Dr. Marie Bountrogianni
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Dr. Marie Bountrogianni is Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to joining Ryerson, she was president and executive director of the ROM Board of Governors.

As a former Ontario cabinet minister, Dr. Bountrogianni served as minister of a number of portfolios including Intergovernmental Affairs, Democratic Renewal, Children and Youth Services, and Citizenship and Immigration. During her time in office, she was instrumental in negotiating a number of landmark federal-provincial agreements and in authoring the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which established Ontario as a world leader in accessibility. In 2015, she was appointed by the Ontario government as Chair of the Selection Committee for the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility.

Prior to entering politics, Dr. Bountrogianni was the chief psychologist for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. Marie has taught at Seneca College, McMaster University and Wilfrid Laurier University. She holds a doctorate in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a board member of Northland Power Inc., Skills Connect Inc. and the Human Resources Policy Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, the CBC named Marie as one of the top 10 most influential alumni at the University of Waterloo and in 2015, she was further recognized by Her Campus Waterloo as one of five influential women who have graduated from the University of Waterloo.

Entries by Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

Thank Your Mom For All The Lessons She Has Taught You

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2017 | 4:58 PM

This time of year, sons and daughters are considering ways to celebrate that special woman in their life. Designated as a national holiday in 1914, we have celebrated Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May for over a century. The world has gone through a lot of change in...

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Prepare For Future Learning

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2017 | 1:05 PM

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." In our current political climate, it is critical that we keep these wise words from Nelson Mandela at the front of our minds. We need to be prepared for what is coming next. Just like the...

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What We Can Learn From 'Hidden Figures'

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2017 | 3:52 PM

As we reflect on current events, sociopolitical uncertainty throughout the world seems to have only risen from where it sat at the beginning of the year. Nearly every day brings news of yet another racist, bigotry, or sexist comment from south of the border. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are under...

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Education Is The Key To Protecting Our Democratic Systems

(4) Comments | Posted January 20, 2017 | 2:31 PM

What will the world look like in 2030? Will liberal democracy still exist? We have recently come to a crossroads where this question is entirely valid. As a former Ontario cabinet minister in a Liberal government, I am not only enthusiastic about liberal democracy, but the institution of democracy itself....

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Leverage The Office Christmas Party To Build Your Network

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 6:23 AM

One of this season's biggest film releases depicts a riotous, messy, and downright debaucherous office gathering. While I would not condone the types of extreme behavior portrayed in Office Christmas Party, the film does call to attention an important ingredient of a productive holiday season: networking. Ask any career advisor...

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Jumpstart Your Career Through Coaching

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 3:49 PM

In the spring of 1985, John Fogerty had a hit song called "Centrefield". While you may not be familiar with the song itself, you would no doubt recognize some of the song's lyrics--"put me in coach". While the song is only just over 30 years old, I would argue that...

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3 Tips For Achieving Job Satisfaction

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2016 | 12:50 PM

Canadians are well educated. More than half of us (53 per cent) have a tertiary qualification -- placing Canada above all other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, and far ahead of the OECD average of 32 per cent. That's the good news.

The unfortunate reality...

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Never Stop Learning: Continuing Education Is More Important Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 4:24 PM

Canadians are well educated -- of that there's no question. More than half (53 per cent) of Canadian adults between the ages of 25 and 64 have completed post-secondary education. That puts us ahead of all other Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, which have an...

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Experiential Learning Takes Education To New Levels

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 12:38 PM

The way education used to work, the focus was on the instructor. He or she was the source of all the information you needed, sharing expertise through lectures and directing you to appropriate textbooks. That's changed. Today's education is evolving to be more "experiential." The instructor's role is still pivotal,...

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5 Ways To Make the Most Of Your Next Conference

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 3:12 PM

If you asked most people why they attend conferences, they would probably say, "to learn from the speakers." That's certainly an important element. But you can get even more out of your next conference by dedicating time to learning from your peers as well.

At the conferences I attend,...

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17 Skills Employees Need Today -- And Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 10:50 AM

The start of a new year makes many of us reflect on next steps. We assess where we are. We dream about where we want to be. We make resolutions. All of that makes January an excellent time to set career goals -- and then to develop clear plans to...

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Virtual Teaching Tools Take Learning Outside The Classroom

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 3:23 PM

What does "learning" look like? If you had to draw a quick picture, you might sketch a teacher standing in front of neat rows of desks. It's still fair to say that the lecture format is core to many educational programs, but technology is advancing and creating opportunities for technology-enhanced...

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It's Never too Late to Change Careers

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 6:09 PM

What does a university dean's resumé look like? I would guess that most have diverse leadership experience in a number of varied roles. My own work history includes stints as a barista, psychologist, professor, corporate executive, and politician -- to name just a few of the hats I've worn during...

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Six Ways Continuing Education Can Close Canada's Skills Gap

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 12:16 PM

Ask an employee from just about any industry in Canada, and they'll tell you: there is a huge gap between the training required to move up the career ladder and the training provided by their employers. A recent survey found that while 71 per cent of employers agree...

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