January 21, 2015 · by The Learning Partnership · in CelebrationExecutive Leadership. ·

Emidio Piccioni, 2014 COP Winner, accepts his award from James Politeski of Samsung Canada.

It’s awards season. The Golden Globes, The Grammys, The Oscars- all designed to applaud the work of the brightest stars of the year. The eloquent Clooney, the intense Streep, the effervescent Witherspoon. A celebratory moment of a life’s passion and recognition from peers and public.

It’s awards season in Canada too. The Canada’s Outstanding Principals Awards Gala from The Learning Partnership has taken center stage every February in Toronto for the past 11 years. The stars are the principals from across Canada who have been nominated and recognized for their exemplary work by their peers and school communities.

The 2014 Canada’s Outstanding Principals.

The energy in the room of the event is palatable and camaraderie enviable. No one can prepare you for that moment when the award winners walk in to a standing ovation. You bite your lip and try not to let the tears show when they read your nomination and you humbly walk to the stage to receive your award. You hear the cheers of your friends and colleagues- and your students- when you turn to say “thank you.”


Out of the Cold Hamilton

A free hot, nutritious meal will be served every Monday evening 5 p.m. beginning January 12th until March 23rd. At Immanuel Christian Reform Church 61 Mohawk Road West. (Corner of Mohawk rd & West 5th)

All are welcome.... Children Included!


Ontario daycare early childhood educators may see $1/hour raise

In licensed daycares, early childhood educators who earn less than $26 per hour can qualify for the raise

The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 19, 2015 2:22 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 19, 2015 2:22 PM ET

Early childhood educators working in licensed daycares could soon see a raise of one dollar an hour.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the wage increase today in Kingston, Ont., saying it would help close the wage gap between early childhood educators working in full-day kindergarten programs and those in licensed daycares.

Ministry of Education officials say average salaries for those working in full-day kindergarten varies across school boards, but in licensed daycares, early childhood educators who earn less than $26 per hour can qualify for the raise.

The province budgeted $269 million over three years for the wage increase, and daycare operators will have to apply to their municipalities for funding.

Another wage increase is set for next year.

Wynne said the work of early childhood educators has not always been as valued as it should be, calling it a "huge job that requires natural talents, acquired skills and unflagging dedication and patience."





The Innovation & Technology committee of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has had a new “technology education” subcommittee work on getting pilot code clubs started in Hamilton-area elementary schools. In partnership with the HWDSB, the HWCDSB and the IEC of Hamilton, the plan is to launch the pilot in early February. Please contact if you would like to volunteer as a mentor. For more information, go to Software Hamilton:



Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%).


Twenty finalists are chosen who are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE’s Discovery conference and showcase, April 27-28, 2015, in front of a panel of judges from the entrepreneur community.


Based on the live pitches, the judges select six winners who are presented with reserved entry into the Summer Company program, a $750 education voucher from Desire2Learn, a Nymi Band fromNymi and a Muse brain-sensing headband by InteraXon.


Check out the highlights and awards ceremony video from the finalist event at Discovery 2014.


Download the subtitles to the video.


Driving Innovation through Experiential Learning

From the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce 

Performance in strategic sectors of the economy requires individuals equipped with the specialized skills to leverage new technologies and develop new applications that respond to emerging opportunities in the marketplace. Research shows that these specialized skills can best be conferred through experiential, hands-on learning that provides students with exposure to – and an opportunity to learn in – the business environment. The provincial government has an opportunity to propel Ontario to the forefront of innovation by adopting policies that specifically address the demand for experiential learning in Ontario society.

An innovation economy constantly produces new, highly skilled, knowledge-based jobs to support advancements in emerging sectors such as green energy, telecommunications, and digital media. These jobs require individuals with advanced education and specialized skills to leverage new technologies and develop new applications that respond to emerging opportunities in the marketplace. A labour force equipped with the skills and competencies to fill in-demand roles is a key pillar of innovation.

For several years, the OCC has advocated for renewed investment in post-secondary education (PSE) in order to bring per capita funding in line with the Canadian average and guarantee all Ontario students a top quality education. While achieving a more internationally competitive level of annual operating funding will continue to be a key measure of Ontario’s success in driving innovation and human capital formation, it is not simply the level of skills but the types of skills our society possesses that will be responsible for our future success.

Employers from both urban and rural parts of the province identify a deficit of technical, entrepreneurial, and management skills among recent graduates as a significant barrier to seizing new business opportunities.

