September 2014

Smart skills for a smarter Canada

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

What kinds of skills do young Canadians need to get a job – and build satisfying and productive careers?

It’s one of the most hotly-debated issues in Canada today. Join Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, as he looks at the evidence on Canada’s future education and labour market needs, drawn from reputable and reliable sources. Mr. Davidson will take you behind the scenes to university campuses today, and describe how universities are preparing young people for innovative and collaborative workplaces. He’ll talk about programs that provide students with the ability to think critically and work collaboratively. He’ll illustrate how universities provide workforce experience, entrepreneurial skills, and leadership training. And he’ll talk about what more Canada needs to do to produce university, college and trades graduates that meet today’s labour market needs, and position our country for a globally competitive future.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Smart skills for a smarter Canada

Paul Davidson

Universities Canada

Paul Davidson

Paul Davidson has played leadership roles in government, the private sector and the voluntary sector for over 25 years. He joined Universities Canada in May 2009 as President and CEO, where he has led a process of organizational renewal and greater member engagement. In addition to increases in research funding, Mr. Davidson has achieved increased resources for campus internationalization and increased attention to issues of access and success for aboriginal students. Prior to joining Universities Canada, Mr. Davidson was the executive director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC). Mr. Davidson has also held senior positions in Canadian book publishing and in the early 1990s, he led the Toronto office of a prominent government relations firm after having served as a political advisor to Ontario’s Leader of the Opposition, Treasurer and Deputy Premier.

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