Innovative Pathways for Learner & Labour Mobility, Global Opportunities in a Digital World

CATNB’s biennial symposium is an opportunity for individuals, institutions, organizations and government to further the goal of enhancing student mobility within the province and across Canada. This 2018 symposium is much focused on strategic initiatives, with speakers aligned to inform accordingly with practical sessions to result in tangible substance for the benefit of CATNB and its stakeholders in moving forward

You will benefit from this event if you work in

  • Education and training
  • Career development
  • Employment services
  • Licensure and certification
  • Human resources management
  • Settlement and integration

Find out how tools, systems and best practices can make a difference in your organization and in the lives of learners.


    Dietary considerations:
    Allergies or Food Restrictions

    Photos and video clips will be taken / shot at the symposium. Check this box if you agree to possibly appear in these photos and videos.

    Check this box to include your name and contact information to the list of participants at the symposium.

    Preliminary Schedule

    Please check back regularly for updates on topics and presenters


    Please use one of the following two options to book your room:

    Book the group rate of $ 114.00 per night at the Best Western Plus, by referring to the CATNB 2018 Symposium. Please book in advance, as all rooms will be released from the group block on October 2nd, 2018.

    Book the group rate of $ 104.99 per night at the Château Saint John, by referring to the CATNB 2018 Symposium. Please book in advance, as all rooms will be released from the group block on Sept 7th, 2018.


    9:00 am Registration / Refreshments and Networking (E Building Lobby)

    10:00 – 10:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks (E Building Lecture Room E2001, with simultaneous translation)

    10:30 – 11:15 am Keynote Address (Lecture Room E2001) with simultaneous translation:

    Topic: “Open Badges – a new wave for recognizing credentials, prior learning and competencies” This keynote will provide you with the latest in current and emerging practices using Open Badges as 21st Century tools for portable recognition. Invented in 2011, the powerful recognition message of Open Badges is starting to hit the mainstream. Learn how Open Badges are being used in 2018 in post-secondary education and by leading organizations such as IBM, World Education Services, the Scottish Social Services Council, Doctors Without Borders, eCampusOntario and CAPLA. Open Badges are digital credentials that can recognize skills and achievements from learning that may be formal, non-formal or experiential, and may result from a wide variety of flexible assessment methods. They enable institutions and professional bodies to credential learning in new ways and recognize new types of credentials.

    They enable employers to hire workers by recognizing the skills that they need to develop their workforces. (Don Presant, President Learning Agents Inc.)

    11:15 am – 12:00 pm Keynote Address (Lecture Room E2001) with simultaneous translation:

    Topic “Supporting Next Generation Mobility: Exploring the Possible” Today’s learners face many barriers when moving between institutions despite the existence of enabling technology and dedicated effort. Join Joanne Duklas, a renowned speaker, consultant, and published author, to learn about national and international exemplars who are working together to solve these challenges. Her remarks will include an overview of the ARUCC Groningen and Student Mobility Project, a national initiative focused on improving student data exchange both across Canada and internationally. (Joanne Duklas, Cornerstone Consulting)

    12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch (E Building Lobby), including interaction with Keynote Presenters

    1:15 -2:15 pm Concurrent Workshops (with simultaneous translation)

    Block A (Lecture Room E2001): How to make Open Badges work for your organization in recognizing credentials, prior learning and competencies” In this workshop, you’ll learn in depth what Open Badges are, and how and why institutions and organizations are using these digital credentials to rethink recognition in more transparent and learner-centred ways. The examples we’ll look at will help participants see the many ways badges can be used to recognize everything from achievements to knowledge and skills to affiliations and values.

    This workshop is geared toward those who are new to these amazing alternative forms of recognition and will include demonstrations of the creation and issuing process on the CanCred Factory platform. The session will help you think through why you might want to use badges as portable digital credentials, describe effective badging practices and point to low risk, hands-on ways to explore their potential. You’ll leave the session ramped and ready to get started on your own badging system! (Don Presant, President Learning Agents Inc.)

