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The Digby Institute Program
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  • 1. The Digby Institute Ryan MacNeil’s Event Program 1
  • 2. The Digby Institute It brings me great pleasure to provide you with this advance agenda for Maritrain‟s upcoming Digby Institute. Debbie and I, and all the staff at Maritrain, are excited that you will be joining us for business and fellowship at The Pines this September. We are now in the final stages of putting together a refreshing and rewarding experience that I know you will love. In the following pages you will find a preview of both the professional and personal aspects of the event. We have also included some details on who will be in attendance, including speakers, delegates and panelists. Hopefully this document will help with your mental preparations. As the date approaches please be aware that our conference coordinator, Ryan MacNeil, is available to help you in any way he can. Feel free to contact Ryan at 1-902- 431-8022 or Rmacneil@maritrain.com. See you in Digby! Tim Alison President, Maritrain Ltd. 2
  • 3. The Digby Institute About Your Hosts Vision Statement The mission of Maritrain Limited is to make a positive difference in the lives of youth and adults, primarily through a variety of workplace e-learning tools. These resources will assist them in achieving their highest potential, as they grow to become confident, competent, and job ready individuals. This will be achieved by providing leadership and standards of excellence in sourcing best-in-class software and partnership formation with industry, government and/or not for profit enterprises. Mission Prosperity through People, Processes and Products. President Timothy J. Alison founded Maritrain Limited (Maritrain) in 1988 to assist individuals and organizations realize their potential. With twenty years experience in e-learning, Mr. Alison knows the products that work. He understands that a product in and of itself can be of little value. Therefore, he is committed to sourcing the best products and working collaboratively with individuals, governments, community colleges and not-for-profit organizations to develop practical implementation processes designed to ensure success and maximum benefit to the learners. He knows people make a difference and has assembled an expert team of individuals who share his philosophy. These leadership qualities are what have earned him and his company an international reputation. Maritrain is recognized as an outstanding provider of e-learning applications for Adult Education and Workforce Development programs. Clients of Maritrain know that by using the expertise of the company their dollars will be maximized to use the available monetary resources to get the best-in-class and best-fit products to meet their identified needs. Perhaps most important is the confidence clients have in Maritrain based on the professional and principled approach in business dealings. The people at Maritrain know that the most important goal is to meet the needs of people first. That is why they listen to the needs of their clients and tailor products and services to meet those needs. The people at Maritrain come from varied backgrounds and work together to assist the client from product identification to training your staff to the successful implementation of the program. The process is ongoing in identifying products that will assist individuals in life long learning. A unique part of Maritrain‟s business structure is the emphasis on partnership. Maritrain does not just sell a product. Maritrain works with you to obtain the best possible pricing and the delivery of the best product. The Maritrain team, under the leadership of Mr. Alison, is committed to improving individuals‟ marketable skills by providing each individual with the tools to obtain the workplace skills that are needed to find lasting and satisfying employment in a rapidly changing world. 3
  • 4. The Digby Institute Schedule Thursday, September 26, 2002 12:00 - 6:00 Delegates arrive at the Digby Pines, register in the main lobby, and get settled into their rooms 6:30 - 9:30 Welcome reception on the veranda (tons of food and a cash bar) Friday, September 27, 2002 8:00 - 8:30 Continental Breakfast 8:30 - 9:10 Welcome Ceremony 9:10 - 10:30 Keynote: Hon. John Crosbie 10:30 - 10:45 Healthy Nutrition Break 10:45 - 12:15 Panel A - Dr. Trent Keough, College of the North Atlantic- Qatar - Tim Alison, Maritrain Ltd. - Veronica Lacey, The Learning Partnership 12:15 - 1:15 Lunch 1:15 - 2:45 Panel B - Dr. André Roberge, Université Ste-Anne - Pierce Quinlan, Learnscape Corporation - Dr. John Price, Conference Board of Canada Skills Forum - Break - Acadian Adventure (casual dress) 4:15 - 4:30 Board buses in front of main building 4:30 - 6:00 Driving Tour of Nova Scotia's Acadian Shore 6:00 - 7:00 Cash Bar Reception 7:00 - 8:30 Lobster Dinner - Guest Speaker: Hon. Robert Thibault, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans 9:00 - 10:30 Entertainment by "La Baie en Joie" dancers and local musicians 10:45 - 11:30 Travel back to The Pines 4
  • 5. The Digby Institute Saturday, September 28, 2002 8:30 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast 9:00 - 10:30 Panel C - Janice Wismer, Canadian Tire - Allister Surette, Collège de l'Acadie - Al Norman, Connect-NB-Branché 10:30 - 10:45 Healthy Nutrition Break 10:45 - 12:30 Demonstrations of Best Practices in e-Learning Technologies (choose 3 of 4) - Learnscape - Employability Skills Toolkit - Mediaclick‟s Beginning Level Literacy - VuBiz.com 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch 1:30 - 3:00 Panel D - Gordon Michael, Halifax Inner City Initiative - John Henry, Workplace Skills Training Partnership - John Bulloch, VuBiz - Break - 6:00 - 10:00 Gala Banquet (semi-formal dress) - Keynote: Tim Alison, President, Maritrain Ltd. - Concert by Laura Smith 10:00 - ? Social Time Sunday, September 29, 2002 9:00 - 11:00 Workplace Skills Training Partnership Working Breakfast (for members of the partnership and advisory committee) 11:00 - 2:00 Tee Times for those who are interested 5
  • 6. The Digby Institute Keynote Speaker The Hon. John Crosbie Former Federal Cabinet Minister A knowledgable and commanding speaker, John Crosbie treats his audiences to a combination of world-class acumen and homespun wisdom. John Crosbie is known throughout Canada as a man who speaks his mind, with the result that he is often found at the heart of an issue or debate. During his 28 years in political life Crosbie was Federal Minister of Finance, Justice, Transportation, Fisheries and Oceans, International Trade, as well as Attorney General. As Minister of International Trade, he was responsible for directing Canada's global trade activities, including the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and the entry into the NAFTA negotiations. John continues to speak out on the issues of the day with a lethal combination of candor, devastating wit and an unwillingness to yield to the dictates of political correctness of the day... something that Canadians have come to expect and appreciate. 6
  • 7. The Digby Institute Entertainment Friday’s Acadian Adventure On Friday, September 27, conference delegates will be transported to Clare for an extravagant glimpse at Acadian culture. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be the Hon. Robert Thibault, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Starting at "Le Chateaux", the student pub at Université Sainte-Anne, delegates will mingle at a cash-bar reception. A full course lobster dinner with traditional Acadian cuisine will follow. After dinner the group will walk across the road to the university theatre for an evening of traditional Acadian entertainment featuring "La Baie en Joie" dancers, and Acadian performing sensations Chrystal Thibault and René Leblanc. Guest Speaker On January 15, 2002, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien announced the appointment of Robert G. Thibault, as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Robert G. Thibault was first elected to the House of Commons in November, 2000. Before becoming Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, he served as Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). He has been active in municipal government, serving the District of Argyle as Clerk- Treasurer, and the region of Clare, Nova Scotia as an elected municipal councilor. Mr. Thibault has also been an involved member of his community. He was Chair of the Board of Governors of Université Sainte-Anne, and is a past president of a number of associations, including the Association of Municipal Administrators, the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia and the Clare Chamber of Commerce. He has been a small business owner, and has worked as an economic advisor and regional coordinator for the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia. He is the Regional Minister for Nova Scotia. The Entertainers La Baie en Joie is a troop of young Acadian dancers that uses lively color and rhythm to showcase the traditions of their ancestry. With the rhythmic step of “la gigue”, la Baie en Joie uses accessories such as wooden spoons, fishing net and the Acadian flag to evoke their culture. 7
