Education Summit

Summit on Public Education

On November 28 and 29, 2012, we hosted the initial Summit on the Future of Education in Canada with leaders from the education, government and business communities. The purpose was to discuss the world today’s students will inherit and what skills and abilities they will need to succeed.

The Summit provided an opportunity to engage in high-level discussions with goals to: Presenters included Ontario's Premier, Ontario's Prime Minister of Education, Don Tapscott, Mr. John Manley and others.
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Participants included:
Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Waterloo
The Honourable Kevin Lynch, Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group
Dr. John Malloy, Director of Education, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Gerald McCaughey, President and CEO, CIBC
Donna Quan, Director, Toronto District School Board
Bruce Rodrigues, Director of Education, Toronto Catholic School Board
Dr. Bernard Shapiro, Former Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
Dr. Don Tapscott, Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Dr. Chris Whitaker, President and CEO, Humber College
George Zegarac, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Education

It was agreed that for Canada to retain its leading international ranking for educational achievement, it is vital to respond in a timely way to the challenges and opportunities of a labour market skills mismatch, an aging demographic, changing global economy, and revolutionary changes in technology that will affect teaching and learning.

There were six priority areas identified that we will examine further:
1.    Student engagement
2.    Kindergarten to post-secondary/work approach to education
3.    Higher order skills development
4.    Technology in schools
5.    Private/Public partnerships
6.    At-risk students and vulnerable populations.
To read more about this initiative, read the full report: Public Education 2.0 

This initiative was made possible through the generous support of:

For more information contact:

Gerry Connelly
Director, Policy & Knowledge Mobilization
Phone: 416 440 5125

Gareth Blair
Manager, Policy & Knowledge Mobilization
Phone: 416 440 5103