15th Annual Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion PhotoForging Ahead in an Era of Change

November 6, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.
at the 2020 TESL Ontario Virtual Conference


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.

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.




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