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Training and the Labour Market – Always Evolving! Preliminary Program


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time Sessions Speaker(s) Location
12:30 – 13:30 Registration Foyer
13:30 – 14:00 Welcome Saisons A
14:00 – 15:00 Opening Keynote Thierry Karsenti, Director of CRIFPE, Canada Research Chair on information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education, Professor, Faculté des sciences de l’éducation, Université de Montréal
Training and the Skills of the Future: What skills are required today to prepare for tomorrow’s labour market?
Saisons A
15:00 – 15:15 Health Break Foyer
15:15 – 16:15 Digital Transformation Moderator:

Giany Despointes, Coordinator, Métiers Manufacturiers, Manufacturiers et exportateurs du Québec


Tom Roemer, Vice President, Academics, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Namir Anani, President and CEO, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
Frédéric Viossat, Training Consultant, Direction de la formation continue et des services aux entreprises, Cégep André-Laurendeau
Pierre Tison, Director, Centre de transfert en commerce électronique, Collège Montmorency

Saisons A
16:15 – 17:15 Work Integrated Learning Moderator:

Kristine Dawson, Director, Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL)


Shawn Chorney, Vice-President Enrollment Management, Indigenous and Student Affairs, Canadore College
Patrice Supper, Director, Institut des technologies, des arts et de la communication, Collège La Cité
Leesa Hodgson, Director, Formation continue et services aux entreprises, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal
Michel Lesage, Director, Formation continue et services aux entreprises, Cégep Limoilou

Saisons A
17:30 – 19:30 Cocktail Reception Foyer

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Time Session Speaker(s) Location
7:30 – 8:00 Registration Foyer
8:00 – 8:45 Perspectives from Government Officials Moderator:

The Honourable Diane Bellemare, Senator, Quebec


Benoît Tessier, Director General, Skills & Economic Strategy Tables at Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
Audrey Murray, President, Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (CPMT) Québec

Saisons A
8:45 – 9:15 Keynote Address Jean-François Roberge, ministre de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec (MEES) Saisons A
9:15 – 10:15 Matching training to employment Moderator:

Kris Hodgson-Bright, Chair, School of Media and Design, Lethbridge College


Misheck Mwaba, Vice president, Academics, Bow Valley College
Nazlin Hirji, Director, Continuing and Professional Studies, Sheridan College
Simon Delamarre, Director, Formation continue et services aux entreprises, Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
Marie-Josée Dupuis, Assistant Director, Formation continue et services aux entreprises, Cégep de Sainte-Foy

Saisons A
10:15 – 10:30 Health Break Foyer
10:30 – 11:30 World Café

Lori Turnbull
, Public Policy Forum (PPF) – Latest Report “Get Skills Secure: Closing the Gap in Canada’s Lifelong Education System”

Questions/themes to be discussed:
– Implementing innovative collaboration models
– Skills development, specialization, and upgrading program offerings for workers and various auditors
– The qualifications required to face labour shortages in some sectors
– Training for new, emerging jobs

Saisons A
11:30 – 12:30 Closing Keynote Address John Stackhouse, Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, RBC
Humans Wanted: How Canadian youth can thrive in the age of disruption
Saisons A

Purpose of the Symposium

The Symposium aims to:

  • Meet and exchange with experts and leaders regarding issues and best practices for continuing education and training in the workplace;
  • Engage in a dialogue on how to better respond to the changes of the evolving labor market.