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Regional Sounding Tour- Free event

Your voice is important

Participate in the Regional Sounding Tour to share your perspective on how the Future Skills Centre can best meet the priorities of your region.

The Conference Board of Canada—in partnership with Blueprint and Ryerson University —is organizing the first series of strategic roundtable events from the Future Skills Centre– Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF)’s first series of strategic roundtable events: The Regional Sounding Tour.

We want to identify the skills that will be needed tomorrow, and we need your perspective for that. The Tour includes events across the country to listen to Canadians who are engaged or interested in the skills and training community. How can the Future Skills Centre best meet the diverse skills needs of your region? Your contributions will help us account for your region’s priorities in our research and innovation strategies. At each stop on the tour, participants will:
  • Learn about the Future Skills Centre’s mandate and objectives, with updates on its operations and activities.
  • Participate in small group conversations to discuss your thoughts and ideas about how the Future Skills Centre can best support your region today for workforce opportunities of the future.

Want to participate in the Regional Sounding Tour, but don’t see an event listed in your region? Stay tuned—we will be holding events in all provinces and territories. We’ll announce upcoming locations shortly, and registration will open as events roll out.

If you can’t join us for a stop on the tour we’ll be adding a virtual event in the spring of 2020. More details to come.

For more information contact Heather McIntosh, Senior Manager, Knowledge Mobilization and Research (

2019 Events


November 12, 2019

University of Calgary



November 14, 2019

Sudbury, ON, Collège Boréal


New Brunswick

November 20, 2019

Université de Moncton


Nova Scotia

November 22, 2019

Halifax Convention Centre


2020 Events


January 30, 2020

Red River College


Prince Edward Island

February 12, 2020

Holland College



March 4, 2020

Yukon College


Northwest Territories

March 6, 2020

The Explorer Hotel




The Future Skills Centre (FSC) will help Canadians prepare for, transition and adapt to new jobs and a changing labour market. Funded by the Government of Canada's Future Skills Program , the Future Skills Centre is a partnership between Ryerson University, Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint ADE.

As part of our commitment to the FSC, the Conference Board will conduct research on future skills needs, lead knowledge mobilization and convening activities, and help to facilitate the exchange of ideas through the development of a pan-Canadian stakeholder network.

Five Key Reasons to Participate
  • You will be joining a pan-Canadian stakeholder network focused on the Future of Work
  • Your input will help us select and fund the right projects
  • You can help us engage urban, rural and remote communities for a better economic future
  • Be in the know as we disseminate knowledge and engage the workforce
  • Take part in the creation of a Labour Market Data Platform
Who Should Participate?

Anyone who has an interest in the future of work in Canada. This includes:

  • Youth and adult learners
  • Educators and trainers
  • Businesses
  • Governments
  • Non-profits
  • Indigenous
  • Immigrant serving organizations

Future Skills Center Research

On behalf of the Future Skills Centre, The Conference Board of Canada is conducting nine multi-year research projects in three knowledge areas:

Labour Market Forecasting

The Conference Board of Canada’s Labour Market Forecasting practice will undertake the following research projects:

This project will address our inability to measure in a consistent and reliable way where labour gaps exist today and generate forecasts describing where gaps may occur in the future, with a specific focus on the role that technological change will have on future labour requirements. The research will determine where occupational gaps are most likely to develop over the next 20 years, identifying regions and demographics with unusually high risk. This project has two main research questions:

  • How will technology impact labour demand in Canada?
  • How will demographic factors impact the supply of labour in Canada?

Indigenous and Northern Policy Skills Research

The Conference Board of Canada’s Indigenous and Northern practice will undertake the following research projects:

An examination of the role of cross-cultural STEM curricula and related supports in helping First Nation, Metis, and Inuit students successfully graduate to post-secondary STEM fields and successfully graduate from post-secondary STEM fields to relevant employment opportunities. This project will identify best practices for designing, teaching, and supporting cross-cultural Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curricula for Indigenous learners in secondary and post-secondary fields of study.

An examination of career pathways for Indigenous professionals in finance and management. This project will examine the major push and pull factors that shape career pathways for Indigenous professionals in finance and management. It will also identify associated resources that have helped Indigenous finance and management professionals establish careers for themselves.

An examination of career pathways and resources for Indigenous workers in Canada’s North. This project will examine the major push and pull factors that create non-standard employment conditions for Indigenous labour in Canada’s North. It will also identify pathways and resources that have helped northern Indigenous workers establish careers for themselves.

Education and Skills Research

The Conference Board of Canada’s Education and Skills practice will undertake the following research projects:

Under this banner, the CBoC will study and support ongoing work-integrated learning initiatives in Canada focusing broadly on the drive to create more experiential learning opportunities for Canadians, especially vulnerable populations, while also zeroing in on apprenticeship training (a form of applied/experiential learning) and in particular the trades that are struggling to attract apprenticeship candidates.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

This project examines applied learning opportunities for post-secondary students through co-op placements, internships, applied research projects, etc. In partnership with the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, this initiative will begin by informing the path to developing 44,000 new WIL opportunities per year by 2022, and 150,000 per year by 2028. The first phase of the study will explore the potential to scale WIL positions within Canadian firms, with impact assessments carried out by industry, province, and firm. Subsequent projects will examine barriers faced by vulnerable populations to accessing WIL, opportunities to develop WIL for part-time students and adult learning in need of upskilling/reskilling, as well as barriers to employers in providing WIL opportunities.

Innovations in Apprenticeship

The project will focus on which skilled trades, sectors, and regions are struggling to attract apprenticeship candidates. The research for this project will identify which skilled trades are “at risk” of negatively affecting the economy due to labour shortages, and what specifically can be done to mitigate the risk. In year one of the project we will focus on understanding the current state of the apprenticeship participation in Canada from the perspective of the participants, employers, training institutions, and governments. Overarching research questions will include: How can the partners in the apprenticeship ecosystem—employers, training institutions, and governments—increase apprenticeship training participation rate for the “at-risk” trades