15th Annual Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion PhotoForging Ahead in an Era of Change


Panel Report

The panel presentations:


Panel Participants

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

Yves Saint-Germain is the Director, Language and Francophone Policy in the Settlement and Integration Policy Branch of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). He is responsible for establishing directions for IRCC’s Settlement Program in the areas of language policy, implementing the Francophone Integration Pathway as part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023. He leads IRCC’s efforts to advance a Francophone Immigration Strategy and fulfill obligations under Part VII of the Official Languages Act. Yves holds an M.A. in Political Science from Laval University and a B.A. from the University of Ottawa.

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

Yvonne Ferrer is the Director of Programs in the Citizenship and Immigration Division and the Office of Women's Issues, at the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. Yvonne has over 15 years of experience with the Ontario Public Service (OPS) leading the design and delivery of programs and services that respond to the needs of vulnerable populations. Yvonne is responsible for establishing directions for the design, development and implementation of newcomer settlement and language training programs and women's violence prevention and economic empowerment programs and services. Yvonne has held a variety of managerial positions in the former Ministry of Immigration and the Ministry of the Attorney General. Before joining the OPS, Yvonne spent 10 years at the Ontario Trillium Foundation leading programs and initiatives that advanced priorities in the environmental, social, arts and culture, recreation sectors.

Joanne Prior, Service Delivery Manager, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Joanne Prior is a Bilingual Service Delivery Manager with the Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development’s Employment and Training Division – Central Region, Toronto. Joanne has 15 plus years’ experience working in Adult Education in both the private and school board sectors. Prior to joining the Ministry in 2011, Joanne held different positions at the Simcoe County District School Board: Night School ESL Instructor, Day School Literacy and Basic Skills Instructor and Literacy Basic Skills Instructor at Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene, Ontario for 4 years. Since joining the Ministry in 2011, Joanne has worked as a Bilingual Employment and Training Consultant in Barrie, Ontario, a Program Delivery Coordinator for Central Region as a Subject Matter Expert for Literacy and Basic Skills and Labour Market Programs and recently started her new role as a Service Delivery Manager in Toronto in October 2019.

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.