    Block B (Room E2012): “CATNB paving the way for NB Electronic Transfer of Transcripts”

    The issues of student mobility, ease of access to education, and aligning higher education practice with students who are technological natives, are key to supporting student access to higher education within our province.  The Electronic Transfer of Transcripts project is positioning New Brunswick as a leader in student-centric service through building a collaborative electronic network that facilitates the transfers of transcripts from provincial high schools to, and among, the provincial post-secondary institutions.  This workshop will discuss best practices, regional partnerships, progress to date, anticipated benefits to students and post-secondary institutions, and how New Brunswick is positioning itself as a national leader in information accessibility that supports students learning. (Sheldon MacLeodCATNB Project Manager)

    Block C (Room E2014)“Post-Secondary Education Access and Pathways for Indigenous People” More institutions in NB and across the country are developing pathways through the transfer of credits, which is allowing for increased learner mobility and unique educational journeys. The questions is: are there gaps that need to be closed to address the need to increase the presence and place of Indigenous studies and education in postsecondary environments more broadly (Constance Sewel, NBCC, Mary Ellen Kingston-Ritchie, NBCC, Shelley Perry, UNB, Phil Bélanger, CATNB)

    2:30 – 3:30 pm Concurrent Workshops (with simultaneous translation)

    Block D (Lecture Room E2001): “Supporting Next Generation Learner Mobility: Making the Possible Happen” Your opinion and business needs are important to understand as we work towards developing the business case for the national data exchange platform. Come prepared to share what your institution or organization requires to enhance sharing of student data. What business problems do you need solved? What’s your organization’s digitization strategy for the future? What types of online student services are you contemplating that require enhanced data exchange? In addition to exploring these questions, Joanne Duklas plans to share more details about the national ARUCC Project and exemplar models from around the world. (Joanne Duklas, Cornerstone Consulting)

    Block E (Room E2012): Proposed model for a NB Centralized Application and Referral / Orientation Service” (Frank Vandenburg, Vandenburg and Associates)

    Block F (Room E2014)Assessment of Prior Learning in the Flexible Admissions Process” This workshop offers an opportunity to learn about admissions pathways that seek to support the inclusion of learners who present knowledge and experience traditionally undervalued in post-secondary contexts. Specifically, this workshop presents exemplars of systematic processes that deliberately seek to recognize prior learning that qualifies students for admission to higher education programs. Following an overview of recommended considerations and potential cautions, the speaker will open the floor to dialogic exchange where attendees might learn with and through each other. (Ellyn Lyle, Ph.D., Dean, Faculty of Education, Yorkville University)

    3:30 – 3:45 pm Refreshment break & Networking (E Building Lobby)

    3:45: – 4:30 pm In-Conversation (Lecture Room E2001) – a sit down discussion, with a designated host) – Topic (with simultaneous translation): Students creating their own pathways in pursuit of their educational goals in the face of a rapidly evolving job market, family responsibilities, employment responsibilities, and other challenges” (Denis Gaudet, Rima Al Tawil, Brent Bustard)

    4:30 – 4:45 pm Plenary Reflection on the day and Closing Remarks (Lecture Room E2001)
    5:00 – 6:30 pm Open reception (E Building Lobby)


    Please use one of the following two options to book your room:

    Book the group rate of $ 114.00 per night at the Best Western Plus, by referring to the CATNB 2018 Symposium. Please book in advance, as all rooms will be released from the group block on October 2nd, 2018.

    Book the group rate of $ 104.99 per night at the Château Saint John, by referring to the CATNB 2018 Symposium. Please book in advance, as all rooms will be released from the group block on Sept 7th, 2018.


    8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast & Networking (E Building Lobby)

    9:00 – 10:00 am After Breakfast in-Conversation (Lecture Room E2001) with simultaneous translation Topic “Make it Happen – if we do nothing, then so are we” (JoAnne Graham, Nadine Edwards, Abdellatif Baoud, Nadine Duguay-Lemay)

    10:00 – 10:30 am Refreshment Break & Networking (E Building Lobby)

    10: 30 – 11:30 am Concurrent Workshops (with simultaneous translation)

    Block A (Lecture Room E2001): Business Emerging Best Practices: Diversity and inclusion are the future; helping to grow your business and your province.  Saeed El-Darahali, president and CEO of SimplyCast, Halifax, NS, believes that building a diverse workplace is a key strategy you must adopt to tap into the global marketplace. Co-op can help you create the right environment for an inclusive workforce, which will pay dividends in the long run. Learn how SimplyCast has taken this approach as a core pillar of our business and how our team has become more diverse and inclusive. We have done it and you can too. Take the time to learn the ropes and make our respective provinces better for all!! (Saeed El-Darahali, Founder, President & CEO SimplyCast)

    Block B (Room E2012): NB Experiential Learning Project – a wave for the future. (Byron James)

    Block C (Room E2014): Growing Together is what Grows a Province: What matters most? Where I’m from and how I learned, or what I know and can bring to the community? Story telling about challenges, lessons learned and successes (Abby David, Project Manager, NBMC-New Brunswick Multicultural Council)

    11:30 – Noon NB PLAR Award Recipient Announcement, Reflection on the Day and Closing Remark (Lecture Room E2001)



    Contact Us

    CATNB Symposium Coordination Committee
    Phil Bélanger
    CATNB Executive Director