Media Advisory - Experts on economy to explore role of colleges in difficult times



    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Some of Canada's leading experts on the economy
will be part of a town hall forum at the Colleges Ontario 2009 Conference in
Toronto that addresses the challenges ahead for educating and training the
province's workforce.
    The economic forum features Canadian Auto Workers economist Jim Stanford,
Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Paul Jenkins, Canadian Manufacturers &
Exporters president Jayson Myers and Workopolis president Patrick Sullivan.
    The conference will also feature a keynote address from Michael "Pinball"
Clemons, the CEO of the Toronto Argonauts, who will speak about achieving
success, and Dr. Gail Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College in New
York City, who will discuss the impact colleges are having in the United
States.
    The theme of the conference this year is "Knowledge is Power." More than
400 people are registered for the colleges' annual event, which includes
awards ceremonies honouring outstanding college students, graduates and
faculty.

    
    The conference highlights include:

    Sunday, Feb. 22

    1:00 p.m. - Keynote Address by Dr. Gail Mellow, president of
    LaGuardia Community College: "Minding the Dream: Value of the College."

    1:45 p.m. - Political Town Hall: consultants Richard Mahoney (Liberal),
    Graham Murray (NDP) and Paul Rhodes (PC) discuss the political landscape
    at Queen's Park and its implications for colleges.

    3:00 p.m. - The Virtual Campus: An exploration of key trends happening in
    the fascinating world of the virtual campus.

    Monday, Feb. 23

    8:30 a.m. - Town Hall on the Economy: Paul Jenkins, senior deputy
    governor, Bank of Canada; Jayson Myers, president, Canadian Manufacturers
    & Exporters; Jim Stanford, economist, Canadian Auto Workers; and
    Patrick Sullivan, president, Workopolis.com

    12:30 p.m. - 2009 Colleges Ontario Awards. Hydro One president
    Laura Formusa will be among the recipients receiving awards this year for
    contributions to college education and training.

    2:00 p.m. - Michael "Pinball" Clemons, CEO of the Toronto Argonauts, will
    speak on the power of teamwork and positive thinking.

    6:30 p.m. - Premier's Awards for outstanding college graduates. The
    awards honour six college graduates for their outstanding career
    achievements. The awards will be emceed by Erin Davis of 98.1 CHFI and
    will feature a performance by Humber student and international
    award-winning saxophonist Eli Bennett.

    Location:       Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre
                    1 Harbour Square
                    Toronto

    Dates:          Feb. 22 and 23, 2009
    





For further information:

For further information: Sally Ritchie, Senior Communications Officer,
Colleges Ontario, (416) 596-0744, ext. 242


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