2016 Partnership Summit engages leaders about the Ontario Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel recommendations

In June 2016, The Learning Partnership (TLP) held a Partnership Summit, in conjunction with the Office of the Premier, as a platform for the official presentation and launch of the Ontario Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce (HSW) Expert Panel’s recommendations. The aim is to ensure Ontario remains a competitive force within the global economy and evolving workforce.

The main purpose of the summit was to engage leaders in business, education and government, as well as students, so they could contribute to the HSW report. The Expert Panel presented its findings, with the goal of gauging support and gaining practical feedback on the proposed recommendations. An additional purpose of the summit was for TLP to seek big ideas and recommendations that would inform its work in continuing to promote, support, and advance publicly funded education in Canada.

More than 90 government, education and business leaders gathered at the summit, including Ontario Deputy Minister and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews, Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science Reza Moridi, and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Laura Albanese.

The Expert Panel’s recommendations cover a number of themes, including Partnerships and Local Leadership, Experiential Learning and Mentorship and the Promotion of Multiple Career Pathways.

The Summit also featured keynote presentations about the future of the sharing economy and workforce, as well as business and education collaborations and the importance of engaging small and medium enterprises in experiential learning for students.

A high level overview of the information presented, as well as key themes and feedback that emerged from roundtable discussions can be found in the Partnership Summit 2016 Report.
The HSW Expert Panel’s full report and list of recommendations can be found on the Government of Ontario website.