Education and Labour Market Ministers to Host Skills Symposium

CHARLOTTETOWN, May 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Provincial and territorial education and labour market ministers will be hosting a major pan-Canadian symposium on skills this summer, July 9-10, 2014, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The symposium was requested by premiers at the July 2013 meeting of the Council of the Federation (COF) as part of their commitment to ensure that all Canadians have the skills and training they need to compete in the global economy.

Skills for the Future will bring together government, business, labour, academic leaders, and student groups to consider innovative promising practices being put in place in Canada and other countries to address the skills and training challenges of the 21st century.

The invitation-only event will include presentations from Canadian and international experts as well as a variety of interactive panels to facilitate dialogue among participants. Keynote addresses will be given by:

  • Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD's Secretary-General; and
  • Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategy Associates.

Skills for the Future will provide a unique opportunity for stakeholders to discuss current and emerging issues and to identify opportunities for increased collaboration across sectors.

SOURCE: Council of Ministers of Education, Canada

For further information: Colin Bailey, Director, Communications, Council of Minister of Education, Canada (CMEC), Tel.: 416-962-8100, ext. 259, E-mail:, Twitter: @CCMEC; Mary Hunter, Director, Forum of Labour Market Ministers Secretariat, Tel.: 902-620-3940, E-mail:


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