Ready for the Challenge

From improving healthcare to confronting climate change, polytechnics are addressing some of today’s most intractable challenges. Institutions are uniquely positioned to respond to the fast pace of change, with a front-row seat to industry’s most pressing talent and productivity challenges. Polytechnics are delivering pragmatic, scalable solutions to drive innovation and support the wellbeing of the communities they serve.

Join us May 14 to 16 at Algonquin College in Ottawa as we showcase the ways polytechnic institutions are tackling global challenges.

Early bird price: $550 + HST

Regular price: $700 + HST

Early bird deadline: March 31, 2024


Opening Keynote: Linda Nazareth
Economist and Author

Readying Polytechnics for a Redefined World of Work

In this keynote presentation, Linda Nazareth will explore how the world of work is changing, influenced by factors including the pandemic, climate change, an aging population and the rise of artificial intelligence to name a few. In her latest book, Working it Out: How to Be Ready for the Redefined Future of Work, Linda draws on her extensive experience analyzing labour market trends to articulate how these issues are shaping the workplace, offering opportunities to prepare learners and leaders for a future that looks nothing like the past.

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Linda Nazareth is an economist, a futurist and a respected authority on the future of work. As a newspaper columnist and an author, she knows how to frame things in ways that both educate and entertain and as the Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Chang at think-tank the Macdonald Laurier Institute she knows what she is talking about.

Linda’s career has taken some non-traditional turns for someone in her field. Her first jobs was as a government economist where she specialized in labor market planning, which was followed by a stint at a major financial institution where she spent years as a Senior Economist. Wanting to change things up while she could, she lobbied to have a job created for her on Business News Network (BNN, Canada’s answer to CNBC) while it was a start-up and spent a decade on-air as their in-house economist.

During her time on BNN, Linda started writing books and giving keynote presentations and eventually left daily broadcasting to give those passions her full-time attention. Her clients have included everyone from American Express through to The Economist Magazine and all have benefitted from her ability to take big ideals and distil them into information that they can use for their strategic plans.

Linda’s fourth book, Work Is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy draws on the research she has been building for years as well as the insights gained from interacting with audiences across a range of sectors. With it, she is eager to engage people in thinking about what the world might look like when we replace the idea of ‘jobs’ with that of ‘work’ – and why that might not be a bad idea at all.

A frequent media commentator, Linda has been quoted everywhere including the WSJ & CNN.

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Closing Keynote: Ryan Craig
Managing Director, Achieve Partners

Preparing Learners for First Job Success      

In today’s fast-paced economy, learners increasingly need an education that provides on-ramps and merge lanes into employment. It is no longer sufficient for graduates to have only a degree or diploma in hand – employers are looking for practical skills and job experience as indicators of workplace readiness, particularly in emerging digital occupations. In a keynote presentation based on his most recent book, Apprentice Nation, author and education expert Ryan Craig explores how institutions can better support post-secondary pathways that fold in a healthy dose of industry experience. To stay relevant, Ryan suggests today’s post-secondary institutions should be adapting the tradition of apprenticeship for a broader range of occupations and engaging employers in the effort to prepare the next-generation workforce for good entry-level jobs.    

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Ryan is a Managing Director at Achieve Partners and was formerly an MD at University Ventures. Ryan’s commentary on where the puck is going in education and workforce regularly appears in the biweekly Gap Letter, Forbes and Inside Higher Education. He is the author of the book Apprentice Nation: How the “Earn and Learn” Alternative to Higher Education Will Create a Stronger and Fairer America (2023). He is also author of A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College (2018), which describes the critical importance of last-mile training and the emergence of bootcamps, income share programs, staffing and apprenticeship models as preferred pathways to good first digital jobs and was named in the Wall Street Journal as one the Books of the Year for 2018. Ryan’s first book was College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education (2015), which profiles the coming shift toward competency-based education and hiring. Ryan is a co-founder of Apprenticeships for America, a national nonprofit dedicated to scaling apprenticeships across the U.S. economy and is a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute.

Previously, Ryan led the Education and Training sector at Warburg Pincus. His prior experience in higher education was at Columbia University. Ryan also founded and built Wellspring, a national network of boarding schools and summer camps for overweight and obese children, adolescents and young adults. He began his career at McKinsey & Co.

Ryan received bachelor’s degrees summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and his law degree from the Yale Law School.

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Polytechnics Canada is pleased to offer Showcase delegates a preferred booking rate at the Château Laurier, with rooms starting at $329 + HST a night. Reservations must be made by April 16, 2024 to qualify for the preferred rate. Shuttles will be provided between the Château Laurier and Algonquin College, making this a convenient accommodation choice for delegates.

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Algonquin College is a global leader in experiential learning, spanning across three dynamic campuses surrounding Canada’s capital: Ottawa, Perth and Pembroke. Offering 200 diverse programs, strong industry connections and a student-centric approach, Algonquin empowers 20,000 full-time students to excel through customized skills upgrading and industry-focused training. Algonquin distinguishes itself through academic excellence in applied research, sustainable development and international partnerships. Its commitment to these areas plays a pivotal role in advancing social, economic and environmental goals on a national scale.

The 2024 Polytechnic Showcase is being held in Ottawa at a time of year when the city shines! As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is home to some of the country’s best museums, festivals and flavours that reflect Canada’s history and speak to its potential on the world stage. Visitors will have opportunities to stroll amongst hundreds of thousands of tulips, take in national museums and galleries or enjoy a spectacular light show on Parliament Hill. We look forward to welcoming you!

The Canadian Tulip Festival

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the world’s largest tulip festival! Spanning 11 days each May, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the seasonal flower and its historic ties to Ottawa. This outdoor event takes place at Commissioners Park, where over 300,000 tulips bloom alongside the scenic Rideau Canal. Best of all, this event is free for all to enjoy!


Byward Market

Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the ByWard Market stands as one of the oldest farmers’ markets in Canada and is a favorite shopping and nightlife destination. This dynamic area is home to many unique shops, international eats, lively bars and a seasonal market that runs seven days a week!


Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic landmarks and a must-see when visiting the capital. The historic, neo-Gothic buildings stand tall on a hill overlooking the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa. Although the buildings are home to the country’s federal government, visitors are welcome on-site for free tours and programming all year-long.


National Museums

Ottawa is proud to host seven of Canada’s nine national museums across the city. From social and political history to landmark architecture, art and special collections, the museums cater to a diverse range of preferences. The city’s cultural landscape offers an outstanding experience for those eager to explore Canadian heritage and creativity.

To learn more about what Ottawa has to offer, check out Ottawa Tourism’s website which features recommended activities. Showcase delegates also receive discounted rates at some of Ottawa’s top attractions by showing their event badge.

If you have any questions about our Polytechnic Showcase please contact us at events@polytechnicscanada.ca.