HES-splashConference program

For the program in French, click here.

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7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Welcome desk / registration

1 p.m.


1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m

Canadian opportunity: Equality, social mobility and college educationRichard-Reeves

Featured speaker: Richard V. Reeves

Richard Reeves, the 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. to 3:15 p.m.

The future of the InternetSue_Gardner

Featured speaker: Sue Gardner

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.

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Refreshment break and exhibit hall

Location: Grand Ballroom East

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Knowledge marketplace roundtables

The small scale of these discussion groups is designed for short presentations on highly targeted subjects followed by active questions and discussion. Each roundtable lasts 30 minutes then repeats so delegates can attend two sessions.

Available session topics:

  1. Research partnerships between HEQCO and Ontario colleges.
  2. Key trends in advancement.
  3. Are you ready to retire?
  4. Effective social media in higher education.
  5. Instructional leadership – proven methods to advance teaching quality and leadership.
  6. Eight trends affecting campus space at Ontario colleges.
  7. Succession planning – how to plan for retirements of senior college staff.
  8. Visiting Never Never Land: The new frontier of collaboration.
  9. How to get great headlines.

Location: Dominion room, 2nd floor

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4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Annual general meeting

Location: City Hall room, 2nd floor

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

ORION’s Country-western networking reception 

 Location: Grand Ballroom


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7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Welcome desk / registration

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Political and economic outlook 

Featured speaker: David FrumDavid Frum_cropped

David Frum, former speechwriter for president George W. Bush, senior editor at The Atlantic, and chair of the board of trustees of the UK think tank, Policy Exchange, offers insights and takeaways about our political and economic future.


9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

The Organized Mind: The new brain science behind productivity and Daniel_Levitin_headshot_croppedsuccess

Featured speaker: Daniel J. Levitin

Messy desks. Lost keys. Inboxes filled with unanswered emails. 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.

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Organized Mind - Daniel LevitinRefreshment break and exhibit hall

Daniel J. Levitin book signing

Location: Grand Ballroom East

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent sessions

Select one of the three sessions.



Session 1 – The Organized Mind workshop Daniel_Levitin_headshot_cropped

Apply principles of The Organized Mind to begin organizing your home and work life, to take charge of your time and projects. How to make to-do items actionable, deal with lots of small tasks, avoid procrastinating, and how to prioritize.

Speaker: Daniel J. Levitin, award-winning scientist, musician and author of This is Your Brain on Music, and two other No.1 bestsellers.

Location: Civic North, 2nd floor



Session 2 – Fundamentals for having an impact on student success, retention, and completion Jim Black_photo_cropped

Every encounter with a student represents an opportunity to influence an individual’s educational goal. While there exist a multitude of approaches to influencing retention behaviour, this session focuses on how to leverage data, research, best practices and institutional culture. Three stages of retention and success frame the elements of this presentation: prevention, early intervention, and recovery.


Speaker: Jim Black, President and CEO, SEMWorks – Strategic Enrollment Management

Location: Dominion South, 2nd floor


Session 3 – Cyber risk survival Nishisato-Ira_photo_resized

Who might attack? What are they after? What risks must we mitigate? The landscape of cyber risk will be explored and a framework for the management of this risk will be delivered.


Location: City Hall room, 2nd floor

Presenters: Ira Nishisaro, Partner and National Leader,
Cybersecurity and Cyber-Risk Management, Borden Ladner Gervais

Nick Galletto, Partner, Americas Cyber Risk Leader, Deloitte


Noon to 1:15 p.m.


Presentation of the Minister’s Lifetime Achievement Award

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Keynote address – Visible and invisible barriers to success: Accessibility Rick_Hansen_headshot1_croppedand inclusion for a better world

Featured speaker: Rick Hansen, Canadian Paralympian and a philanthropist

Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Man in Motion by Rick Hansen - coverRefreshment break and exhibit hall 

Rick Hansen book signing

Location: Grand Ballroom East

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Concurrent sessions

Select one of the three sessions.


Session 4 – Tell Me a Story Terry OReilly colour_cropped

The organization with the most compelling stories wins. Learn what storytelling can accomplish when you have a limited marketing budget. Stories can attract students, they can attract funding, they can attract press attention, and above all, stories can differentiate your organization from all others.

Speaker: Terry O’Reilly, Canadian advertising veteran and host of the Age of Persuasion on CBC Radio.

Book draw: The Age of Persuasion: How Marketing Ate Our Culture

Location: Dominion South, 2nd floor


Session 5 Transforming education John Baker_photo_cropped

The world is changing. We face serious challenges on many fronts. If we believe education has a role in answering these challenges, then we must have the courage to transform education to meet the needs of the future. Technology can help create an inclusive and personal learning experience for all – which means engaged students, higher graduation rates, and greater opportunity for millions.

Speaker: John Baker, President and CEO, Desire2Learn

Location: Civic, 2nd floor


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5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Nominees reception

This is a private reception for Premier’s Awards nominees, college presidents and board chairs, ministers, deputy ministers and diamond and platinum sponsors of the event.

Location: Dominion North, 2nd floor

5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Gala reception – open to all

Location: Grand Ballroom foyer

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

2015 Premier’s Awards presentationJames_Cunningham_SK1_web

Comedian James Cunningham, the host of the TV show, Eat St., returns as MC for the gala celebration

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Post-gala reception (cash bar)

Location: Grand Ballroom foyer

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