Funding Our Future: Keeping Universities Public

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Funding Our Future: Keeping Universities Public

Ontario universities have the lowest per-student funding the country. The effects of this can be felt across the sector. It doesn’t have to be this way.Publicly funded universities are vital to the economic, social, and political wellbeing of our province. Why is it important to keep our universities public? How do we ensure they continue to play this role?



November 30, 2023 5:00P.M – Dinner, Keynote and Evening Reception

December 1, 2023 – Conference



Royal Sonesta Toronto Yorkville, 220 Bloor St. W. ,

Toronto, ON M5S 1T8


Fee information:

Early bird fee (before Sept. 29): $200

Regular registration: $325

Contract Faculty and Student rate: $150


Confirmed speakers:

Kike Roach, former Unifor Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Toronto Metropolitan University

Randy Robinson and Ryan Romard, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Sarom Rho, Migrant Students United/Migrant Workers Alliance for Change

Orvie Dingwall, President, University of Manitoba Faculty Association

Max Blouw, President, Research Universities Council of BC

Tyler Meredith, Federal Policy Advisor

Marianna Valverde, Professor, University of Toronto

Natalya Brown, President, Nipissing University Faculty Association

Sheila Embleton, Interim President, Laurentian University

Herb Kunze, President, University of Guelph Faculty Association

Mitra Yakubi, Women’s Representative and former Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students, Ontario

Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star, and Visiting Fellow University of Toronto and Toronto Metropolitan University



Participants requiring hotel accommodations are advised to register before Oct 30, 2023 to take advantage of the special room rate $309.00/night + Tax for the night of November 30, 2023. We cannot guarantee you a hotel room if you book after Oct 30, 2023.

An administration fee of $50.00 will be charged for those cancelling up to a week before the conference. Those cancelling during the last week before the conference will be charged the full registration fee.