Co-hosted by Humber College
May 11-13, 2016
President and CEO, Humber College
Dr. Chris Whitaker is President and CEO of Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. Dr. Whitaker joined the college in July 2012 and is the fourth president in the college’s history. He has worked in the Ontario postsecondary sector for 25 years and is passionate about student success and the role of colleges in providing access and pathways to postsecondary education opportunities. Since joining Humber, he has continued to advance the college as a comprehensive post-secondary institution with a reputation for creating and delivering a high quality student-focused teaching and learning environment.
Dr. Whitaker’s education includes a PhD from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; an MA from York University and a BA from Queen’s University.
Among his many commitments to Humber and the college system, Dr. Whitaker is Vice Chair of the Board for Polytechnics Canada and a board member for the League for Innovation in Community Colleges, Community Colleges for International Development, Skills Canada and the World University Service of Canada.
CEO, Polytechnics Canada
Nobina Robinson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnics Canada in May 2009. She held progressive appointments in the federal government and non-profit sectors since 1990.
Mrs. Robinson began her public service career in 1990 when she joined the Treasury Board Secretariat as a management trainee. Two years later, she became a Foreign Service Officer and was posted as a political officer to the Canadian Embassy in Havana from 1994 to 1997.
From 1998 to 2002, Mrs. Robinson led FOCAL, a policy institute on Canada’s relations with the Americas.
Before joining Polytechnics Canada, Mrs. Robinson was the Ottawa-based Senior Government Relations Advisor for Seneca College, responsible for federal advocacy for one of Canada's largest colleges.
Mrs. Robinson has a B.A. from Amherst College, an M.A. from Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar 1985-1988) and has pursued post-graduate studies at Yale University.
Mrs. Robinson served as a member of the Expert Panel on the Review of Federal Support to Research and Development that completed its work in October 2011.
8:00am to 3:00pm (For members of Polytechnics only. Private Working Group Meetings.)
Dr. Stefan Wolter
Managing Director, Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education
Professor, Centre for Research in Economics of Education, University of Bern
Dr. Stefan C. Wolter is the managing director of the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education, a government agency mandated to monitor the Swiss education. He represents Switzerland in the Education Policy Committee of the OECD, is a governing board member of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) of the OECD and chairs the OECD expert group on vocational education and training. He is also a professor of economics at the University of Bern, where he heads the Centre for Research in Economics of Education and a permanent guest professor at the University of Basle. He is a member of the board of the employers association regulating all ICT occupations in Switzerland and a member of the board of trustees of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories at the University of Bamberg (D). Between 2005 and 2011 he was the founding president of the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET). SFIVET is — amongst others — the federal institute training teachers for vocational and professional education colleges.
He has written several books on labor and education issues, (co-)authored more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles and was a visiting researcher at Harvard Graduate School of Education, the University of Munich, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (Michigan) and the OECD.
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Sheldon Levy was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on December 1, 2015.
His responsibilities encompass a significant portfolio that supports Ontario’s economy. Under his leadership, the ministry delivers both employment and training programs that meet the changing needs of the province’s labour market, and a high-quality, accessible postsecondary education system that is globally competitive. The work of this ministry drives the innovation that is vital to Ontario’s prosperity.
Prior to this appointment, Sheldon served as President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University since 2005. Former positions include President, Sheridan College; Vice President Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President Government and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.
Sheldon has been recognized for championing an entrepreneurial education model achieving global status with the Ryerson Digital Media Zone in Toronto, and an international network including partnership startup incubators in India and South Africa. He has been dedicated to academic mission in the full range of programs and research, a focus on student engagement and success, and the core values of diversity, equity and inclusion as fundamental to Ryerson University’s vibrant culture.
He was awarded a BSc, MA, and Doctor of Laws honoris causa by York University, and lectured in computer science and mathematics. He has been recognized among “The Power 50 Most Influential in Canadian Business Today” (Canadian Business) and “The 50 Most Influential” (Toronto Life). Recent distinctions include the 2014 People for Education Egerton Ryerson Award for Dedication to Public Education, the 2014 Canadian Urban Institute David Crombie Award, and the 2013 Toronto Region Board of Trade Builder Award.
5:00pm to 7:00pm (Conference opens to all registered participants.)
Co-Founder and Distinguished Fellow,
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
christenseninstitute.org | @michaelbhorn
Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank; he serves as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions; and he is the director of the Education + Technology fund, a joint philanthropic project of Two Sigma and Robin Hood with the mission of unlocking the potential of technology to advance achievement for low-income students.
Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations.
He is on the board of Fidelis Education, Education Elements, Global Personalized Academics, the Silicon Schools Fund, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Minerva Institute. He serves as an advisor to Intellus Learning, Pedago, Knod, Everest Education, AltSchool, Degreed, the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, the Education Innovation Advisory Board at Arizona State University, and the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, and he is an executive editor at Education Next.
Horn was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Horn holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science
terrybeech-parl.ca | @terrybeech
Terry Beech is an accomplished and experienced entrepreneur, educator, and advocate for access to education and the expansion of entrepreneurship. Terry entered public service 15 years ago when he was elected as a city councillor in Nanaimo. He was named one of Maclean’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2004, one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2013, and was also selected as an Action Canada Fellow.
An Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, Terry was the author of “The In-Credibility Factor,” which highlights his desire for Canada to become a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. He founded and was both CEO and Chairman of HiretheWorld.com, and is a co-founder of Twinbro, a non-profit organization that has helped over 25,000 students to obtain millions of dollars in scholarships and financial aid. He is a past board member of Lift Philanthropy and worked with entrepreneurs to launch and grow businesses at Beech Partners.
While serving as a city councillor, Terry began his studies in Public Administration at Capilano University, who named him as one of the school’s “Alumni to Watch.” He holds a bachelor’s degree with a joint major in Business and Economics from Simon Fraser University, as well as an MBA from the University of Oxford.
7:30am to 2:30pm
Author of There Is Life After College: Navigating Your Time in School So You Are Prepared for the Jobs of Tomorrow, Columnist, and Speaker
jeffselingo.com | @jselingo
Jeffrey J. Selingo is a best-selling author and award-winning columnist who helps parents and higher-education leaders imagine the college and university of the future and how to succeed in a fast-changing economy.
His just released book, There Is Life After College: Navigating Your Time in School So You Are Prepared for the Jobs of Tomorrow, explores how today’s young adults need to navigate school for the job market of tomorrow.
Jeff is also the author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, a New York Times bestselling education book in 2013, and MOOC U: Who Is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why.
A regular contributor to the Washington Post, Jeff is a special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. He is the former top editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, where he worked for 16 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles.
His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Slate, and he is a contributor to LinkedIn, where you can follow his blog posts on higher education. He has appeared on ABC, CNN, PBS, and NPR. He is a senior advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University and a visiting scholar at the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jeff’s work has been honored with awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press. He has been the keynote speaker before dozens of associations and universities and appears regularly on regional and national radio and television programs.
Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Mr. Thompson will now deliver remarks in the place of Deputy Minister Ian Shugart. The Prime Minister recently announced changes to the senior ranks of the Public Service of Canada with Mr. Shugart becoming the new Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs on Monday, May 16. As Friday, May 13 is Mr. Shugart’s last day in his current role, he had to remain Ottawa. Mr. Shugart sends both his best wishes and regrets.
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch
Mr. Paul Thompson began his career in the Public Service in 1990 with Human Resources Development Canada where he worked until 1997, holding various positions including Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister.
He has held several executive positions in his career in the public service including with the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations, Social Development Policy as Director General, Strategic Priorities and Planning at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Prior to joining Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Mr. Thompson was Executive Director, Strategic Planning with the Treasury Board Secretariat from April 2005 to September 2007.
Mr. Thompson was appointed as the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for the Skills and Employment Branch at HRSDC on October 1, 2007. From April 1, 2010 to May 12, 2014, Paul held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of Processing and Payment Services Branch. He was appointed to his current position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of the Skills and Employment Branch on May 12, 2014.
Mr. Thompson holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Queen's University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Wednesday, May 11
Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre, Niagara Room (801 Dixon Rd., Toronto, ON M9W 1J5)
Thursday, May 12
Humber College - North Campus
Please Note: Private Working Group Meetings – For members of Polytechnics only.
Shuttle to depart hotel
Registration - Learning Resource Commons 1st Floor
Private Working Group Meetings
Shuttle back to hotel for those not attending the keynote and reception.
Humber College – North Campus (Lecture Theatre and Concourse)
Please note: Conference opens to all registered participants – members and non-members.
Shuttle to depart hotel for Humber North Campus for those registered participants attending the Keynote and Reception.
Keynote Speech presented by CISCO Canada, Michael Horn, Co-Founder and Distinguished Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Learning
Humber College – North Campus (Learning Resource Commons 1st Floor)
Welcome and brief remarks
Shuttle back to hotel
Friday, May 13
Humber College - North Campus (Lecture Theatre and Concourse)
Shuttle to depart hotel
Breakfast and Registration
Welcome and opening remarks by Nobina Robinson, CEO of Polytechnics Canada and Dr. Chris Whitaker, President of Humber College and Vice-Chair, Polytechnics Canada
Keynote Speech by Jeff Selingo, Columnist for the Washington Post and Best-selling author of the just released book There Is Life After College: Navigating Your Time in School So You Are Prepared for the Jobs of Tomorrow
Break and Book Signing with Jeff Selingo
Resilient and Resourceful Workers
Humber College – North Campus (Learning Resource Commons 1st Floor)
Shuttle to Toronto Pearson International Airport - Terminals 1 and 3
Taxi - return to hotel
Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre
A discounted group rate is available. Please contact the Reservation’s Center at 1-866-932-7058 and give either the group name Polytechnics Canada Conference — Humber College or the group code ‘HE08AA’ for easy access to the group block. Please keep in mind that the group discounted rate is only available until April 27th. You can also book online by clicking on the following button:
Complimentary Hotel Shuttle (24 Hours)
(Travel Time: 8 mins)
Terminal 1: pickups every :15 and :45 past the hour
Terminal 3: pickups every :20 and :50 minutes past the hour
Hotel Airport Terminals 1 & 3
(Travel Time: 8 mins)
Pickups every :25 and :55 past the hour
City Taxi: 416-740-2222
Beck Taxi: 416-751-5555
Complimentary parking is available at the Humber North Campus (Lot 8 – overflow Lot 7).
Parking attendants will be onsite. Please print this form.