The Chairs Network

Chairs Summit 2018

Helping Chairs cope, and thrive.
Sharing our challenges, lessons learned and together identifying new opportunities.

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
George Brown College – Waterfront Campus
Featuring Dr. Marilyn Herie, PhD RSW, Vice President Academic and Chief Learning Officer, Centennial College
Paleofuturism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

What does the future hold for teaching and learning in higher education? “Paleofuturism” explores our present and future through the lens of historical “futurist” predictions and imaginings. This entertaining and thought-provoking session explores the implications of the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” (artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and the internet of things) for community, collaboration, employment and teaching/learning in higher education. This session will engage participants in lively discussion and critical reflection focusing on the opportunities and challenges facing academic leaders, faculty and students. Prepare to be amazed…and amused….by this forward look backwards!

Please click here for registration!

The day was a lift to my spirits, put some wind in my sails…Thanks for the Summit, it was really a great use of my time…It was a great day – I got a lot out of it and felt recharged afterward. Thank you to the organizers! (Attendees comments from 2016)

OCASA Fee: $30 +tax for member
$50+tax for non-member
Registration space is limited.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Identify key drivers for change in advanced education and skills development
  • Critically reflect on current and future opportunities and challenges for colleges and institutes
  • Articulate implications for program innovation and new program development.
Open to those whose responsibilities include:
  • the planning, development, delivery, and financial viability of academic programs
  • and/or the management and administration of full and part-time faculty and support staff, and students
  • and whose titles might include Chair, Associate Dean, Associate Chair, Academic Manager or Program Manager
9:30am Registration opens
10:00am Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marilyn Herie
Topic: Paleofuturism, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Future of Higher Education
11:30am Group discussion
12:15pm Breakout sessions
3:00pm Closing remark

Meeting Location

Geroge Brown College, Waterfront Campus (click here for Google map)
51 Dockside Dr.
Toronto, ON
M5A 0B6
(Easy taxi, or hardy walk from Union Station)


There are pay parking lots located on Macpherson and Bridgeman Avenues. Find other parking lots around Waterfront Campus here.

Public Transit Directions to Progress

The main subway stops for the Waterfront Campus are Union station on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina), as well as Sherbourne station and Pape station, which are on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth). From Union subway station, you may take the No. 6 Bay South bus or the No. 72 North bus to Dockside Drive. From Sherbourne subway station, you may take the No. 75 Sherbourne bus to Queens Quay East. From Pape subway station, you may take the No. 72 South bus to Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne.
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