International Forum – Day 1 (E/SI)

April 26, 2021 | 10:00 - 12:00

Track: Extracurricular Activity

Canada’s Global Skills Opportunity: Re-imagining international mobility in a digital age

This session will be divided into two parts:

Part 1 (10:00am – 11:00am)
Expert Panel Discussion – Canada’s Global Skills Opportunity: Re-imagining international mobility in a digital age
In a world transformed by COVID-19, the importance of global skills and competencies to the success of Canada’s economic outlook and future prosperity has never been greater. Intentionally supporting the development of these skills among Canadian youth, especially for those facing barriers to participation, while also drawing on experience and talent from around the world will be essential to Canada’s recovery strategy.

Moderated by His Excellency the Right Hon. David Johnston, this expert panel will involve members of College and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Advisory Group will discuss the importance of digital literacy, it’s impact on re-defining international mobility, and how international mobility and education can address labor market and skills challenges facing Canadian youth and new Canadians alike.

Mr. John Baker, President & CEO, D2L
Ms. Zabeen Hirji, Executive Advisor, Future of Work, Deloitte
Mr. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce

Part 2 (11:00am – noon)
Risk Management Tools and Resources for Outbound Student Mobility Programming
Join this presentation to hear about Humber College’s risk management project implemented in consortium with Nova Scotia Community College, and International Insurance. This Innovation Fund project focused on the development of risk management tools and resources to expand the education abroad capabilities of CICan’s members. The project involved conducting Canada’s first baseline study of risk management practices for education abroad, informed by a sample group of seventeen CICan member institutions.

Results of this research will be used to inform the development of an evidence-based risk management toolkit, covering such topics as self-assessment checklist plus a “foundations for excellence” exemplars for pre-departure training, liability waivers, assessing and mitigating risk, strengthening governance and policy, emergency and crisis response, and system integration for education abroad. The project laid the foundations to expand partnership activity more broadly as the results of this research study and Risk Management Toolkit which will eventually be shared with all CICan members. Workshop participants will receive highlights from the research consultation, share perspectives from their own institution, and help vision what risk management tools and resources would benefit the sector.

Katie Orr, Director, International – Nova Scotia Community College
Rebecca Fitzgerald, Associate Director, International Mobility and Strategic Partnerships – Humber College
Kellie McMullin, Manager, International Learning (Outbound) NSCC International – Nova Scotia Community College
Tony Rogge, Director, Sales Operations (Canada) – International Insurance.

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