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The Education and Learning department helps leaders work together to develop a skilled and innovative society that will prepare Canadians for today’s knowledge-based economy. We conduct leading-edge research, facilitate dialogue, recognize excellence and communicate results, creating maximum impact and change in Canada's educational practices and policies.

Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education

The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education (SPSE) is a multi-year initiative that examines the advanced skills and education challenges facing Canada today.

While education is a provincial/territorial responsibility, improving Canada’s skills and post-secondary education performance is a national priority. The Centre examines important themes and issues in post-secondary education from a pan-Canadian perspective.

The Centre involves a broad collaboration of public and private sector stakeholders. Together, we aim to address the future of work and the drivers of change in the educational landscape.

Goals of the Centre

  • Build inclusive, cross-sectoral national platforms for Canada’s post-secondary education systems.
  • Track and report on challenges and best practices in Canadian post-secondary education.
  • Build a strong empirical base and foster dialogue among skills and PSE stakeholders to generate common understanding, shared purpose and collaborative action.
  • Raise public awareness of the nature and importance of skills and the PSE sector to Canada’s economy, society and culture.

This will require a combination of research, convening, and communications to stimulate evidence-based public understanding, and engage the key players in Canada's PSE systems, including senior management, faculty and staff, government, business, professional and regulatory associations, communities and students.

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