25 2014

Cisco and Deloitte Leaders Honoured as Champions of Public Education

April 25th 2014
On April 23, during its annual Champions of Public Education Toronto Tribute Dinner, The Learning Partnership honoured two exceptional Canadian business leaders who have made personal and professional contributions to supporting and enhancing Canada’s public education system: Mr. Alan N. MacGibbon, former Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte LLP and Mr. Nitin Kawale, President of Cisco Systems Canada.

As The Learning Partnership’s primary annual fundraiser, this event brought together more than 650 business, education and government leaders and influencers at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, to celebrate these two outstanding Canadians.
Featuring keynote speaker Rex Murphy, Social Commentator and Editorialist, and emcee Pattie Lovett-Reid, CTV News’s Chief Financial Commentator, the Champions of Public Education Toronto Tribute Dinner was co-chaired by Carol Stephenson O.C., Former Dean, Ivey Business School and Kenneth J. Fredeen, General Counsel, Deloitte LLP and Chair of The Learning Partnership’s Board of Directors.
As part of the celebration, students from the Agincourt Collegiate Institute performed background music and the national anthem. In addition to this musical entertainment, students volunteered from Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute to sell tickets for the annual raffle (view the list of prizes and winners).

At the event’s conclusion, The Learning Partnership inducted Mr. MacGibbon and Mr. Kawale into its Champions of Public Education Hall of Fame alongside a distinguished group of 59 previously honoured Canadians such as: past Premiers, former Ministers, Lieutenant Governors and Mayors; Board Chairs, Presidents and CEOs in private and not-for-profit sectors; and former Deans and Directors of Education.
The passion, dedication, leadership and hard work of these individuals have contributed to strengthening public education across Canada.

View photos taken during our 2014 Toronto Tribute Dinner
View Nitin Kawale's Toronto Tribute speech
View Alan N. MacGibbon's Toronto Tribute speech
 About our honourees
During his time at Deloitte LLP, Alan N. MacGibbon, F.C.P.A., F.C.A., C.M.C., acted as a champion of public education by bringing together international practitioners to provide solutions for education institutions from around the world that are challenged to meet evolving educational needs. As a former Board Member of The Learning Partnership, Mr. MacGibbon has been a passionate advocate for helping Canada build lasting bridges between the education and business communities. Mr. MacGibbon is a native of Newfoundland and a successful product of Canada’s public education system.
Nitin Kawale, as President of Cisco Canada, has championed the need for innovation in public education through technology.  Under his leadership, Cisco has driven a number of public education initiatives, including: Cisco’s Connected North initiative, which links students and classrooms in underserved, remote Northern Aboriginal communities with students in southern Canada; Cisco’s Networking Academy program for students that prepares them for careers in the ICT industry; and the establishment of 10 research chairs at universities across Canada that support transformation in areas, including: healthcare, mining solutions, smart grid and e-learning. Mr. Kawale is a strong supporter of public education, having attended and graduated from Canada’s public school system himself.
About our sponsors
The Champions of Public Education Tribute program was made possible through the generous support of its event sponsors: Platinum – Scotiabank, TD Bank, BMO Financial Group, CIBC, RBC; Reception – Samsung Electronics Canada; National Media – The Globe and Mail; Gold – Cisco Systems Canada, Deloitte LLP, Morneau Shepell; Silver – Purolator Inc., Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Ricoh Canada Inc., Nidea Corporate Real Estate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Dentons Canada LLP; In-Kind – Spark Inc., Freeman AV Canada.