CSPC2016 - Developing Canada’s Innovation Talent: How New Directions in STEM Education Can Position Canada for Success


Conference Panel


November 08, 2016


Shaw Centre Room 212. 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 9J2

Joint panel organized by:
Andrew Parkin
Let's Talk Science; Bonnie Schmidt
Science & Policy Exchange; Shawn McGuirk and Liam Crapper
Information and Communications Technology Council; Sean O'Leary

Placing Canada at the centre of global innovation can only be achieved through the development of talent. This talent must come from both a new generation of young innovators, and from the ongoing training of those already in the workforce. While Canada’s diverse systems of education and training have successfully positioned the country as a world leader in knowledge and skills at the start of the 21st century, we face the challenge of ensuring that this advantage is maintained, not only in the near future but also in decades to come. This may require new directions at every level of STEM education, including elementary and secondary education, postsecondary education, and adult learning and skills development. This panel will explore the question of what these new directions should be, drawing on the perspectives of students, educators, policy makers and employers. It will be informed by knowledge mobilization initiatives recently completed by three organizations. Let’s Talk Science reviewed and consolidated recommendations for new directions in STEM education from experts from around the world in order to identify the core elements of a framework for innovative STEM learning. The Science & Policy Exchange engaged university students and experts in a dialogue on the current state of STEM education in Canada, whose proceedings were compiled in a report which identifies several shortfalls in higher education. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) launched a digital talent strategy highlighting Canada’s digital landscape and labour market needs and providing recommendations to build Canada’s digital talent base in an increasingly global and digital landscape. The panelists will consider the recommendations stemming from all three initiatives and consider the changes that should be made in STEM education and skills training to ensure that Canada continues to have the talent needed to successfully deliver on the promise of a new innovation agenda.

For more information about CSPC 2016, visit http://cspc2016.ca/

Bonnie Schmidt:

(Moderator) Founder and President, Let’s Talk Science

Namir Anani:

President and CEO, Information and Communications Technology Council

Marie-Pierre Cossette:

PhD student at Concordia University and Chair of the Intersectorial Student Committee of the FRQ (Fonds de Recherche du Québec)

Liam Crapper:

PhD Student at McGill University and Director of Science & Policy Exchange

Rebecca Kapogiannis:

Talent Acquisition, Engagement & Diversity Leader, 3M Canada

Andrew Parkin:

Independent Public Policy Consultant


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