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St. Lawrence College to welcome Ontario college IT professionals for OCCCIO conference


KINGSTON – St. Lawrence College will host the 2013 OCCCIO IT Conference June 19 to 21, 2013, welcoming more than 175 college Information Technology staff and 70 vendor participants to the Kingston campus.


The Ontario College Council of Chief Information Officers (OCCCIO) annual spring conference, which focuses on the needs of Ontario college IT leaders and practitioners, has a theme of “Connect and Discover” this year. IT professionals will have a chance to connect with industry and discover new ways to use technology to enhance the learning environment for college students.


A Welcome Dinner will be held in Davies Hall on Wednesday evening, with entertainment by comedian Simon B. Cotter. On Thursday evening, conference attendees will enjoy a fantastic evening of food and entertainment at Fort Henry.


Conference attendees will enjoy addresses from two keynote speakers. On Thursday, June 20 at 9:00am, Curt Steinhorst will deliver his keynote “Crossing the Generational Divide” and speak to the fact that, for the first time in history, four generations are working side-by-side, with each generation bringing different strengths, values, and communication styles. On Friday, June 21 at 9:00am, Greg Libitz from SLC Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement will deliver his keynote “Mooc, Schmook – What’s my job?” which will focus on how to reconcile legacy business models with the arrival of digital natives and the significant change in the open learning environment.


“This is a great opportunity for St. Lawrence College to showcase our college to the rest of the province and foster connections within the IT higher education community,” said Lisa Grothier, Chief Information Officer at St. Lawrence College. “We are thrilled to host the conference this year.”


OCCCIO was established to enhance its members’ ability to strategically and effectively lead information technology support for Ontario Colleges. The OCCCIO conference is heavily sponsored by various IT and Consulting vendors. To learn more about the conference, please visit




About St. Lawrence College
With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.


Denise Wing

Communications Officer

Marketing & Communications

St. Lawrence College

Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston

T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261