Univation

February 5 and 6, 2018
National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Universities innovating to prepare students for a disrupted world

How can universities, civil society and private-sector partners work together to advance a shared agenda, unleash greater innovation and experimentation, and help Canada meet its future skills, innovation and workforce needs?

This national forum will bring together university, public service, business and civil society leaders – as well as students and young entrepreneurs –  to explore the challenges  and opportunities around preparing Canada’s young people for the future.

Preliminary program

Monday, February 5, 2018

11:30 am: Registration


12:00 – 1:30 pm: Opening keynote and lunch

Opening comments and welcome remarks by Scott Haldane, president, Rideau Hall Foundation, and Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada

Keynote speech –   Speaker to be confirmed.

Q&A to follow


1:45 – 3:00 pm: Session 1 – Innovations in teaching and learning

How can we change institutional models of teaching and learning as well as partnerships to build the resilient and adaptable workforce of the future? How can innovative approaches, risks and experimentation in teaching be part of the university of the future? This armchair discussion will explore the innovations in teaching and learning that will be required to equip graduates for success in a changing, disrupted global knowledge economy.

Q&A to follow


3:30 – 4:45 pm: Session 2 – Innovations to improve student access and success

This session will advance the conversation about how universities and civil society are advocating to make university education more accessible to all and to build pathways to success.

Q&A to follow


6:30 – 9:00 pm: Evening reception and dinner

Location: TwentyTwo at the Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive

Keynote speech –   Speaker to be confirmed

Tuesday, February 6

8:00 – 9:00 am: Networking breakfast


9:00 – 10:15 am: Session 3 – Innovations in experiential learning

How can universities, industry and non-profit partners experiment and innovate to ensure that the youth of today are “getting their hands dirty” and bridging more seamlessly into the job market?  This session will explore innovations taking place in experiential learning across disciplines with a focus on identifying opportunities for replication and scale up.

Q&A to follow


10:45 – noon: Session 4 – Innovations in entrepreneurial education

Entrepreneurial mentoring programs, business incubators, and start-up support services have experienced significant growth on Canadian campuses over the last decade and are expanding to a wide range of disciplines. This session will explore how universities are transforming education to create a new class of entrepreneurs equipped with skills for the 21st century.

Q&A to follow


12:15 – 1:30 pm: Luncheon discussion: Innovating the student experience

Interactive and informal small-table dialogue on innovating the student experience led by student representatives


1:45 – 3:00 pm: Session 5 – Unleashing innovations: a shared agenda

This interactive session will focus universities and employers collaborating to unleash innovative and scalable practices that will help prepare Canadians for future skills. How we can work together better to meet needs of changing world and what we need to do differently?


3:00 – 3:30 pm: Session 6 – The Last Word: My Canada 2067

Students and young entrepreneurs will provide their perspective on how universities, employers and civil society can innovate to help prepare youth for the next 50 years.

Presented in partnership with

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Universities Canada