Presentation -  Why it is unwise to use public dollars to pay to duplicate services already offered by the private sector

Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Aaron joined the CTF as Federal Director in 2014. A lawyer by training, Aaron practised litigation in his native Kitchener, Ontario, and then corporate law with a major international law firm in London, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi, before returning to Canada to work with a prominent political consulting firm.

In addition to being a recovering lawyer, Aaron is also a recovering partisan, having previously served as a political organizer and campaign manager for several political candidates in federal and provincial elections and leadership campaigns (some successful, some not so much).  He was author of a rabble-rousing weekly opinion column in the campus newspaper during his undergraduate days, and a prolific political blogger back in a time when people actually read blogs.

Aaron holds a BA in economics and political science from the University of Waterloo, and a J.D. from the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario, where he served as student body president during his final year of studies. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and two daughters.

Presentation - Intuit’s Education Program

In this session, participants will learn how the Intuit Education Program can bring more value to your accounting and tax programs and how our software can help facilitate an enriched learning experience for your students. Participants will also hear about our broad applications, and how our program will help prepare students for the job market. 


Marisa Videc, Education Program Manager, Intuit Canada

Marisa works with educators, academic institutions, school boards, educational associations, authors, and publishers to enhance student learning through the integration of digital technology into the academic curriculum. Previous to Intuit, Marisa was an elementary school teacher in Montreal, Quebec and has extensive knowledge and experience in the education industry.

Marisa lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and enjoys running marathons, cycling, and travelling the world.


Panel:  The Value of Regulated Career Colleges

Gain insight on how regulated career colleges are valued and how “Quality Assurance” value is measured.


Robert Prendergast, Westminster Education Inc.

Founder and Vice Chairman of Education Consolidation Corporation with two successful acquisitions within 24 months; with sights on pan Canadian Education consolidation. Currently combining strategic business processes to continuous improvements in the education sector to create M&A opportunities. Sell side and succession experience in multiple industries plus a past member of the CGA Association.

Calvin Wood, CEO, Canadian Accreditation Council  

 Calvin E. Wood has been the CEO for the Canadian Accreditation Council (CAC) since 2008. He has 30 years’ experience working in frontline and senior management in Mental Health Services, dedicated to children, youth and families.

Calvin started his career in child protection and corrections. He incorporated mental health within the social services framework, and has designed numerous innovative youth programs. His background in Theology and Psychology in Human Services, prepared him to lead and be a catalyst in evolving CAC from a national into an international accreditation organization.  Under his leadership, CAC has expanded into a wide portfolio of health and human services. Calvin has valued his involvement in a number of Indigenous communities, supporting Quality Management and addressing the social determinants of health in the accreditation programs throughout Canada.

Calvin believes in the inherent rights of individuals to be empowered to self-govern in balance with the community.

Workshop:  Creativity in the Classroom

Find ways to make classrooms more interesting and more effective in order to retain and attract students.


Dr. Tania Sterling VP of Efficacy, Pearson Canada

Dr. Tania Sterling has 23 years of instructing and educational leadership experience in Ontario. She designs and facilitates face-to-face and online professional learning in K12, higher education and corporate settings. In June 2013, Tania assumed the VP, Efficacy role at Pearson Canada to ensure its products and services have a measurable impact on learners. She is currently teaching part-time with Brock University's, Faculty of Education's Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach (CAECO).

Other Speaker (TBC)


Presentation: Proactive Financial Awareness - Student Debt and Student Default Rates

About Enriched Academy:

Over the years, we have spoken to over 100,000 professionals including Financial Institutions, Corporations, Advisors, Colleges and Universities, to name just a few. We have been featured on radio and television programs across the country, including Global, CBC, Dragon’s Den, and Breakfast Television and have a lot of celebrity support behind our message, including Dragon’s Den members Bruce Croxon and Jim Treliving.

With more than a decade educating people on the necessity of financial awareness and responsibility, we are outspoken advocates on the importance of financial awareness and the role it plays in the well-being of Canadians and their families.  

Proactive Financial Awareness   

Come learn how Career Colleges are in an ideal situation to capitalize on one of the most important topics in the country today, and are positioned to take an unprecedented and very proactive position in an area that not only impact every single one of their students, but more importantly, all Canadians. 

