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Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

Dean, The Chang School, Ryerson U. Champion for continuing education, accessibility & resolving malemployement. Former ON Cabinet Minister.

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. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> 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.
Thank Your Mom For All The Lessons She Has Taught

Thank Your Mom For All The Lessons She Has Taught You

My daughter once said to me, "even if you were not my mom, you would still be my role model." Beyond a doubt, this was the best compliment I could ever receive. Throughout my life, I have been asked many times if I personally have a role model. My answer to this is simple: my mother.
05/11/2017 04:58 EDT
Prepare For Future

Prepare For Future Learning

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." In our current political climate, it is critical
05/04/2017 01:05 EDT
What We Can Learn From 'Hidden

What We Can Learn From 'Hidden Figures'

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 serious threat.
03/22/2017 03:52 EDT
Education Is The Key To Protecting Our Democratic

Education Is The Key To Protecting Our Democratic Systems

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. I believe I speak for many people when I say that recent exercises in democracy have left me puzzled. I am disappointed that the United States now has a President Trump.
01/20/2017 03:31 EST
Leverage The Office Christmas Party To Build Your

Leverage The Office Christmas Party To Build Your Network

Before you walk through the door, however, create a target for how many new connections you plan to make. Perhaps push yourself to meet 10 new contacts, or exchange 20 business cards. Are you hesitant to approach someone you do not know? Consider asking questions to break the ice.
12/22/2016 07:23 EST
3 Tips For Achieving Job

3 Tips For Achieving Job Satisfaction

Canadians are well educated. That's the good news. The unfortunate reality is that many Canadians are "mal-employed" -- working in jobs that do not take advantage of their abilities and that do not require a post-secondary education.
10/05/2016 12:50 EDT
Never Stop Learning: Continuing Education Is More Important Than

Never Stop Learning: Continuing Education Is More Important Than Ever

Continuing education brings both practical skills and the joy of discovering something new about the world and yourself. If you're a Millennial, it can help you overcome mal-employment and accelerate your career. If you're a Boomer, it can set you up for success as a business owner and a prosperous retirement.
05/04/2016 04:24 EDT
Experiential Learning Takes Education To New

Experiential Learning Takes Education To New Levels

Today's education is evolving to be more "experiential." The instructor's role is still pivotal, but it's different. Now students learn in ways that are practical and hands-on, in a simulated setting or out in the real world, and the instructor is a guide, helping them identify lessons they can apply to future experiences.
02/01/2016 01:38 EST
5 Ways To Make the Most Of Your Next

5 Ways To Make the Most Of Your Next Conference

At the conferences I attend, when I look around the room, I see a wealth of knowledge -- and it's not all at the podium. Every attendee has something to share. Some may have a nugget of wisdom, specifically relevant to you, that boosts your career or inspires you to change directions.
01/27/2016 04:12 EST
17 Skills Employees Need Today -- And

17 Skills Employees Need Today -- And Tomorrow

By tracking and responding to relevant trends, you can ensure you have the training you need, today and tomorrow, to maintain your competitive edge and to stretch yourself, limbering up, as you start the next chapter of your career.
12/11/2015 11:50 EST
Virtual Teaching Tools Take Learning Outside The

Virtual Teaching Tools Take Learning Outside The Classroom

What does "learning" look like? 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 and online learning to be more experiential, more flexible, and more engaging.
11/16/2015 04:23 EST
It's Never too Late to Change

It's Never too Late to Change Careers

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 my career.
08/21/2015 06:09 EDT
Six Ways Continuing Education Can Close Canada's Skills

Six Ways Continuing Education Can Close Canada's Skills Gap

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. While 71 per cent of employers agree they have a responsibility to provide career management programs for their employees, only 29 per cent actually offer them.
07/08/2015 12:16 EDT