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Inclusive Local Economies

Toronto Sector Skills Academy

Toronto Sector Skills Academy 2016-17 Cohort

Watch this short video about the powerful impact the Toronto Sector Skills Academy made in the professional lives of our first graduating cohort. Duration: 4 min 30 seconds.

What Participants are saying

I’ve learned more here than in some of the degree programs that I have taken.

Matias De Dovitiis

Duke Heights BIA

We learn from each other and that allows us to grow.

Mike Hewitt

Quinte Economic Development Commission

It’s really important for policy makers and practitioners to be together.

Najma Iqbal

Toronto Employment & Social Services

Toronto Sector Skills Academy Highlights

2020 Toronto Sector Skills Academy Virtual Information Session
During these sessions, Inclusive Local Economies Program Director Adriana Beemans will provide an overview of the 10-month program and answer questions in advance of its June 16, 2020 application deadline.* Attendance is strongly encouraged for those considering applying to the program. However, it is not a prerequisite for applying. The Toronto Sector Skills Academy was established in 2016 to foster leadership and invest in local talent that understands and can apply sector strategies to the local economy. This leadership program is the first of its kind in Canada, and is offered by Metcalf in partnership with The Aspen Institute.
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