Our nation’s labour market is undergoing massive change.

It’s being shaped by effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as unprecedented demographic shifts, economic changes and technological advances. To navigate these disruptions and foster the future prosperity of Canada, we must support the lifelong skills development of our workforce.

The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is honoured to host leaders and representatives from all across Canada to share what we’re collectively learning and to discuss innovative ideas to shape our future work environment.

What to expect

The Future Skills Summit gathers leading experts in skills development across Canada, including policy makers, industry leaders, community representatives and skills training practitioners.

Discussions will zero in on finding relevant data and information, discovering new skills approaches, identifying systemic change enablers, and scaling best practices.

Foster dialogue, cultivate ideas, share innovations, and drive action

Through inspiring keynote presentations, engaging discussions, ActionLab workshops, and insightful feedback, you’ll be able to:

Build on skills development approaches that are already generating positive results

Find opportunities to network and collaborate with peers, business leaders, and policymakers

Identify areas within your organization that could benefit from new ways of thinking

Access hands-on tools to help drive skills development change in your workplace or community

Discussions will focus on:

  • Major labour market trends shaping the future of the skills ecosystem
  • Skills development challenges and opportunities impacting our economy and sectors
  • Data and future-focused insights from pilot projects across Canada
  • New skills training approaches and how to replicate them across Canadian businesses and institutions
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Featured speakers

All Speakers

Pedro Barata

Pedro
Barata

Donnalee Bell

Donnalee
Bell

Susan Black

Susan
Black

Julia Blackburn

Julia
Blackburn

Tony Bonen

Tony
Bonen

Julie Cafley

Julie
Cafley

Saul Carliner

Saul
Carliner

Wendy Cukier

Wendy
Cukier

Luisa Da Silva

Luisa
Da Silva

Lawrence Daniels

Lawrence
Daniels

Sabrina Geremia

Sabrina
Geremia

Jennefer Griffith

Jennefer
Griffith

Lasse Gustavsson

Lasse
Gustavsson

Joanna Henderson

Dr. Joanna
Henderson

Sareena Hopkins

Sareena
Hopkins

Jeanette Jackson

Jeanette
Jackson

Dr. Arif Jetha

Dr. Arif
Jetha

Sarah Kay

Sarah
Kay

Kelly Lendsay

Kelly
Lendsay

Mike Moffatt

Mike
Moffatt

Brian Moore

Brian
Moore

Adam Morrison

Adam
Morrison

Audrey Murray

Audrey
Murray

Karen Myers

Karen
Myers

Alicia Piechowiak

Alicia
Piechowiak

Jenny Poulos

Jenny
Poulos

Brian Robson

Brian
Robson

Dr. Tania Saba

Dr. Tania
Saba

Iona Santos-Fresnoza

Iona
Santos-Fresnoza

Natalie Shearer

Natalie
Shearer

Jeanette Sutherland

Jeanette
Sutherland

Nadia Theodore

Nadia
Theodore

Tricia Williams

Tricia
Williams

Armine Yalnizyan

Armine
Yalnizyan

Agenda

Please note: All agenda times are in Eastern Standard Time. See what time that is for you.

1:00 p.m.

Speakers:

Pedro Barata

Executive Director, Future Skills Centre

Susan Black

Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

Co-Host:

Julie Cafley

Vice-President, Communications & External Relations, NDRIO

1:15 p.m.
Keynote

Session description coming soon.

Moderator:

Susan Black

Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

Speakers:

Pedro Barata

CEO and President, Paramount Fine Foods

1:45 p.m.
Break
2:00 p.m.
Plenary

Session description coming soon.

Moderator:

Jenny Poulos

Senior Vice President, Talent Services & Operations, RBC

Panelists:

Sareena Hopkins

Executive Director, Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF)

Karen Myers

President and CEO, Blueprint

2:45 p.m.
Break
3:00 p.m.
ActionLabs A—(please select one)

Session description coming soon. 

Moderator:

Nadia Theodore

Senior Vice President, Global Government and Industry Relations

Speakers:

Adam Morrison

President & CEO – OTEC

Jeanette Sutherland

Director of EDGE UP, Workforce at Calgary Economic Development

Session description coming soon. 

