are helping PhD graduates transition to the labour market. Canadian and international examples will include: industry-student networking events; mentorship by potential employers; career path designs; and dual degree programs.


Leblon <br />  
Professor and Director, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management
University of New Brunswick
3:00 PM Networking and Refreshment Break

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


3:15 PM Plenary Session 6
Big Thinking Lecture

Session details to be advised.


To be confirmed <br />  
Representative from The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
3:15 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
McKean <br />  
Associate Director, Education
The Conference Board of Canada
5:00 PM Symposium Adjourns

Sponsors

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

Exhibitor

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