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7:00 AM


8:00 AM


Hon. Mitzie Hunter,
Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development 

8:30 AM


The Future of Youth Employment
Vasiliki (Vass) Bednar, Senior Policy Associate, Airbnb and Former Chair of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment

Examine findings from the Expert Panel on Youth Employment and some of the innovative approaches to respond to the emerging needs of marginalized youth.

9:15 – 12:00 NOON


9:15 – 10:30 AM
& 10:45 – 12:00 NOON

Forum 1: Insights for Workforce Planning

Perry Monaco
Head of Customer Success Canada, LinkedIn

Understand data and business intelligence to inform decision making around workforce planning and development.

9:15 – 10:30 AM
& 10:45 – 12:00 NOON

Forum 2: Elevate Your Leadership Agility

Randy Taylor

Performance Coach, Trainer and Author, Taylormade Leadership Media

Increase your leadership capacity to drive organizational success and thrive in complex and unpredictable environments common within the non-profit sector.

9:15 – 10:30 AM
& 10:45 – 12:00 NOON

Forum 3: Cultural Proficiency for Youth Success

Dr. ABC – Andrew B. Campbell
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Through this engagement, participants will consider the various dimensions of differences in their personal and professional community. They will examine their role as leaders and how their understanding/approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion impacts the organizational culture in which services are delivered.

9:15 – 10:30 AM
& 10:45 – 12:00 NOON

Forum 4: Forget the Bar: Reach New Heights with Performance Coaching

Lauris Apse – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Jodi Zigelstein – Enliven HR Consulting Inc.
Susan Watts – Employment + Education Centre
Jodi O’Gorman – VPI Working Solutions Inc.

Jan Dowding – ISJ Consulting and VPI Working Solutions Inc.

Recognize talent and develop its potential impact on organizational success through intentional performance coaching practices.

9:15 – 10:30 AM
& 10:45 – 12:00 NOON

Forum 5: Creating and Sustaining Effective Communities of Practice


Kirsten Cutler, Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development
Lorraine Hopkins, Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development
Charlotte Parliament – Simcoe District School Board (LBS)
Olivia Brezeanu – Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women

Jasmine M. Artis-Longhurst, Operation Springboard

Explore the concept of collaborative learning and development through models of communities of practice and their impact on fostering excellence in the sector.

9:15 – 10:30 AM
& 10:45 – 12:00 NOON

Forum 6: Optimizing Job Matching with Technology

Mark Patterson

Executive Director

Join this interactive workshop to learn about Magnet’s NEW Contextualized Labour Market Information Tools.  These tools have been designed to help Job Seekers, and Employment Services staff to explore and understand their local labour market along with the technical and interpersonal skills and experiences required to work in specific occupations.

This is your opportunity to get a sneak peek and provide feedback on how Magnet can improve these tools to support your work.

9:15 – 10:30 AM
& 10:45 – 12:00 NOON

Forum 7: Ontario 2018 – Let’s Get Ready!

Cathy Taylor

Executive Director
Ontario Nonprofit Network


Bruce MacDonald

President & CEO
Imagine Canada


Populist politics and silo thinking are dangerous and damaging to a vibrant and thriving workforce development system. However, as a sector, we can also get caught up in group-think. It’s essential to create a space to hear perspectives from a diverse cross-section of people, partners and advocates in communities.  Join Imagine Canada and Ontario Non-profit Network for this energizing forum designed to build our preparedness for Ontario 2018.

10:30 – 10:45 AM


10:45 AM – 12:00 NOON


12:00 NOON – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 1:45 PM


Industry Focused Sector Strategies

Featuring: Metcalf, MaRS, Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board, Aboriginal Health Centre, and Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development.

A panel discussion focusing on various industry sector strategies for the advancement of workforce development based on collaborative partnerships between leading businesses and employment partners.

1:50 – 2:40 PM


1:50 – 2:40 PM

Forum 8: New Approaches in Employment Service Design

Adriana Beemans – Metcalf Foundation
Nation Cheong –
United Way Greater Toronto

Fabio Crespin – United Way Greater Toronto
James D. Lapierre –
City of Toronto

We are all concerned with improving the employment ecosystem in a way that creates a talent pipeline of eager, diverse and job-ready talent with in-demand skills. Is this what our system is designed to achieve? If not, where does the current system fit?  Join this disruptive session poised to raise critical questions and simplified solutions for enhanced service delivery.

1:50 – 2:40 PM

Forum 9: InMotion/Momentum

Trish McNamara, Program Manager

KEYS Job Centre

Rod Palmer, Facilitator/Job Developer

CSE Consulting


Instead of teaching clients about the concepts of self-esteem, motivation and skill building, join these panelists to hear about modules that provide opportunities for participants to experience success, pride, respect and achievement.  Evaluations of the modules demonstrate that they are contributing to multiple positive outcomes for clients and supporting their movement towards their preferred future.

1:50 – 2:40 PM

Forum 10: ALiGN – A Promising Sector-Based Model for Engaging Priority Labour Pools in Labour Shortage Occupations

Adam Morrison

Vice President, Projects and Partnerships


Participants will learn how ALiGN is being used to support new initiatives across Canada and how OTEC is working with OCWI and Blueprint ADE to help ensure an evidence-based approach in its continued development.  This session will also highlight current and upcoming opportunities to partner on initiatives within the ALiGN network, or, access the system to enhance existing sector-based projects.

1:50 – 2:40 PM

Forum 11: Why Evaluation Matters

Tinashe Mafukidze, Senior Manager, Operations, and Innovation

YouthREX, York University


Dr. Corliss Bean, Research and Evaluation Specialist

YouthREX, York University


Learn about innovative program design and evaluation tools and support available to you from the Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX). In this session, participants will better understand why evaluation is essential in an evidence-based funding environment and how effective evaluation can help them to clearly demonstrate the impact of their programs and organizations.

1:50 – 2:40 PM

Forum 12: Real Skills Development Through Volunteering

Agazi Afewerki, Director and Co-Founder

Youth Empowering Parents

46% of low-income youth forge their mandated high-school volunteer hours. Why? While volunteering can be a great way for youth to develop job-related skills, many volunteer opportunities provide little or no chance for youth to actually develop these skills. This session will share about Youth Empowering Parents which is a United Nations Award winning youth engagement and skill-building organization, that offers volunteer opportunities on the other side of the spectrum.

2:40 – 3:00 PM


3:00 PM


Greg Orencsak
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

3:30 PM

Emerging Trends in Youth Employment

Chris Duff – Founder, Inspired Initiatives Inc.

Learn of novel concepts that are taking root as youth seek out opportunities to create success on their own terms. Consider the sector’s role and responses.

4:00 PM


Gladys Okine
Executive Director
First Work