Private: OCUFA Policy Exchange 2017: Developing a compelling policy vision for Ontario universities

May 11-12, 2017

Join us at the OCUFA Policy Exchange 2017 to set the groundwork for the policy platform that OCUFA will present to the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

During this interactive conference on May 11 and 12, participants will identify the policy issues and priorities that are most important to the 17,000 university faculty and academic librarians that OCUFA represents. Attendees will deliberate and work together to draft a set of policy recommendations focused around three timely and highly relevant themes:

  1. The future of provincial funding for universities
  2. Precarious academic employment and the evolving role of contract faculty
  3. Reshaping university governance and accountability

To guide their deliberations, participants will hear from a range of experts and stakeholders during panel discussions. Attendees will then be guided through a series of facilitated deliberation sessions to generate the policy priorities and recommendations that will inform OCUFA’s platform.



A detailed agenda will be uploaded shortly, once all speakers are confirmed.

Thursday, May 11

Perspectives Panels

Throughout the first day of the conference, participants will hear from a number of speakers on four Perspectives Panels. The first will be a discussion identifying the policy priorities of different stakeholder groups in higher education, including faculty, sessional lecturers, and students. Each of the remaining Perspectives Panels will narrow the focus to one of the three main policy themes.


Two deliberative sessions will invite conference participants to discuss and identify the policy issues and priorities they believe OCUFA should focus on.

Lunchtime Panel Discussion: Broad Trends in Higher Education Policy

Over lunch, the conference host will lead a conversation with speakers who will help to place the conference themes in a broader policy context.

Dialogue Dinner

Over dinner, the host will moderate an engaging discussion with guest speakers about higher education in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission era.


Friday, May 12

Early Morning Conversation

The second day of the conference will begin with an armchair conversation bringing in perspectives and trends in higher education from outside the province.

Deliberation: Concurrent Working Groups

Most of the second day of the conference will be spent in concurrent working groups. Participants will choose the policy priorities they wish to focus on, and will work in small groups to agree upon and draft recommendations.

Lunchtime Conversation: The Ministry Perspective

Over lunch, participants will hear from a speaker familiar with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, discussing the Ministry’s own priorities for higher education.



For questions about registering, please contact Mark Rosenfeld at .