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Thursday, April 28

Time Event Location
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Registration Sheraton Centre
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration Dawson College,
4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Opening Night Event: A Montreal Feast for the Senses (including taste)
Dawson’s beautiful gem of a gallery is located just inside the main entrance on de Maisonneuve. The newly expanded Gallery will feature the work of Dawson students involved in a bold initiative called SPACE (Sciences Participating in Arts and Culture in Education) exploring this year’s theme of Vision(s).
On the menu: sparkling water, wine, and our special conference cocktail, the SWAAC in Montreal Metropolitan (like a cosmopolitan, but better), plus hors d’oeuvres, and not one, but two food stations, one a Montreal smoked meat carving station, served on rye, and a poutine bar.
Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery, Dawson College

Friday, April 29

Time Event Location
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast Sheraton Centre
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks Sheraton Centre
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address: When Women Lead
Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and a founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan. A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid and foreign policy, her address on women in leadership combines humour and personal reflections on women in the 21st century and why the women’s movement is unfinished everywhere. Dr. Nutt’s often satirical take on hot topics such as “Lean In” and whether “women can have it all” offers an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining examination of the challenges women still face in the world and how women (and men) can advocate for change.

Dr. Samantha Nutt
Sheraton Centre
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break Sheraton Centre
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Addressing Sexual Violence on Campus: It’s On Us
The focus on the problem of sexual violence in our schools, at every level of education and across North America, has never been so sharp. The US Vice-President Joe Biden used the unlikely forum of the Academy Awards to launch the It’s On Us awareness campaign, urging everyone to take a stand against sexual assault. Is this call to action enough? Eminent law professor Joanne St. Lewis will address the issue by looking at the history of laws related to rape and sexual assault and evolving institutional responses to the problem. She is joined by Greta Hofmann Nemiroff, a pioneer of the women’s movement in Canada, having participated in launching several women’s studies courses and programs in Canadian colleges and universities, as well as being an active member in many women’s organizations, including Sisterhood is Global, and writing or contributing to a number of books on the subject.

Joanne St. Lewis, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa
Greta Hofmann Nemiroff, Dawson College Faculty, Humanities, New School (ret.)
Sheraton Centre
11:45 – 1:00 p.m. AGM / Buffet lunch
Stay in or go out, explore or shop or both.
Please note that sign-up activities have been moved to Saturday’s lunch period.
Sheraton Centre
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Break Out Session #1A:

Sustainable Happiness A fresh approach to happiness that invites reflection on sustainability issues coupled with opportunities to enhance our quality of life and contribute to individual, community, and global well-being.

Catherine O’Brien, Associate Professor, Education School of Professional Studies, Cape Breton University

Break Out Session #1B:

Women in Leadership Positions … or the Lack Thereof: Why are there so few women in leadership positions? The Quebec professor who has created the course “Diversity and Equity in Organizations” will lead a discussion on raising the profile of women in academia and in research within their institutions and the greater community. Her research touches upon the development of partnerships in research action and seizes on the theme of the realities women in the workplace face, with emphasis on regional differences.

Hélène Lee-Gosselin, Professor, Département de management, Faculté des sciences de l’administration, Université Laval, Québec City

Sheraton Centre
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Break Out Session #2A:

Promoting Nonviolence through Education: Dawson’s Inspire Solutions and It Happens Here projects: Our students inhabit a culture where depictions of brutal violence and the sexualization of girls and women are far too common. Recent research in neuroscience is revealing the dangers of this: so much of our thinking and our responses to particular situations occur unconsciously, rooted in the frames, narratives and metaphors that we have picked up since childhood. This calls for a widespread educational response from all levels of education – one that seeks to develop a more critical perspective on violence, a deeper understanding of its full costs, and an appreciation of the potential for creating real change. This is the goal of both Inspire Solutions and It Happens Here.

Patricia Romano, Dawson College Faculty, Humanities
Kim Simard, Dawson College Faculty, Cinema-Communications


Break Out Session #2B:

Sustainable Happiness
A fresh approach to happiness that invites reflection on sustainability issues coupled with opportunities to enhance our quality of life and contribute to individual, community, and global well-being.

Catherine O’Brien, Associate Professor, Education School of Professional Studies, Cape Breton University

Sheraton Centre
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break Sheraton Centre
2:45 – 4:15 p.m. President’s Panel: Leading the Transformation
Is a President’s work ever done? Some of Canada’s top women leaders discuss their journey to the top ranks, the challenges they faced on their way there, how they prepared for the demands of the job (is that even possible?), how their experience has transformed them and the students, faculty and staff they have led in their various positions, and the campus issues that keep them awake at night.

Suzanne Brant, President, First Nations Technical Institute
Wendy Cukier, Founder/Director, Diversity Institute, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University, incoming President, Brock University
Malika Habel, Directrice générale, Collège de Maisonneuve
Anne Sado, President, George Brown College
Sheraton Centre
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Reception Sheraton Centre
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Awards Gala & Banquet Sheraton Centre

Saturday, April 30

Time Event Location
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
Presentation of next year’s conference hosts: University of Alberta
Dawson College
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Addressing Radicalization on Campus
Disturbing incidences of young people becoming radicalized and joining forces with terrorist groups have been largely reported in North America and Europe. Canada has not been spared the phenomenon; the age group that populates our classrooms is in line with the targeted age group of these would-be radicals. How prevalent is the problem and how do we manage it when students are plucked from our schools to become homegrown terrorists? Two women who have lived the experience, both academically and professionally, will share their stories and unique perspectives.

Brigitte Desjardins, Directrice du service des communications et des affaires corporatives (ret.), Collège de Maisonneuve
Meriem Rebbani-Gosselin, Research Officer, Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence, Montreal
Dawson College
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Resilient Leadership – Resilient Women
Join Joan McArthur-Blair for a highly interactive wander through what it means to lead in this ever more uncertain landscape of higher education. This plenary is about women’s authentic selves and the courage it takes to stand in the pounding rain of public leadership. Being a modern education leader is about being resilient, focusing on the future of higher education, and of cultivating an abiding passion for hope and a hopeful view. My wish is that you leave this workshop feeling uplifted in your work as a leader.
Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President, Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting
Dawson College
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break Dawson College
11:00 – 11:45 p.m. Hot Topics: So successful at last year’s conference in Toronto, we will ask you at the beginning of the conference on Friday morning which topics you want to discuss, then we will take a little time to broach these subjects in round table discussions. Dawson College
11:45 – 12:00 p.m. Presentation of Centre for Higher Education Research and Development Scholarships Dawson College
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Box lunch / Sign-up activities
Power Walk to Mount-Royal (weather permitting) or restorative yoga practice (indoors, mats provided)
Dawson College

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Last Modified: April 23, 2016