Keynote Panel

To kick-off this years’ conference – “Institutional Research and Planning at the Centre” – CIRPA is pleased to announce our keynote panel, a conversation that will explore how IRP offices help to guide and inform policy and activities among some of our key partners.

The panel will feature three leaders all with a longstanding relationship to IRP.

  • Sarah Watts-Rynard, CEO of Polytechnics Canada, a non-profit association representing 13 leading research-intensive, publicly supported polytechnics, colleges, and institutes of technology.  They advocate for federal action where the interests of their members overlap with those of federal departments and agencies.
  • Anna Toneguzzo – A/VP, Government and Stakeholder Partnerships from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan). Founded in 1972, CiCan serves as the national and international voice of Canada’s largest post-secondary education network of colleges and institutes across Canada.
  • Lisa O’Connell – Director, Research and Data Analysis, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) – an Agency of the Council of Atlantic Premiers which provides advice to Ministers responsible for Post-Secondary Education in the Maritimes. The Commission assists institutions and governments in enhancing the post-secondary learning environment.

The panel will describe their organizational mandates and the importance of IRP in supporting that mandate; how their relationship with institutional research has evolved; as well as other insights into the changing post-secondary landscape in their respective areas. This moderated panel will provide some unique insights into some of the larger conversations happening nationally and within specific regions.