The college was joined by its campus partner, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, in hosting the 2016 Summit on Talent and Skills in the New Economy, which was presented by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition to Premier Wynne sharing her thoughts in a panel discussion, the day also included keynote addresses from MTCU Minister Reza Moridi and Education Minister Liz Sandals.
“We’ve all come together with a common goal of helping Ontario’s workforce adapt to the demands of a technology-driven knowledge economy,” said Don Lovisa, president, Durham College. “This particular goal resonates with me because of its strong alignment with Durham College’s commitment to producing graduates with the professional and technical qualifications required to meet the ongoing advancement and changes in today’s labour market.”
The day featured presentations and panel discussions on topics such as building a highly skilled workforce and the value of partnerships between employers and post-secondary institutions with a view to skills development. This included the ‘What Do Youth Think? Perspectives from Student Leaders on Pathways’ panel, which was moderated by Lovisa. All the discussions will help inform the work of the Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel.
Students in DC’s Culinary Management program were also given the opportunity to prepare food for the summit’s mid-morning break, enabling them to showcase the college’s commitment to field to fork through its Centre for Food, to the more than 300 guests in attendance.
“As we look toward the future, I truly believe that events such as today’s skills summit, which has brought together such a strong group of leaders, will enable us to bridge the gap between education, training and skills development and ensure our economy is both prosperous and competitive – now and in the future,” said Lovisa.