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Networking event connects recent OISE grads with industry

May 28, 2014

by OISE staff

Toronto, ON – Adult training and development, a growing area in business in Canada and abroad, was the focus of a networking event for close to 75 recent graduates and friends of OISE’s Certificate in Adult Education and Training held earlier this month in Toronto.

Since 1990, more than 1000 people have participated in OISE’s Certificate Program in Adult Training and Development, a program known for providing the best balance of theory and practice in helping others learn.  The Networking Dinner celebrated the achievements of recent graduates and featured several opportunities for them to put their new skills into practice through activities such as a timed networking exercise with industry leaders in workplace training and development including: Raymond Bedard, Director, Training and Professional Development, Canadian Urban Transit Association; Amanda Crawford, Volunteer Program Supervisor, Casey House; Susan Gratsaris, Senior E-Learning Consultant, Ministry of Government Services, Enterprise Learning Office; Mary Priorella, National Training and Development Manager, Samsung Electronics; and, Tim Dougan Senior Director, Learning Advisory, CIBC – Retail and Business Banking Learning and Development.

Karen Mundy, OISE’s associate dean of Research, Innovation and International spoke to graduates about the superb reputation of the program: “OISE’s Adult Training and Development program builds on our long history of research and training in the areas of organizational learning and adult education. It plays a critical role in extending opportunities for learning professionals in the nonprofit and private sector, who are responsible for enhancing the knowledge and skills of both staff and leaders. It's a real a pleasure to meet students in this certificate program, and to see so many them go on to significant careers as educators, coaches and organizational learning experts.”

The event concluded with a keynote from recent graduate Steve Elliot, currently employed by Target Canada.  In his talk “Oh the places you will go!  A learning journey inspired by Dr. Seuss!” Steve encouraged fellow graduates to value curiosity, find inspiration and trust their instincts.

For more information about the Certificate in Adult Training & Development, please visit OISE's Continuing and Professional Learning website