Higher Education Summit 2019

I’m excited for the higher education summit. I’ve been to many conferences but there’s something special about this one. This year marks my third year coming here to Toronto with the St. Lawrence College Board of Governors, and I have to say, I have taken away something of value every single year.

In 2017, it was Daniel Pink who resonated. He spoke about motivation, carving out “islands of autonomy”… both practices which have influenced my teaching since. That year I also took my Good Governance certificate, 1.5 days of digging into the responsibilities of governance, and I continue to be appreciative of having had that opportunity.

Last year, I recall a session on digital skills and the future of education. It was also my first time hearing Chantal Hébert speak…and she blew me away with her brilliant analysis of political events. I wanted to come again this year in large part because she is returning.

And then there’s the Premier’s Awards, and honestly, I’m always #ProudToBeSLC, but seeing the caliber of some of our graduates—and indeed graduates from all of Ontario’s colleges—well, it is an excellent reminder of why we do what we do. I’m honoured to play even the small role I do in the journey of our students.

In addition to all that, there are the people. Getting a chance to connect with colleagues not just from other campuses, but also from various departments and organizational levels is something I truly value. Only Connect is a good motto, and I have made many fabulous connections here, exchanging ideas and thoughts that in my opinion enrich the work we do when we get back to the office.

It’s hard to explain. It’s just a conference. But as with many conferences, I come away feeling uplifted, optimistic, and brimming with ideas.

Looking forward to tomorrow. Ready to dive in.

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