Evidence suggests that the skills required to capitalize on new opportunities in the marketplace can best be acquired through applied learning opportunities which supplement classroom instruction with firsthand experience of the business environment and business culture. The Ontario Business Education Partnership has found that experiential learning programs deliver positive impacts for students, businesses and local economies, helping to address the ever-increasing demand for workers with higher levels of education, skills and experience. Ontario businesses view work-integrated learning as an important route to improved productivity and enhanced career choices in the 21st century

There is a need for greater opportunities for experiential learning within the provincial education system. In recent years, the Government of Ontario has taken steps to expand experiential learning opportunities across Ontario. The Ministry of Education now requires all school boards to offer school-work programs to interested high-school students, and high school students can now include up to two cooperative credits in their mandatory credits for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The Ministry of Finance offers financial support to businesses that want to take part in co-operative education and apprenticeship programs in the form of tax credits. However, there is much more the government can do to increase participation in experiential learning by students and employers.

New paradigms and models are needed which emphasize the importance and relay the benefits of experiential learning to all stakeholders. A policy-framework that supports experiential learning recognizes that experiential learning begins with kindergarten and continues all the way through to post-secondary education. A full typology of experiential learning programs includes:

•    Corporate Mentorship
•    Apprenticeships
•    Field experience
•    Mandatory professional practice
•    Co-op
•    Internships
•    Applied research projects
•    Service learning

The Ontario government has an important role to play in integrating experiential learning into the fabric of the provincial education system. The government can support the growth of an experiential learning culture through:

•    raising awareness of the benefits of experiential learning for students and employers
•    enhancing the role of business education and employer mentorship at the elementary and high school levels
•    more flexible financial incentives for experiential learning at the post-secondary level
•    creating more opportunities for students to participate in experiential learning within the Ontario public service


The Ontario Chamber of Commerce urges the Government of Ontario to:

1.    Through the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, launch a province-wide education initiative to foster greater awareness of and participation in “experiential learning” at all levels, in order to equip students with the practical, business-related skills required to make a seamless transition from the classroom to the workplace.

2.    Through the Ministry of Education, work with education professionals and the employer community to identify opportunities and determine funding requirements for further integrating business education and employer mentorship programs into curricula and extra-curricular activities at the elementary and secondary school levels.

3.    Through the Ministry of Finance, encourage innovative industry-academia partnerships through more flexible financial incentives which recognize the full typology of experiential learning programs

4.    Lead by example through the creation of inter-disciplinary experiential learning opportunities within the Ontario Public Service (MRI, MEDT, MOE, MOH, MOF, MCSS etc.).

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Passed! Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014

On November 6, 2014, the government passed Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014. The Bill amends a number of Ontario’s labour and employment statutes, with meaningful changes including:

• Expanding the definition of worker to ensure Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage for 
unpaid co-op students and other unpaid learners, which will give them protection under the OHSA 
such as the right to know about workplace hazards and the right to refuse unsafe work

• Holding temporary help agencies and their employer clients accountable for certain employment standards violations, such as failure to pay regular wages, overtime pay, and public holiday entitlements

• Expanding employment protections to cover all foreign employees who come to Ontario under 
an immigration or foreign temporary employee program

For access to Bill 18, please visit: Here 


Protecting Ontario's Most Vulnerable Workers

November 6, 2014 12:10 P.M.

Ministry of Labour

The Ontario legislature today passed The Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014. The act will help protect vulnerable workers, including those who earn minimum wage, do temporary work, and work as temporary foreign workers.  

The legislation includes the following provisions:

Making the Minimum Wage Fair and Predictable


  • Future increases to Ontario's minimum wage are tied to the Consumer Price Index for Ontario. Under the legislation, increases to the minimum wage will be announced by April 1 of each year and come into effect on Oct. 1.

Temporary Help Agency Workers


  • The act amends the Employment Standards Act by introducing 'joint and several liability' between temporary help agencies and their client employers for regular wages, overtime pay, public holiday pay and premium pay for working on a holiday. This would help make clients who use temporary help agency employees more accountable and assist employees in attempting to recover wages owed.
  • The legislation includes amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) that create regulation making authority to allow the government to better protect temp agency workers under the WSIB experience rating programs.


Increased Protections under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)


  • The act removes the $10,000 cap under the ESA on the recovery of wages through a Ministry of Labour order to pay.
  • The time limit for recovery of wages under the ESA is increased from the current six month and 12-month limitation periods to two years.
  • The legislation also requires employers to provide information about rights under the ESA to employees, and in languages other than English where an employee requests a translation and a Ministry of Labour translation is available.
  • The act also gives Ministry of Labour Employment Standards Officers the authority to require employers to conduct a self-audit to determine compliance with the ESA.