As you know, Career Colleges face some tremendous challenges.…public perception around the industry, the unlevel playing field between public and private colleges, and even the government scrutiny on your sector. But there is one topic in particular that can have an absolutely devastating impact on Career Colleges:  

With so much revenue and funding tied to student loan default rates, and such tough competition for students, Career Colleges are constantly fighting some very real battles...many of them in the public eye. In fact, pick up any newspaper and the headlines scream about the crushing weight of student debt and the rising costs of tuition. And with student default rates reported regularly, the impact of student debt on Career Colleges becomes very tangible. 

As many of you are aware, students who enter post-secondary institutions, either public or private, are lacking fundamental money management skills that will not only allow them to pay back into a financially stretched student aid system....but also leave these institutions with a sense of understanding on how to be responsible with money. This is particularly true for the Career College demographic. 

What is stunning, is that Financial Awareness clearly has an impact on so many levels for Career Colleges, including enrollment, student success, financial aid, completion rates, student satisfaction and college revenue yet it remains one of the most ignored topics at colleges today.

But when you consider this political and media environment, this fiscal dilemma, this lack of student financial knowledge and you consider student loan default rates across the country,  what Career Colleges are facing, is actually a very, very large opportunity to be a catalyst for change.

By exploring student debt and student default rates with a fresh perspective, and challenging your institution to commit and to act with purpose, ​your Career College has perhaps the single largest opportunity to drive revenue to your bottom line, while becoming a powerful catalyst for change to Canadians in an area that has been absolutely neglected by public colleges and universities.  


Kevin Cochran, enRICHed Academy

Kevin, the founder of Enriched Academy, has spoken to over 100,000 professionals, including corporate executives, investors, advisors, agents, families and students right across North America.

He even stared down the dragons and won on the CBC show Dragons Den!

With more than a decade educating people on the importance of financial awareness and money management, Kevin is an entertaining, and insightful presenter that inspires people to take action.

By the time Kevin was 20 years old he found himself $20,000 in credit card debt. He learned the value and importance of money the hard way.

Over the last 15 years, Kevin has played a key role in growing two highly profitable companies. One of those companies, Dominion Lending, was recently sold for over $110 Million dollars.

 Kevin believes that money management is a lesson that we all learn eventually. Some learn it the easy way, and some learn it the hard way. He wants to show you how forward thinking organizations embrace educating clients & staff around money management, and learn how this represents one of the single largest opportunities for Career Colleges today.


Panel:  Special Needs Students

Find out what your College needs to do to ensure you can play a role in accommodating unique needs and requests. 


Sophie Gagnier, Education Lawyer, Emond Harnden LLP

Sophie is a partner with Emond Harnden having joined the firm in 2004.  She obtained her law degree in the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa. Sophie advises both provincially and federally regulated employers in all areas of labour and employment law.  Her bilingual practice focuses on providing strategic advice and legal representation to employers in the context of wrongful dismissal actions, human rights applications and grievance arbitrations.

Sophie’s practice equally focuses on education law, and constitutional law in the education sector.  She often provides advice to school boards on the interpretation of legislative texts and the application of legal principles to the field of education, including legislation on compensation restraints and on municipal freedom of information and protection of privacy.

Sophie is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the County of Carleton Law Association, the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, and a former Board member of Joan of Arc Academy.


Dean Mellway, Acting Director, READ Research Education Accessibility and Design, Carleton University

After completing his MSW at Wilfred Laurier University, Dean began his career at the Ontario March of Dimes as a Community Development officer and was quickly promoted to Regional Director.  He moved to Ottawa in 1980 to become Executive Director of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association and after ten years, joined the team at Carleton to open the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC).  He is currently the Acting Director of Carleton’s READ Initiative (Research, Education, Accessibility and Design).

Dean enjoyed a long career as a competitive athlete representing Canada with medal performances in Paralympics and World Championships in over three decades highlighted by a Gold medal in the 1976 Olympiad, a Bronze Medal in the 1994 Winter Paralympics in Lillehammer and a Silver Medal from the 1998 Winter Paralympics in Nagano.  He competed in snooker, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and sledge hockey.

