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Plenary III


Moderator:  Dr. Alice Cassidy, Chair, 3M National Student Fellowship, University of British Columbia

Host institution student representatives: Rebecca Bourgault, Champlain College St-Lambert; Laura Beach, Concordia University; Alexandre Beaupré-Lavallée, Université de Montréal; Jessica Barudin, McGill University; Alex Pritz, McGill University

3M National Student Fellows:  Cameron Bell, University of Northern British Columbia; Selena Demenoff, University of Northern British Columbia; Pascal Genest-Richard, McGill University; Ray Charles Howard, Ryerson University; Jolène Labbé, University of Guelph; Johanna Lewis, University of Toronto; Mimi Liu, University of Toronto; Sarah Nichols, Carleton University; Alex Pritz, McGill University; Alannah Robinson, University of Waterloo

Plenary Title

Blind curves or open roads? Student leaders speak on the future of Canadian post-secondary education


Friday June 22, 2012 - 11:30 - 1:00 pm

Plenary Description

Much of the commentary on the quality of learning and the undergraduate experience we hear is about yesterday from the eyes of everyone except those who are in the driver’s seat—students. In this plenary, you will hear from thoughtful student leaders who are fully engaged on their journey into tomorrow.  These students have been selected as winners based on their current successes in moving post-secondary education forward in positive ways.  They will shift our perspective from the rearview mirror to the road ahead as they share their outlook on the future of post-secondary education. In this session, we will hear the voices of the host institution student representatives and 3M National Student Fellows who have a passionate and vested interest in the quality and shape of post-secondary education. What will be the idea of post-secondary education in the future? What forces will shape tomorrow’s institutions?  Who are the new travellers and what is the terrain they will be travelling through? This plenary will provide an opportunity for discussion and debate, identify avenues for future action, and, most importantly—will allow student voices to lead this important discussion.