Protecting Temporary Foreign Employees


  • The new act extends the application of the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act to all foreign workers in Ontario under an immigration or temporary foreign employee program. This would mean protection against being charged recruitment fees and having personal documents, such as passports, withheld by employers or recruiters.

Protecting Working Co-Op Students


  • The legislation extends coverage under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to unpaid co-op students and other unpaid learners which will give them protection under the OHSA such as the right to know about workplace hazards and the right to refuse unsafe work.


More Canadians Take Their Résumé Digital


The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Oct. 30 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

Last updated Thursday, Oct. 30 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

Canadians have decided they want their résumé and work history in digital form, with about half the country’s work force now using the online networking platform LinkedIn.

There are now 10 million Canadians on LinkedIn, the company announced Thursday, up from about 2 million when the website launched here in 2010. Canada is one of the world’s most active countries on the site, which has 300 million members globally.

“I happy to see it, for sure,” said Brian Church, country manager of Canada and head of sales solutions for North America at LinkedIn Corp. “Ten million is a substantial number.”

The reasons by the growth here are threefold, he said. The Canadian population is an early and high adopter of Internet technology and social media; LinkedIn has added a number of features in recent years to both its free and paid services; and LinkedIn has become “the de facto” way to find a job in today’s market.

“Over the last four years there has been a very strong shift from paper to digital résumés,” he said. And with so much information on the Internet about each person, a LinkedIn profile “provides them a place [where] they control that narrative,” with what they decide to highlight and share with their network about their skills, job and educational history.

In addition, as of Sept. 30, there are more than 150,000 active company pages on LinkedIn that represent businesses located in Canada, the company said, and many post their available jobs on the site.

The vision for LinkedIn in Canada is to have every member of the Canadian work force on the site, all the companies in the country, all their jobs and the skills that are needed to fill them, Mr. Church said.

Then the site can use all that data to help workers, institutions and governments know what skills are in the highest demand, and where there are skills gaps. And students can find out how well graduates from various schools have fared in the job market.

“As we create this large data set – specifically in Canada and then globally – it will be something that changes the economic landscape for all. It is a big goal. To be clear, it’s a vision statement. This is something that we’re looking at manifesting over time.”

Being able to use that real-time data to improve the economy and the outlook for the work force, “it’s not science fiction anymore,” Mr. Church said. “Now it’s just taking it to scale.”

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The Magic of Korea Job World

Career practitioners, your craziest dream just came true in Korea: a careers-themed experience park

By Ji-Yeon Lee

Korea Job World, established in May 15, 2012, is the largest job experience centre for children and teenagers in Korea. As a place where students can cultivate self-directed career development competencies by gaining various job experience, Korea Job World has received such rave reviews that some even call it the “magic box.”

Starting in 2016, the Free Learning Semester System is scheduled to be implemented in all middle schools in Korea for the purpose of creating an educational environment where students can explore their dreams and talents. This semester in middle school will be designated as the “free learning semester,” where there are no school exams. Instead students can develop creativity by experiencing various activities and ultimately get career exploration opportunities through school, which previously has been neglected in the academically-focused Korean education system. During the free learning semester, students are freed from competition and from the obsession with university entrance exams. Rather, they can find out what dreams and talents they have and explore career options. Given that, the role and functions of Korea Job World is expected to gain even more importance going forward.

Korea Job World provides three types of learning experience for students’ career development. First, they can access career planning customized to individual students based on self-understanding. Korea Job World provides support to students so that they can find areas that match their interests and design a career path accordingly. In career consulting rooms, they can access information about various jobs through books and computers and get support for appropriate career planning. Second, they can get an understanding of the world of work through mock job experience and career exploration. Students can intensively experience and explore jobs they are interested in. The Children’s Experience Hall has mock workplaces such as a broadcasting station, a bank, a pizza parlor, etc. where children can get practical work experience in a fun way. The Teenagers’ Experience Hall has 41 experience rooms which cover 65 types of jobs in the fields of public service, business and finance, culture and art, and science and technology, so that teenagers can watch, listen and experience the works of various careers. Third, they can form sound perceptions of jobs and establish their vision for future careers. Through audiovisual materials, students can peek into the lives of workers who overcame adversities and made their dreams come true. They also can look through positions from the past, present and future, to better forecast what changes will come in the world of jobs and establish their own career vision accordingly.

The significance of Korea Job World lies in the fact that it provides one-stop services for self-directed career development, so that students can cultivate sound perceptions of jobs and pursue self-understanding, career exploration and future career planning. It would be more desirable if students had actual interaction with workers who are enthusiastically working in the field. However, Korea Job World may be the best place for young people in Korea to learn how to find their dreams and talents in a country where such places for youth to experience jobs are in short supply.

