28 2015

Take a Leader to Work Day, April 28: The Learning Partnership Facilitates Business and Education Collaboration

April 28th 2015

April 28, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Canada needs students to graduate with a skill set that matches the needs of the evolving workforce. With nearly 14 per cent youth unemployment, far too many young Canadians are stumbling as they try to find their way into the world of work due to lack of direction and relevant information.
To address these issues, business and education must collaborate, as equal stakeholders invested in Canada’s bright future, to find creative ways to help students achieve their full potential in a globally connected world – and it starts with leaders taking the first step.
On April 28, business and education leaders from across the country will participate in Take a Leader to Work Day, a new pilot initiative developed by The Learning Partnership to assist leaders in taking that important first step towards collaboration.
Through Take a Leader to Work Day, The Learning Partnership matches business and education leaders from across the country in a one-day job shadow exchange, gaining a deeper understanding of each other’s workplace roles, cultures, environments, as well as leadership challenges and opportunities. Participants will spend their morning in the education leader’s place of work, have lunch together exploring synergies, and then continue the afternoon at the business leader’s workplace.
“According to a Pan-Canadian study conducted by The Learning Partnership, students across the country have told us that they need and want experiential learning opportunities and more information about the world of work. Educators and business leaders see the benefits of collaboration, but they often do not know where to start. The Learning Partnership is bringing about that collaboration and Take a Leader to Work Day is an important part of that journey,” says Akela Peoples, President and CEO, The Learning Partnership.
The Learning Partnership is pleased to bring over 70 business and education leaders together for this one-day experience on April 28.
Some of the participating business leaders include:
  • Joyce Carter, President and CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority
  • Kelly Dixon, President, Workopolis
  • Geoff Flood, CEO, T4G
  • Lisa Lyons Johnston, President, Kids Can Press (Corus Entertainment)
  • Ian McLean, CEO, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
  • Alan Nursall, CEO, Telus World of Science Edmonton
  • Lori Schmidt, CEO, Go Productivity
  • Gaëtan Thomas, CEO, New Brunswick Power
These leaders are being matched with elementary and secondary school principals, as well as Directors (CEOs) of Education across Canada.
Take a Leader to Work Day is part of The Learning Partnership’s broader mandate to help build opportunities for businesses and schools to collaborate, share ideas, and learn from each other. In the spirit of this ongoing mandate, The Learning Partnership is launching a number of additional collaboration initiatives including:
  • a resource centre that will be made available on our website to facilitate business and education partnerships; and
  • a Business-Education Toolkit, which includes valuable tips, techniques and multimedia on how to build trusting, effective and results-focused partnerships between business and schools.
For more information on collaboration initiatives by The Learning Partnership, please visit www.thelearningpartnership.ca.
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Media Contact:
Bernadette Celis
Media and Communications Manager
The Learning Partnership
(416) 440-5124
About The Learning Partnership
The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. We do this through five key deliverables - innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence and ongoing collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 5.7 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership's programs. For more information on The Learning Partnership, visit www.thelearningpartnership.ca.