16th Annual Panel Discussion

Shifting Perspectives: Adapt, Adopt and Celebrate Progress

TESL Ontario Conference November 3-5, 2021

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Panel Report


The panel presentations:


Panel Participants

Mélanie Pronovost – Director, Settlement and Integration Policy, Language, Employment and Refugees - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Mélanie Pronovost is currently a Director in the Settlement and Integration Policy Branch at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, responsible for language training, employment and refugee resettlement policy. She has been with IRCC in various roles since 2009: with Regulatory Affairs, Legal Services, Case Management and Passport Program Strategic Direction and Partnerships.

Before joining the public sector, Ms. Pronovost worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in Tanzania, and completed her articles at Canada’s largest law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

Ms. Pronovost has a law degree from the University of Ottawa, with a specialization in Public International Law, and is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.

Ursula Lipski, Manager, Program Transformation Unit, Global Talent and Settlement Services Division, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD)

Ursula Lipski is the Manager of the Program Transformation Unit of the Global Talent and Settlement Services Division in the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD). Ursula is responsible for program policy and design for settlement, language training and bridge training programs and services for newcomers to Ontario. She has worked with the Ontario government for close to 15 years in various managerial roles related to immigrant settlement and integration. Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Ursula worked in a variety of non-profit and public sector organizations in areas of mental health, public health, and social and community programming.

Pauline McNaughton – Manager, Enhanced Programming, Skills Development and Apprenticeship Branch, Student Achievement Division - Ontario Ministry of Education

Pauline McNaughton is Manager of the Enhanced Programming unit of the Skills Development and Apprenticeship Branch in the Ministry of Education, collaborating closely with the Ministries of Colleges, Labour Training and Skills Development and Ministry of 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 worked in the adult education sector, serving as Executive Director, Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, Field Services Manager, AlphaPlus Centre, and Lead Teacher in the Continuing Education department of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board as well as Instructor with Arctic College on Baffin Island.