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Employability Skills: What Every Employer Seeks

Employers in all sectors across Canada seek workers who demonstrate Employability Skills. The Conference Board of Canada’s Employability Skills define the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. They are the foundation for employability and provide a common language for recruitment, performance review, and career path planning. Related resources, including the Employability Skills Toolkit and the Employability Skills Credentialing Tool,are available to support Employability Skills development. These tools are designed to help individuals and employers in performance review and career path planning activities. Join Alison in this webinar, and learn how Employability Skills can help learners and employers focus and develop the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed for success in the workplace and beyond.

Live Webinar | April 2018 | Alison Howard | The Conference Board of Canada

The Cost of Inequity and the Role of Early Child Education in Closing the Gap

Greater investment in early childhood education (ECE) can be a springboard to success. Expanding ECE in Canada would increase female labour market participation, improve child outcomes (especially for disadvantaged children), and reduce Canada’s income inequality. Access to ECE helps cultivate a healthy society. Yet Canada spends less on ECE than other countries. Our educational enrolment rate for children aged 2-4 year is 58 per cent, compared to the average of close to 70 per cent in comparable advanced nations. Bringing Canada’s enrolment rate for children aged 2 to 4 up to the average of other nations would put 134,000 more children in ECE programs. In this free webinar, Craig Alexander will present the findings of Conference Board research on the impact of ECE. The full analysis is published in the Conference Board report, Ready for Life: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Early Childhood Education and Care. Craig will also address the most important dimensions for policy-makers to discuss in order to maximize the benefits of ECE – enrolment rates and the duration that children receive ECE programming. The bottom line is that investments in play-based high-quality ECE can help children from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed. It can also help improve income for low income families and help support women in the labour market. And, it would remove a key source of inequity.

Live Webinar | January 2018 | Craig Alexander | The Conference Board of Canada

Supporting All Learners through Inclusive Post-Secondary Education

Adult learners with significant learning challenges, cognitive and developmental disabilities, and acquired brain injuries have more support than ever before to help them obtain a post-secondary education (PSE) credential. Thanks to specialized inclusive education programs offered by Canadian colleges and universities, these learners can gain academic, employment, and personal supports to help them achieve their goals. Once largely excluded from PSE and employment, these individuals are benefiting from programs that including curriculum modifications, tailored learning services, and supported community work placements. Join us in examining what inclusive education means for Canadian PSE. We will discuss how inclusive PSE programs are designed and delivered, what goes into operating a successful inclusive education program, and what the benefits are for learners, communities, employers, and PSE.

Live Webinar | December 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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International Student Attraction in the Era of Brexit and Trump

Recent political developments in the U.K. and U.S. bring into question whether those countries will continue to appeal to international students. Some argue that Brexit, changes to U.K. immigration policies, and Trump’s rhetoric will benefit competitor nations such as Canada, who also look to attract international students.However, while politics has a major influence on the decision making of international students, other factors also play a role. Uri Carnat of IDP Education provides an overview of these factors and how they are currently impacting the international student landscape. Uri looks at the latest international student statistics, focusing on Canada, the U.K., U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. In comparison with these countries, what are Canada’s advantages, and where is it falling short? How can Canada address its shortcomings?Uri also provides insights on key international student source countries and how these developments will impact Canada.

Recorded Webinar | October 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Collaborative Campus Leadership: Inter-Institutional Solutions to Community Issues

The Edmonton region wants to diversify its economy while addressing the social complexities of a boom-and-bust economy and burgeoning immigration. In response, Edmonton's six post-secondary institutions have stepped forward in a collaborative way to work with the city and industry to address economic and social growth. By focusing on Edmonton as a learning city, these institutions endeavor to remove barriers to learning and engage more citizens in lifelong learning. This is the 3rd webinar of a 3 part series called The City-Campus Connection: Higher Education for Community and Regional Development Contact us to register for all 3!

Recorded Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development: The Role of Cities and Educators in Building a Lasting Future

Education is a key lever for cities and regions to build a more sustainable future. Formal and informal learning opportunities are helping learners of all ages acquire the values, knowledge, and skills needed to support sustainable, healthy, vibrant, and peaceful societies.

Recorded Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Celebrating Learning in the Community: Bringing Higher Education Down from the Tower

Institutions of higher education and municipalities sometimes face challenges in connecting with one another. Complex socio-political and geographic divisions can make this disjunction difficult to overcome, but communities and post-secondary institutions are realizing the value of bridging this divide. The Burnaby Festival of Learning launched in May 2016 with the intention of strengthening connections between the local community and a major post-secondary institution. Jointly led by Simon Fraser University and the City of Burnaby, the week-long festival offered free educational events across the city, engaging Burnaby residents of all backgrounds in the celebration of lifelong learning. At the same time, the Festival created new networks between municipal leadership, university leadership, municipal and university departments, the local public library system, and the local school district. This is the first webinar of a 3 part series called The City-Campus Connection: Higher Education for Community and Regional Development Contact us to register for all 3!