  • 8. The Digby Institute Saturday’s Gala Banquet and Concert Saturday evening‟s festivities will kick-off with the conference‟s Gala Banquet. This four course meal will be a true taste of dining luxury. Digby Pines Chef Claude Aucoin is a three-time gold medalist and a senior member of Nova Scotia's Culinary Team. The team won a gold medal at the 1998 Atlantic Provinces Culinary Exhibition and a silver medal at the Cup of Nations Culinary Exhibition in 1999. Delegates are in for quite a treat. A spirited performance by Laura Smith will follow dinner. A Juno Nominee, Gemini winner, and two-time ECMA winner, Smith‟s moving lyrics and amazing voice will make for a great evening. Laura Smith Laura Smith's music is direct and honest. Fiddles and guitars gently lift and carry her spirited vocals, while her melodies and careful poetry dig deep. Her 1994 album “b'tween the earth and my soul” elicited unbounded critical acclaim, enormous airplay, national television appearances and a hungry demand for live performances. From the stages of Denmark to Newport Rhode Island to Vancouver to the Yukon, Smith has shared the secrets of her soul, laying out for rapt audiences her private, yet ultimately universal experiences. In 1996, she won two East Coast Music Awards (Female Artist, Album of the Year) and two Juno nominations (for Best New Solo Artist and Best Roots and Traditional Album). In 1995, her song "Shade of Your Love" was the most played AC song in Canada. In 1997, she won a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series. At the request of CBC radio personality, Peter Gzowski, who was receiving a Governor's General Award, she performed "My Bonny" at the prestigious Ottawa ceremony. Her heartbreaking adaptation of the Scottish chestnut, on “b'tween the earth and my soul,” had haunted the broadcast host since he first heard it. Of the evening, she recalls, "It will always stand as one of the great honours of my career." 8
  • 9. The Digby Institute Sunday’s Conference Golf Round On Sunday Maritrain will be hosting a round of golf as a final farewell to conference delegates and guests. This is sure to be a great time for golf-addicts and newbies alike. Sign up when you register, or by contacting the conference co-ordinator. The Course Digby has been blessed with one of Canada's finest golf courses designed by Stanley Thompson, the famous Canadian architect who was responsible for such world-class courses as Banff Springs, Jasper Park and the Highlands Links in Cape Breton. The challenging 18-hole championship layout winds it way through picturesque pine trees and over a winding brook which widens into ponds on holes 2 and 16. The true beauty of Nova Scotia has been captured and retained for our golfing pleasure. When golf writers across Canada were asked to select two of the most picturesque and challenging golf holes in the country, the par-3 second hole was one of their choices. This often-photographed hole has been the scene of many thousands of golf balls splashing in the pond and lots of frustrated golfers. The Toronto Star once ranked our number 7 hole thirteenth in a selection of Canada's toughest eighteen, noting that few golfers ever make par. Back in 1968 our club pro, Nick Nickerson, the current pro, Bill Nickerson's father, confessed to a 14 on this hole. Until recently this was a par 6 for ladies however it is now 75 yards shorter and they can play to the same par as the men. So enjoy this piece of golfers heaven and smell the pine needles as you experience a course of which we are very proud. 9
  • 10. The Digby Institute Panelists Outside of the two keynote addresses, the remainder of the professional agenda at The Digby Institute is spent in Panel Discussions. Unlike other conferences, at the Digby Institute delegates help determine the agenda! We have chosen panelists from our list of invited guests. Panel discussions feature brief presentations from each panelist. Each presenter will share what his/her organization has accomplished and the opportunities s/he sees for future partnerships. These presentations aim to stimulate the extensive discussions that will take place throughout the three days. Following each set of three panel presentations, delegates on the floor will disperse into breakout areas where they can become actively engaged in one of the topics: making comments, posing questions, and sharing their own experiences. The focus rests squarely on current and future innovations -- at The Digby Institute we are in search of solutions, not problems. Panel A (Friday 10:45 - 12:15) Dr. Trent Keough, President College of the North Atlantic – Qatar Doha, Qatar The College of the North Atlantic - Qatar is being established as a comprehensive post-secondary institution offering internationally recognized Canadian Engineering Technology Programs as well as a range of other programs and services in the country of Qatar. Opening in September 2002, program options will include Petroleum, Mechanical, and Electrical (Industrial Controls); Office Administration; Business Management; and Information Communications Technology. Dr. Keough brings a perspective uniquely influenced by the cultural challenges facing the college, as well as extensive work in Newfoundland and Labrador. Veronica Lacey, Executive Director The Learning Partnership Toronto, Ontario The Learning Partnership is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing together business, education, labour, policy makers and the community to develop partnerships that strengthen public education in Canada. More than one million students and teachers have participated in one or more TLP programs since its inception in 1993. Ms. Lacey will relay some of TLP‟s successful experiences while discussing the challenges and opportunities that relate to e- learning in Canada‟s public education systems. 10
  • 11. The Digby Institute Larry Wucherer, Executive Director The Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Winnipeg Manitoba The Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) is a community-driven, non-profit human resource development organization serving Winnipeg's Aboriginal community. Its vision is to share the responsibility of self-determination for all Aboriginal people in Winnipeg by providing quality education, training and employment opportunities through partnerships with community, educational institutions, business/industry and government. Mr. Wucherer will speak to this vision and the associated challenges. Panel B (Friday 1:15 - 2:45) Pierce Quinlan, Chairman & CEO Learnscape Corporation Landover, Maryland Learnscape Corporation offers a complete range of computer- based training products and services including self-paced, computer-based basic reading and math skills, employment and life skills and specific job skills. Learnscape also provides privatized services to state, provincial and local governments in managing welfare-to-work, dislocated worker, and school-to-work programs. Mr. Quinlan has held senior management positions in both the Not- for-Profit and Private sector. Currently founder and Chairman of Learnscape Corporation, Pierce brings a wealth of experience in the publishing sector to the institute. Dr. John Price, Chair SKILLS FORUM, Conference Board of Canada Burlington, Ontario Dr. Price will provide an update on the new on-line version of the Employability Skills Toolkit. Building upon the contributions of the many members of the CBoC Skills forum, the on-line version of the Employability Skills Toolkit was designed to help people understand and develop the eleven skills and fifty-six subskills that have been identified through CboC‟s extensive labour-market research. 11
  • 12. The Digby Institute Dr. André Roberge, Recteur et Vice-chancelier Université Sainte-Anne Pointe-de-l’Église, Nova Scotia University Sainte-Anne, the oldest French language university in Atlantic Canada, offers its students programmes in arts, education, businesses administration and science. The university is praised for maintaining more than one professor for every 10 students, and a graduate placement rate of 98%. Dr. Roberge will discuss his thoughts on solving the challenges faced by a French language institution and society on an English continent. Panel C (Saturday 9:00 - 10:30) Janice Wismer, Vice President Human Resources Canadian Tire Corporation Toronto, Ontario In mid-2001, Canadian Tire Corporation launched its web-based „learning on demand‟ network. Through this initiative, 100 modules of product knowledge and customer service training are available in English and French to front-line store employees across Canada. To date 5,000 employees in nearly 400 stores have completed e- learning modules. Ms. Wismer will discuss, in very real terms, the power e-learning has to address the challenges that face retail operations across North America. Allister Surette, Président - directeur général Collège de l'Acadie La Butte, Nova Scotia At Collège de l‟Acadie, students and teaching staff utilize user- friendly leading edge technology for courses, assignments and communication. To bring students and staff together every day despite the great distances that separate various Acadian regions of Nova Scotia and P.E.I., Collège de l‟Acadie relies on various audiographic, videoconferencing and interactive document exchange systems. 12
