Risk Management and Strategic Planning Workshop

Join us in Toronto on Nov. 1, 2019

International education programs face a wide range of risks. World geopolitics can suddenly bring to an end a stream of students from a particular country. Economic crises can mean that people can no longer afford to study in Canada, forcing programs to lay off staff and cut services. There are many additional risks, such as those associated with housing students in homestays/ dorms and taking them on wilderness trips.

In this one-day workshop, we will help international education programs to manage risk and strategically plan for success. This is a “must attend” for organizations across Canada that enroll international students.

“Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing.” – Warren Buffett

Who should register?

  • International education staff at colleges and universities
  • Deans and vice presidents of international
  • International managers at school districts
  • Directors at private language schools and career colleges
  • K-12 private schools with international students

Morning Session: Risk Management

Veteran educator and risk management expert Dave Bird will lead this session. He will start from the premise that progress always involves risk and sometimes risk is unavoidable in international education.

The student landscape is shifting. Parents and students are becoming increasingly outspoken in their demands. When something goes wrong, there is a growing willingness to litigate to receive compensation.

In this workshop, Dave will discuss how to manage risks and reduce liability. He will explain how to predict risks and minimize legal exposure.

Two key questions are:

  1. How will risk be mitigated?
  2. Are the benefits worth the risk?

Afternoon Session: Strategic Planning

This workshop will discuss how to develop a strategic plan to deal with risks, seize opportunities and reduce threats. It will be facilitated by Rob Wood of 8020 Info Inc. Rob has more than 25 years of strategic planning experience, helping school districts, universities, municipalities and companies to plan for success.

“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – General Dwight D. Eisenhower

This session will help international education programs to:

  • Map out action plans
  • Solve problems
  • Act on opportunities
  • Strengthen competitive positions

Effective strategy development can have a powerful impact if you make the fundamental choices needed to provide clear direction and align your team’s efforts to achieve consensus-built goals.

This workshop will walk you through all the key dimensions of establishing a vision, mapping forces for change and making pivotal strategic choices. Using a combination of theory, tools and exercises, your session leader will share the foundations needed to seize opportunities, deal with challenges, consider risks, cope with threats and prepare for implementation of strategic action plans.

These sessions will be facilitated by Rob Wood of 8020Info Inc. Rob has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, research/stakeholder  consultation, and marketing communications — helping school districts, universities, municipalities and other public sector/non-profit organizations to plan for success.

“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – General Dwight D. Eisenhower

This session will cover a mix of theory and ready-to-use tools that will help international education programs to:

  • Understand the different types of strategic plans
  • Anchor your strategies within a well-crafted vision and values framework
  • Use research/consultation to assess your strategic/competitive position
  • Identify the key factors that shape your strategic choices and priorities
  • Look ahead to implementation (dealing with change, culture and more)
Register now - this workshop is only offered once a year. The fee is just $445 plus tax The fee includes both sessions, lunch and coffee breaks.
We’re dedicated to international education!

Doug Ronson, the founder of ESQ Educational Services, has been involved in international education since 1995, originally as a representative of the TOEFL and TOEIC tests with Educational Testing Service Canada. Since 2014, he has been providing a wide range of services for international educators. ESQ has been running workshops since 2016, providing opportunities for professional learning, networking and the sharing of ideas.

Attendees love our conferences!

Here’s what attendees at our previous conferences have to say. 
They have rated the overall conference at 4.8 out of 5. That’s a score of 96%! 
Here are some of their comments:

  • “I learned a lot and feel excited to implement many new things. It was easy to talk and share ideas in such a welcoming group. I’m so happy I came!”
  • “Excellent! Will definitely come again!”
  • “Once again, such a valuable conference. Thank you!”
  • “Outstanding speakers all around.”
Please get in touch to learn more about our services
  • 613-888-9560 (9 am to 5 pm Eastern time)
  • douglasronson at yahoo.ca