Recorded Webinar | April 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Learning Performance Index Webinar: Building Strong Workplace Learning Environments

Learning in Canadian organizations is declining. Year over year, the amount of money spent per employee on learning and development decreases. Now, more than ever, it is important for organizations to understand where to focus their learning resources to obtain the greatest value for their investment. The Conference Board of Canada has developed The Learning Performance Index (LPI), a proprietary organizational assessment tool designed to help organizations identify strengths and opportunities for enhancing workplace learning environments. The LPI is comprised of four distinct areas or learning pillars—vision, knowledge management, organizational learning culture, and learning dynamics. Each pillar is instrumental in affecting an organization’s learning environment, and each can affect specific outcomes different from others.

Recorded Webinar | November 2016 | Donna Burnett Vachon, Colin Hall | The Conference Board of Canada

Supporting Indigenous Students: Improving PSE Completion Rates for At Risk Youth

Indigenous students need more support. Post-secondary education completion rates among Canadian Indigenous students are among the lowest in the country, highlighting the need for focused support from government, communities and educational institutions. However, without a proper strategy and solid support structures in place, well-meaning initiatives run the risk of failing before they even begin. So where can we start? Northern Lakes College in Slave Lake, Alberta has spearheaded some necessary and innovative steps to support at-risk Indigenous students. Building a strategy on their values of Community, Respect, Accessibility, Collaboration, Excellence and Lifelong Learning, initiatives include employing several key support initiatives and connecting students to learning in their home communities. During this 60 minute presentation, Michelle Mitchell will discuss the strategies Northern Lakes College has taken to support at-risk Indigenous students. Michelle will explore how through extensive use of distance learning and wrap-around services for each community, as well as ongoing communication with Community Education Councils, Northern Lakes is able to provide the support necessary to enable at risk students to be successful in an increasingly competitive world.

Recorded Webinar | September 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Higher Education in the BRIC Countries: What Canada can Learn from Emerging Economies

Representing 40 per cent of the world's population and one quarter of the global economy, what happens in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) is of consequence for everyone. In the past 20 years, these four countries have seen a staggering 26 million enrolment spaces, a major increase for their respective higher education systems.. These increases have unlocked a wave of innovation in higher education and a fresh reconceptualization of how the higher education system can be put to work for society as a whole. There is a wealth of opportunity for Canada to adopt leading practices from the BRICs and to incorporate lessons from their experience to inform the direction of future education policy. These lessons include: how to remain competitive in an increasingly internationalized world, the new roles being asked of the higher education system, and the pursuit of sustainability. But what lessons will be most important for Canada? And how could they be put into practice?

Recorded Webinar | July 2016 | Mark Robbins | The Conference Board of Canada

The Technological Revolution in Higher Education: What does this mean for policy, practitioners and progress?

With the communications and technological revolution bringing us into the information age, everything has changed. Well, almost everything. The higher education system has been remarkably resistant to many of the advantageous new technologies, practices, and ideas that the internet has facilitated. By consequence, the pedagogical and financial models of higher education have remained similar to those of centuries past, and unless things change, academia will become further isolated as the world around it changes rapidly. Luckily, there is a wealth of opportunity to adopt and incorporate emerging best practices in technology and digitally-enabled pedagogy. Innovative approaches to big data, communications technology and audio-visuals are permitting the reinvention of the learning space, both in-class and online, and are set to change the face of higher education forever. So what can the students of tomorrow expect to find in the classroom?

Recorded Webinar | June 2016 | Mark Robbins | The Conference Board of Canada

Re-engaging High School Drop-outs: New Pathways to Post-Secondary Education

Canadians have access to some of the highest quality education in the world, yet some students continue to fall through the cracks. Disengaged high school students who leave education early face the real possibility of joblessness and poverty in the future. OECD countries across the world are facing the very real challenge of how to lower drop-out rates while improving successful transitions to post-secondary education (PSE), training, and careers. How can school boards, industry, post-secondary institutions, and education policymakers work together to reengage struggling students and support successful transitions out of secondary education?

Recorded Webinar | March 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Life Outside the Academy: Career Prospects and Outcomes for Canadian PhD Graduates

Each year, thousands of students across Canada begin their PhD studies, many with the goal of becoming a tenured university professor. However, less than 20 per cent of PhD graduates ultimately achieve that goal, with about another 20 per cent finding other careers within the post-secondary-education (PSE) sector. So where are the other 60 per cent of PhDs employed? What are the career prospects for those PhDs who work outside the academy? Join Dr. Michael Bloom and Dr. Jessica Edge from the Conference Board’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education as they examine the employment opportunities and outcomes of PhD holders both inside and outside the academy. While PhD graduates possess numerous advanced skills that benefit Canada’s economy and society, many find the initial transition to careers outside of academia challenging. Michael and Jessica will explore this important issue, and outline innovative strategies and initiatives to ease career transitions for PhD graduates across the country. Student Rates Available—Contact Publications to order!

Recorded Webinar | February 2016 | Michael Bloom, Jessica Edge | The Conference Board of Canada

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