Seminars 2011

Title: Changing Workplace Culture Through Process Reengineering
October 27, 2011

Presenter:  John Servage, AVP, Risk and Assurance Services, Grant MacEwan University, Education Management industry

The presentation described how a data processing unit in a large firm set their own learning and change agenda. John presented his thoughts on what made this change process successful, and what kinds of barriers needed to be overcome, both by management and the process change team itself. In this session insights into how organizational structures and processes can either support or hinder learning and innovation in the workplace were presented. 

Follow-up Blog by Laura Servage


TitleCampus Alberta Planning Framework: A Vice-President’s Perspective
May 5, 2011

Presenter: Dr. Dean Wood, Consultant in Post-Secondary Education and Adjunct Professor in Educational Policy Studies

As a consultant, Dean’s current projects include institutional policy development supporting online learning and community-based adult learning.  He was Vice-President, Academic at Keyano College for 14 years and then Director of Post-secondary Programs with Advanced Education and Technology. During his tenure at Keyano College, Dean was instrumental in setting a new benchmark for Aboriginal education development; securing articulation agreements, transfer arrangements and linkages between Keyano College and Alberta’s universities; and, stewarding the College's approach to technology integration through the establishment of the Suncor Education Technology Centre (SETC).  He will be teaching in the post-secondary stream of the M.Ed. Educational Studies program this June.

PowerPoint Presentation PDF Document

Campus Alberta Planning Framework - Alberta Advanced Education & Technology

Title:Temporary Foreign Workers in the oil sands in Alberta: What have we learned? 
April 19, 2011

Panel Presenters:
Yessy Byl - Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre 

Olie Schell
– Director, International and Provincial Assessment Services, Advanced Education, Alberta
PowerPoint Presentation PDF Document

Bill Peterman –Vice President of Employee Relations for Ledcor
PowerPoint Presentation PDF Document

Percy Cummins
, Executive Director, Immigration Policy and Programs, Alberta Employment and Immigration
PowerPoint Presentation PDF Document

More details  PDF Document

TitleDiversity and the Workplace PDF Document
April 12, 2011


  • Candy Khan, City of Edmonton
  • Darcy Yamada, Ernst and Young Corporate Finance
  • Mary Banda & Maddi Genovese, Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton

Panelists addressed the following questions: 

  •      How do you define diversity?
  •      What is your workplace doing in this area?
  •      What are some examples of specific challenges and possibilities?

The presentation from the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton will also include:

  •      How the Diversity Outreach Program came to be
  •      A brief overview of the program
  •      How, as an agency, they are making our services more inclusive to diverse communities, and
  •      The exchange of knowledge (trainings, workshops) between targeted staff and diverse communities

PowerPoint Presentation - City of Edmonton, Candy Khan

Title(un)Doing Education with Actor Network Theory- ANT 
February 8, 2011

PresenterTara Fenwick, University of Stirling, Scotland

Since the 1980s, ANT studies and debates have figured prominently in research published in sociology, technology, feminism, cultural geography, organisation and management, environmental planning, and health care. Within educational research, actor-network theory has been much less visible. However, scattered studies drawing from ANT have examined questions of curriculum, educational policy and change, teaching and learning practices, and educational technology. In this seminar, after a brief discussion of ANT/STS and its debates, I will overview these studies to explore the potential contributions offered by ANT sensibilities to educational research and practice. In particular, I’ll focus on two issues that appear prominent in ANT-ish studies of education: (1) how materialising processes and assemblages help configure educational actors, subjectivities, knowledge and activities; and (2) what constitutes learning and change in practices, people and knowledge. I’ll conclude by showing what I believe to be the particular contributions being made by educational researchers to the development of ANT-related thought more generally.


Chapter One: Fenwick, T. & Edwards, R. (2010). Actor network theory in education. London: Routledge.

Fenwick, T. (2010). (un)Doing standards in education with actor-network theory. /Journal of Education Policy/, 25 (2), 117-133.

The book, Actor--network theory in education, can be found on reserve in the Coutts Library in the Faculty of Education. Additionally, the article in the Journal of Educational Policy can be found online through the Faculty of Education website.

The Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Research (CGCER) co-sponsored with the Work and Learning Network presents the following distant seminar.

Title: Older workers and Retirement Issues
January 25, 2011


  • Kurt Schreiner, Director Corporate Planning, Policy and Research, Seniors and Community Supports
  • Laura Forsyth, Senior Policy Coordinator, Labour Force Development Branch, Alberta Employment and Immigration ...more details PDF Document

With the workforce aging in Alberta, and across Canada, labour force participation by mature workers is attracting increasing attention. As people live longer, healthier lives, many wish to stay active in the workforce or by volunteering in their communities. As the baby boom generation approaches retirement, there is renewed debate on what their retirement experiences will actually be and what the future concept of retirement might look like. At issue is not only the need for increased labour supply, but how to minimize the loss of experience, corporate memory, leadership and mentorship that can occur when people retire. The recent financial meltdown has focused attention on the economics of retirement, but there are important question marks around future health status and overall quality of life of tomorrow’s retirees. This presentation provides some general context around the retirement challenges and opportunities facing both individuals and society and will provide a profile of Alberta’s aging workforce and what employers, workers and government need to do to get ready for this massive shift.

PowerPoint Presentations

Mature Workers in Alberta’s Workforce PDF Document (Laura Forsyth)

Older Workers and Retirement Issues PDF Document (Kurt Schreiner)