“Through the significant work of Polytechnics Canada, businesses have the opportunity to realize practical, cost-effective applied research through strategic relationships with some of the country’s leading colleges.”
May 8, 2012
Polytechnic Education Works: Talent and Innovation for Employers
To view the blog post on Polytechnics Canada's 2012 Annual Conference, written by Dr. Robert Luke, Assistant Vice President, Research and Innovation at George Brown College, click here: http://goo.gl/UxWxL
To view the May 8 speech given by Dr. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, click here: http://goo.gl/AnIjX
To view the videos that were presented at the conference in honour of the three Polytechnics Canada member Presidents retiring in 2012, use the following links:
To view photos from the conference click here: http://goo.gl/M10r6
Monday, May 7, 2012:
9:00am- 5:00pm: (MEMBERS ONLY)
5:30pm- 9:00pm (OPEN TO ALL)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012: Sheridan College- Theatre
Theme: “Polytechnic Education Works: Talent and Innovation for Employers.”
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 pm (Open to all guests and media)
Participants will be asked to consider the fundamental value polytechnic education and training brings to industry. Specifically, speakers and panellists will identify and discuss the essential contribution our member institutions make to the workforce and workforce development needs of business and industry. The day has been structured to provide the opportunity for participants to:
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
Coffee & Juice
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Welcome: Nobina Robinson, CEO Polytechnics Canada
Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President, Sheridan
Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Opportunity for interactive dialogue after the opening speeches
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Networking break
11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Manufacturing Innovation & Talent: Are we going to make it?”
Dr. Rob Atkinson, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington DC and
Jayson Myers, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
Armchair discussion moderated by Bert Van den Berg, Director-Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
12 – 2:00 p.m. BBQ Lunch and Speech
Keynote Speaker: Paul Wells, Senior Columnist, Macleans Magazine
"Life in Harper's Ottawa"
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. College-Industry Engagement Panel: Experiences and Lessons learned from working together.
Moderated by Jackie Schach, Delta Consulting Group
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Closing Address: The Honourable Gary Goodyear,
Minister of State for Science and Technology and Minister responsible for Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (Open to all)
Tour of Downtown Oakville:Buses will depart from the Trafalgar Campus and take conference participants to the Oakville Club, where they can wander to nearby Oakville’s Historic Downtown.
6:00 – 9:00 pm (Open to all)
Closing Dinner at the Oakville Club: Join us for dinner at the historic Oakville Club, 56 Water Street, Oakville
Guest Speaker: Randy Pilon, President and CEO, Virox Technologies and member of Sheridan's Board of Governors.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (OPEN TO ALL)
Sheridan's Applied Research Day:“Partnering with the Community for Economic and Social Development”
Sheridan, Trafalgar Campus, Oakville, Ontario
9:30am - 2:30pm: Main Program-Networking luncheon included.
- Confirmed Speakers include:
Howard Alper, Chair- Science, Technology and Innovation Council Secretariat, Industry Canada
Rooms available at the Holiday Inn!
590 Argus Road, Oakville, ON L6J 3J3
Contact the Holiday Inn for in house reservations at:
(905) 842-5000 or Toll Free 1-800-842-0092