Moderator:

Dr. Tania Saba

BMO Chair in Diversity and Governance, Université de Montréal

Speakers:

Donnalee Bell

Managing Director, Canadian Career Development Foundation

Saul Carliner

Saul Carliner

Professor, Department of Education, Concordia University

Alicia Piechoviak

Alicia Piechowiak

Project Director, Groupe Engram

3:45 p.m.
Break
4:00 p.m.
Happy hour breakout

Session description coming soon.

Moderator:

Susan Black

Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

Speakers:

Pedro Barata

CEO and President, Paramount Fine Foods

1:00 p.m.

Co-Hosts:

Julie Cafley

Vice-President, Communications & External Relations, NDRIO

Julie Cafley

Spoken–Word Poet

1:15 p.m.
Panel discussion

Session description coming soon.

Panelists:

Sabrina Geremia

VP & Country Manager, Google Canada

Pedro Barata

President & CEO, Indigenous Works and Founder & CEO, Luminary

Brian Moore

Scientific Programs Director, IVADO

Audrey Murray

Chair of the Commission of Labor Market Partners (CLMP) and the Metropolitan Employment Council (MEC)

2:00 p.m.
Break
2:15 p.m.
ActionLabs B—(please select one)
ActionLabs B2

Session description coming soon.

Moderator:

Lawrence Daniels

Chief Executive Officer Firespirit Inc.

Speakers:

Jennefer Griffith

Executive Director Food Processing Skills Canada Ontario

Brian Robson

Director, Training Programs & Business Development, Ryerson’s Diversity Institute

3:00 p.m.
Break
3:15 p.m.
Fireside chat

Session description coming soon.

Moderator:

Wendy Cukier

Founder, Diversity Institute and Academic Research Lead for Future Skills Centre

3:45 p.m.
Break
4:00 p.m.
Entertainment
1:00 p.m.

Co-Host:

Julie Cafley

Vice-President, Communications & External Relations, NDRIO

1:15 p.m.
ActionLabs C—(please select one)

Session description coming soon.

Speakers:

Julia Blackburn

CEO, NPower Canada

Iona Santos-Fresnoza

Program Lead, FAST, Immigrant Employment Council of BC

Session description coming soon.

Moderator:

Dr. Arif Jetha

Scientist, Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Toronto

Speakers:

Dr. Joanna Henderson

Director, CAMH

Natalie Shearer

Manager, Future Skills Partnerships, Mohawk College

2:00 p.m.
Break
2:15 p.m.
Plenary

Session description coming soon.

Moderator:

Mike Moffatt

Senior Director, Policy and Innovation, Smart Prosperity Institute

Panelists:

Luisa Da Silva

Executive Director, Iron + Earth

Lasse Gustavsson

President & CEO, Ocean Wise Conservation Association

Jeanette Jackson

CEO, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre

3:00 p.m.
Break
3:15 p.m.
Fireside chat

Session description coming soon.

Moderator:

Tricia Williams

Director, Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Mobilization

Speaker:

Tony Bonen

Director of Research, Data, and Analytics, Labour Market Information Council

Rachel Wernick

Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada, Government of Canada

3:45 p.m.
Break
4:00 p.m.
Leadership panel

Session description coming soon.

Moderator:

Pedro Barata

Executive Director, Future Skills Centre

Panelists:

Sanjay Khanna

Partner, NOW Partners, Strategic Advisor and Foresight Expert

Nadine Spencer

CEO, BrandEQ Group Inc.; CEO, Black Business Professional Association (BBPA)

Armine Yalnizyan

Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow, Future of Workers

4:45 p.m.

Speakers:

Pedro Barata

Executive Director, Future Skills Centre

Susan Black

Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

Co-Host:

Julie Cafley

Vice-President, Communications & External Relations, NDRIO

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About The Future Skills Centre

The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success. We believe Canadians should feel confident about the skills they have to succeed in a changing workforce. As a pan-Canadian community, we are collaborating to rigorously identify, test, measure, and share innovative approaches to assessing and developing the skills Canadians need to thrive in the days and years ahead.

The Future Skills Centre was founded by a consortium whose members are Ryerson University, Blueprint, and The Conference Board of Canada, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program.

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In partnership with:

Ryerson University
The Conference Board of Canada
Blueprint
Funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program

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