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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 4:00 pm EST – Symposium
4:00 pm to 6:00 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 Munroe-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.


Panelists: Building Infrastructure for the Future: The Campus Master Plan

1. Dr. Cameron Charlebois, Executive Director, Campus Planning and Development Office, McGill University

A McGill graduate in both Architecture and Management, Dr. Cameron Charlebois, also holds a Doctor of Management degree from the University of Hertfordshire, England, and teaches as an Associate Member of McGill’s School of Urban Planning. Cameron has extensive experience in property development and urban issues as a developer, consultant, industry representative as well Deputy General Manager of the City of Montreal for Urban Planning, Housing and Economic Development (2002-2004).

Cameron’s mandate at McGill includes leading the development of a Campus Master Plan to guide the University’s campus development for the next 10 to 15 years, particularly with regard to our most critical space needs, major renovation requirements, and property acquisitions and disposals. His mandate also includes responsibility for developing the business plan and completing the due diligence process for the eventual acquisition of the former Royal Victoria Hospital property.

2. Lynn Logan, Vice-President (Operations & Finance), Western University

Lynn Logan was named Western's Vice-President (Operations & Finance) effective June 22, 2017. Lynn had served as the Associate Vice-President (Finance & Facilities) at Western since 2013 and prior to that was the Associate Vice-President (Financial Services). Lynn received her EMBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor. She also holds a CPA and a CA.

Lynn currently serves as Chair, Board of Directors, United Way London and Middlesex, is a Board Member of Western University Research Parks, and past Executive Member and Past Chair of the Committee of Ontario Financial Officers. In 2016, Lynn was recognized with the COFO Distinguished Leadership Award (Committee of Ontario Financial Officers).

3. Catherine Alkenbrack, Director, Facilities Planning, UBC Infrastructure Development, University of British Columbia

Catherine Alkenbrack holds architecture degrees from the University of Waterloo and UBC and has consulted for Canadian and new international universities on an array of early strategic formation and facilities planning projects.

In her time at UBC, Catherine has worked to develop early project planning models for capital facilities and renovations that link academic and research needs, broader campus requirements and equitable capital prioritization processes. Working as a consensus-builder, Catherine has helped clarify for project constituents the intricacies of mandatory provincial university space standards, increasingly complex project funding pro forma, and humane, yet highly functional and equitable learning, research and administration environments. Her commitments encourage the development of constructive academic and research cross-disciplinary synergies.

Panelists: Building a Strong City: The Role of the College and University

1. Steve Tanner, Director Finance and Administration, Queen's University

Steve Tanner has been employed at Queen’s University since 2009, serving terms in both the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Faculty of Arts and Science as the Director, Finance and Administration. Recently, Steve was appointed as interim Associate Vice-Principal, Finance for the university. From 2013 to 2017, Steve was a staff representative on the Queen’s Board of Trustees.

Before joining Queen’s, Steve worked at MD Management Limited where he was Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Before that he serviced in finance roles with Loeb Inc, and E.B. Eddy Forest Products.

2. Andrew Thomson, Chief of Government Relations, University of Toronto

Andrew Thomson is the University’s Chief of Government Relations and serves on the President’s senior leadership team. As chief advocate to federal, provincial, and municipal governments, he helps drive the University’s public policy agenda. This includes a focus on community and economic development; strengthening public funding for comprehensive and globally recognized, research-intensive programs; and knowledge transfer strategies to support entrepreneurship and job creation.

Andrew’s executive experience, in both public and private sectors, has focused extensively on issues of economic and human capital development. As an executive with Cisco Systems, based in Toronto and subsequently the Asia Pacific region, he led public sector initiatives focused on creating new partnership and business models within the higher education sector across OECD and emerging markets.

