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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.