JULY 9, 2014 – WELCOME
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Ballroom Foyer
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Ballroom Foyer
Welcome reception hosted by Prince Edward Island
6:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Pope/Palmer Ballroom
Welcome from the Hon. Allen Roach, Co-Chair of FLMM, and the Hon. Jeff Johnson, Chair of CMEC
6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Pope/Palmer Ballroom
Keynote speaker:
Alex Usher, President, Higher Education Strategy Associates 
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Pope/Palmer Ballroom
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Pope/Palmer Ballroom
Keynote speaker:
Andreas Schleicher, Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, OECD 
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Ballroom Foyer
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent sessions on promising practices

Tupper/Tilley Rooms
Panel A: Employer Roles and Needs
This session explores perspectives on skills requirements for the 21st century and examines innovative ways that employers address the skills challenges of the future.
(presented in English)

Don Drummond, Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
Josh Hjartarson, Vice President, Policy & Government Relations, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Laurie Rancourt, President and CEO, Northern Lights College

Cartier/Langevin Rooms
Panel B: Lifelong Learning – Exploring Different Learning Pathways
This session explores education and learning pathways and examples of various models that have proven most effective at fostering lifelong learning. Examples of strategies and models include technology-based education and skills upgrading to strengthen the Canadian economy.
(presented in English and French)

Kelly Betts, President, Skills Canada BC, and Coordinator, South Island Partnership
Dr. Glenn Feltham, President and CEO, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Normand Pelletier, Assistant Deputy Minister for curriculum development and student support, ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, Government of Quebec

Campbell/Archibald Rooms
Panel C: Approaches to Experiential and Entrepreneurial Learning
This session explores traditional, experiential, and entrepreneurial learning and examines how business can collaborate to integrate innovative learning into the workplace.
(presented in English and French)

Nathaniel Bagnell, Co-founder, Physicalytics
Line Doiron, Executive Director, New Brunswick Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs)
Ron Keefe, CEO, BioVectra Inc.
Baljit Singh, Professor and Associate Dean, Research, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, and Special Advisor to the Provost on Experiential Learning, University of Saskatchewan
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Pope/Palmer Ballroom
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent sessions on promising practices
Cartier/Langevin Rooms
Panel D: Jurisdictional Approaches to Educational Alignment with Labour Market Needs
This session provides examples of policies and programs designed to improve the alignment and coordination between education, training, and labour-market needs. It will consider Canadian and international approaches, providing a range of experience from which to learn.
(presented in English and French)

The Hon. Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount; Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training; and Minister Responsible for Labour, Government of British Columbia
Annette Comeau, CEO, LearnSphere Canada Inc
Carolyn Peckham, Coordinator, RISE Partnership, Wisconsin
Jean-Luc Trahan, Chair, Commission des partenaires du marché du travail [council of labour-market partners], Government of Quebec
Campbell/Archibald Rooms
Panel E: Innovative Practices in Building Partnerships That Link Business and Training
This session explores the importance of developing partnerships between government, employers, and educational institutions to create skills-training systems that are responsive to local labour-market needs. Using national and international examples, the session will examine what happens when bridges are built across sectors.
(presented in English)

Michael Davis, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
Glenn Durnford, Field Service Advisor, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)
Peter Sutherland, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada-India Business Council
Tilley/Tupper Rooms
Panel F: Successes and Challenges in Essential Skills Training
Essential skills are the foundation of work, learning, and life and correlate with positive economic and social outcomes, including higher levels of employment, higher wages, and better health. This session explores the integration of essential skills, from early childhood to the workplace, and its associated successes and challenges.
(presented in English and French)

Paul Bélanger, Professor, Faculty of Education Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Lawrence Daniels, Chief Executive Officer, FireSpirit Inc.
Sandi Howell, Director of Essential Skills (ES) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Industry, Training and Employment Services, Department of Jobs and the Economy, Government of Manitoba
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Ballroom Foyer
3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Pope/Palmer Ballroom
Closing remarks

(Simultaneous interpretation will be provided throughout.)