Media releases | October 17, 2011

Media Advisory: International Expert Challenges Lack of Vision and Commitment to Education

EDMONTON—Dr. Paul Cappon, President & CEO, Canadian Council on Learning, will be speaking in Edmonton on October 20th at 7:00 PM.Dr. Cappon will be speaking about:
  • CCL's findings on all aspects of the learning cycle: from early childhood, through school, post-secondary education and adult and workplace learning and training.
  • The impact Canada's slide down the international learning curve is having on the country's economic stability and social cohesion.
  • The specific means and mechanisms Canada must consider for the country to meet its difficult national learning challenges.
The latest study by the Canadian Council on Learning, What is the Future of Learning in Canada?, received national media attention when it was released last week - including articles in the National Post and the Globe and Mail.Dr. Paul Cappon was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council on Learning in October 2004. A prominent educator, doctor and administrator, Dr. Cappon has been a lifelong education advocate, community supporter and author of numerous publications on learning and community medicine. He has earned degrees in several fields including a PhD in sociology from the Université de Paris, a medical degree (MD) from McMaster University and a family medicine specialization from Dalhousie University.Prior to joining the Canadian Council on Learning, he held the post of Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. CMEC is the mechanism through which Ministers of Education from across Canada consult and act on matters of mutual interest. Dr. Cappon also served as Vice President, Academic, at Laurentian University and has been a faculty member at several Canadian universities including Laurentian, McGill, Saint Mary's and The University of British Columbia, teaching both sociology and medicine.Dr. Cappon is available for media interviews from 9:00 am - 12 noon on Wednesday, October 19th. To arrange an interview, please contact Public Interest Alberta at 780-420-0471.The free public talk takes place in the Education Building South (87 Ave & 113 St), Room 129, University of Alberta, at 7:00 PM October 20th, 2011.This event is supported by:
  • Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
  • Edmonton Public Teachers' Local 37
  • Alberta Teachers' Association
  • Muttart Foundation
  • Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations
  • Success by 6, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
  • Council of Alberta University Students
  • Alberta Students' Executive Council
  • Non-Academic Staff Association, University of Alberta
  • Education Students' Association, University of Alberta
  • Alberta Graduate Council
  • Public Interest Alberta