I'm honoured to have been invited to speak at the following large gatherings of professionals dedicated to advancing education and work in Canada.
- Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) Seminar with All Co-op Staff in Waterloo, ON – April 4, 2018
- Ontario Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) Spring Conference: #LifeLongLearners in Toronto - April 22 to 24. Plenary: The Why of Work: A New View of Working Canadians
- Colleges and Institutes Canada 2018 National Conference in Victoria, BC – April 29 to May 1, 2018, Plenary: Trading Up: Why the Future of Education in Canada Must Be Skilled - Moderated by Alexis Conrad, Assistant Deputy Minister, Learning for Employment and Social Development Canada
- Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Forum (OYAP) Annual Symposium (Plenary) in Thunder Bay, ON – May 28 to 29, 2018. Plenary: The Why of Work: A New View of Working Canadians
- Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) National Conference(Keynote in Montreal, QC – July 29 to August 1, 2018
More to come for sure. The industry is responding with excitement to Job Talks with promotion having just begun.
It was a privilege to be invited to address the Construction Trades Exploration Advisory Committee (CTEP) at their annual meeting this week. Sponsored by the TMG Builders and the Toronto District School Board, coordinated by Mr. Elvy Moro, and hosted at Northview Heights Secondary School, the event featured incredible success stories of its young, driven, and enthusiastic program candidates. We also learned that the CTEP program will be expanding and I'm looking forward to being part of its future growth in any way I can.
On November 2nd, I delivered a speech to Toronto City Council as a candidate for the Ward 28 Interim Councillor appointment. Although I drew the unenviable speaking position of second last, I was one of five (of 31) candidates to receive a vote on the first ballot. Click HERE to watch.
My reflection on our trip to North Korea was printed in The Globe and Mail's October 14, 2017 weekend edition. They even included Irina's photography in the full page piece. Husband-Wife publishing duo -- would never have imagined that.
The online version can be read HERE.
Proud to release this teaser for JobTalks.org, my SSHRC-funded research project aimed at improving the way students, parents, and educators look at the Skilled Trades. I have an outstanding team in videographer Ahmed Said and Research Assistant Benjamin Millard, with great help from Maryl Eva.
In a few weeks, we'll be releasing 10 videos of tradespeople who are passionate about their jobs in a variety of fields. In the months that follow, dozens more interviews will be uploaded to our Youtube channel. In Spring 2018, a new Job Talks website will be launched, capable of matching individuals to particular trades based on their underlying values, goals, emotions, and personality. Once matched to a particular trade, visitors can then connect with various education and employment pathways in their respective trades. If you have an interest in our project, please reach out through the project's Contact page.
I had the pleasure of joining fellow researchers and research supporters at the Office of Research & Innovation's 2017 Applied Research Day. The Office truly knows how to celebrate its researchers and partners and to cultivate industry relationships. It was an uplifting event and showcase, where I had the opportunity to provide the latest update on Job Talks. In the bottom right is Research Assistant Benjamin Millard giving a sneak-peek of our initial video series. The overall event was a hit!
I recently participated in a panel discussion on social isolation with other experts on The Zoomer, hosted by Marissa Semkiw. The show aired nationally on VisionTV. In Canada, one in five people say they don't participate regularly in any social activity. StatsCan estimates that more than 30% of Canadian seniors are at high risk of isolation. I brought a comparative perspective to the discussion (Millennials vs. Zoomers) and warned about Millennials' relative comfort with being alone in the Digital Age and why this may be concerning for the future. Watch the show HERE