Dean has also enjoyed a long career in various volunteer capacities serving persons with disabilities and currently sits on the Province of Ontario Accessibility Standards Advisory Committee/Standards Development Committee.

Other Speaker (TBC)


Panel:  Generation Y & Millennials

Understand how to adapt your recruitment techniques and teaching methods to make your College attractive to Generation Y and Millennial students.


Giselle Kovary, M.A. President, n-gen People Performance Inc.

Giselle is dedicated to building strategies and programs that help clients target, motivate and engage employees in order to increase performance and productivity. She is a sought after resource to industry leaders, having worked with 18 of the top Fortune 500 companies across North America. Over 60,000 people globally have experienced an n-gen workshop or presentation. With close to 20 years of experience in learning and development, she has devoted more than a dozen years to researching the impact that generational differences have on organizational performance.

Giselle has created solutions and programs in five practice areas – sales & customer service, leadership, team building, Gen Ys & Millennials and human resources.  She has co-authored two books: Loyalty Unplugged: How to Get, Keep & Grow All Four Generations and Upgrade Now: 9 Advanced Leadership Skills. As a human resources expert, Giselle is regularly quoted in national publications and appears on television and radio.

Giselle has a Master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Windsor. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and raises money for breast cancer research in her free time.


Jennifer Solomon, Director of Inside Sales for VitalSource

Prior to her current role, Jenn spent the previous 15 years driving sales efforts for Jones & Bartlett Learning, a leading provider of educational management solutions as a sales manager, then Vice President of Sales, Education Curriculum Solutions, and later Vice President, Academic and Professional Sales. Driven by a passion for providing individualized content to learners of all types, Jenn has presented at numerous conferences and served on panels, speaking on adaptive learning technologies. She holds a firm belief that there is no longer a one-size-fits-all solution, especially with the current generation of college students citing millennials who want to immersive, interactive learning experiences above traditional reading off printed pages.

Jenn holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. A mother of three, she is an avid runner, competing in the past two Boston Marathons as a charity runner on behalf of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Other Speaker (TBC)


Panel:  Employability of Graduates

Find out what your College can to do to further help graduates find employment in their field of study.


Fred Nesrallah, Director, Talent Development, Willis Talent

With more than 20 years of experience within the Information Technology domain, Fred has also focused his work on providing leading edge Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) to private sector, government, education and the greater employment services sector.

In 1999, Fred was one of the key developers of the Information Technology Orientation seminar series (ITO), which have been attended by more than 25,000 job seekers including senior managers, business professionals, new grads and individuals in the process of education and career change.

Currently, Fred acts as an independent business advisor and speaker providing key Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) with a focus on the new “Paradigm Shift” that is underway within industry today. The new digital economic landscape has the potential of transforming global industries, local companies and thousands of jobs, while creating an unprecedented era of growth and opportunities. He is currently involved in several initiatives in the national capital region, providing leading edge labour market insight and leverage needed to develop talent at the educational level as well as the talent acquisition stage.


Douglas M. Watt, Director, Industry and Business Strategy Research,

The Conference Board of Canada

Douglas has been with the Conference Board for close to fifteen years and has focused much of his research efforts on skills for productivity, workforce capacity, workplace learning and development, and organizational effectiveness. He has published over 50 reports, case studies, issue statements and articles.  Before joining the Conference Board, Douglas worked as a regional planner in the Ottawa Valley, and taught in Japan's public school system. He is a graduate of Queen's University (M.Pl.) Master's in Urban and Regional Planning; and Bishop's University (BA) Geography and Economics.

Other Speaker (TBC)


Panel:   Recruiting International Students

Gain insight on best practices in recruiting and attracting international students to your College.


Sarah Mines, Sales Director, ICEF Canada

Sarah Mines is a leading authority on international education trends in Canada, with over 15 years’ experience in marketing and partnership building. In 2015, Sarah was promoted to Director of Sales for ICEF Canada, where she has been working since 2011. As part of her mandate, Sarah works closely with key industry partners and educational institutions to help them achieve their internationalization goals and put Canada on the map. Prior to her role at ICEF, Sarah was the Marketing Manager for BCCIE, where she was involved in advancing British Columbia’s international education interests in key markets.


Other Speaker (TBC)

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