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Members of the Premier's Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy Expert Panel

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Members of the Premier's Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy Expert Panel

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Ontario has appointed five members to the Premier's Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy Expert Panel.

Sean Conway, Chair

Sean Conway is a Visiting Fellow with the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University, and a Public Policy Advisor with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. From 1975 to 2003, he was a member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly. During the Government of David Peterson (1985-90), Mr. Conway served as Minister of Education, and as Minister of Colleges, Universities and Skills Development. Mr. Conway has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Mr. Conway holds a graduate degree in history from Queen's University. Upon leaving the legislature, Mr. Conway was the recipient of the Churchill Society Award for excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy.

Dr. Carol Campbell

Dr. Carol Campbell is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Dr. Campbell is Education Adviser to the Premier and Minister of Education. Dr. Campbell is known for her commitment to combining evidence from professional knowledge and research to develop professional capacity for educational improvement. 

She is Director of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research, a partnership between the Ontario Ministry of Education, University of Toronto and Western University to advance the mobilization and application of research and professional knowledge to improve educational practices in Ontario. Previously, Dr. Campbell was Senior Executive Officer for The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat and was appointed Ontario's first Chief Research Officer for Education. She is a former Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education at Stanford University.

Dr. Campbell holds a doctorate degree from the University of Strathclyde and was previously an academic at the Institute of Education, University of London and a policy advisor for government and school districts in the U.K.

Robert Hardt

Robert Hardt is President and CEO of Siemens Canada Limited. Mr. Hardt, an electrical engineer by training, regularly contributes to the manufacturing and technology dialogue in national media and through speaking engagements. He is passionate about developing the engineering profession and enhancing skills education in Canada and has built strong relationships between industry professionals and educational institutions. Mr. Hardt is the Chair of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and an active member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, The Learning Partnership, International Chief Executives in Canada (The Conference Board of Canada) and is on the Advisory Council, Manufacturing for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

Mr. Hardt holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Technical College Aachen in Germany and started his career with Siemens AG in 1988. He joined Siemens Canada in 2007, holding several senior management positions prior to being named President and CEO in 2012.

Alison Loat

Alison Loat is co-founder of Samara, a charitable non-partisan organization that improves political participation in Canada, and former Executive Director (2008-2015), when she led strategy, business planning, resource development and operations. Previously, she worked at McKinsey & Company, where she led teams that developed strategies for businesses and governments in Europe and North America.

Ms. Loat holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Queen's University and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Harvard Kennedy School. For her work in public service, she received the Public Policy Forum's Youth Leaders Award and the Queen's Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals. She was named one of the Women Executive Network's 100 Top Women in Canada in 2013 and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Pradeep Sood

Pradeep Sood is Chairman of Highbury Canco Corporation, a food processing company. He is also Founder and Owner of XactScribe Inc., an Ontario-based transcription company using digital technology, and CEO of Starling Corporation, a management consulting company that provides advice to small businesses on market research, business development, supply chain, and financing.

Mr. Sood was formerly the Chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Toronto Regional Board of Trade and Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He has had the honour of serving on business boards on all three levels of government.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Mr. Sood supports a number of community organizations, including the Royal Ontario Museum, Harbourfront Centre, the Textile Museum of Canada and the Bridgepoint Health Foundation. 

Mr. Sood holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics (Honours) from Delhi University and has a Chartered Accountants designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

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