2018 Higher Education Summit - Program listing

Please note that the registration portal will be closing on Friday, Nov. 16, by 5pm.

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  • Day 1 - Nov. 24


  • Day 2 - Nov. 25


  • Day 3 - Nov. 26


  • Gala - Nov. 26


  • Post - Nov. 27


  • Delegates in this highly interactive workshop will gain a greater understanding of good governance principles and concepts and the roles and responsibilities of board members and board staff. This session is mandatory for the good governance certificate. The session is open to Ontario and non-Ontario college governors and board staff. Breakfast (8 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and lunch available.
    Board Excellence program
    Where
    Birchwood, Mezzanine level

  • This forum – open only to Ontario college board chairs and vice-chairs – is an opportunity to discuss current issues. This session does not count towards the good governance or advanced good governance certificates. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m.
    Where
    Chestnut, Mezzanine level

  • This workshop will help student governors grow in their role through a learning and networking opportunity. The session will explore the unique issues facing student governors face and how governors can contribute at the board table. This session counts as one elective credit towards the advanced good governance certificate. This session is open only to Ontario student governors. Dinner available.
    Board Excellence program
    Where
    Chestnut, Mezzanine level

  • What does it really mean to be a leader today? This has become the most critical question for colleges as they contend with a myriad of challenges at a time of unprecedented change and disruption. This thought provoking and practical session will help you become the truly accountable leader your company needs you to be. This session is mandatory for the College Leadership Excellence certificate. Please note this session will not count as an elective credit towards the advanced good governance certificate. Who can attend? This session is open to all registered conference delegates. Breakfast available at 7 a.m.
    Leadership Excellence program
    Where
    Osgoode East, lower concourse

  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between the president, board chair and other board members and will strategize on how to contribute to -- or facilitate -- a healthy and smart dialogue at board meetings. This session is mandatory for the good governance certificate. The session is open to Ontario and non-Ontario college governors and board staff. Breakfast available at 7 a.m.
    Board Excellence program
    Where
    Chestnut, mezzanine level

  • In this 90-minute session, external experts will discuss the board’s role in the oversight of the risk management function, the key principles of effective risk oversight, and ways to ensure appropriate alignment of an organization’s strategy and its risk. This session is mandatory for the advanced good governance certificate. This session is open to Ontario and non-Ontario college governors and board staff. Breakfast available at 7 a.m.
    Board Excellence program
    Where
    Sheraton A, lower concourse

  • Practicing mindfulness – being present and remaining a positive force. Breakfast available at 7:30 a.m.
    Where
    Leaside room, 4th floor

  • Leveraging a series of case studies, delegates will put into practice the key risk management concepts learned in part one. Real-life college examples and discussions with board members from across the sector will enhance the learning experience. This session is mandatory for the advanced good governance certificate. This session is open to Ontario and non-Ontario college governors and board staff.
    Board Excellence program
    Where
    Sheraton A, lower concourse

  • You’ll get welcomed to the host city in style with a kickoff luncheon in the exhibit hall. Join your peers, sponsors and exhibitors for great food and lively conversation and an opportunity to meet featured speaker Chantal Hebért at the BLG booth at 12:15 p.m.
    Networking opportunities
    Where
    Empowerment Expo, Sheraton hall, lower concourse

  • The Toronto Star national affairs columnist and CBC panellist looks at the current political landscape in Canada.
    Sponsored by: Borden Ladner Gervais
    Plenary sessions
    Where
    Grand Ballroom, lower concourse

  • The distinguished Stellenbosch University professor, activist and award-winning author will discuss leadership, transformation and education.
    Plenary sessions
    Where
    Grand Ballroom, lower concourse

  • Prof. Jonathan Jansen will be signing copies of his book, Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past. Books are available for purchase on-site.
    Networking opportunities
    Where
    Empowerment Expo, Sheraton hall, lower concourse

