President and CEO

Dr. Paul Cappon
Dr. Cappon’s view on the Canadian Council on Learning’s unique role in Canada

CEO's Corner

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.
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Latest News

The CCL Legacy and the Future of CCL

CCL

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) met for the last time on April 11, 2012. It approved a motion indicating dissolution of the non-profit corporation that bears the name of the Canadian Council on Learning.

This does not mean, however, that the work, results and legacy of CCL will be forever lost to Canadians. Instead, we have taken steps to ensure that all our work will continue to be accessible to Canadians in every corner of the country.

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What We Heard: Reflections from the CCL Legacy Tour

CCL

During a recent tour across Canada, I had the privilege of sharing the findings and recommendations from CCL’s final report ‘What is the Future of Learning in Canada’ with many Canadians – from Halifax to Victoria.

This brief report is to recount some of what we heard in response, and to explore implications for the conclusions and recommendations that CCL has made to the country as it closes its door on March 31, 2012.

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What is the Future of Learning in Canada? report and speaking tour

CCL

A new approach
The necessary approach is voluntary and co-operative, respectful of provincial and territorial responsibility, but involves the development of clear trans-Canadian policies and actions.

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The Possibilities are Limitless

CCL

For over six years, CCL has been ‘Canada’s Authoritative Voice on Learning’. We have a proud history of accomplishments and our website boasts an abundance of free learning information and tools for Canadians.

We are an independent, non-profit corporation that supplies evidence-based research intended to improve all aspects of learning—across the country and across all walks of life. We have a demonstrable record of providing relevant research and materials to a wide variety of organizations—including governments, employers, communities and individuals.

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The future of the Canadian Council on Learning

CCL

When, in January of this year, I announced that the federal government had ceased all funding to the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), I also pledged the Council to two important commitments: to attempt to find some funding to replace monies sourced through the Government of Canada, and to maintain CCL as a viable entity.

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Taking Stock of Lifelong Learning in Canada (2005-2010): Progress or Complacency?

CCL

On March 30, 2010, the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) met with parliamentarians from all political parties to discuss the state of lifelong learning in Canada. The event, Taking Stock: Lifelong Learning in Canada 2005–2010, attracted nearly two-dozen MPs and senators who engaged in a thought-provoking discussion with CCL staff and myself.

This report is a reaction to—and an expansion of—the Taking Stock event and provides Canadians the information and analysis that we shared on that day, fleshed out with richer detail and context.

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Taking Stock of Lifelong Learning in Canada: 2005–2010

CCL

This is an unprecedented and important day for the Canadian Council on Learning. For four hours, my senior staff, and I will be speaking directly to a group of MPs and senators about the state of lifelong learning in Canada. CCL sent an invitation to every member of both houses of Parliament to join us for a comprehensive overview of lifelong learning. We were pleased that more than twenty parliamentarians accepted our invitation, and we are looking forward to a stimulating exchange.

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End of funding of CCL

CCL

As you may have heard, the Government of Canada has decided to end its funding of CCL. Our present agreement will expire on March 31. This will necessitate a dramatic scaling down at CCL. However, we are determined to fulfil our current commitments, and identify new ways to serve Canadians, albeit with more modest means. I believe that it is important to maintain the momentum generated by CCL and, over the next few weeks, we will be considering how best to continue.

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Merry Christmas from CCL

Christmas Message

The holidays provide us with a chance to relax, spend time with friends and family and reflect on the year past. Looking back on 2009, I’m happy to report that it was a banner year for the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). Despite some adversity, CCL released an impressive slate of reports and publications that informed and engaged Canadians on an unprecedented level about the benefits of lifelong learning.

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Is homework necessary?

Cross Country Checkup

CBC Radio’s open-line current affairs program Cross Country Checkup devoted their November 22nd show to a lively discussion on the effectiveness of homework. Contributing to the conversation was CCL's President and CEO Dr. Paul Cappon, who chatted with host Rex Murphy about the pros and cons of homework in Canada’s schools.

Listen to Dr. Cappon's interview (MP3, 11.3 MB)

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CCL update

CCL

CCL’s original five-year agreement with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has been extended an additional year, to March 31, 2010, without additional funding. In order to continue its core activities of research, and monitoring and reporting on the state of learning in Canada, CCL is streamlining its operations. CCL remains in active discussions with HRSDC regarding a future funding agreement beyond March 2010.

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Education, Training and Sustainability

Education,

Marc Lortie, Ambassador of Canada to France, opened his doors and hosted the launch of the book Education, Training and Sustainability. Conditions for success in a changing world.

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Interview with Stefan C. Wolter

Stefan C. Wolter

For two weeks in May 2008, the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) was delighted to host a visit to Canada of Stefan Wolter, Director of the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education, a body co-funded by the federal and cantonal levels of government to ensure the harmonization of education research across Switzerland.  Paul Cappon interviewed Dr Wolter, who reflected on some of the impressions gleaned from his wide-ranging discussions with Canadian policy-makers, researchers and practitioners in the field of learning.

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Articles and commentary

Date

Subject

Jan. 10, 2011 What can Canadians conclude from the struggle for hockey franchises?
Nov. 2, 2010 Are Canadians falling short of their potential?
Oct. 7, 2009

A vital signpost at the global economic crossroads

Mar. 8, 2009

Reflections on CCL's newest product for Canadian Learning: The Online Adult Literacy Assessment

Nov. 14, 2008

CCL’s role in a period of economic challenges

Oct. 30, 2008

PLAR – an idea whose time has come

June 26, 2008

Paul Cappon’s perspective on adult literacy in Canada

May 2008

Measuring success in First Nations, Inuit and Métis learning, published in Policy Options (PDF, 200 KB)

Apr. 16, 2008

A closer look at the new ‘bible’ of PSE

Oct. 18, 2007

Working Together for Success

Sept. 20, 2007 Evaluating Post-Secondary Education
Jan. 27, 2007

Low levels of literacy are not healthy

Nov. 7, 2006

Let them play!

