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Linda A. Franklin

President and CEO, Colleges Ontario

Linda Franklin is President and CEO of Colleges Ontario, the advocacy association for Ontario’s 24 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. In this role, Ms. Franklin has focused provincial and national attention on the coming shortage of skilled workers and the importance of the college system in addressing this challenge. She initiated a system wide marketing campaign highlighting the value of a college education, as well as launching a groundbreaking campaign focused on aboriginal students. Previously, Ms. Franklin was the President of the Wine Council of Ontario, where she directed a multi-million dollar marketing campaign for the domestic wine industry and developed a strategic plan for the sector.
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Parties Must Address Youth Unemployment

Certainly the economy is a dominant issue in the election. Along with the debates about balanced budgets and new spending, the parties are promising to bring in measures to create new jobs. But one of the biggest challenges -- youth unemployment -- deserves much greater attention.
10/07/2015 08:25 EDT
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Helping Students Picture the Future's Most In-Demand Jobs

More needs to be done to identify the careers of the future -- this is especially important as the demand for a more professionally trained and highly skilled workforce continues to grow. It is more essential than ever to identify the future opportunities for young people and ensure students and parents know what qualifications are required to pursue those careers.
09/24/2015 05:52 EDT
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More Apprenticeship Training Will Help Grow Ontario's Economy

The Ontario government is to be applauded for emphasizing the importance of apprenticeship programs, particularly as the province strives to produce a more qualified and highly trained workforce for the skilled trades and other sectors. Ontario has committed funding towards new equipment and technology upgrades to ensure apprentices get training that is aligned with innovations in the workplace; while new funding has been announced to encourage greater numbers of Aboriginal Peoples, at-risk youth, women and newcomers to Canada to pursue skills training.
04/17/2015 09:07 EDT
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What Obama Can Teach Ontario About College

The Obama administration's proposal to offer free tuition to community college students for two years has ignited a discussion about the benefits of a college education. Canada is well aware of the important role that colleges play in improving post-secondary attainment rates. But there is much more to be done. Free tuition may not be the answer in this country but Canada definitely needs to do more to make college education a priority.
01/19/2015 12:37 EST
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How Can Canada Help the Unemployed? Focus on Colleges

With youth unemployment and underemployment remaining at stubbornly high levels, Canada must build on the success of its college system. In Ontario, one of the most significant changes that government can make is to expand the range of career-specific degree programs at colleges.
09/17/2014 12:41 EDT
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The One Thing That's Really Blocking New Graduates From Good Jobs

Students have a right to expect to find meaningful work after they graduate. Unfortunately, there are many young people who can't get hired because they don't have the right education and skills. This is commonly referred to as the skills mismatch -- the mismatch between the credentials held by people seeking work and the qualifications sought by employers.
10/08/2013 06:00 EDT