  • Crises can emerge unexpectedly with astonishing speed and unpredictable consequences. This session, led by an internationally known expert who has worked extensively in the post-secondary sector, shows how to respond effectively to a crisis. This session counts as one (1) elective credit for the advanced good governance certificate or the college leadership excellence certificate. Open to all.
    Board Excellence program
    Concurrent sessions
    Leadership Excellence program
    Where
    Osgoode East, lower concourse

  • Learn how to use social media and content marketing to enhance your organization’s reputation.
    Concurrent sessions
    Where
    Sheraton A, lower concourse

  • Adult-use cannabis is legal. Storefronts are here. Product diversification is on its way. Our experts will share their views on what the next few years will hold for this industry, domestically and internationally.
    Concurrent sessions
    Where
    Sheraton B, lower concourse

  • Put on your team’s jersey and join this year’s lineup for the reception and some serious fun in the expo area on Sunday evening from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The competition gets fierce at the foosball table and at that timeless classic, air hockey. With great company, lots of laughs and tasty snacks to choose from, there’s no way you can lose!
    Networking opportunities
    Where
    Empowerment Expo, Sheraton hall, lower concourse

  • Diversity is not an idealistic notion but a reality that can present unique challenges. The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, former chief justice of the Supreme Court, will provide her thoughts on the issues of diversity that she experienced at the courts and that currently face Canadians.
    Sponsored by: OCAS
    Plenary sessions
    Where
    Grand Ballroom, lower concourse

  • This session will show how coaching is very different from other management styles. Participants will learn the importance of the coach’s role as a developer of people. This session counts as one (1) elective credit for the advanced good governance certificate or the leadership excellence certificate. Open to all.
    Board Excellence program
    Concurrent sessions
    Leadership Excellence program
    Where
    Osgoode East, lower concourse

  • Today’s young adults will go through 30 jobs and three careers that will span over 60 years. This session explores a model for continuous learning called “the 60-year curriculum” that’s being tested in the U.S.
    Concurrent sessions
    Where
    Sheraton A, lower concourse

  • An examination of how colleges address freedom of expression and campus safety when student groups and others organize public demonstrations.
    Concurrent sessions
    Where
    Sheraton B, lower concourse

  • Former chief justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, will be signing copies of her book, Full Disclosure. Books are available for purchase on-site.
    Networking opportunities
    Where
    Empowerment Expo, Sheraton hall, lower concourse

  • Delegates will learn practical techniques to build personal resilience and achieve results in high-pressure situations. This session counts as one (1) elective credit for the advanced good governance certificate or the leadership excellence certificate) Open to all.
    Board Excellence program
    Concurrent sessions
    Leadership Excellence program
    Where
    Osgoode East, lower concourse

  • In this presentation, we will talk about big data, what is data management and what does it take to building an information-intelligent organization?
    Concurrent sessions
    Where
    Sheraton B, lower concourse

  • Key issues about mental health in the post-secondary sector will be explored, such as campus-community partnerships. The session includes relevant case examples.
    Sponsored by: Central Michigan University
    Concurrent sessions
    Where
    Sheraton A, lower concourse

  • Presentation of the 2018 Minister’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
    Where
    Grand Ballroom, lower concourse

  • Keynote address
    Plenary sessions
    Where
    Grand Ballroom, lower concourse

  • Van Jones will be signing copies of his book, Beyond the Messy Truth. Books are available for purchase on-site. Prizes and draws at 2:45 p.m.
    Networking opportunities
    Where
    Empowerment Expo, Sheraton hall, lower concourse

  • This is a private reception for Premier’s Awards nominees, college presidents and board chairs, ministers, deputy ministers and diamond and platinum sponsors of the event.
    Networking opportunities
    Where
    Provincial Ballroom, 2nd floor

  • Open to all guests.
    Networking opportunities
    Where
    Grand Ballroom Foyer, lower concourse

  • Presentation of the 2018 Premier's Awards for outstanding graduates of Ontario colleges. Comedian James Cunningham, the host of the TV show, Eat St., returns as the MC for the gala celebration.
    Where
    Grand Ballroom, lower concourse

  • Where
    Leaside room, 4th floor