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2020 CICan On the Hill + Student Showcase Program

CICan on the Hill will provide college and institute leaders with opportunities to engage with parliamentarians and senior federal officials on policy and advocacy priorities related to the role of colleges and institutes in building a stronger, more inclusive and sustainable country.

In addition to the program of presentations outlined below, teams of college and institute presidents, government relations leads and students will have meetings with Members of Parliament (MP), Senators and senior federal officials. Priority will be given to securing meetings with MPs and Senators in strategic roles including with Parliamentary Secretaries, members of key Parliamentary Committees and Shadow Cabinet members of opposition parties. Meetings will be structured according to policy and advocacy priorities and briefing materials will be provided. Presidents and government relations leads will receive a schedule of meetings and will step out of plenary sessions to attend meetings as required.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – Canada Room, National Arts Centre

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Registration and Networking
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Welcome Lunch and Address
Algonquin Greeting – Annie Smith St. Georges, Algonquin Elder
Denise Amyot,
President and CEO – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)
The Honourable Mona Fortier,
Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance (invited)
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Perspectives on Federal Support for PSE and R&D
Alex Usher, President, Higher Education Strategy Associates (invited)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Briefing by Impact Public AffairsOverview of meetings with Members of Parliament, Senators and Senior Federal Officials

Huw Williams, President, Impact Public Affairs

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Canadians’ Perceptions on the Implications of Climate Change
A presentation on a recent poll of Canadians’ perceptions on the implications of climate change

Ihor Korbabicz, Executive Director, Abacus Data

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Networking Break
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Perspectives from Parliamentarians on increasing SME Engagement in the Innovation Eco-SystemA panel presentation with the Chairs and Vice-chairs of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology

Moderator: Dr. Larry Rosia, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Student Showcase and ReceptionA networking reception showcasing student-led projects and initiatives involving applied research, social innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, reconciliation, accessibility and inclusion with Members of Parliament, Senators and senior federal officials

Opening Remarks: The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (invited)

Thursday, February 27, 2020 – Canada Room, National Arts Centre

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.Breakfast and Networking
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Perspectives on the Ottawa Political LandscapeA panel of political pundits will present on advocacy and engagement in the context of a minority government

Marie Vastel, Journalist, Le Devoir

Marieke Walsh, Parliamentary Reporter, Globe and Mail

Julie Van Dusen, Journalist, CBC (invited)

Moderator: Don Bureaux, President, Nova Scotia Community College

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Strengthening Canada’s Skills LandscapeAn armchair discussion on the evolving skills needs of employers and building entrepreneurship capacity to respond to disruption from technological change and climate change

Perrin Beatty, President & Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Kayla Isabelle, Managing Director, Startup Canada (invited)

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Canada’s International Education StrategyA panel presentation with senior officials from Global Affairs Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

André Baril, Director General, Immigration Program Guidance, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Annik Beaudry, Director General, Learning Policy, Partnerships and Services Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Jennifer Daubeny, Executive Director, International Education Division, Global Affairs Canada

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Networking Break
11:15 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.Youth Perspectives on the Decade AheadA conversation with The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth (invited) and students and alumni on how the next decade might unfold

Elsa Mondésir, Chair of the ImpACT Student And Alumni Committee (ISAAC), grad of Cegep Vieux Montreal

Jerra Green, Co-chair of ISAAC, grad of Assiniboine College

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunch and Networking
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.Debrief on Meetings with Parliamentarians – What we’ve heardA plenary debrief by presidents and students on key takeaways from meetings with parliamentarians

Student Advocacy in the Federal Sphere – A fishbowl conversation

An active conversation on advocating for student priorities with a Member of Parliament, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and a political expert
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Reconciliation through EducationA look at how education can contribute to reconciliation

Senator Murray Sinclair (invited)

Perry Bellegarde, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations (invited)

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Wrap upDenise Amyot, President & CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada