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Monday, January 25 • 14:15 - 15:00
A National Strategy for Youth Achievement

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Significant gaps persist in post-secondary participation and attainment across Canada. Groups of vulnerable and disengaged youth continue to experience complex barriers, which COVID-19 will only reinforce. Evidence supports that investing in a pan-Canadian approach across institutions, community groups, employers, governments and foundations will yield positive results to help narrow the gaps for youth at risk. In this session, we'll explore the pressing needs and opportunities realizable through large-scale collaboration, co-ordination, and the building of innovative communities of practice that deliver positive, systemic change.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) and key partners are building an inclusive, “multi-stakeholder network”
  • How we can support youth achievement, channel resources and mobilize knowledge
  • How to help community programs launch and scale, and foster a community of practice

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Ikem Opara

Ikem Opara

Director of Learning, Rideau Hall Foundation
Ikem Opara has spent the last 20 years engaging public and private sector partners in Canada, Tanzania, Kenya and Cuba, to build relationships and strengthen connections across national, linguistic, cultural and other borders. Following progressive roles at Pathways to Education... Read More →
avatar for Léandre Nawej

Léandre Nawej

Program and Partnerships Coordinator, Rideau Hall Foundation
Léandre Nawej recently joined the Rideau Hall Foundation as a Programs Co-ordinator to support learning equity initiatives for Canadian youth. RHF’s emerging national network aims to bridge the gap to equity of educational access for youth. As a former Pathways student, Ryerson... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Marques

Teresa Marques

President & CEO, Rideau Hall Foundation
Teresa Marques is the President and CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation. The RHF’s vision is a smarter and more caring Canada, and the organization works to address key challenges facing the country in areas of learning equity, culture of innovation, leadership development, and the... Read More →
avatar for Fiona Deller

Fiona Deller

President, Fiona Deller & Associates
Fiona Deller has spent much of her career conducting research, creating policy and designing programs related to student access and success in post-secondary education. She currently runs a consulting business, and previously has held positions with the Higher Education Quality Council... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 14:15 - 15:00 EST