Synergy 2011

October 6 – 7, 2011
Hilton Garden Inn (Toronto Airport West) • 1870 Matheson Blvd • Mississauga, ON • L4W 0B3
  1. Exchange ideas via a focused networking event to further the interests of those already involved in or contemplating involvement in this dynamic education corridor
  2. Explore opportunities in this burgeoning sector and build an awareness & collaborative approach in sharing each other’s experiences and pitfalls to avoid. An opportunity to highlight your programs to peers and receive effective marketing tips, network with stakeholders active in both markets and benefit from existing synergies


October 6

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Opening remarks by Dr. Sheila Embleton, President-Canada India Education Council (CIEC)
9:15 - 9:25 a.m. Synergy 2011 overview by Husain F. Neemuchwala, Chief Operations Officer & Executive Director, CIEC
9:25 - 10:05 a.m. Inaugural Address: Knowledge Mobilization? : The Canada India context by Prof. Balbir Sahni, Professor Emeritus, Concordia University & Co-Chair, Education Working Group-Focus India
10:05 - 10:20 a.m. NETWORKING BREAK I
10:20 - 11:40 a.m. SESSION I: ‘Good practices’ in building & managing relationships: Led by Directors of 3 University Int’l offices, the panel will discuss the caveats, successes & challenges of partnerships with Indian Universities and reflect on the evolution of their partnerships over the past year. Moderator-Rachel Lindsey, Sr. Policy Analyst-AUCC
11:40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. SESSION II: Updates on Canada India Higher Education cooperation & promotion of Canada as a study destination by Claude Bibeau & Lee-Anne Hermann, Deputy Director, Intl Education & Youth, Foreign Affairs & International Trade
12:20 - 1:20 p.m. WORKING LUNCH. Remarks by Hon. Preeti Saran, Consul General of India-Toronto accompanied by Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew, PC, Chair, Canada India Education Council (CIEC)
1:20 - 1:40 p.m. SESSION III: Launch of iCARE (Indian Canadian Advisors Representing Excellence) addressing the need for ‘agent accreditation’ & more transparency from ‘consultants’ and a quick overview on CIEC’s upcoming Fall Mission to India.
1:40 - 2:45 p.m. SESSION IV: Update on the ‘Student Partners Program’ (SPP) in India by Dominique Van de Maele, Senior Project Officer, International Partnerships-ACCC
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. SPEED DATING: 1 minute self introductions of Institutions & what they would like to achieve in either country (recruiting, joint programming...). Responses | suggestions from the audience or those who simply wish to connect.
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. SESSION V: International Education & Provinces | Territories of Canada by Dr. Andrew Parkin, Director Gen-CMEC
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. SESSION VI: Update from ‘Canadian Consortium for International Education Marketing’ by Jennifer Humphries-CBIE
5:00 - 5:20 p.m. SESSION VII: Provincial dialogue | updates on ‘India focused initiatives’. Moderated by Dr. Sheila Embleton, Provinces & Territories (invited) have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing efforts and initiatives in India.
5:20 - 6:30 p.m. COCKTAILS and RECEPTION (1 drink included + cash bar)

October 7

9:15 - 9:25 a.m. Welcome remarks by Kam Rathee, Vice-Chair, CIEC
9:25 - 10:25 a.m. SESSION VIII: Canada-India academic cooperation: "Opportunities and Challenges for a major University" by Prof. Deep Saini, Vice-President, U of Toronto & Principal, Univ. of Toronto (Mississauga) and Dr. Mario Pinto, VP Research-Simon Fraser University, BC
10:25 - 11:00 a.m. SESSION IX: How a mid-sized Canadian College is working the ‘India market’ by Dr. Faith Ratchford (Fleming College)
11:00 - 11:20 a.m. NETWORKING BREAK I
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. SESSION X: "Research insights to enhanced student recruitment from India & ISPS survey results" by Bruce Thompson & Ken Steele-Academica Group Inc.
12:20 - 1:00 p.m. Valedictory address: Dimensions of Canada-India education collaboration and Co-operation: Looking Beyond Education Summit 20011 by Dr. Braj Sinha, President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. WORKING LUNCH. Update from Dr. Lalu Mansinha on the Ontario-Maharashtra-Goa (OMG) program & a cross directional push for higher levels of collaboration in Research & Higher Education.
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. VOTE of THANKS by Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew, PC, Chair, CIEC
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS by Hon. Deepak Obhrai M.P., P.C., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation

Besides negotiating a special rate of $159 per night, the Hilton Garden Inn hotel will provide complimentary airport transfers for all delegates flying in | out. The last date to Register for Synergy 2011 is Sept 16 and to take advantage of the discounted hotel rate, you must reserve by September 26 by clicking here. For registered delegates arriving from India for Synergy 2011, CIEC is pleased to provide 1 night FREE stay at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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