Upcoming conferences and events: Conference Board of Canada’s Skills & Post-Secondary Education Summit 2013; Canadian Federation of Students’ Graduate Student Symposium

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From the Conference Board of Canada:
“The Conference Board of Canada would like to invite you to attend their upcoming Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2013: Developing the Talent We Need for a Competitive Nation, being held on November 6 and 7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  We are happy to extend an Exclusive Reduced Rate of $695 to members of OCUFA. 
The Skills & Post-Secondary Education Summit 2013 is exploring the future of higher education—including colleges, universities, apprenticeship and trades training—and how to address the advanced skills, education and competitiveness challenges facing Canada today.
This major two-day event is featuring a lineup of Canadian and international experts to share unique insights and world class practices to help organizations overcome skilled labour shortages. It will also explore how Canada post-secondary education system can be enhanced to better develop the educated, highly skilled populations urgently required by our businesses, economy and society.
It will also feature delegate consultation sessions on key issues related to the development of the Skills and PSE Strategy for Canada, and on a Labour Market Information Tool that will be created to help students, teachers, parents, guidance counsellors and career developers better understand labour market trends, select high demand occupations and careers, and identify effective and efficient education and training paths for success upon graduation.
The Summit features six major themes:

  • Overcoming Skills and Labour Shortages and Mismatches―How are skills shortages and mismatches affecting the economy? What best practices and potential solutions could address them?
  • Improving Canada’s Competitiveness—How would improving levels of education, training and skills enhance our national competitiveness?  
  • Canada and the World―Where does Canada rank on higher education compared to other leading countries?
  • Re-skilling and Up-skilling Target Populations—How can we engage more immigrants, Aboriginals, youth, mature workers, structurally unemployed individuals, people with disabilities, and women in advanced trades and training programs through PSE to increase the supply of workers in Canada?    
  • The Way Forward for the Post-Secondary Education (PSE) System―How can we build and maintain a world class PSE system that supplies the highly skilled and educated workforce we need?
  • Connecting Industry Needs, Educational Programs, and Skilled Talent―How can we better connect the key players to make PSE an engine of high performance for our people and economy?

To register at your exclusive rate of $695, please contact Tracie Jones at 613.526.3090 ext. 286 or by email: jones@conferenceboard.ca and mention that you are a member of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.”
From the Canadian Federation of Students:
“Interested in matters affecting graduate studies in Ontario? Issues like student-supervisor relationships, student and worker rights on campus, childcare, rising domestic and international student tuition fees, mental health, and academic freedom?
Come join graduate students from all across Ontario to find out more about how these issues impact graduate studies, share our skills on how to effectively promote and share our research and have a unique opportunity to network with other graduate students.
DATE: November 1 to 3, 2013
LOCATION: Hamilton, ON
COST: Travel, accommodations and meals will be covered, but a $50 deposit is required to secure your place at the Symposium. The deposit will be returned to participants at the Symposium. Childcare subsidies are also available upon request.
The Ontario Graduate Student Symposium is organized by the Ontario Graduate Caucus (OGC) of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. The OGC unites over 50,000 graduate students in the province of Ontario, gathering data, publishing research, lobbying government and stakeholders, as well as mobilizing students on a wide variety of graduate issues.”

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