This 60 minute webinar will:
- Present data on the employment opportunities and outcomes of PhD holders both inside and outside PSE
- Highlight the importance of PhD education to Canada’s economic, social, and cultural well-being
- Characterize the challenges PhD students and graduates face as they transition to careers beyond PSE
- Examine employer demand and receptivity to hiring PhD graduates
- Discuss innovative professional development initiatives from Canada and peer countries to help PhDs smoothly transition to a wide range of careers.
Dr. Michael Bloom is the Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy at The Conference Board of Canada. Michael is responsible for managing seven research groups: Education, Skills and Immigration; Business Innovation; Industry and Business Strategy; Organizational Excellence; Governance, Compliance and Risk; Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations; and the Saskatchewan Institute. He oversees funded research projects and executive networks at the Conference Board, and has management responsibility for nineteen executive networks. Corporately, Michael is executive lead for the Centre on Skills and Post-Secondary Education, a major five-year initiative which is developing a Skills and PSE Strategy for Canada, based on a program of 52 research projects, and creating pathways tools for learners to navigate through education and training to jobs and careers across Canada. Michael speaks on post-secondary education; innovation; industry and business strategy; credentialing; skills; immigration; food policy; human capital; work and workplaces; and international benchmarks. Dr. Bloom is a graduate of the University of Oxford (DPhil) and Carleton University (BA, MA).
Dr. Jessica Edge is a Senior Research Associate in Industry and Business Strategy at The Conference Board of Canada. Jessica is involved in the Conference Board’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education and has conducted research on preparing PhD graduates for diverse careers; policies, laws, and regulations governing PSE; Aboriginal learners and PSE; and PSE in Northern Norway. Jessica’s research has also looked at innovation and national competitiveness; corporate social responsibility and reputation management; amateur sport; and, food issues. Jessica has a PhD from McMaster University.