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

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Paul Davidson

Paul Davidson has played leadership roles in government, the private sector and the voluntary sector for more than 25 years. He joined AUCC in May 2009 as president and CEO.

As president of AUCC, Mr. Davidson is building strong partnerships with business, postsecondary education and community leaders to advance a vision of higher education that promotes opportunity and excellence for Canadians. The university sector has also seen substantial and exceptional investments in university research funding, increased resources for campus internationalization and a heightened awareness of the need to improve Aboriginal Canadians’ access to postsecondary education. Mr. Davidson has been named both a top lobbyist in Ottawa and a top foreign policy influencer.

Prior to joining AUCC, Mr. Davidson was executive director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC). He also held senior positions in the Canadian book publishing sector, including five years as executive director of the Association of Canadian Publishers. In the early 1990s, Mr. Davidson 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.

He holds an MA from Queen’s University, where he studied southern African history and a BA from Trent University, where he was part of the first graduating class of the Trent International Program.

Mr. Davidson is married to Elly Vandenberg and they have three teenaged sons.

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