2015 Ontario Regional Conference

December 8, 2015




The 2015 Ontario Regional Conference will take place on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at The Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University and will be attended by over 120 employers, career services professionals and co-op educators.  Join CACEE for a full day of professional development and industry networking, along with thought-provoking speaker presentations. The 2015 Ontario Regional Conference is a can’t-miss industry event!



8:30 AM – Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:15 AM– Conference Opening

9:30 AM – Quick Hits Plenaries

We asked for some of the hot topics on your mind – and, you delivered.  CACEE is pleased to kick-off the 2015 Ontario Regional Conference with a series of Quick Hit sessions that will tackle some of the ‘game changing’ issues that are at the forefront of the campus recruitment space.

Each session will involve a 20 minute presentation from a renowned thought leader and expert on the topic, followed by 10 minute Q & A sessions moderated by our conference co-chairs.  Four sessions in all will make for a great kick start to our learning and key takeaways for the day.

Topics include:  Generation Z, Recruitment and Talent Management in a Global Marketplace, Innovation in Graduate Recruitment Programs, and Positioning Career Services as a Critical Partner in Post-Secondary Institutions.

12:15 PM– Lunch

1:00 PM – Employability Skills Gap Panel

Canadian employers, large and small, report that they are having a hard time finding entry-level candidates with the skills they seek. Meanwhile, Canada’s youth are experiencing an unemployment rate twice as high as the rate for the general population. At face value, it would seem that the solution to one problem lies in the solution to the other, but it isn’t that simple. Employers will tell you that graduates lack the skills needed in the contemporary workforce. As the economy improves they expect this challenge will persist and possibly worsen. On the other hand, colleges and universities are producing more graduates than ever from a broad range of programs. What’s missing? What can be done?

Representatives of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario will report on research done by each organization on the subject of employer needs and what might be done to better connect talent with opportunity.  

2:00 PM – Break

2:15 PM– Breakout Sessions

These sessions are an opportunity for a deeper dive with your colleagues into one of four areas that are at the forefront of campus recruitment and career education.   Each ‘breakout’ will be facilitated by a passionate career educator or employer using a unique format and style to maximize the learning and discussion.  The topics on-tap are:

Mentorship – Best Practice Sharing

Student Experience – Panel Discussion w Students and Alumni

Diversity – 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes: Brainstorming Strategy Session

Experiential Learning – Best Practice Sharing

3:15 PM - Break

3:30 PM – Capstone & Closing

After a full day of sparking ideas, discussing priority issues, and rekindling connection we invite you to join us for a capstone session that is sure to inspire.  This is a chance to let the best practices, innovative ideas, and strategies for success in your work you have experienced gel.  Together, we will focus in on the notion of ‘Change’ and becoming the agents of change that help us to realize the reality we want for ourselves, our work, and ultimately, the impact we have on our primary stakeholder…students.

4:30 PM - Holiday Social



Delgate List

 Please find the delegate list for the 2015 Ontario Regional Conference here.


 Program and Speaker Highlights

Quick Hit Plenary Sessions

 A series of four 20 minute talks on ‘hot topics’ in the campus recruitment space! Don’t worry, we’ve also built in time to each session to have the burning questions on your mind answered!!

Positioning Career Services as a Critical Partner in Post-Secondary Institutions     

Senior Policy Advisors
Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities

Generation Z are here!

Dr. Frances Tuer - Assistant Professor (Human Resources and Management)
Degroote School of Business, McMaster University

Talent Management in a Global Marketplace        

Mat Westcott - Head of Global Campus and Diversity Talent Acquisition
TD Bank Group

Innovation in Graduate Recruitment Programs

Franca Di Dio -  Senior Manager, Student & Alumni Programs
Rogers Communications

Issues Panel: Skills Shortages and Youth Unemployment –
Patching the Leaks in the Talent Pipeline

In what promises to be a thought provoking discussion, CACEE Executive Director Paul Smith will moderate a panel focused on the ‘Skills Gap’ – is it fact, fiction, or simply a disconnect in communication?  What can we as employers and career educators do to respond to an issue that is at the forefront of the news headlines and has trickle down effects across our work with students.     

Joe Blomeley, Senior Associate
Canadian Council of Chief Executives

Dan Kelly, President & Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

Fiona Dellar, Executive Director – Policy & Partnerships
Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)

Capstone & Closing Keynote -            

Andrea Cohen-Barrack, Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Trillium Foundation


Still Undecided?

Hear what others are saying about why they are investing in and attending the 2015 Ontario Regional Conference –

“CACEE events benefit both me personally and my organization greatly, because of the relationships that I’ve made and continue to foster”                                                                  

Sherri Dickie, Canadian Campus Recruiting Manager, Vector Marketing Canada/Cutco Cutlery

 “Attending the CACEE Ontario Regional Conference has been a great way to reconnect with educator and employer colleagues after the intensity of the fall recruiting season‎. It's been a place to share experiences, discuss issues, learn and re-energize”.

Jan Basso, Director, Co-operative Education & Career Development - Wilfrid Laurier University

 A big thank you for the support of our 2015 CACEE Ontario Regional Conference Sponsors


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is a great way to build long lasting brand relationships and keep top of mind with your target audience! It is also a way to showcase your leadership in and support for the work being done by career educators and recruiters alike to help students realize their goals in their school to work transition.


Click here to take a look at the sponsorship opportunities still available.


For more information please reach out to our Sponsorship Chair, Trevor Buttrum, at tbuttrum@insuranceinstitute.ca


We are also offering a group rate of $825.00 for 5 attendees from the same organization, to avail of this rate please contact Paul Smith at pauls@cacee.com


For questions about the 2015 Ontario Regional Conference please contact Paul Smith at pauls@cacee.com