Media Advisory - Humber hosts Polytechnics Canada Annual Conference

TORONTO, May 5, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada's polytechnic institutions are expediting solutions to the country's talent and innovation challenges by connecting postsecondary learners with employers in all sectors, and of all sizes. As the skills shortage dialogue shifts to a focus on work-integrated learning, polytechnic education enables collaboration between students and employers that is disrupting the traditional learn first, work second model – in a highly positive way.

This year's Polytechnics Canada conference is themed Learning that Works, and sets out to connect our members with thought leaders, industry partners and government officials and to seek new ways of linking polytechnic talent with the national innovation agenda.


Polytechnics Canada Annual Conference


Thursday, May 12 - Friday May 13, 2016.


Humber College, North Campus

Photo/Interview Opp:             

Chris Whitaker, President, Humber College

Nobina Robinson, CEO, Polytechnics Canada

Students from polytechnic institutions

Speakers and panelists (please see below)

For the full agenda and conference information visit Conference highlights include:

Thursday, May 12, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Lecture Theatre (E135)
Michael Horn, Co-Founder & Distinguished Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Learning
Keynote address on developing student-centred education systems through disruptive innovation and online, blended and competency-based learning.

Thursday, May 12, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Learning Resource Commons (first floor)
Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science. Remarks from the federal government on innovation, entrepreneurship and the governments support for post-secondary education.
Entrepreneur Showcase – featuring innovative products and services development by polytechnic students, demonstrating how polytechnic institutions support student entrepreneurial activity through on and off campus incubators and accelerators to foster these creative minds.

Friday, May 13, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Lecture Theatre (E135)
Jeff Selingo, Professor, Arizona State University and Washington Post Columnist
Keynote based on his book, "There Is Life After College." Selingo helps higher-education leaders imagine the college and university of the future and how to succeed in a fast-changing economy.

Friday May 13, 10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m., Lecture Theatre (E135)
Resilient and Resourceful Workers – Interactive discussion of the benefits and success of work-integrated learning and the ways polytechnics and industry partner for the mutual benefit of students, industry and education. Panel duos feature employer representatives with Humber student/graduate.
- CISCO: Dr. Rick Huijbregts, Digital Transformation with Michael Nyhuis, Computer and Network Support Technician program
- CBC: Marcia Young, CBC Radio host with Eric Wickham, Postgraduate Journalism program
- Magna: Steve Henry, Global Manager Tool & Die Apprenticeship Program with Calvin Kimura, Electromechanical Engineering Technology - Automation and Robotics program graduate

Friday May 13, 12:30pm, Learning Resource Commons 1st Floor
Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada
Keynote address/Q&A about the federal government's priorities for skills and talent development.

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada's leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,200 full-time students and 23,000 part time and continuing education students. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 160 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit

About Polytechnics Canada
Polytechnics Canada is the voice of leading research-intensive, publicly-funded colleges and institutes of technology. Our members are dedicated to helping industry create jobs for tomorrow through the innovation and talent of their students and graduates. Last year, Polytechnics Canada's member institutions provided the education and technical training to approximately 333,000 students and apprentices in over 2000 credit programs.

Located in Canada's key economic regions, the 11 members of Polytechnics Canada are: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Red River College, Conestoga, Sheridan, Humber, George Brown, Seneca, and Algonquin College.

SOURCE Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

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For further information: and to arrange interviews, please contact: Andrew Leopold, Director of Communications, 416-675-6622 ext. 4296, 416.518.8989,


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