Breakout Session of the 5th CPAC Education Day: Brief Introduction of IB and AP Programs

On October 27th, 2012 Education Foundation of Chinese Professional Association of Canada will be hosting its 5th Annual Education Day. Building on the success of past Education Days this year’s event promises to connect more students to educational opportunities that best suit their aptitudes and career goals. The event will be held at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough.

CPAC Education Day sponsored by HSBC Bank Canada is one of the largest education events held annually in the immigrant community drawing more than 2,000 students, parents, and educators. The event’s objective is to create awareness and provide information about the Canadian education system and its available services to the families of newcomers.

Education Day gives students and parents information using a range of formats. Representatives from school boards, colleges and universities will set up display booths and provide information about their programs. Over forty booths including representatives from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and York University have been confirmed. 14 classroom sized breakout sessions and a whole-day student forum will also be held.

Paul Corner and Rosemary Evans will co-host one breakout session titled “Brief Introduction of IB and AP Programs.”

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the history, structure, challenges, and benefits of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and Advanced Placement program. In a rapidly changing, multicultural, shrinking world, the next generation of adults will need the skills to work with a variety of people in multiple areas of knowledge to solve modern problems. Knowledge integration will be the key to success. Through its breadth and depth of curriculum and approaches to learning, the IB and AP programs help to build the foundation for success in university from which to launch into the modern world well prepared to face all its challenges. This seminar gives a brief overview of both systems, including their benefits and challenges, so that students and their parents may decide the best-suited program.

Paul Corner was born in Canada, grew up in Guelph, and attended the University of Guelph, achieving a BA in Psychology and Philosophy. He acquired his teaching certification at U of T and has been teaching since 1989. Mr. Corner began teaching in the IB program at Vaughan Road Academy in 1996 and has been the coordinator of the IB diploma program there since 2008. He currently teaches IB Theory of Knowledge.

Rosemary Evans is the principal of UTS (University of Toronto Schools). She received a BA from Western, and an MA, B.Ed., and MBA from the University of Toronto. She served as a teacher, Department Head, and Subject Coordinator in the Peel District School Board, and was a Vice Principal in TDSB. Rosemary taught in the initial teacher education program at OISE, and was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award. As Academic Head at Branksome Hall she oversaw the implementation of the International Baccalaureate programs from JK to grade 12.

Facts about the 5th CPAC Education Day 2012:

  • Time: Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 27th , 2012
  • Venue: Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School (3200 Kennedy Road, Scarborough, NW corner of Kennedy & McNicoll)
  • Admission fee: CAD$10/family(including free lunch)
  • Complimentary tickets: Pick up complimentary tickets at participating HSBC branches and CPAC office or register online at to get complimentary tickets.

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