3. Cheryl Jensen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Algonquin College

Cheryl Jensen joined Algonquin College in 2014 as the eighth College President, bringing with her more than 30 years of experience in the college system.
Under her leadership, the College has formed new and exciting partnerships, with The Ottawa Hospital, Siemens Canada, the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, and Shopify, offering students work-integrated learning opportunities and facilitating collaboration in support of local economic development.
Cheryl serves on the Boards of The Ottawa Network for Education, Invest Ottawa, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), and the Ottawa Beechwood Cemetery and Beechwood Cemetery Foundation. She is also Co-Chair for the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) , a Board member for Polytechnics Canada, as well as a member of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. She is the recipient of a Hamilton YWCA Woman of Distinction award and a national leadership award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

Panelists: Building a Digital University/College

1. P. Marc Joyal, Vice-President, Resources, University of Ottawa

Marc Joyal oversees the management of the University’s human resources, financial resources, information technology and facilities, as well as campus planning, security and parking, Risk Management, and Occupational Health and Safety.

With more than over 25 years of experience, including 20 as a senior executive, he has a broad background in finance, information technology and material management, most notably in the fields of facilities, risk management, and food and client services. His past appointments are include Executive Vice-President and Vice-President Business Administration and Finance of the Montfort Hospital, where he worked for 17 years before joining the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in 2009, as Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer.

2. Donald Ipperciel, Chief Information Officer, York University

Prof. Donald Ipperciel is Chief Information Officer at York University in Toronto, a position held since July 2018. He joined York University as Principal of Glendon College in July 2014 from the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean, where he was Professor of Political Philosophy and served in several administrative roles, including as Vice-Dean, Associate Dean Research and Associate Dean Information Technology and Innovation. He has been the Francophone Editor of the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology since 2010. In 2011, he founded Oohoo IT Services, a spin-off company specializing in learning technologies. Prof. Ipperciel is a graduate of the Université de Montréal (BA and MA) and of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg (PhD).

3. Marc Denoncourt, Associate Vice-President, Chief Information Officer, Concordia University

As CIO of Concordia University, Marc Denoncourt holds university wide Information Systems & Technology responsibility, including IT Architecture & Planning, Applications Portfolio Management, IT Infrastructure & Operations, User Services, Project Management and Information Security.

Mr. Denoncourt has more than 33 years of IT management experience in a variety of industries. Before joining Concordia University, he held different IT management positions for CBC/Radio-Canada, National Bank of Canada (Capital Markets division), Bombardier Aerospace, Alstom Transport, Oerlikon Aerospace, and worked as an IT consultant for LGS Consulting Group. He is also a board member of RISQ (Réseau d’Informations Scientifiques du Québec) since November 2010 and as President of the board since November 2014.


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


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Topic Presenters Time
Breakfast & Registration 7:30am – 8:30am
Opening remarks & welcome Sonia Poulin
8:30am – 8:35am
Keynote Heather Munroe-Blum 8:35am – 9:25am
Building Infrastructure for the
Future: The Campus Master Plan

Moderator: C.J James

1. Dr. Cameron Charlebois
2. Lynn Logan
3. Catherine Alkenbrack


9:30am  – 10:30am
Roundtable discussions + Q&A   10:30am – 10:50am
Break 10:50am – 11:10am
Building a Strong City: The Role of the College and University

Moderator: Andrew Newman

1. Steve Tanner
2. Andrew Thomson
3. Cheryl Jensen

11:10am – 12:10pm
Roundtable discussions + Q&A   12:10pm – 12:30pm
Lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Building a Digital University/College

Moderator: Damien Dumas

1. Marc Joyal 
2. Donald Ipperciel
3. Marc Denoncourt

1:30 pm – 2:50 pm
Roundtable discussions + Q&A   2:50pm – 3:10pm
Break 3:10pm – 3:30pm
Emerging trends Andrew Newman 3:30pm – 3:50pm 
Closing remarks Sonia Poulin 3:50pm – 4:00pm
Networking Reception – please join us in the front room! 4:00pm

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.