Equity, Inclusion and the Future of STEM Learning – Panel Discussions

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Rideau Ballroom, Sheraton Ottawa Hotel

150 Albert Street

Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2

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Equity, Inclusion and the Future of STEM Learning
Exploring the Intersection of SDG4 and Canada 2067

You are invited to join a unique and timely discussion about education in Canada.

This exclusive event will focus on issues of equity and inclusion as they relate to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning, and measures that can be taken by diverse stakeholders at all levels of elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

By invitation – Tuesday, November 27, 2018


9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Rideau Ballroom, Sheraton Ottawa, 150 Albert Street Ottawa

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Reception on Parliament Hill, Ottawa

(Please indicate if you will be attending just the discussion or the discussion and reception)



Event Overview

As a signatory in 2015, Canada committed to contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The international community recognizes that education is essential for the success of all 17 of its goals. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. It includes a suite of objectives to guide the efforts of countries around the world.

Canada 2067 was conceptualized to shape the future of education in Canada – specifically related to Kindergarten to Grade 12 learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Developed through a year-long effort that convened stakeholders, gathered insights, and reviewed global policy initiatives, Canada 2067 looks towards the bicentennial year when today’s teens will be considering their retirement to enhance learning opportunities today.

When taken together, Canada 2067 offers a set of meaningful indicators and stakeholder recommendations that contribute to meeting our SDG4 targets. This session will convene key agents of change to discuss and explore how Canada can fulfill its obligations related to UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) in synergy with Canada 2067.

Specifically, this event will focus on issues of equity and inclusion as they relate to STEM learning, and measures that can be taken by diverse stakeholders at all levels of elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. Participants will explore synergies between SDG4 and Canada 2067, including the role of educators, parents, youth, industry, community partners and governments to implement, measure and report on collective progress.

The morning will focus on issues related to women and STEM in post-secondary education with the launch of a reflection paper called, The Non-Linear Paths of Women in STEM: The Barriers in the Current System of Professional Training. This will be followed by a focus on equity and inclusion in elementary and secondary STEM education and insights offered by Canada 2067.

Canadian education is top tier. Maintaining our global leadership will help to ensure that all youth will be better prepared to thrive and contribute in a rapidly changing, technologically enriched world.

This event will be followed by a reception at Parliament Hill, hosted by Kate Young, MP, London West. 



Morning Agenda | 9:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Welcome

  • Sébastien Goupil, Secretary-General, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
  • Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder Let’s Talk Science
  • Elder Claudette Commanda

Keynote with Liette Vasseur, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

  • The Non-Linear Paths of Women in STEM: The Barriers in the Current System of Professional Training

Panel: What’s working – Equity and Inclusion in Post-Secondary STEM Learning
Moderator: Eden Hennessey

  • Mona Nemer (Chief Science Advisor)
  • Alejandro Adem (Mitacs)
  • Taylor Rae Jamieson (MD/PhD student, UOttawa)

Afternoon Agenda | 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Keynote with Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder Let’s Talk Science

  • Imagining the Future of STEM Learning: How Canada 2067 enables SDG 4

Panel: Technology Access and Use
Moderator: Mohammad Asadi Lari (Canadian Commission for UNESCO Youth Advisory Group)

  • Mark Ramsankar (Canadian Teachers’ Federation)
  • Marianne Mazzorato (Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board)
  • Sandra Saric (Information and Communications Technology Council)
  • Kate Arthur (Kids Code Jeunesse)

Panel: STEM Learning: A Community Responsibility
Moderator: David Lapides (Let’s Talk Science)

  • Ponda Motsepe-Ditshego (Amgen Canada)
  • Alanna Jane (UOttawa)
  • Bruce Rodrigues (former Deputy Minister,

Ontario Ministry of Education)

Closing and Next Steps

  • Sébastien Goupil and Bonnie Schmidt

Evening Agenda | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Canada 2067 Reception hosted by Kate Young, MP, London West

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150 Albert Street

Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2

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