Bridging the Skills Gap: Successful Industry-Academic Partnerships

Date(s) - 9 May 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ontario Trade and Investment Centre


The pending technological revolution along with looming demographic trends is set to rapidly change the global economy. These changes will put unprecedented pressure on industries and businesses worldwide, and Ontario is no exception.

In an effort to mitigate this impact, educational institutions and industry sectors are building partnerships to develop curriculum programs with industry applications.  Many in the field hope this approach will address the widening skills gap in the Canadian labour market.

The Intergovernmental Committee for Economic and Labour Development commissioned Dr. Lok Bhattari to conducted a series of case studies on industry-academic partnerships in Ontario and identify areas for policy and program development.

We invite you to join us as we share the details of this report, followed by an opportunity to continue the analysis with a panel discussion on industry-post secondary partnerships.  The discussion will include how these partnerships start, and the types of challenges faced when building and delivering these skills partnership models. Panelists will also comment on the policy opportunity to apply these skills development programs to a broader scale.

Date:  May 9th, 2017

Registration and Networking – 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Formal Program – 9:30 a.m. to Noon

Location: OITC (250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor)


  • Dr. Tom Murad, Director at Siemens Engineering and Technology Academy
  • Marc Lijour, Director of Savoir-Faire Linux – Toronto Office
  • Carolyn Hyde, Manager Partnerships, Centennial College (Bombardier-Centennial Partnership)
  • Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Associate Dean, School of Engineering at Sheridan College
  • Janna Erichsen, Chief, Part Time Studies, Centennial College

There is no cost to participate in this event.  Refreshments will be provided.   Seating capacity is limited so please register here by no later than May 1, 2017.   We look forward to seeing you!

Please click here to access the report!


ICE Committee