Date: 2015-10-23
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Subject: Reminder: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities' 2015 Policy Research Challenge

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
2015 Policy Research Symposium
Monday, November 2, 2015



The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is pleased to host the 2015 Policy Research Symposium to promote dialogue on research in the areas of postsecondary education, training and labour market policy in Ontario.


Now in its second year, the Symposium brings together researchers funded through the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund and other government-sponsored initiatives, with policy-makers, academics and leading experts. Speakers will include government leaders and researchers at colleges, universities and organizations from across Ontario. 


Presenters for 2015 will showcase research in a range of themes such as teaching quality, access to postsecondary education by vulnerable groups of population, experiential learning, and transitions to the labour market.


Time:              9:00am – 4:00pm

Location:        Macdonald Block – Ontario Room  │ 900 Bay Street, Toronto

Registration:  www.policyresearchsymposium.eventbrite.com  


For additional questions, please contact ohcrif@ontario.ca.


MTCU Symposium Team


Tentative Schedule


8:30 – 9:00 am

Registration and Refreshments

9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcoming Remarks

9:15 – 10:00 am

Teaching Quality 

  • Glen Jones (University of Toronto), “Survey of Part-time University Faculty: Results and Policy Implications”
  • Connie Phelps (Conestoga College), “Teaching Evaluation: Towards a Common Form and Reporting Template for Ontario Colleges”

10:00 – 11:00 am

Access for Vulnerable Groups

  • Karen Robson (York University), “ An Analysis of Provincial and Institutional Policy Around the Inclusion of Marginalized Students in Ontario Postsecondary Education”
  • Reuben Ford (Social Research and Demonstration Corporation), “Providing Enhanced Career Education and Student Financial Aid Earlier in High School”
  • Laura Hartman (Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital), “Reducing Barriers to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Youth with Disabilities through Mentorship Programs”

11:00 – 11:15 am

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30 pm

Pathways to Postsecondary Education and Work

  • Abigail Payne (McMaster University), “Trends in STEM Enrolment”
  • Amanda Brijmohan, Eric Lavigne and Jinli Yang (University of Toronto), “Pathways to Education and Work in Ontario and Canada”
  • Michael J. Kottelenberg (Queen’s University),”Confidence and Cognitions: Tracking the Effects of Skill Development on Postsecondary School Choice and Early Labour Market Outcomes”
  • Tricia van Rhijn (University of Guelph),  “Mature Students: Student Pathways and Supports”

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch and Fire Chat: PhD Students in Policy Research

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Experiential Learning

  • Judene Pretti (University of Waterloo),  “Exploring Co-op Experience Quality: Indicators, Influencers, and Outcomes”
  • Kay Corbier (Durham College), “The Experience of Simulation and the Perception of Preparedness of Developmental Service Worker Students to Practice in Field Placement Practicum”
  • Holly Catalfamo (Niagara College), “Course-based Research as an Experiential Learning Opportunity”

2:30 – 2:45 pm

Coffee Break



2:45 – 4:00 pm


Breakout Panel #1

Breakout Panel #2

Skills for Employment

  • Kimberly Elias (University of Toronto),  “Employer Perceptions of Co-Curricular Engagement and the Co-Curricular Record in the Hiring Process”
  • Ginger Grant (Sheridan College), “A Phenomenological Inquiry of Experiential Learning within Leadership and Creativity”
  • Xavier Fazio (Brock University), “An Interpretive Review of Innovation Skills and Science Learning Environments: Implications for our knowledge economy”


Labour Market and Training Policies

  • Andrew Papadopoulos (University of Guelph), “Developing an Evaluative Framework to Build Public Health Workforce Capacity”
  • Safo Musta and Todd Barr (Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration), “Investigating Workplace Language Training and Culture as a Factor in Labour Force Productivity”
  • Devika Goberdhan (York University), “Enhancing the Role of Employers and Other Labour Market Stakeholders in Labour Market Adjustment Policy and Programs”
  • Charity-Ann Hannan (Ryerson University), “Towards Creating a Sanctuary Province: A Review of the Literature on Policies, Programs, and Service Deliveries for Employers and Illegalized Migrants”

4:00 pm

Closing Remarks (Ontario Room)






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