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CICan Event | Symposium
Training and the Labour Market – Always Evolving!
Feb 28 - Mar 1st, 2019 | Montreal, QC
1050 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, QC, Canada | View Map


In a world of rapid technological and economic changes, workers can expect to switch jobs throughout their working lives, see sectors disrupted and need to develop additional and new skills as a result of economic shifts.

The symposium will engage participants on how to better respond to changes in the labour market and to the needs of a diversified student body, including new immigrants, international students, Indigenous populations, and other under-represented groups. The event will provide an opportunity to meet and exchange with experts and leaders from colleges and institutes, the labour market, and governments, regarding issues and best practices for continuing education and training in the workplace.

The symposium will focus on the following themes:

Digital transformation

As digital technology begins to reconfigure the labour market, postsecondary institutions will need to ensure that they are able to respond quickly to the new skill requirements of a transformed workforce.

  • The impact of new technologies on workforce skills
  • Technology and evolving jobs
  • Supporting businesses in digital transformation
  • Artificial intelligence

Matching training to employment

Strengthening links between education and training and the labour market is key to addressing future skills gaps. Ensuring that skills development is adaptable and evolving will keep workers competitive in the workforce, match workers with existing vacancies, and help meet the changing expectations of businesses.

  • The challenges in addressing skills mismatch
  • The role of colleges and institutes in supporting businesses
  • Developing expertise in emerging market niches

Work integrated learning

Work-integrated learning is characterized by a skills-centered approach to training that ensures workers gain skills that meet the needs of employers. It is vital that vulnerable or under-represented learners, including from rural, remote and northern communities, have access to integrated workplace learning.

  • Strategic issues in training workers on-the-job
  • Collaborative projects between colleges and institutes and industry
  • How can we ensure skills diversity in the labour market?

Emerging new knowledge and innovative approaches

In a World Café format, participants will have the opportunity to share successes, challenges and best practices.
The discussion will evolve around:
  • Innovative and collaborative models in place
  • Responding and supporting workers that require upskilling and reskilling
  • Skills required to face shortage in specific sectors e.g. nursing
  • Training workers for jobs that do not exist yet

Who should attend?

  • Presidents and Director Generals of colleges and institutes
  • Vice -Presidents, Academic
  • Deans and Directors of Continuing Education and Apprenticeship Training
  • Provincial and national stakeholders in the field of postsecondary education
  • Industry, employers
  • Representatives and officials from provincial and federal governments

Keynote Speakers

Thierry Karsenti

Thierry Karsenti, M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Directeur du CRIFPE, Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les TIC et l’éducation, Professeur titulaire, Faculté des sciences de l’éducation, Université de Montréal

Thierry Karsenti, M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., holds the Canada Research Chair on information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education. He is also a professor at the Université de Montréal. As a member of The Canadian Academy of Sciences (Royal Society), and member of the brand new Future Skills Council, his achievements have been recognized by numerous national and international awards. Throughout his career he has published over 30 books and 250 peer-reviewed articles on education.

John Stackhouse

Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada

As Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, John advises the executive leadership on emerging trends in Canada’s economy, providing insights grounded in his travels across the country and around the world. His work focuses on technological change and innovation, examining how to successfully navigate the new economy so more people can thrive in the age of disruption.

Prior to joining RBC, John spent nearly 25 years at the Globe and Mail, where he served as editor-inchief, editor of Report on Business, and a foreign correspondent in New Delhi, India. Having interviewed a range of prominent world leaders and figures, including Vladimir Putin, Kofi Annan, and Benazir Bhutto, he possesses a deep understanding of national and international affairs.

In the community, John serves as a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, C.D. Howe Institute and on the boards of Saint Elizabeth Health Care and the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada.

John is the author of three books: Out of Poverty, Timbit Nation, and Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution. He is currently working on his fourth, about Canada’s global population in an age of nationalism.

View the Preliminary Program



Participants are responsible for meals not included in the registration fee.
DateMember ActivitiesNon-Member Activities
February 28, 2019Member Activity:
  • Registration: 12:30 – 13:30
  • Sessions: 13:30 – 17:15
  • Reception-Dinner cocktail: 17:30 – 1900
Non-Member Activity:
  • Registration: 12:30 – 13:30
  • Sessions: 13:30 – 17:15
  • Reception-Dinner cocktail: 17:30 – 1900
March 1, 2019Member Activity:
  • Registration: 7:30 – 8:00
  • Sessions: 8:00 – 12:30
  • Closing at 12:30
Non-Member Activity:
  • Registration: 7:30 – 8:00
  • Sessions: 8:00 – 12:30
  • Closing at 12:30
RegisterExtended Schedule

Registration Fees

Participants are responsible for meals not included in the registration fee. All packages include the activities listed in the above schedule.
PackagesCICan Members Non-Members
Symposium RegistrationMember Fees: $325Non-Member Fees: $325


Special discounted rates are available at the following hotel(s). Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Reserve early, as rooms will fill up quickly.
1050 Sherbrooke St W
Montreal, QC
H3A 2R6
Limited availability
Rate: $169.00
Code: Colleges and Institutes Canada
Book by: January 26, 2019


Special discounted rates are available from the following providers. Reserve early, as seats will fill up quickly.
Code: 7TM4WU81
Restrictions: Travel destination for Montreal, QC (YUL) only; period begins Wednesday, February 20, 2019 and ends Friday, March 08, 2019. No discount will apply to Tango and Executive Class lowest bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.
Code: M81XU35
Restrictions: Travel destination between Montreal (YUL) and anywhere WestJet flies in North America; period from February 20, 2019 to March 8, 2019. Discounts applies to Plus Base fares (5% off Econo and Flex).
Code: 13856
Restrictions: Travel destination for Montreal, QC only (to and from). Travel period begins February 27 and ends March 3, 2019. Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only. Discount applies to fares in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied. Discount does not apply in any Escape Fares and Prestige Class.


1050 Sherbrooke St W
Montreal, QC H3A 2R6
Feb 28 - Mar 1st, 2019
18:00 pm - 17:30 pm
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
1050 Sherbrooke St W
Montreal, QC, H3A 2R6
For registration information
613-746-2222 ext. 3162
For program information
Caroline Gagnon
613-746-2222 ext. 3150
Substitutions are accepted by email up to February 26, 2019.
Before and on January 31, 2019: 50% refund of the full amount paid
February 1, 2019 or later: No refunds
You can cancel online or by email up until February 23, 2019.
We do not accept cancellations by phone.