In a world of rapid technological and economic changes, workers can expect to switch jobs throughout their working lives, see sectors disrupted and need to develop additional and new skills as a result of economic shifts.
The symposium will engage participants on how to better respond to changes in the labour market and to the needs of a diversified student body, including new immigrants, international students, Indigenous populations, and other under-represented groups. The event will provide an opportunity to meet and exchange with experts and leaders from colleges and institutes, the labour market, and governments, regarding issues and best practices for continuing education and training in the workplace.
The symposium will focus on the following themes:
As digital technology begins to reconfigure the labour market, postsecondary institutions will need to ensure that they are able to respond quickly to the new skill requirements of a transformed workforce.
- The impact of new technologies on workforce skills
- Technology and evolving jobs
- Supporting businesses in digital transformation
- Artificial intelligence
Matching training to employment
Strengthening links between education and training and the labour market is key to addressing future skills gaps. Ensuring that skills development is adaptable and evolving will keep workers competitive in the workforce, match workers with existing vacancies, and help meet the changing expectations of businesses.
- The challenges in addressing skills mismatch
- The role of colleges and institutes in supporting businesses
- Developing expertise in emerging market niches
Work integrated learning
Work-integrated learning is characterized by a skills-centered approach to training that ensures workers gain skills that meet the needs of employers. It is vital that vulnerable or under-represented learners, including from rural, remote and northern communities, have access to integrated workplace learning.
- Strategic issues in training workers on-the-job
- Collaborative projects between colleges and institutes and industry
- How can we ensure skills diversity in the labour market?
Emerging new knowledge and innovative approaches
The discussion will evolve around:
- Innovative and collaborative models in place
- Responding and supporting workers that require upskilling and reskilling
- Skills required to face shortage in specific sectors e.g. nursing
- Training workers for jobs that do not exist yet
Who should attend?
- Presidents and Director Generals of colleges and institutes
- Vice -Presidents, Academic
- Deans and Directors of Continuing Education and Apprenticeship Training
- Provincial and national stakeholders in the field of postsecondary education
- Industry, employers
- Representatives and officials from provincial and federal governments
Thierry Karsenti, M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Directeur du CRIFPE, Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les TIC et l’éducation, Professeur titulaire, Faculté des sciences de l’éducation, Université de Montréal
Thierry Karsenti, M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., holds the Canada Research Chair on information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education. He is also a professor at the Université de Montréal. As a member of The Canadian Academy of Sciences (Royal Society), and member of the brand new Future Skills Council, his achievements have been recognized by numerous national and international awards. Throughout his career he has published over 30 books and 250 peer-reviewed articles on education.
Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada
As Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, John advises the executive leadership on emerging trends in Canada’s economy, providing insights grounded in his travels across the country and around the world. His work focuses on technological change and innovation, examining how to successfully navigate the new economy so more people can thrive in the age of disruption.
Prior to joining RBC, John spent nearly 25 years at the Globe and Mail, where he served as editor-inchief, editor of Report on Business, and a foreign correspondent in New Delhi, India. Having interviewed a range of prominent world leaders and figures, including Vladimir Putin, Kofi Annan, and Benazir Bhutto, he possesses a deep understanding of national and international affairs.
In the community, John serves as a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, C.D. Howe Institute and on the boards of Saint Elizabeth Health Care and the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada.
John is the author of three books: Out of Poverty, Timbit Nation, and Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution. He is currently working on his fourth, about Canada’s global population in an age of nationalism.
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