Futureproofing rural, remote, and northern communities forum (B/SI)

April 22, 2023 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location: 520 DEF

Join your international and Canadian colleagues and stakeholders for an evening welcome reception, followed by a full day of engaging discussion around the unique approaches and opportunities within rural, remote and Northern institutions.

Topic areas to be discussed may include

  • Transportation, infrastructure, broadband internet
  • Climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), net-zero
  • Attracting talent, immigration, outmigration
  • Wage gap, employment gap, inflation, recession

Who Should Attend

Leaders, researchers and representatives from colleges, institutes, universities, municipalities, economic development agencies, indigenous organizations, industry, government and community organizations

Time Session(s)
8:30am – 9:30am Introduction

Opening Keynote (SI)
Ashleigh Weeden
PhD, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

9:30 – 10:30 Concurrent Session #1 Recruitment and Retention (SI)

  • Paul Vogt, President & CEO, College of the Rockies (Moderator)
  • Brad Mahon, President, Great Plains College : Rural and Relevant: Regional Opportunities for Remote Institutions
  • Dave Shorey, Executive Director, Georgian College : The four-legged stool: Building educational infrastructure in rural Ontario
  • Scott Clerk, A/Vice-President, Northern Lights College : Leveraging International and Indigenous Education partnerships to revitalize Smaller Campuses
Concurrent Session #2 Sustainability

  • Maggie Mattear, President & CEO, Selkirk College (Moderator)
  • Denise DiGiosia, Senior Advisor Mi’kmaw Indigenous Initiatives Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, Nova Scotia Community College
  • Mark Herringer, Executive Director, & Kelly Shopland, Executive Director, Office of Indigenous Education North Island College : Rural College Internationalization on the West Coast: Building an Indigenizing Process
  • Brenda Slomka, Program Manager, Algonquin College : The Mamiwi Maadaadizi project: Algonquin Starts a Journey
10:30 – 10:45 Break and Movement Time
10:45 – 11:45 Concurrent Session #3 Socio-Economic (SI)

  • Dennis Johnson, President & CEO, College of New Caledonia (Moderator)
  • Audrey Penner, President, Northern Lights College: Defining our Ideal College- Northern College’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Journey
  • Daniel Amoako Antwi, Executive Director, Africa Skills Hub
Concurrent Session #4 Accessibility

Northern Colleges Unique Perspectives

  • Karsten Henrikson, President & CEO, Northlands College (Moderator)
  • Rebecca Mearns, President, Nunavut Arctic College
  • Glenda Vardy-Dell, President, Aurora College
  • Shelagh Rowles, Vice-President, Yukon University
11:45 – 12:45 Concurrent Session #5 Recruitment and Retention (SI)

Building Partnerships for Diversifying the International Student Body and Improving Employability

  • Amy Yeager, President & CEO, Carlton Trail College (Moderator)
  • Hyeyoung Kang, Manager, Coast Mountain College
  • Carlos Cantu, Manager, LanguageCert
Concurrent Session #6 Socio-Economic

Cultivating Innovation and Collaboration – The Unique Approach of Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean Region Colleges

  • François Provost, Directeur
    Service de la formation continue, CEGEP Rivière-du-Loup (Moderator)
  • AndrĂ© Gobeil, Director General, CĂ©gep de Chicoutimi
  • Nadine Arbour, Coordinator, ÉCOBES, CĂ©gep de Jonquière

12:45 – 13:45

10:45 – 11:45 Concurrent Session #7 Accessibility (SI)

Small Colleges Thinking Big – The Success of Francophone Colleges in Minority Settings
De petits collèges qui voient grand – La réussite de collèges francophones en contexte minoritaire

  • Emilie Champagne, Centre Director, CCA, Campus Saint-Jean – Centre collĂ©gial de l’Alberta (CCA) (Moderator)
  • Patrick Arseneault, Director General, Collège nordique francophone
  • Francis Kasongo, President & CEO, Collège Mathieu
  • Marc Despatie, Directeur, Communications et relations gouvernementales, Collège BorĂ©al
Concurrent Session #8 Sustainability

Greening the Trades: A Workforce Ready for the 21st Century

  • Rebecca Jamieson, President & CEO, Six Nations Polytechnic (Moderator)
  • Matthew Beck, Program Chair, Vancouver Island University : HVAC/R Trades –A Career Path to Equality and Sustainability
  • Jennifer Mosley, Program Manager, Sault College : Building Using an Integrated Approach – and how sharing this approach nationwide with instructors will help prepare Canada’s construction labour force
  • Sam Whitehawk, Associate Dean, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies : We can’t afford to NOT build Green (or better) Homes
14:45 – 15:00 Break and Movement Time
15:00 – 16:00 Roundtable Discussion (SI)
Futureproofing higher education in rural and remote communities with digital training and microcredentials (SI)

  • Stefano Tirati, Vice-President, EfVET, Europe
  • Matthew Dale, Founder, EDUCONOMY, Australia
  • Denise Amyot, President & CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada
  • David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, UK (Moderator)
16:00 to 16:30 Closing (SI)