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Thursday, November 8 • 10:30am - 11:15am
(45 min) Canada 2067 – Lessons learned in building a national vision for STEM education / Canada 2067 – leçons tirées de la définition d'une vision nationale de l'enseignement des STIM

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Organized by: Let's Talk Science, Bonnie Schmidt

The panel will discuss key recommendations and lessons learned through Canada 2067, a unique and ambitious national initiative to forge a “made in Canada” action plan for the future of youth science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Canada’s complex education ecosystem demands creative solutions to catalyze large-scale change that can benefit all students.  Canada 2067 responded to this need for creativity through the convening of: five summits with high school students; seven Global Shapers’ roundtables with young adults; a national leadership conference that included federal and provincial governments and diverse stakeholders; and a social media campaign that resulted in input from hundreds of thousands of Canadians.

Through this process, Canada 2067’s collaborative vision and five-year goals reflect the varied perspectives of students, millennials, educators, parents and the general public as well as policy makers, industry, community organizations and global education researchers.  The vision and goals address six areas that were found to align in global research into STEM education policy initiatives published over the past ten years.  

Having successfully positioned Canada as a world leader in education at the start of the 21st century, our schools are now working to ensure that this advantage is maintained, not only in the near future, but in decades to come. Increasingly, this means graduating students with a diverse set of skills that go beyond disciplinary knowledge to include those related to critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and communication.  What types of supports and partnerships do our schools need to ensure that they are successful in this endeavour? How supportive is the public of a new vision for education that emphasizes critical thinking over rote learning and a multi-disciplinary approach over traditional subjects?  This panel will explore these questions and more by outlining the rationale for Canada 2067, summarizing key recommendations, and ultimately addressing the issue of how schools can help to fuel Canada’s innovation agenda.

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Bonnie Schmidt

Founder and President, Let's Talk Science
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, C.M. is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a Ph.D. in Physiology. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for... Read More →

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Rob Mariani

Senior Vice President, GM Ottawa, Hill + Knowlton Strategies Canada
Rob is a strong believer in the power of engaging people in decisions that affect them most, having applied his passion and expertise on projects for business, government and not-for profits. He is committed to helping organizations build sustainable decisions to complex issues through... Read More →
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Rohan Nuttall

Research Assistant at the Urban Predictive Analytics Lab, University of British Columbia
Rohan is currently a Research Assistant with the Urban Predictive Analytics Lab at UBC, workingon data models and visualization for smart cities. He completed his undergraduate thesis inexperimental particle physics with the Rare Decay Research Group, has worked for TRIUMF(Canada’s... Read More →
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Andrew Parkin

Director, Mowat Centre
Andrew Parkin is the Director of the Mowat Centre, an independent public policy think tank located atthe Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy. The Mowat Centre undertakes collaborative... Read More →
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Ruth Silver

Founder, Groundswell Projects
With a BA in Fine Art/Indigenous Studies from McMaster University and a Master’s degree from theHarvard Graduate School of Design, Ruth SIlver has worked with the likes of Annie Liebovitz, Bruce Mau,Urban Strategies and Decode before founding Groundswell Projects in 2013. Ruth has... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière