Keynote Speakers

Thursday Morning Keynote

Lionel LarocheLionel Laroche Over the past 16 years, Lionel Laroche has provided cross-cultural training, consulting and coaching services to over 50,000 people in 16 countries. He has been the keynote speaker at many conferences related to immigration and is back by popular demand for his second appearance at the Literacy and Learning Symposium. His presentations are described as informative, thought-provoking and humorous.

Title: Teaching Immigrants the Soft Skills They Need to Get a Job 
Through EAL Classes

This workshop examines concretely what immigrants need to learn in order to
 get a job in Canada that makes use of their education and experience.
 Through a combination of insightful diagrams, powerful anecdotes and
experiential exercises, this keynote address helps participants analyze the
root causes of the challenges faced by immigrants and provides them with
concrete tools and solutions that they can implement in their work.

Friday Morning Keynote 

Valerie IrvineValerie Irvine is a professor of educational technology and co-director of the Technology Integration and Evaluation (TIE) Research Lab at the University of Victoria. Her work focuses on empowering the learner in both informal and formal learning environments through personalization, connectivity, openness, assessment for learning, and multi-access learning. 

Personal Learning Through Partnership: Connecting Learners as Knowledge Nodes

With ubiquitous Internet access and the prevalence of social media and curation tools, there is an incredible opportunity to remix the roles of teacher and learner, making every person a partner in learning. Adult learners are recognized as knowledge nodes and we’ll share how to harness a learning community through connections.



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