• Spring Symposium 2020
  • Theme: 20:20 Vision for a Highly Skilled Future

  • Spring Symposium 2020
  • Theme: 20:20 Vision for a Highly Skilled Future

  • Spring Symposium 2020
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Please check back to this 2020 Symposium page for presentations and other symposium materials and information.

2020 SCWI Spring Symposium

On behalf of the Symposium Organizing Committee I'd like to thank our Keynote Panel, Cesare Di Donato, Carol Simpson and Stephen Speers along with all the presenters, moderators, facilitators, tech supporters and especially the attendees for helping to make the 2020 Annual Symposium one of the best attended, and certainly the most unique in our 23 year history. As of today, we don't know if this year's virtual symposium was an innovative response to an unprecedented situation or the beginning of a new era. In either case thank you for contributing to this incredible moment in SCWI history.

David Armstrong
Project Officer
School-College-Work Initiative

Symposium - A Virtual Success!

Scenario – it is the middle of March and the decision is made to cancel the face-to-face Symposium. Inquiry – can we do a virtual symposium? Take a look – In consultation with David, Sonja, Diane and Larry attend a virtual conference with 500 other attendees on “How to Go Virtual.” Information received is that it could take 6 to 9 months to fully prepare for a virtual conference/symposium. Brainstorming – Sonja using her experience with ADOBE Connect suggests an attempt mock -up to identify if it is possible. The mock-up appeared to show feasibility at “getting it done.”

The date had been set at May 12th which left only 8 weeks to pull it together. The Symposium Planning Team was consulted and agreed that it could be possible. And so, the word went out to the masses (RPTs) for potential workshops and networking Sessions; for Presenters and Facilitators; for Moderators and Tech Supporters and the response was overwhelming. ADOBE Connect was available and supportive. There were a few challenges –the delayed arrival of the ADOBE Connect platform; on-going communications with the many persons involved, setting up dates for the many people involved for ADOBE Connect familiarization, practice sessions, dress rehearsals, open house for attendees to check their connections, … There were many anxious moments with invitation and registration glitches, wi-fi connections, speaker connections, putting in the necessary time… With limitations on the number of ADOBE rooms that could be used and the number of attendees each room could accommodate, there was some anxiety about being able to accommodate all who would like to register. Unfortunately, there were communications from several potential attendees who could not register due to the sessions being full. With approximately 350 registrations, all Workshop and Networking session were full.

The follow-up survey will indicate the success of the virtual symposium. The anecdotal feedback following the Symposium has all been incredibly positive. Thanks to all who helped make this symposium a success – the Presenters, the Facilitators, the Moderators, the Tech Support, and the Symposium Planning Team. A special thanks goes to Sonja who put in an amazing amount of time and effort towards ensuring all went well and it did.

Larry Archibald
SCWI Liaison

Symposium Draw Winners

Rosie Hessian, Chair, Conestoga College, RPT 7
- 1 free night stay donated by Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport

Joe Valerio, OYAP Coordinator, London District CDSB, RPT 10
- 1 free night stay donated by Fairfield Inn & Suites Toronto Airport

Leonard Bumbacco, OYAP Coordinator, Waterloo CDSB, RPT 7
- 1 free night stay donated by Hampton Inn & Suites Toronto Airport

Symposium Survey

Hi everyone,

Surveys of past Symposia have been very important in showing the success of the workshop and networking sessions and providing information to assist in the organization of the next year's Symposium.

We are again counting on your feedback from the 2020 SCWI/IJECT Symposium, “20:20 Vision for a Highly Skilled Future”, in order for us to plan a 2021 Symposium that meets your needs.

Please take a few moments to complete this year's survey at the following link before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3rd. If you would like to be entered into a draw for one of the prizes, then make sure you fill in the identification fields.


All the best,


New this Year: Pre-Symposium Activities

You are welcome to participate in any of the Pre-Symposium On-Demand Recordings, in addition to the events scheduled for May 12, 2020.

    • An Introduction to the School-College-Work Initiative and Dual Credits
      Presented by Sonja Vandermeer, Provincial SCWI Program Co-ordinator.
    • New to the School-College-Work Initiative? View this pre-Symposium recorded webinar to learn more about this successful initiative that helps eligible students graduate from secondary school and have a seamless transition to college and apprenticeship. (Recorded April 14, 2020).
      View Webinar

    • J_Clinton

      Dr. Jon Callegher
      Executive Director - Job Talks
    • Balanced Intelligence: Why Skilled Trades are Better(2019)
      Skilled tradespeople are among the most fulfilled workers in the country. Learn about Balanced Intelligence and promoting pathways to Skilled Trades.
      Watch video.

    • J_Clinton

      Dr. Jean M. Clinton BMus MD FRCP(C)
    • Connecting with Adolescent Learners – The Heart of Well-Being” (2018)
      Learn how we can focus on harnessing the novelty, creativity, and emotional intelligence teens have due to their “adolescent brain”
      Watch video.

    • S_Middleton

      Dr. Stuart Middleton
      Director of External Relations Manukau IT, NZ
    • Breeching the Walls: A New Way of Bringing Success to Students” (2017)
      Learn about the Tertiary High School in New Zealand where failing grade 9 students are brought to the MIT to complete high school and tertiary technical skills qualifications.
      Watch video.

    • Brian_Weishar

      Brian Weishar
      Simcoe Muskoka Catholic DSB
    • Adolescents Can Learn Anything: The Growth Mindset Explained for Teachers” (2015)
      Learn about the adolescent brain, the educator’s role in shaping it, and approaching learning with a growth mindset to help teens.
      Slides and Audio.

  • Notes:

    • Adobe Connect recordings work best in the Classic mode.
    • You do not need to register for these Pre-Symposium Activities.

    If you are looking for something interesting to read, visit the SCWI Research, Reports and Conferences webpage, and view the most recent SCWI Newsletter online.

Links to archives from the last three Symposia are provided below.

The archive files contain the workshop PowerPoint presentations and other symposium resource information.