  • 13. The Digby Institute Al Norman, E-Learning Coordinator Connect NB Branché Upper Cloverdale, New Brunswick Connect NB Branché is an agency of the New Brunswick Department of Education that coordinates community based activities and strategies to encourage the use of the information highway. It is an organizing body representing a network of 200 Community Access Centres across New Brunswick. The organization has successfully leveraged its C@P sites to deliver the first-ever virtual GED program as well as basic and certified online computer training courses. Panel D (Saturday 1:30 - 3:00) John Henry, Executive Director Workplace Skills Training Partnership Truro, Nova Scotia The Workplace Skills Training Partnership is a dynamic partnership initiative with national scope that is working to build, test and evaluate a technology-based model for skills development. Responding to Canada‟s skills shortage challenge, the Partnership seeks to increase the use of e-learning technologies for delivering the workplace skills training needed to help individuals maximize their opportunity to participate in the workplace. John will share his thoughts on the pros and cons of e-learning and explain how a dedicated network enhances the likelihood of success for adopters. John Bulloch, Founder & CEO Vubiz Mississauga/Toronto, Ontario John F. Bulloch is the Founder and Past President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, an organization founded in 1971, that represents the interests of small and medium-sized Canadian owned enterprises. He is now founder and CEO of Vubiz, an e-learning company that provides clients with a full range of services - from customized courseware production to distribution and management. Mr. Bulloch will discuss the two unique strategies that make up the Vubiz e-learning distribution model. 13
  • 14. The Digby Institute Delegates and Guests Tim Alison John Henry Ryan MacNeil President Executive Director Event Co-ordinator Maritrain, Ltd. Workplace Skills Training Maritrain Guest: Debbie Alison Partnership Guest: Amanda Dwyer Guest: Bente Kristensen Trudy Amirault Gordon Michael Director Sharon Horne Coordinator Western Counties Regional Executive Director Halifax Inner City Initiative Library Rural Community Learning Inc. David Nobbs Steve Ashton Owner Director, Aliant Careers Charlotte Janes Resort to Work Aliant, Inc. Systems Manager/Special Guest: Louise Mailloux Projects Karen Bradford Annapolis Valley Regional Al Norman Adult Educator Library E-Learning Coordinator Corrections Canada Connect NB Branché Donald Kasta Guest: Carolyn Norman John Bulloch Director, Distance and Founder & CEO Continuing Education Guy Poirier Vubiz University of Waterloo Regional Director, Atlantic Guest: Mary Bulloch Corrections Canada Tim Kavanagh Gérald Comeau Department of National Tom Porter Senator Defense VP Business Development The Senate of Canada Maritrain, Ltd. Dr. Trent Keough Guest: Lois Porter Bob Crockett President Coach College of the North Atlantic- Dr. John Price Qatar Chair Patrick Cummins Skills Forum, Conference Consultant Rafiq Khan Board of Canada Senior Director, Strategic Guest: Carol Price Collène Cyr Development Smart Community Project Canarie Inc. Pierce Quinlan Manager Chairman & CEO Maritrain, Ltd. Guy LeBlanc Learnscape Corporation Directeur Général Gary Fehr Conseil scolaire acadien Jim Rapino Director of e-Learning provincial President CDI Corporate Education Vubiz Services Mary Jo Lynch Guest: Rosemary Miklitsch Guest: Maureen Fehr Senior Commerce Officer, Service Industries Brian Reid Basil Haire Industry Canada President & CEO Consultant Britech Information Systems Basil Haire Associates Bob MacKay Guest: Mary Haire Deputy Minister Nova Scotia Technology & Science Secretariat 14
  • 15. The Digby Institute André Roberge Mr. Paul Toupin Cairine Wilson Recteur et Vice-chancelier Director, Organizational VP Innovation Université Sainte-Anne Learning Canadian Institute of United Way of Canada Chartered Accountants Murray Shukyn Guest: Heather MacDonald The Training Renewal Janice Wismer Foundation Joel Ward Vice President Human Guest: Beverley Shukyn Associate Dean, School of Resources Bus. Canadian Tire Corporation Allister Surette Sheridan College Président-directeur général Gary Wood Collège de l'Acadie Bruce Wilcox Connect NB Branché Guest: Jill Surette Vice President of eBusiness Harcourt Education Larry Wucherer Ev Surgenor Guest: Leslie Wilcox Director, Programs & Superintendant, SD20 Development British Columbia Michael Williamson Centre for Aboriginal Human Special Advisor on eLearning Resource Development Skills and Learning Task Force, HRDC Roy Zabierek President Bards More Services Guest: Mary Zabierek 15
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