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Tuesday, November 8 • 15:30 - 17:30
Developing Canada’s Innovation Talent: How New Directions in STEM Education Can Position Canada for Success / Développement des talents d'innovation au Canada : comment les nouvelles orientations de l'éducation STEM peuvent garantir la réussite du Canad

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Joint panel organized by:
Andrew Parkin
Let's Talk Science; Bonnie Schmidt
Science & Policy Exchange; Shawn McGuirk and Liam Crapper
Information and Communications Technology Council; Sean O'Leary

Placing Canada at the centre of global innovation can only be achieved through the development of talent. This talent must come from both a new generation of young innovators, and from the ongoing training of those already in the workforce. While Canada’s diverse systems of education and training have successfully positioned the country as a world leader in knowledge and skills at the start of the 21st century, we face the challenge of ensuring that this advantage is maintained, not only in the near future but also in decades to come. This may require new directions at every level of STEM education, including elementary and secondary education, postsecondary education, and adult learning and skills development. This panel will explore the question of what these new directions should be, drawing on the perspectives of students, educators, policy makers and employers. It will be informed by knowledge mobilization initiatives recently completed by three organizations. Let’s Talk Science reviewed and consolidated recommendations for new directions in STEM education from experts from around the world in order to identify the core elements of a framework for innovative STEM learning. The Science & Policy Exchange engaged university students and experts in a dialogue on the current state of STEM education in Canada, whose proceedings were compiled in a report which identifies several shortfalls in higher education. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) launched a digital talent strategy highlighting Canada’s digital landscape and labour market needs and providing recommendations to build Canada’s digital talent base in an increasingly global and digital landscape. The panelists will consider the recommendations stemming from all three initiatives and consider the changes that should be made in STEM education and skills training to ensure that Canada continues to have the talent needed to successfully deliver on the promise of a new innovation agenda.

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Bonnie Schmidt

Founder and President, Let’s Talk Science
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, a national charitable organization that helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship role by supporting their learning through science, technology, engineering... Read More →

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Namir Anani

President and CEO, Information and Communications Technology Council
Namir Anani is the chief strategist and driving force in bringing ICTC’s world-class centre of expertise and services to industry, education and government; enabling Canada’s advancement as a leader in innovation, productivity in the global economy. Before joining ICTC, Namir... Read More →
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Marie-Pierre Cossette

PhD student, Concordia University
Marie-Pierre Cossette is a PhD student in psychology at Concordia University. She specializes in neuroscience and has focused her research on the neural circuitry that underlies reward response. She explores cell body activation in the ventral tegmental area and dopamine release in... Read More →
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Liam Crapper

PhD candidate, McGill University
Liam Crapper is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at McGill University, and received his BSc in Molecular Biology & Genetics from the University of Guelph. As director and former president of the Science and Policy Exchange, and host of the host of the On Your Mind Neuroscience Podcast... Read More →
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Rebecca Kapogiannis

Talent Acquisition, Engagement & Diversity Leader, 3M Canada
As 3M Canada’s Talent Acquisition, Engagement & Diversity Leader, Rebecca is responsible for leading and executing 3M Canada’s recruitment strategy, employee engagement activities, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives across the organization. Prior to her human resources... Read More →
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Andrew Parkin

Independent Public Policy Consultant
Dr. Andrew Parkin is an independent public policy consultant and one of Canada’s leading experts on the Canadian political community and on the structure and performance of Canada’s education systems.   Dr. Parkin has held a variety of senior positions including Director General... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 15:30 - 17:30 EST
Room 212