About Us

Teaching and Learning Canada is an incorporated and registered charity, originally created by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), who provided seed funding for TLC.

Established in 2011, our goal is to promote and enhance the quality of teaching and learning in Canadian post-secondary education through:

  • Sponsoring and disseminating research on effective college and university teaching.
  • Raising public awareness about the important issues affecting college and university teaching through conferences, colloquia, publications and through the media.
  • Forging links with organizations and individuals, both nationally and internally, with similar goals.
  • Co-sponsoring regional events across Canada on post-secondary teaching.

By-laws were approved at the annual general meeting of TLC in Sydney, Nova Scotia on June 20, 2013.


Colleges and universities are essential to our social and economic well-being. What and how students learn is of immense importance to their future lives, both as workers and citizens. Many students cite their professors as some of the greatest influences on their later lives and learning, yet most academics receive no formal preparation for their teaching role, and methods of teaching and assessment are hardly unchanged from Victorian times when institutions were quite different and society had very different expectations of university and college graduates. In this context TLC/AME envisages exploring issues such as the following.

  • How can students best be prepared for a lifetime of change?
  • How can they best learn to solve problems and tackle issues that have not yet been identified?
  • What is the best way to prepare teachers for their role?
  • How can teachers connect more meaningfully with their students at a time of diminishing resources and rapidly increasing class sizes?
  • How can teachers and students best engage with the community, local, national, and international?
  • What is the appropriate role for technology in teaching and learning?

LXC Group Photo

The LearningXchange

In October of 2014, an eclectic roster of influential people generated a vibrant dialogue and actionable ideas to enhance the student experience and re-imagine innovative pathways to higher education. A summary of the discussions and related videos will be posted shortly.

Board of Directors

Arshad Ahmad

Arshad Ahmad

Chair, Teaching and Learning Canada

Sylvia Avery

Sylvia Avery




President and CEO




Advisory Committee

TLC began with a distinguished advisory committee, drawn from educational leaders from across Canada and abroad. Members included:

  • Arshad Ahmad, President, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Steven Davis, Chair of Board, Academics for Higher Education and Development
  • Patrick Deane, President, McMaster University
  • Natalie Gerum, Masters Student, Lakehead University
  • Joy Mighty, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), Carleton University
  • Pat Rogers, Wilfrid Laurier University, and past-President STLHE
  • Ken Steele, Co-founder, Academica
  • Pierre Zundel, President, University of Sudbury


The TLC regional events initiative is intended to encourage people to meet in more informal settings by providing modest grants for groups to organize seminars, small conferences, and workshops at a local/regional level. The following aims and terms of reference provide a context and criteria to assist in preparing an application for funding. The aims of the grants are:

  • To support regional events with a clear focus on enhancing teaching and learning issues in post-secondary education. Events must be consistent with the organization’s mission and goals.
  • By collaborating with local institutions hosting the event, to encourage participation from multiple institutions and constituencies,
  • To provide opportunities for academics, students, and staff to benefit from networking, event publications, etc.
  • To provide seed money to support a modest portion of the event budget. Typically requests of about $500 up to a maximum of $1,000 will be considered.
  • To entertain as many events as possible with total support capped at $10,000 per year.

Terms of Reference

  • Applications may be submitted at any time until funds for the year in question are exhausted.
  • The event organizers agree to name TLC-AME as a collaborator and showcase its logo on all publicity.
  • Organizers agree to provide TLC with a link to the event for posting on this website; follow-up event information is to be maintained online.

Grant Application Form

To complete the application form, click here.

Grants Awarded

Pilot Projects