Spotlight on the Future of Work

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Dominic Barton / Managing Partner Emeritus - McKinsey & Company
John Stackhouse / Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO - RBC
Valerie Walker / Executive Director - Business/Higher Education Roundtable
Chandran Fernando / Managing Partner - Matrix360

In the age of AI, automation and tech disruption across every sector of our present and future economies, the future of work is a crucial consideration for governments, employers, employees, students and our youth alike – it impacts us all. This Spotlight explores the factors that are combining to drastically change how employers select and train their employees, how students and the workforce must embrace lifelong learning, how our educational institutions must approach work-integrated learning, and what roles our governments must play to direct our collective approach to the future of employing, employment and employability.

Key Takeaways & Calls to Action

  1. Disruptive technology and rapidly progressing economic power shift from West to East is driving unprecedented disruption in the jobs and skills of the future economy. Out of Canada’s 18 million-person workforce, as many as 10 million workers will have to do completely different jobs by 2030.
  2. We recommend the creation of individual skills accounts, which allow employers and governments to contribute money towards individuals’ skill development. The government should let the private sector do more on the “work of the future”. It must let companies innovate and test more.
  3. Canada needs a national strategy for work integrated learning that allows for better coordination on employment and skills across provincial borders.
  4. In the era of constant disruption, we need to focus on lifelong learning and skill upgrading through better linkages between the private sector and the educational system. We also need to instil a personal sense of responsibility towards continuous learning in current and future workers.
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