One of Canada’s premier conferences on post-secondary education.

The Higher Education Summit is an annual high-powered event that explores the top issues affecting post-secondary education today. Highlights include featured remarks from world-renowned leaders and educators, and networking opportunities at the most senior level. The 2016 conference will take place on November 20 and 21 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.


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Robert B. Reich

American political economist Robert B. Reich served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration and was named one of the 20th century’s 10 most effective cabinet secretaries by Time magazine. His latest book is Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few, about the breakdown of capitalism in America.

Clara Hughes

One of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, Clara Hughes delivers a raw but life-affirming story of one woman’s struggle with depression. A national spokesperson for mental health awareness, the six-time Olympic medallist uses her Olympic standing to share the positive message of the power of forgiveness.

Bill McKibben

Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben is an internationally recognized leader in the fight against climate change. McKibben is the founder of, the planet-wide movement that has organized more than 20,000 rallies throughout the world. McKibben wrote one of the first books to raise general awareness about climate change.

Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher is a world-renowned statistician and director for education and skills at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). His work supports the OECD secretary general’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress.

Will Gadd

Will Gadd is one of the top outdoor adventure athletes in the world and is also an award-winning writer. He was the first person to climb Niagara Falls and he climbed some of the last remaining ice on top of Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. His Risk and Reward presentation has been delivered to a variety of audiences worldwide.

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Decades: The start of something amazing

Come celebrate with a look back in time at the evolution of food, fashion, and funky music over the decades. Drift into the days of peace, love and groovy baby times or be seduced by the dance floor with glam disco décor including mirrored balls, lame panels and glitter. PLAY to your heart’s content in our Arcade or unleash your inner rock star with our Air Guitar Battle. Get a tattoo, eat a corn dog, have your photo taken with your favorite sitcom stars, take part in a giant twister game and fill your loot bags full with retro candy!

Featuring Toronto’s coolest dance band, The Digs.

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