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2015 Study Mission to Canada

This tour has concluded.
Co-hosted by TDA and LH Martin Institute

There is continued expansion and consolidation of higher education in non-university higher education providers throughout the Anglophone world. While each country is at a different stage of development, it is important that institutions learn from each other’s models of delivery, expertise and best practice.

Canada’s colleges and institutes are important players in the country's innovation system. With their business and community partners, these institutions are increasing their applied research capacity and activities through the integration of applied research in curricula, providing research opportunities for students and faculty, and diversifying sources of research funding.This has relevance to the Australian context with its need to expand and enhance engagement in scholarly practice to match the growth of higher education in non-university environments.


  • Learn more about the purpose, nature and scope of the Canadian applied research model in community colleges.
  • Gain insights into issues associated with the academic governance, scholarship, funding, quality assurance and staffing to support applied research.
  • Explore the partnerships between community colleges, government and industry stakeholders.
  • Gain insights into the broader policy drivers which contribute to the expansion of applied research within community colleges, and the impact this is having on the structure of higher education in Canada.
  • Make links with key representative bodies of community colleges for future collaborative work and exchanges.

Who should attend?

This study mission is relevant for:

  • Institutional leaders in TAFE institutions, private cross-sector providers, dual-sector universities, including senior management, directors, academic corporate leaders, deans, heads of department and academic program leaders
  • Individuals involved in education policy development, higher education regulation, registration, accreditation and quality assurance in government and statutory bodies
  • Researchers in tertiary education.


During the official seven-day program, participants will:

  • Undertake a study mission of a range of Canadian community colleges engaged in applied research
  • Meet institutional leaders in community college to learn from their expertise in establishing applied research projects
  • Meeting with key government agencies that support the funding of applied research in the community colleges
  • Participate in joint workshops and symposia to exchange ideas, insights and perspectives.

Below is a proposed schedule of activities for an indication of what delegates can expect during the mission. Please note that this is still subject to confirmation. A confirmed program will be advertised on this website as soon as it's available.


Friday, 25 and Saturday, 26 September (local time)
Recommended arrival in Toronto.

Sunday, 27 September
Delegation briefing and dinner at Toronto’s most famous landmark the CN Tower.

Monday, 28 September
Delegates to be divided into two groups and respectively visit:
- Humber College and Centennial College
- Seneca College and Sheridan College

Tuesday, 29 September
Meeting with Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Visit and lunch at Niagara on the Lake College.
Visit Niagara Falls.

Wednesday, 30 September
Attend symposium: Applied Research in Colleges and Institutes of Canada convened byThe Higher Education Group at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. This Symposium will explore the development of applied research in colleges in Canada, Australia and England and enable delegates and other attendees to share experiences and learn from each other about how to develop and implement applied research.
Depart for Ottawa.


Thursday, 1 October
Meeting with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Board.
Meetings with various federal agencies and applied research granting councils, such as:
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Friday, 2 October
Visit and lunch at Algonquin College.
Networking reception.
Close of official program.























Fee for this study mission is A$6,900 + GST.

Fee includes:

  • Six nights accommodation
  • All meals and transfers, including a one-way flight between Toronto and Ottawa
  • Activities on the official program.

Delegates are expected to arrange their own travel into and out of Canada.


To register for this study mission, please click on the relevant Register button on this page. Registrations will close 14 August 2015.

Additional information after registration

Once we have received your registration, please provide a short bio to the LH Martin Institute (details below) to help us to tailor the program to suit delegates' interests.

More information

Please contact the LH Martin Institute for further queries or for your short bio to be included in your registration.
+61 3 8344 0756


This study mission is led by:

Ili Pelletier Director
TAFE NSW Higher Education, TAFE NSW

Ili Pelletier is a passionate and creative education manager with experience in the tertiary, secondary and mixed education sectors. Ili has worked in academic leadership in all these areas both in Australia and overseas. She has extensive experience in developing, implementing and evaluating higher education programs, with a strategic oversight as to their relevance and viability. Ili’s blend of experience, as well as her back ground in Fine Arts has exposed her to a gamut of strategies and insights that complement the ongoing development of higher education in a Tertiary and Further Education environment.

Associate Professor Ruth Schubert
Associate Director, LH Martin Institute

Ruth joined the LH Martin Institute in April 2014. Prior to that, Ruth was Director, Business Transformation with TAFE SA, a role responsible for the complete change process bringing together three separate South Australian TAFE institutes. Ruth has worked in the education sector for over 30 years with experience in private RTOs, the schooling sector and universities. As Acting Managing Director at TAFE SA Regional, Ruth was instrumental in their winning the State and National Large Training Provider of the Year in 2011.

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Co-hosted by TAFE Directors Australia
Co-hosted by TAFE Directors Australia