Dr Ji-Yeon Lee is the Director of the Career Development Center and a Senior Research Fellow at the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education & Training (KRIVET). She’s also the editor of The Journal of Korea Career Education Research and the Vice-President of the Korea Career Education Association. She holds a PhD from Ohio State University.

New Director of Education to Head Up HWCDSB

Hamilton, ON – Trustees of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board today (September 30, 2014) announced the selection of David Hansen as Director of Education, effective November 24, 2014.

Over the past 26 years, Mr. Hansen has held a variety of roles, including Elementary Teacher, Elementary Vice-Principal, Elementary Principal, Principal of Programs, Assistant Superintendent of Education, and most recently, Superintendent of Education with responsibility for a large administrative/academic portfolio and the Cardinal Newman family of schools. As Superintendent, Mr. Hansen was instrumental in leading and supporting the integration and use of technology in schools and Board operations.

“We are extremely pleased with the appointment,” said Chairperson Patrick J. Daly. “Throughout his nearly three decades of service, Mr. Hansen has demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence and has given witness to the mission of Catholic education. His experience, outstanding leadership and vision will serve our Catholic school system well over the next number of years.”

“Mr. Hansen’s understanding of 21st century learning technologies and use of data to inform student achievement are balanced by a strong faith life and genuine concern for the disadvantaged,” Daly added. “Appreciating the strong foundation that his predecessors have helped to build, the Board is convinced that Mr. Hansen is the right person at this time.”

Mr. Hansen expressed his appreciation to the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to lead and serve the Board and the students entrusted to its care.

“I am truly humbled to have been selected for this position of profound responsibility,” said David Hansen. “I welcome the challenges that lie ahead and commit to the students, families, trustees and staff of the Board my service to ensure that this Catholic school system continues its essential contributions to the life of this Diocese and this city.”

Mr. Hansen is a graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School, McMaster University (B.A.), and Brock University, where he earned a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Education in Administration & Leadership in Education.

Mac Professor Advised Province on Education Reforms

Hamilton Spectator

A McMaster professor is one of four experts the Ontario government has tapped to advise it on reforms to the provincial education system.

Jean Clinton is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences in the university's medical school who specializes in child psychiatry.

She joined three other special advisers — two University of Toronto education professors and an expert from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College — on the provincial file.

Their report, Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario, released in July, lays out the province's goals.

"Brains are sculpted by experiences and connections," Clinton said in a McMaster media release. "The new reforms will support this by focusing on children's natural competence and capacity for learning, curiosity and desire to explore and learn about their world in the earliest years of schooling, while still maintaining high expectations."

Clinton has experience in efforts to improve infant and child development in Hamilton and elsewhere in Ontario. She focuses on encouraging healthy brain development in babies through stimulating environments and positive relationships, the release noted. 


Introducing: Threshold School of Building

Threshold School of Building is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to practical and sustainable community development in the Hamilton area.


This is achieved through:

  • Training the next generation of construction trades workers through our youth-at-risk program, Ready To Work
  • Providing renovation and construction services to local charities, non-profit groups and neighbourhood associations
  • Utilizing our community building projects as on-site laboratories for volunteers and students
  • Supporting diversity and encouraging active participation by all members of the community
  • Mentoring students and volunteers with respect to essential life skills and work ethics
  • Maintaining a close working relationship with employment agencies and service providers
  • Teaching hands-on home renovation techniques to the general public
  • Participating in other community programs

Check out the website HERE

SBEC New Starter Company Program

 The Small Business Enterprise Centre would like to invite you to learn more about the Starter Company program available for individuals who wish to start their own full-time business. This program offers individuals 18-29 years of age the opportunity to participate in training and business skills development, mentorship opportunities, and funding options up to $5,000 that will assist them in starting and maintaining a business within the Hamilton region.     Please contact the SBEC if you wish to attend. We look forward to seeing you.     Starter Company Overview and Networking Lunch  Tuesday, September 9, 2014  11:30am – 1:30pm  Small Business Enterprise Centre  71 Main Street West, Hamilton  (905) 540-6400

The Small Business Enterprise Centre would like to invite you to learn more about the Starter Company program available for individuals who wish to start their own full-time business. This program offers individuals 18-29 years of age the opportunity to participate in training and business skills development, mentorship opportunities, and funding options up to $5,000 that will assist them in starting and maintaining a business within the Hamilton region.


Please contact the SBEC if you wish to attend. We look forward to seeing you.


Starter Company Overview and Networking Lunch

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

11:30am – 1:30pm

Small Business Enterprise Centre

71 Main Street West, Hamilton

(905) 540-6400