From SFU Public Square:

The Future of Work in Canada: Emerging Trends and Opportunities

On February 26, join us for our mini-conference, presented in partnership with Deloitte Canada, bringing together global business leaders in panel discussions and presentations.

Opening the day will be two future-proofed presentations by Stephen Harrington, Senior Manager, Talent Strategies, Human Capital of DeloitteCanada, and Sarah Doyle, Director of Policy and Research at Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This will be followed by a presentation from Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour.

Presentations will address how Canadians can succeed in the future of work, including recommendations for how business leaders and government can set Canada on a path to success, the potential – and subsequent effects – of automation on the labour force in Canada, as well as the intersection between entrepreneurship and innovation.


Addressing the Skills Gap: Enhancing Mobility From Post-Secondary Education to Employment and Entrepreneurship

This panel discussion, moderated by Sarah Lubik, Director of Entrepreneurship at SFU Beedie School of Business, will feature leading experts to discuss how we can better mobilize individuals into seamless transitions post-graduation. How can we set the next generation up for success and understand the critical role of entrepreneurship and youth-employment in the future of work?

Paulina Cameron, Director, Futurpreneur
Jake Hirsch-Allen, Higher Education Lead, LinkedIn
Kim Howson, Senior Manager of Youth Strategy & Relationship Management, RBC Future Launch


Embedding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Future of Work

Meaningful implementation of inclusive hiring practices into human resource policies and procedures plays a vital role in the success of an organization. How can organizations better integrate the policies to ensure the representation of diverse voices?

Iglika Ivanova, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Patrick MacKenzie, CEO, Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia
Lesley MacDonald, Employee Engagement and HR Planning, BC Hydro


How Alternative Business Models Can Improve the Way We Work

What are some examples of alternative business models, and how are they improving the way we work? Elvy Del Bianco, Program Manager, Co-operative Partnerships at Vancity, will moderate this discussion on new opportunities afforded by innovative business models.

Eric Bulmash, Senior Consultant, Community Business and Investment, Vancity
Frisia Donders, SMart (E.U.)
Steve Rio, Founder & CEO, Briteweb


AI and Automation in the Workplace

How is automation truly changing the way we work? What are models of effectively utilizing AI in the workplace while still allowing for meaningful, well-paid employment? This presentation, including panelist James Maynard, President and CEO, Wavefront, will get you ready to anticipate, and work with (or combat), those robots. Stay tuned for further panelist announcements.


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Check out our website for the full 2018 Community Summit lineup!