Political staff learn from the experience and insight of seasoned professionals with Seneca College Symposium this weekend

Guest lecturers represent different perspectives and political points of view

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Seneca College will offer the first training symposium for political staff in Ontario beginning this weekend.

Guest lecturers from different political parties and career backgrounds will gather to pass on multi-partisan experience and insight to the next generation of political staff at a training symposium to be held at Seneca College on November 5, 6, 12 and 13.

"This program will provide participants with pragmatic, post-secondary training tailored to enhance political staff performance," said Hershell Ezrin, former Principal Secretary to the Premier and Chief of Staff to a Leader of the Opposition. "With views and insights based on years of experience from guest lecturers representing every political perspective as well as key functions in the parliamentary system, participants will walk away with dynamic information to establish themselves as the best political staffers possible."

Guest lecturers will include:

Gerry Caplan, Former campaign director, political strategist and analyst
Hershell Ezrin, Former principal secretary to the premier and chief of staff to a leader of the     opposition David Lindsay, Deputy minister at Ministry of Energy and former principal secretary & chief of   staff to the Premier of Ontario
Lynn Morrison, Integrity commissioner
Steve Paikin, The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Jack Siegel, Blaney McMurtry LLP, legal counsel on issues relating to election law
George Smitherman, Former deputy premier
David Tsubouchi, Partner - Fogler Rubinoff LLP, former Ontario cabinet minister

"Seneca College brings together industry leaders to share their knowledge and experience with students," said Seneca College President David Agnew. "This symposium is an example of providing a targeted, profession-specific symposium led by key influencers whose insight can help guide political staff as they embark on a new chapter in their careers."

Spread over two weekends at the Newnham Campus (1750 Finch Avenue East), the symposium will cover topics, including:

  • The working environment for political staff
  • Needs and expectations of the elected official
  • Function and roles of legislative and political staff
  • Office/Constituency Office management
  • Responsibilities within an ethical and legal context
  • Reputation management

Register for the free pilot symposium here or call 416-491-5050 ext. 2529.

With 10 campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas and graduate certificates renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca graduates are career-ready.

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