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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.  

Featured Sessions

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.

  • North America: CEWIL/CEIA Matt Rempel
  • Australia/NZ: ACEN/WILNZ Michelle Eady 
  • Europe: ASET / European Regional Office Kristina Johansson
  • Asia: Thai/ASEAN/Japan Regional Office Issra Pramoolsook
  • Africa: Dr. Charles Lebon Mberi Kimpolo

Matt’s passion is in post-secondary education and student success.  Joining Sheridan College in 2014, he created the Career-Integrated Learning department and serves as the elected President for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada.  Matt is a graduate of an Executive MBA program, a CivicAction Fellow, and earned a Doctor of Education degree. 

Associate Professor Michelle J. Eady lectures in Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of the Arts Social Science and the Humanities (ASSH) at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Michelle is a proud Fellow of the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), a Fellow of HERDSA and a senior fellow of AdvanceHE (SFHEA). Awarded a national Office of Teaching and Learning (OLT) citation for excellence and innovation in teaching, her current research interests include teacher education, work-integrated learning (WIL), communities of practice, and Indigenous strengths. Most recently, she has served as a research lead at Elon University Centre for Engaged Learning (CEL) institutes (2019-2021 and 2022-2024) researching connections between WIL and writing transfer and WIL and student voice. Professor Eady proudly serves as the incoming ISSOTL President and director of the Australian 
Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and World Association for Collaborative Education (WACE) and looks forward to continuing advancing important WIL and SoTL work worldwide through collaborations with colleagues and students.

Kristina Johansson is an associate professor in work integrated learning she is also a head of department for national economy, law and statistics. She is one of five research leaders in WACE, World Association of Cooperative Education. Together with colleagues she is also one of the founders of Global WIL. The research is right now focusing on students learning, leadership, validation of knowledge and curricula design. The teaching assignments is fore most within the PhD Education in WIL at University.

Issra Pramoolsook is international liaison officer for the Thai Association for Cooperative Education (TACE) and contact person for WACE Regional Office at Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) for Asia and the Pacific. He has facilitated placements of international students for cooperative and work-integrated experiences in Thailand for over ten years.

Dr. Charles Lebon Mberi Kimpolo is the Director of the Industry Initiative and Head of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) at the Global Network Secretariat of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI). For the last couple of years, Charles brought strategic oversight and direction to the AIMS Industry Initiative across the Network, with the aim to broaden the scope and breadth of partnerships with industry in Africa and beyond. Charles leads the implementation of Work Integrated Learning programs at AIMS to develop new industry needs-driven capacity development programs and support AIMS graduates in their transition to employment, entrepreneurship and further study. Charles’s dream is to position AIMS-NEI as the industry’s leading academic partner in Africa that achieves industry and economic advancement of the continent.

Employer Showcase - The Future of work: engaging work-integrated learning to achieve innovation, entrepreneurship & economic recovery in an uncertain world

Moderated by Dr. Norah McRae and featuring panelists from various organizations who participate in work-integrated learning (WIL), this panel discussion will showcase the employer perspective on how WIL can achieve innovation, foster entrepreneurship and contribute to economic recovery.

               Norah McRae

            Ruhuni De Alwis           Amaryllis Jones                 Stephen Harrington                 Naveed Zahid


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.

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