How Canada’s Universities are Preparing Graduates for the post-COVID World          

Monday, April 3, 2023 - 7:00PM ET | Virtual (Zoom)

York University President Rhonda Lenton in conversation with David Trick (HKS MPA ‘87) “How Canada’s Universities are Preparing Graduates for the post-COVID World.”


Please join us for a discussion about how universities are preparing graduates for a society with low unemployment, high immigration, remote work, longer lifespans, artificial intelligence, climate change, intergenerational inequities, and challenges to social cohesion.  How are universities adapting, and how are they helping their students to adapt?  How are universities changing what they teach, how they teach it, and the experience they offer students? 

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Rhonda L. Lenton, PhD
Rhonda L. Lenton became York University’s eighth President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2017. Dr. Lenton joined York University in 2002 as Dean of the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies. She served as York’s inaugural Vice-Provost Academic from 2009 to 2012, and then as the University’s Vice-President Academic & Provost from 2012 -2017. Dr. Lenton played an instrumental role in the creation of the York University-TD Community Engagement Centre and in expanding York’s institutional collaborations with other postsecondary education partners; she was also chair of the President’s Task Force on Community Engagement.

Before joining York, Dr. Lenton was an associate dean and professor at McMaster University. A sociologist by training, she earned her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1989. Her areas of teaching and research expertise include gender, family conflict, sexual harassment, research methods, and higher education. In 2019, she co-authored a landmark study of the Canadian Jewish community with colleagues from the University of Toronto and the Environics Institute for Survey Research.

Dr. Lenton serves on Universities Canada’s Board of Directors and its Research Committee, the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) Government and Community Relations Committee, and she is both Chair of the COU Relationships Committee and Co-Chair of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) Board of Directors. She was named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2015, and in 2016 received the Angela Hildyard Recognition Award for the continual demonstration of innovative leadership in higher education.

David Trick, PhD
David Trick (HKS MPA ’87) is President of David Trick and Associates Inc., consultants in higher education strategy and management. Since 2005, the firm has offered specialized expertise based on David’s experience as a consultant, senior campus administrator, senior government official, innovative teacher, and award-winning researcher in the field of higher education.

David is the former Assistant Deputy Minister for Postsecondary Education in the Government of Ontario and was the first CEO and Vice Provost of the University of Guelph-Humber, a unique partnership between the University of Guelph and Humber College to establish a new university campus in Toronto.

Earlier David was Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance with responsibility for the provincial budget, taxation and federal-provincial finance. In 2019-20 he served as Interim President and CEO of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. He is a part-time instructor in Toronto Metropolitan University’s Politics and Public Administration program. In addition to his Harvard degree, David holds an Honours B.A. from York University, an M.A. from Brandeis University, and a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto.

David is the co-author of Academic Reform: Policy Options for Improving the Quality and Cost-effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario (with Ian D. Clark and Richard Van Loon) and Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario (with Ian D. Clark, Greg Moran and Michael L. Skolnik), both published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.