The Road to Economic Recovery

Professional Development Virtual Conference Series 2021

Registration for this year’s Professional Development Virtual Conference Series, “The Road to Economic Recovery” is now closed.

Fasten your seatbelt and join us virtually as we showcase the best practices of EL, WIL and Co-op in a post-pandemic world. 

This year’s conference is designed to benefit professionals in the field of experiential (EL) and work-integrated learning (WIL). We hope you will join us to engage in conversations on the evolving world of experiential education, take advantage of opportunities to build your professional network and exchange ideas and best practices. 

Add the conference dates to your calendar so you don’t miss it!

Wednesday, October 20: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 21:     8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 27: 1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Thursday, October 28:     8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 

 As we explore our role in The Road to Economic Recovery, and support the evolution of future skills and the future of work and learning, this conference will feature: 

  • Keynote speakers – Exciting keynote sessions from professionals who are leading the way in our provincial economic recovery.
  • Breakout sessions – Enjoy a variety of professional development sessions featuring topics on career readiness, WIL beyond co-op, future of work, challenges and opportunities in WIL, equity, diversity and inclusion, and more!
  • Networking opportunities – Each day has multiple opportunities to network with your colleagues within the virtual platform. This is a great way to build your professional network and learn from each other!


$100 per registrant for full access to the Virtual Conference Series. With your registration, you can attend all keynote and breakout sessions, and participate in the networking opportunities. *Please note: Breakout sessions will be recorded and available for viewing by registered attendees post-conference.      

  • Note to EWO members – Please log in to the member’s portal when prompted to do so during the registration process.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EWO Lounge
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Keynote – Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Coffee chat
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Alternative Credit, Digital Collaboration, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #10
Joanne Foxton, Nicole Norris, Jamie Campbell, John Daggett, Georgian College

Diving Deeper into Experiential Learning
Amanda Malkiewich, Catherine Brigantino, Dr. Carolyn Hoessler, Dr. Lorraine Godden
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 1:1 Speed Networking
Thursday, October 21, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sponsor Virtual Lounge
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Keynote – Sara Westbrook, 3E Emotional Development
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee chat
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

WIL Within Ontario's College Sector - Discovering the Impacts and Outcomes
Sean Elliott, Dr. Kathleen Clarke, Chad Munday, CEWIL Canada

Increasing Access, Equity and Diversity in Virtual International Work-Integrated Learning Opportunities
Dario Guescini & Aida Viveiros, George Brown College

HEQCO Wants to Hear from You! Share Your Perspective on the Current State of WIL in Ontario
Amy Kaufman & Ken Chatoor, HEQCO
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1:1 Speed Networking
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Breakout sessions

Leading Through the Lens of Intellectual Disability Inclusion
Justin Brass, University of Guelph

From Rogue Professors to Institutionalised Experiential Learning: Almost There!
Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs, Dr. Daniel Gillis & Jessi Nelson, University of Guelph

Learning from Change: Flexible Pathways
Dr. Richard Wikkerink & Brent Thornhill, University of Waterloo
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EWO Lounge
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Session - Introducing new SWPP Delivery Partners
Gregoire Gagnon, Cultural HR Canada
Jennefer Griffith, Food Processing Skills Canada
Joe Baker, Tourism HR Canada
Sara Zeitoun, Trucking HR Canada
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Coffee chat
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

The U of G Professional Development Record
Daniel Poulin, University of Guelph

The FUSION Project at Carleton University: Bridging Experiential Learning, Academic, and Employability Skills in Higher Education
Dr. Lorraine Godden, Dr. Ranilce Guimaraes-Iosif, Dr. Andrea Gorra & Dr. Kathleen Moss, Carleton University

Microcredentials and Work-Integrated Learning: Examining Student and Employer Perspectives
Anne-Marie Fannon & Dr. Brittany Etmanski, University of Waterloo
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 1:1 Speed Networking
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Reimagining the Co-op Services Model Through a Pandemic
Jeremy Reed, Jennifer Artindale & Vivian Chan, University of Waterloo

Assessing Community Readiness for the Future of Work: A Practical Scorecard
Dr. Judene Pretti, University of Waterloo
Thursday, October 28, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sponsor Virtual Lounge
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions

EDI on the Front Lines: Snapshots from the Continuing Journey of Co-operative Education Practitioners to Incorporate a Belonging, Equity, and Inclusion Lens to their Work
Jeremy Steffler, Brent Thornhill, Colleen Phillips-Davis, Derek Leung, Dinuka Gunaratne, University of Waterloo

Work-Integrated Learning and the Development of Lifelong Learners
David W Drewery, & Dr. Judene Pretti, Work-Learn Institute & University of Waterloo

If Policy Creates What’s Possible, What Future of EL and WIL are we Creating?
Dr. Lorraine Godden & Dr. Carolyn Hoessle, Carleton University
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Coffee chat
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Closing Plenary Panel - EDI and Belonging in Experiential Learning
Warren Salmon, President, Black Board International & First Fridays
Lisa Kelly, Program Manager, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Brien Convery, National Director, Early Talent Communities and Inclusive Recruitment, Royal Bank of Canada
Dr. Wendi Adair, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Closing Remarks

Conference agenda is subject to change without notice.

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