Canadian community college leader to speak on innovative education at CCA conference

A French-Canadian community college leader will give a keynote speech and workshop on how to encourage innovation in post-secondary education at CCA’s upcoming annual conference in Brisbane in November.

André Gobeil (pictured), Director General of Cegep de Chicoutimi in Quebec Canada, has worked in the field of innovation for several years, facilitating events at PAys-BAs in France, Belgium, Turkey and Poland through his contribution to the European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL).

His co-creation skills are now used in the development of the College he directs, notably in the implementation of a Finnish approach called "School as a Service" where the institution becomes a service to the community beyond the offer of courses, such as liberated laboratories for SMEs, community spaces and shared infrastructures.

His years in innovation have also contributed to the integration of artificial intelligence into student monitoring, program evaluation and the implementation of digital governance tools.

View videos of André Gobeil’s Canadian workshops in English and in French.

Read more about School as a Service here.

About André Gobeil

André Gobeil has been active in the fields of adult education and regional development for more than twenty years. Working mainly in rural areas, he has specialised in the inception of innovative educational projects such as diamond cutting, wind energy, video gaming and Alzheimer’s disease. This passion to innovate led him to set up a Living Lab for Open Innovation that primarily addresses the issues of local development (local economy, social and tourist innovation). He is now the Director-General of a community college based in the north east part of the province of Québec. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, a master's degree in Economics from Laval University and a law degree from Université Laval. Mr. Gobeil was sworn in October 1993 at the Québec Bar school, and has taught law and economics at two colleges, Cégep de Matane and Cégep de la Gaspésie-Les Îles.

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