Oct. 25, 2006

Words of comfort to parents about homework

Feb. 22, 2006

CCL calls for clear, measurable goals in post-secondary education

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Speeches

Date

Subject

June 18, 2009 Presentation on the issue of the Federal Contribution to Reducing Poverty in Canada
Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
June 18, 2009

CCL Board of Directors Lunch with Montreal business leaders

June 10, 2009

The Economic Crisis and Innovation: The Need for Training”

June 9, 2009

At the International Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal

June 8, 2009

Adult Learning Knowledge Centre Conference

May 22, 2009

Notes for an address to be delivered at the Health and Learning Knowledge Centre Event

Mar. 11, 2009

Presentation at the Residence of the Ambassador to France

Feb. 10, 2009 Public Lecture sponsored by The Learning Partnership and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nov. 7, 2008 To The Community Foundations Conference
Montreal, QC
June 10, 2008

Education and Training:  A Primary Source of Sustainability
The International Economic Forum of the Americas Conference of Montreal
Montreal, QC

May 21, 2008

Launch of 2008 Composite Learning Index
Ottawa, ON

March 1, 2008

Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre National Conference Town Hall Meeting
Vancouver, B.C.

Nov. 29, 2007

Address to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany’s Forum on Demographic Change
Berlin, Germany

Oct. 17, 2007

Address to the Association of Community Colleges: Importance of PSE
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

June 1, 2007

Announcing the pilot project with Vancouver Learning City Initiative
Calgary, Alberta

May 29, 2007 Launch of the 2007 Composite Learning Index
Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators
Calgary, Alberta
May 25, 2007

The role of education and training in building success in business and for Canada as a whole
Victoria, BC

March 20, 2007

Presentation on the issue of employability
Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Jan. 26, 2007

Launch of State of Learning in Canada: No Time for Complacency
Literacy BC's Breakfast of Champions

Jan. 24, 2007

Adult and Workplace Learning
Vancouver Board of Trade

Dec. 7, 2006

Canadian Post-secondary Education: A Positive Record – An Uncertain Future
National Press Theatre, Ottawa

June 6, 2006

CCL to partner with Policy Action Group on Learning
Montreal Conference

May 15, 2006

CCL introduces the Composite Learning Index, Canada's powerful new tool to measure lifelong learning
Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa

March 21, 2006

The Interface between research and policy
Aboriginal Policy Research Conference

Feb. 28, 2006 Students at Risk Conference
Feb. 25, 2006 Post-Secondary Education – At the Crossroads
Public Interest Alberta Conference, Edmonton
Jan. 11, 2006 EDFEST International Conference
Thailand
Nov. 14, 2005

National Dialogue on Aboriginal Learning

Oct. 21, 2005 Announcing the Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre
Sept. 14, 2005 Announcing the Work and Learning Knowledge Centre
Sept. 13, 2005 Announcing a partnership between the 21st Century Learning Initiative (Canada) and the Canadian Council on Learning
Sept. 7, 2005

Announcing the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre

Aug. 31, 2005 Announcing the Health and Learning Knowledge Centre
Aug. 17, 2005 Keynote speech at 16e Colloque du Doctorat en Éducation of the Université du Québec en Outaouais
March 21, 2005 Collaboration encouraged for creation of CCL’s five new knowledge centres
Nov. 25, 2004 Knowledge centres key to improving learning across Canada; will assess and report what we're doing right—and wrong

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Multimedia

Video
Taking Stock of Lifelong Learning in Canada: 2005–2010

BNNOn March 30, 2010, CCL met with members of both houses of Parliament in Ottawa for Taking Stock of Lifelong Learning in Canada: 2005–2010, a comprehensive overview of lifelong learning. The Business News Network (BNN) spoke to Dr. Paul Cappon, President and CEO of CCL, later in the day on the link between lifelong learning and productivity.

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The State of Aboriginal Learning in Canada

The State of Aboriginal Learning in CanadaPress conference footage from the Dec. 9, 2009 release for the landmark report from the Canadian Council on Learning, The State of Aboriginal Learning in Canada: A Holistic Approach to Measuring Success. This clip features: Paul Cappon, President and CEO of CCL; Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations; Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Marc Leclair, Métis National Council; Betty Ann Lavallée, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and; Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Watch video »

Promising Practices

Promising Practices was a series of five videos produced for the Canadian Council on Learning’s 2006 Composite Learning Index. The series highlights effective lifelong learning practices across Canada in CCL’s five main research areas: Health and Learning, Adult Learning, Work and Learning, Early Childhood Learning and Aboriginal Learning.

Introduction: Dr. Paul Cappon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council on Learning, introduces the video series Promising Practices. Watch video »

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Biography

Paul CapponDr. 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.

Since the 1970s, Dr. Cappon has built a remarkable public service career. 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.

In addition to his contributions in academia, Dr. Cappon served, among other roles, as Director of AIDS Studies at the Montreal General Hospital. Dr. Cappon is a member of the International Coordinating Council at the State of the World Forum. He is also Chair of the Policy Action Group on Learning for the Commission on Globalization. In 2002, he received the Commemorative Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his significant contributions to his profession. In 2010, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa by the Capilano University.


 

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