20 2016

The Learning Partnership Honours Top Business Leaders for Advancing Public Education

April 20th 2016
On April 19, Sam Sebastian, Managing Director of Google Canada, and Robert Hardt, President and CEO of Siemens Canada, joined the ranks of former Premiers, Prime Ministers and CEOs as they were inducted into The Learning Partnership’s Champions of Public Education Hall of Fame.

The Learning Partnership honoured the two business leaders for their dedication in advancing public education in Canada, at the 18th Annual Champions of Public Education Toronto Tribute Dinner.

As The Learning Partnership’s annual fundraiser, the 2016 event united more than 500 business, education and government leaders at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event was co-chaired by Angela Gauthier, Director of Education at the Toronto Catholic District School Board and member of The Learning Partnership’s Board of Directors, and Glenn Laverty, President and CEO of Ricoh Canada and member of The Learning Partnership’s Corporate Advisory Board.
The theme for this year was innovation, with the event featuring a special panel presentation, facilitated by John Stackhouse, SVP, Office of the CEO at RBC, on disruption, innovation and ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ with panelists Michael Serbinis, co-founder of Kobo Inc. and founder and CEO of LEAGUE Inc., and honourees Mr. Sebastian and Mr. Hardt.

In line with the theme, students across the Toronto and Peel District School Boards also showcased their inventions at the Student Innovation Showcase, which preceded the program.

Attendees actively tweeted throughout the evening with the #ChampsOfEd hashtag, making #ChampsOfEd trend across Canada.
The Learning Partnership would like to thank our Platinum Partners: BMO Financial Group, CIBC, RBC, Scotiabank and TD Bank; national media partner, The Globe and Mail; Gold Partners: Ricoh Canada, Deloitte, Hansell LLP, Morneau Shepell, Samsung Electronics Canada and Stage Vision; and Silver Partners: Cisco Systems Canada, Dentons Canada LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Purolator, Waugh Family Foundation and Workpolis.