Spotlight on the 2014 Champions of Public Education

On Wednesday, April 23, Mr. Nitin Kawale and Mr. Alan MacGibbon will be inducted into The Learning Partnership’s Champions of Public Education Hall of Fame at our annualToronto Tribute Dinner. Featuring keynote speaker Rex Murphy, renowned Social Commentator and Editorialist, and emceed by CTV News Channel’s Pattie Lovett-Reid, the evening will honour these two business leaders for their contributions to public education. The event is co-chaired by Carol Stephenson, Dean Emeritus, Ivey Business School and Kenneth J. Fredeen, General Counsel, Deloitte LLP. Here is a “snap shot” of our two honourees for this year:

Mr. Nitin Kawale
Cisco’s Nitin Kawale has been a champion of public education throughout his term as company president in Canada since 2008. In 2013 and under his leadership, Cisco in Canada launched Connected North – a program that provides innovative and unique educational opportunities to students. Connected North, through the use of Cisco TelePresence technology, links students and classrooms in underserved and remote Aboriginal communities with other students located in southern Canada, providing collaboration, cultural exchange and mentoring. Connected North also brings real-time experts-on-demand into classrooms, plus teacher training and support through high-definition video. As part of its corporate social responsibility, Cisco offers the Networking Academy program in partnership with schools, community colleges, universities, and other organizations. The program prepares students for entry-level jobs in information and communication technology, furthers their education, and allows them to earn globally recognized Cisco certifications. The Networking Academy has since 1998 educated more than 112,000 students in Canada and given $50M in in-kind contributions to education. Cisco has also established 10 research chairs with an investment of more than $15M in universities across Canada. These chairs are supporting innovation and research in areas including: healthcare and mining solutions, smart grid and e-learning.

Mr. Alan MacGibbon
As Former Managing Partner at Deloitte LLP, Alan MacGibbon has supported public education through the firm, helping educational organizations do more with fewer resources, implement process and technology solutions and/or increase efficiencies and function. In 2011, Deloitte education practitioners around the world collaborated to produce “Making the Grade: A Study of the Top 10 Issues Facing Higher Education Institutions.” The report put best practices in the public domain and provided strategies to help educational institutions re-invent themselves and evolve to meet changing educational needs. Under his leadership, Deloitte’s thought leadership continues to support innovative solutions and drive for excellence in public education. Deloitte has also been critical to the success of The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program delivered in partnership with the Rotman School of Management. Since 2005, their support has enabled over 300 leaders in public education to benefit from an executive leadership experience. Mr. MacGibbon is also a former Chair of the Conference Board of Canada.

Save the date

Join us to celebrate the educational contributions of Mr. Nitin Kawale and Mr. Alan MacGibbonon Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Constitution Hall.

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