Here are details about upcoming and past events from the Future Skills Centre and its partners across the country. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

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Upcoming events

Nov. 22-26, 2021

SYMPOSIUM | 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

Canadian Science Policy Conference

This virtual event, the 13th Canadian Science Policy Conference, features experts from industry, academia, government and non-profit organizations. The Future Skills Centre will host a pre-conference symposium. The conference, titled Building Forward Better, includes 83 panel sessions and 23 short talks. Overall themes are: science and policy; science and society; science, innovation and economic development; science, international affairs and security; science and the next generation; and grand challenges in science.

Previous events

Sept. 15, 2021

PANEL | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET

The future of skills: Translating stronger data to improved training and jobs

Employers, educators and policymakers are increasingly shifting their attention to a common theme: skills. The future of work and skills was already a topic of considerable interest, and the economic disruption of COVID-19 is accelerating disruptive trends already underway.  The growth of available skills data (notably from online job postings) has helped fuel discussions around better tracking and understanding skills trends, but confusing terminology and quality issues remain important limitations to improving data quality. These limitations need to be analyzed and better understood in order to turn skills data into useful, actionable insights. This presentation will discuss the possibilities and limits of emerging skills information, how stronger data approaches can improve the supply of labour market information around skills, and how we can translate this improved data into better training programs and job opportunities.

Sept. 10, 2021

PANEL | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET

New frontiers in education and lifelong learning for the future of work

Panelists will discuss the challenge of developing skills in the workforce using machines and artificial intelligence (AI). These experts, including FSC executive director Pedro Barata, will address the use of AI in digital and hybrid contexts in an ethical, responsible and sustainable manner. Luminaries in education, labour and employment will examine new frontiers in the future of work where people will need not only technical skills but also the capacity for problem-solving, negotiating and motivation. The event is organized by the Université Laval Chair in Educational Leadership in Innovative Pedagogical Practices Digital Contexts – National Bank, and the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology.

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June 25, 2021


Trailblazer series: How artificial intelligence is changing world today

From artificial intelligence (AI) to digitization, the introduction of new technologies in the workplace is perhaps one of the most important drivers of change facing modern economies today.

The Future Skills Centre and Magnet are pleased to present the third installment of the Trailblazer event series. Together, with the University Health Network and the Michener Institute of Continuing Education, we hosted a virtual event featuring a panel of subject matter leaders, exploring what advancements in new tech, like AI, mean for Canada’s future work and how sectors are championing the adoption of artificial intelligence in the workforce.

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May 19, 2021


Scaling Up Skills Development

During this virtual event, FSC was pleased to announce an investment of $25.9 million in funding for the expansion of 10 projects in our portfolio. These projects have shown potential for regional or sectoral replication, adaptation, and broader expansion.

FSC invited select project leads to dive into some early learnings, as well as share their thoughts on the various benefits and opportunities of replicating best practices in skills training across diverse communities and industries.

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