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2018 National Post-Secondary Education Symposium

Building for the Future

27 September 2018 - 28 September 2018, 7:00AM - 1:00PM, EST Montréal, Canada

27 September 2018, Montréal, Canada

7:30 am to 5:30 pm EST – Symposium
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm EST – Cocktail reception

KPMG in Canada is proud to be hosting a National Post-Secondary Education Symposium on September 27th, 2018 in Montreal, QC. The Symposium will be followed by a half day interactive session on Friday, September 28 with KPMG Data Analytics Leaders.

This year's theme is Canada's Colleges and Universities: Building for the Future. The Symposium will provide positive perspectives and best practices in making the shift to a Digital College/University, the execution of a Campus Master Plan and the University/College's role in building a strong community. The half day interactive session on September 28 will focus on using Data Analytics to improve operations, decision-making and monitoring at higher education institutions.

Heather Monroe Blum, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, will be our keynote speaker this year. Her address will focus on the importance of Colleges and Universities to Canada and the role that administrative leaders play in our institutions achieving their mission and objectives.

For more information, refer to the details below, and please contact Sonia Poulin, Barry Travers or Andrew Newman.


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1. Building a Digital University/College

The world today is changing fast. All industries are being disrupted by the fourth industrial revolution and by its exponential technologies.

Universities and institutions are not an exception. Although, many Universities are struggling to keep the pace with technology and to support students and millennials expectations.

This session will talk about how to become a digital institution and what are the changes institutions need to do. You will also learn where Canadians institutions are.

2. Building Infrastructure for the Future: The Campus Master Plan

Campus Master Plans are a significant undertaking and is an important milestone in any university or college's evolution.

These plans need to balance growth and development with renewal and sustainment to achieve the best outcome for the institutions. This panel will explore the experiences of institutions who are in various stages of implementing their Campus Master Plans and will include a discussion on how institutions are developing asset management plans and strategies to align their asset portfolios with service and business objectives.

3. Building a Strong Community: The Role of the College and University

Colleges and Universities play a vital role in the development of strong cities and communities in Canada, as drivers of economic activity, producers of a skilled workforce, conduits of knowledge, contributors to the social fabric and as recognized institutions nationally and internationally. In this panel, we will discuss city, industry and college/university collaboration including trends across the sector, best practices and the important role that administrative leaders can play in working with city officials and industry representatives.


This event is invitation only. For more information, please contact Sonia Poulin, Barry Travers or Andrew Newman.