Ontario Open Badge Forum 2019

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Join us at the Ontario Open Badge Forum 2019 in Toronto. Learn new ways of using digital credentials to build career paths and open recognition networks, amid panoramic views at the Globe and Mail Centre downtown. Hosted and sponsored by eCampusOntario, this cross-sectoral forum features fast-paced Ignite talks and pop-up design sessions. Use and follow the hashtag #BadgeOntario on Twitter!

Date: March 1, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. EST to 3 p.m. EST
Location: Globe and Mail Centre, 351 King Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A 0N1
Twitter: #BadgeOntario

Thank you for your interest. Registration is closed.

Code of Conduct



08:15   REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST                                 

09:00   WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION, David Porter, eCampusOntario

KEYNOTE: Badges as Alternative Credentials, Mark Surman, Mozilla Foundation (Biography)

Open Badges 101 (in 10!), Don Presant, CanCred.ca

SWOT for Open Badges, Discussion and Parking Lot

10:15  BREAK                          


RBC Future Launch: Helping young Canadians prepare for a drastically changing workforce, Noah Aiken-Klar, Director, Youth Social Impact, Royal Bank of Canada

Early steps for a Regulator: Recognizing Service to the Professional Community, Janice Carson-Golden, College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO)

Badging Reflective Professional Development at Scale in Scotland, Robert Stewart, Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) (video)

Prior Learning meets Professional Development through Open Badges, Amanda Payne, Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA)

Open Badges and LinkedIn: How Can They Work Better Together? Jake Hirsch-Allen, LinkedIn

IBM Skills Academy, Lila Adamec, IBM Skills Academy Canada, Tracy Dallaire, Mohawk College


Badging Employability Skills for International Students, Al Nasturzio, One Smart World, Nicole Pereira, Devant Professional Group

Community Based Teacher Training, Denis Gravel, Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board (ITREB) Canada

Rethinking the Co-Curricular Record with Open Badges, SXD Lab

Mohawk College: City School and Careers at the Port, Emily Ecker, Associate Dean, Community Partnerships and Learning, Gwen Zeldenrust, Learning Experience Designer

11:30  POPUP DESIGN SESSION         

Breakout tables answering the badge challenges from Ignite Sessions A and B

12:15  LUNCH                           


Badging Continuing Education and Working with Employers, Debbie Johnstone, Dean, School of Continuing Education, Durham College

Building Awareness of Academic Integrity with Badges , Tony Tin, University of Waterloo, Alice Schmidt Hanbidge, University of Waterloo

Systemwide Badging and Campus-Based Strategies at SUNY, Robin Sullivan, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY)

Badging “Big Demand Skills” at Humber, Theresa Steger, Humber College

Badging Cross-Cutting Skills Across Canada, Daniel Komesch, Polytechnics Canada


Breakout tables answering the badge challenges from Ignite Session C

14:15  Closing Thoughts: Building an Open Recognition System for Ontario, David Porter, eCampusOntario, Michel Singh, eCampusOntario, Don Presant, CanCred.ca, Eric Rousselle, Discendum Oy

15:00  End   



  • Links to presentations (coming soon)


Travel and Wayfinding

Driving from the east-end, drive south on DVP, exit Richmond St (downtown), left on Berkeley St., right on King St. Follow until 351 King Street East.

Driving from the west-end, drive west on Gardiner, exit Jarvis St., turn left (northbound), turn right onto King St. Follow until 351 King Street East.

There is no parking available in the building. There are a number of parking lots within a few minutes’ walk. Please see the “Location” tab on the Globe and Mail Centre website for a map outlining the location of Green P parking lots. Northern Valet is our preferred valet company and can provide a quote for a number of parking solutions for your guests. Please contact them directly for a quote.

Guests arriving by TTC from the west-end can take the King streetcar (#504/ #503/ #514) eastbound from King subway station and exit at Ontario St. Guests arriving by TTC from the east-end can take the King streetcar (#504) westbound from Broadview Station and exit at Ontario St.

Use the following Google Maps link to the location: https://goo.gl/maps/MFWXq8AjNRR2.

When you arrive, a greeter will meet you in the ground-floor lobby and direct you to floor 17.


Open Badge Information

What are Open Badges?

Open Badges are digital credentials of learning, skills and achievement. They contain structured, authenticated information about how they were obtained, which makes them flexible, transparent and useful. Based on a common international standard, these digital credentials are portable and can be shared over networks and on social media platforms such as LinkedIn.

Open Badges can help individuals build their careers and they can help employers find the skills they need. eCampusOntario has gathered a dynamic group of early adopters here in Ontario like IBM to share how they’re rethinking recognition with Open Badges.

Learn more about Open Badges at this link.

View other Open Communities at this link.

View the Ontario Open Badge Forum 2017 at this link.


Join the eCampusOntario Digital Badge and Micro-credentials Community

Help us build a strong and inclusive community around digital badges and micro-credentials. We welcome learners, educators, and government and industry professionals who are curious and passionate about rethinking digital forms of learning and skills recognition in public post-secondary education and the workplace. As a member of this community, you’ll have opportunities to share your thoughts and experiences while connecting with like-minded individuals to learn about new developments in the spectrum of learning recognition.

Open Badges/Alternative Digital Credentials Community Sign-up

Open Badges/Alternative Digital Credentials Community Sign-up

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