Rick Hansen, David Frum, Daniel J. Levitin, Sue Gardner and Richard V. Reeves headlining 2015 Higher Education Summit

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - About 800 delegates from across Ontario will be attending the 2015 Higher Education Summit and Premier's Awards gala. The two-day conference runs Nov. 15 and 16 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

The keynote speaker this year is Paralympian and philanthropist Rick Hansen, who will talk about visible and invisible barriers to success.

Other featured speakers at this year's conference are political commentator David Frum, social media expert Sue Gardner, author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin, and economic inequality expert Richard V. Reeves.

Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Reza Moridi will lead the presentation on Monday evening of the Premier's Awards for outstanding college graduates. There are 116 graduates from all 24 colleges nominated for this year's awards.

The Higher Education Summit, run by Colleges Ontario, is one of Canada's premier conferences on post-secondary education. The conference is open to the media. All sessions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel at 123 Queen Street West.

Key times:

Sunday, Nov. 15

1:15 p.m. –  Richard V. Reeves, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will discuss inequality in Canada and the role that higher education can play in promoting – or inhibiting – mobility and opportunity.

2:15 p.m.Sue Gardner, the former executive director of the foundation that runs Wikipedia, will discuss the future of the web. She will look at how the currently free content on the web is affecting education, journalism, free speech and democracy.

3:45 p.m.  – Knowledge marketplace roundtables will be taking place on the following topics: research partnerships, trends in advancement, retirement, using social media for higher education, instructional leadership, trends affecting campus space, succession planning, collaboration and how to get great headlines.

Monday, Nov. 16

8:30 a.m.David Frum, the former White House insider and senior editor at The Atlantic, will offer insights about politics and the economy.

9:30 a.m. – Author and scientist Daniel J. Levitin shows how people can use the brain's natural operations and adaptability to create a more satisfying and successful life.

10:45 a.m.Jim Black, president and CEO of SEMWorks, will cover how to leverage data, research, best practices and institutional culture to help more students complete their post-secondary education.

10:45 a.m. – Cyber risk survival experts Ira Nishisaro (Borden Ladner Gervais) and Nick Galetto (Deloitte) will provide tips on spotting who might attack, what they might be after and how to mitigate the risks.

12:00 p.m. – Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Reza Moridi presents the Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award to a distinguished leader from Ontario's college sector.

1:15 p.m.Rick Hansen, Canadian Paralympian and a philanthropist, will deliver his keynote address on accessibility and inclusion for a better world.

3:00 p.m. - Advertising veteran and radio host Terry O'Reilly will outline what storytelling can accomplish with a limited marketing budget.

3:00 p.m. - John Baker, the president and CEO of D2L, will discuss how technology can help create an inclusive and personal learning experience for all.

6:15 p.m. – The Premier's Awards gala for outstanding college graduates. Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Reza Moridi will present the awards to recipients in six categories.


Nov. 15 and 16, 2015


Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West

The full agenda for the Higher Education Summit is available at: http://highereducationsummit.ca/program/conference/

Colleges Ontario is the Toronto-based advocacy organization for the province's 24 colleges. All sessions at the Higher Education Summit are open to the media. Media attending the conference must show accreditation at the registration desk on the convention floor.

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SOURCE Colleges Ontario

For further information: Amy Dickson, Manager, Media Relations and Communications, Colleges Ontario, 647-258-7686, dickson@collegesontario.org


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