Fireside chat with The Right Honourable David Johnston
Time: June 29, 2023, 1 p.m.
WACE is pleased to announce a fireside chat with the Right Honourable David Johnston at the 23rd annual WACE World Conference. During his session, David Johnston will examine lessons from his latest book, Empathy which discusses how to turn compassion into action. He will also explore educators' role in helping to guide today's youth to find purpose in their careers while navigating an uncertain and volatile world.
The Right Honourable David Johnston was Canada’s 28th governor general. During his mandate, he established the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), a registered charity that supports and amplifies the Office of the Governor General in its work to connect, honour and inspire Canadians. Today, he is actively involved as Chair of the RHF Board of Directors. In 2018, he was appointed Colonel to the Royal Canadian Regiment. Prior to his installation as governor general, Mr. Johnston was a professor of law for 45 years, and served as President of the University of Waterloo for two terms, Principal of McGill University for 3 terms. He was president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec.
He was the first non-U.S. citizen to be elected chair at Harvard University’s Board of Overseers from which he graduated in 1963 magna cum laude and was twice named all-American in hockey and was named to Harvard’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He holds degrees from Harvard, Cambridge and Queen’s and has received more than three dozen honorary degrees or fellowships. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 books. He was named Companion of the Order of Canada in 1997. He has chaired or served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees, and has served on the boards of more than a dozen public companies. He has been married for 56 years to Sharon and they have 5 daughters and 14 grandchildren.
Dr. Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo
Dr. Vivek Goel is the University of Waterloo's President and Vice-Chancellor. He has held a number of senior leadership roles at the University of Toronto including as VicePresident and Provost and most recently as Vice-President Research and Innovation. He served as founding President and CEO of Public Health Ontario from 2008 until 2014 and also as a founding scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). Goel has served as Chief Academic Strategist with Coursera, a global platform that connects universities and learners with online courses. Goel obtained his medical degree from McGill University and completed post-graduate medical training in Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Goel obtained a master’s degree (MSc) in Community Health from U of T and a master’s degree (MS) in Biostatistics from Harvard University School of Public Health.
Around the WIL World in 60 Minutes
Speakers from regions across the globe will share their perspectives on work-integrated learning (WIL) and how it relates to their location. Topics will include WIL updates, challenges and opportunities for WIL and the future of WIL in their region.
Notes about the 2023 conference:
WACE 2023 will be hosted in-person at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. However, as international restrictions and travel guidelines continue to evolve due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference format is subject to change.
Continue to check this page for updates to the WACE 2023 conference programming.