Commission to Educate All Kids (Post-Pandemic) – First Open Conference for Canada

Date: Monday, Feb.22 2021


To address the catastrophe of millions of children around the world ousted from all forms of schooling (physical and virtual alike) during the COVID-19 pandemic



FEBRUARY 22, 2021

From the Institute for 21st Century Questions (21CQ) 


9am – 9.10am EST 

Introduction & Welcome – The Genesis, Mission, Membership & Forward Working Plan of the Commission to Educate All Kids (Post-Pandemic)

Irvin Studin – President, Institute for 21st Century Questions; Chair, Worldwide Commission to Educate All Kids, Post-Pandemic


9.10am – 9.25am

Greetings and Context from International Members of the Commission

Robert Pianta – Dean of Education, University of Virginia (USA)

Tara de Mel – Former Secretary, Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka & Co-Founder, Education Forum (Sri Lanka)

Silvina Gvirtz – Former Minister of Education, Buenos Aires Province (Argentina)


9.30am – 10.30am

The Genesis, Nature, Extent and Consequences of the Problem in Canada

Kirby Mitchell – High School Teacher, Peel Region

Edward Mirasty – Director of Education, Prince Albert Tribal Council, Saskatchewan

Donna E. Young – Founding Dean, Ryerson Law School, Toronto

Kevin O’Connor – Chair, Department of Education, Mount Royal University, Calgary

Gail Atkinson – Retired Elementary School Teacher and Administrator, Québec

Susan Aglukark – Inuk Singer/Songwriter, Author & Founder, Arctic Rose Foundation

Audrey McLaughlin – Former Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada

Paul Perlon – Head of Emergency Physician Group, Mackenzie Health Hospital, Richmond Hill


10.30am – 11.00am

Open Follow-Up Discussion with Decision-Makers


11.05am – Noon

How to Find & Reintegrate the Kids Into Schooling with Speed

Fred Lazar – Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University

Charles Ungerleider – Former Deputy Minister of Education, British Columbia

Mike Aumond – Former Secretary of the Cabinet, Government of the Northwest Territories

Howard Burston – Director of Operations, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.

Martha Fulford – Professor, McMaster School of Medicine

Bob Sharp – Former Elementary School Teacher, Yukon

Paul Stalteri – Former Captain, Canadian National Soccer Team


Noon – 12.30pm

Open Follow-Up Discussion with Decision-Makers


12.30pm – 12.40pm

Commission Forward Work Plan & Upcoming Global Open Conference 

Irvin Studin

The Institute for 21st Century Questions © 2024. All rights reserved. Designed and developed by Dolce Media Group.