14th Annual Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion PhotoShifting Perspectives

December 6, 2019 - 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

TESL Ontario will be hosting our Fourteenth Annual Panel Discussion to be held at our 47th TESL Ontario Conference in December 2019. The aim of this panel discussion is to identify current trends, updating of initiatives, sharing of recommendations, and it is designed to bring stakeholders together. The panel discussion presentations have proven to be very successful and continue to be fully booked each year. This year’s theme is Shifting Perspectives.

The panel members represent the following Ministries:

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
  • Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities
  • Ontario Ministry of Education

Moderator: Renate Tilson, Executive Director - TESL Ontario.


Panel Participants

Yves Saint-Germain – Director, Language and Francophone Policies, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Mr. Yves Saint-Germain holds an M.A. (Political Science). Since 2007, Mr. Saint-Germain is Director, Language and Francophone Policies Division , Settlement and Integration Policy Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. He is responsible for establishing directions for the settlement program including: language training program policy (LINC), responsible for the Francophone Immigration Policy Hub to achieve IRCC Francophone Immigration Strategy and implementing the Francophone Integration Pathway as part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Yvonne Ferrer, – Director of Program Management and Evaluation, Citizenship & Immigration Division, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Throughout her professional career, Yvonne has held a number of managerial roles within the Ontario Government, the broader public sector and the philanthropic community. Yvonne is responsible for establishing directions for the design, development and implementation of immigration and citizenship programs, including language training, bridge training and settlement programs. Yvonne also holds responsibility for the development and delivery of Refugee Resettlement and Integration Programs. Yvonne joined the Ontario Public Service in 2006 and has held managerial positions at Ministry of the Attorney General, in addition to MCI. Before joining the OPS, Yvonne worked at the municipal level leading planning and development work related to housing and spent ten years at the Ontario Trillium Foundation managing programs and initiatives that addressed priorities in the environmental, social and arts and culture sectors. Yvonne has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.

Harry Bezruchko, Regional Program Manager, Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities

Harry Bezruchko is a Regional Manager with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and has been with the Province of Ontario for 11 years. In order to address the needs of clients and employers, his responsibilities include the planning, development and management of employment program and services, such as Skills Training, Literacy and Basic Skills and Apprenticeship. Harry worked for the Federal Government for over 25 years in the areas of finance and labour market programming both in Ottawa and in Toronto.

Pauline McNaughton – Director, Skills Development and Apprenticeship Branch, Student Achievement Division, Ontario Ministry of Education

Pauline McNaughton is interim Director of the Skills Development and Apprenticeship Branch in the Ministry of Education, collaborating closely with the Ministries of Training, Colleges and Universities and Children, Community and Social Services to deliver policies, strategies and programs to support engagement, transitions and pathways for all learners from Kindergarten to Adult. Previous to her past 12 years with the Ontario Government, Pauline previously worked in the adult education sector, serving in various capacities at the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, AlphaPlus Centre, Continuing Education department of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board as well as with Arctic College on Baffin Island.




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