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Tomorrow's Classroom

Our faculty conference theme - “Tomorrow’s Classroom” - provides faculty with the chance to share the theory and practice on the future of university teaching and learning, innovative new teaching styles, technologically enhanced learning, and evolving learning outcomes to engage and inspire the heterogeneity that is our twenty-first century learners.

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Keynote Address: "Fanning the Flame: Teaching with the Next Generation" 

The keynote speaker for the 2015 Faculty Conference is Bonnie M. Patterson, C.M., O.Ont., ICD.D.

Bonnie M. Patterson

Professor Bonnie M. Patterson is the President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), a post she has held since September 2009. She was the President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University from 1998 to 2009. She has served previously as President of COU from 1995 to 1998, as Dean of Business at Ryerson University (then Ryerson Polytechnic Institute), and chaired and taught at Ryerson’s School of Administration and Information Management. She continues to hold her professorial position in Business Administration at Trent.

Currently, she is the Chair of the Board of The Roberta Bondar Foundation; a member of the Board of Metrolinx serving on the Human Resources & Compensation and Executive Committees; the Board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce; and the Advisory Board for the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation. Prof. Patterson served as one of four Canadian university presidents to the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She has served as Chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; as a Director on the Board of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre for nine years, including two as its Chair; and on the Founding Board of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

She is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, and has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by WXN. In 2014, she received honorary doctorates from Ryerson University and York University. She holds a B.A. and M.L.S. from the University of Western Ontario.

Special Session on Zone Learning

Randy Boyagoda, Director, Zone Learning
Christopher Evans, Vice Provost Academic
Charles Falzone, Chair, RTA School of Media
Paul Stenton, Vice Provost University Planning

Mohamed Lachemi, Provost & Vice President Academic

Annual Poster Contest

This year's trophy for best poster goes to Rob Bajko and Jaigris Hodson from Professional Communication and Deborah Fels from the Ted Rogers School of Management for "The Gamification of Two Undergraduate Multimedia and Social Media Courses."

Rob Bajko and Deborah Fels accepting their trophy:


To learn more about the Ryerson Faculty Conference, see our archived page for the 2014 conference.