Who We Are

About the Future Skills Centre

The Future Skills Centre is dedicated to helping Canadians gain the skills they need to thrive in the changing workforce.

We recognize that Canada’s economy is evolving rapidly as a result of technological disruption, demographic shifts, climate change, and geo-political forces that are changing what products and services are in demand, and altering the nature of work.

We believe Canadians should feel confident about the skills they have to succeed, even as the labour market shifts.

The Future Skills Centre is constantly looking ahead, gaining and sharing insights into the labour market of today and the future so that together with our partners we can inform and support local approaches to skills development and employment training to help Canadians transition in the changing economy.

The Future Skills Centre is a pan-Canadian initiative, connecting ideas and innovations generated across Canada so that employees and employers can succeed in the labour market, and to ensure that local, regional, and national economies thrive.

We aim to help all Canadians benefit from effective skills development, and seek to ensure an inclusive approach to supporting underserved groups such as women, youth, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, racialized peoples, LGBTQ2S+ peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans, and Canadians living in rural, remote, and Northern communities.

Consortium Partners

The Future Skills Centre was founded by a consortium whose members are Ryerson University, Blueprint ADE, and the Conference Board of Canada.

Ryerson University

Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education. Urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, it is home to more than 45,300 students, including 2,600 Master’s and PhD students, 3,800 faculty and staff, and nearly 198,000 alumni worldwide.

Ryerson draws upon significant expertise in running multidisciplinary and large-scale research and evaluation projects with partners across the country. With internal centres dedicated to better understanding and promoting diversity, entrepreneurship, and employment, the University also contributes invaluable experience to the Centre by convening academics, governments, not-for-profits, and industry to collaborate, create and disseminate new knowledge. Ryerson provides the Future Skills Centre with administrative services (finance, IT, human resources) and is the signatory to the Contribution Agreement with Employment and Skills Development Canada.

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Blueprint is a non-profit, mission-driven research organization dedicated to improving the social and economic well-being of individuals, families and communities. Working with partners across Canada; Blueprint designs and evaluates strategies to address complex public policy challenges. Their approach is guided by a deep understanding of client needs, informed by high-quality, rigorous analysis and grounded in their commitment to creating solutions that are credible to a wide range of stakeholders and work in the real world. Blueprint has deep expertise in workforce development and has worked with numerous government and non-profit partners to develop and test innovative skills development strategies.

Blueprint will draw on their extensive experience in program design, evaluation, policy analysis and advanced data analytics to lead the FSC-CCF evidence generation strategy and evaluation of FSC-CCF innovation projects.

The Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board of Canada is the country’s leading independent, not-for-profit, applied research organization. For more than 60 years, it has been bringing together people and ideas across disciplines and sectors to address complex issues. Through its trusted research in economic trends, public policy and organizational excellence, and its unparalleled connections, the Board empowers and inspires leaders to build a stronger future for all Canadians.

The Conference Board of Canada will leverage its applied research capacity, communications and convening expertise, and extensive pan-Canadian partnership network to lead the Centre’s knowledge dissemination and mobilization activities and contribute to the Centre’s research program. These activities will assist Canadians in making training decisions; prototype and test innovative approaches to identifying in-demand skills; and publicly and widely disseminate information and evidence on best practices and successful solutions. The contribution to the research program involves nine multi-year research projects in three knowledge areas.

Advisory Board

The Board provides strategic and forward-looking advice and input to the Centre’s management to support the Centre in delivering on its mandate.
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Armughan Ahmad

President and Managing Partner, Digital
KPMG
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Brian Haugen

Director of Education and Engagement
International Union of Operating Engineers
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Colette Murphy

Executive Director
Atkinson Foundation
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Dennis Hogan

Chief Executive Officer
WorkplaceNL
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Janet Annesley

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Human Resources
Husky
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Jenny Poulos

Senior Vice President, Workforce Strategy and Employee Experience
RBC
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Karen Myers

President and Chief Executive Officer
Blueprint ADE
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Lawrence Daniels

Chief Executive Officer
Firespirit Inc.
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Lili-Anna Pereša

President and Executive Director
Centraide (United Way) of Greater Montreal
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Nabeela Ixtabalan

Digital Transformation Office Manager
Ingka Group, strategic partner to IKEA
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Paul Gruner

President and Chief Executive Officer
Det’on Cho Corporation
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Richard Boudreault

Adjunct Professor
École Polytechnique Montréal
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Sabrina Geremia

VP & Country Manager
Google Canada
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Steven N. Liss

Vice President, Research and Innovation
Ryerson University
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Susan Black

Chief Executive Officer
The Conference Board of Canada
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Susan Uthayakumar

Country President
Schneider Electric Canada
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Valerie Lockyer

Executive Director, The Training Group
Douglas College
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Victor T. Thomas

CEO
Canada-India Business Council

Our Team

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Am Sagarwala

Digital Experience Manager
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Annamaria Nunziata

Office Assistant
Eglantine Ronfard Eglantine Ronfard

Eglantine Ronfard

Communications Manager
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Evgenios Theodoropoulos

Senior Research Associate
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Herleen Arora

Partnership Development Officer
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Ingrid Sylvester

Project Coordinator
Meghan MacLean Meghan MacLean

Meghan MacLean

Operations Manager
Noel-Baldwin Noel Baldwin

Noel Baldwin

Director, Intergovernmental Relations
Sidrah Khatoon Sidrah Khatoon

Sidrah Khatoon

Digital Communications Specialist

Our Partners

Diversity Institute

The Diversity Institute is a think and do tank, housed in Ryerson University, focused on advancing inclusive innovation and economic growth. With deep expertise in disruptive technologies, adoption strategies, and innovation processes, it has also focused on new approaches to understanding future skills and meeting employer needs by leveraging diversity and inclusion. Its pioneering work has led to significant changes in policy and practice, and its signature action research projects have developed new models to bridge the skills gap, particularly in the technology sector. The Diversity Institute has also helped develop and assess innovative technologies and tools to advance diversity and inclusion. More recently, it has spearheaded action research on entrepreneurship as a pathway to economic inclusion, and developed incubators focused on meeting the needs of specific populations, including youth facing barriers, women, and immigrants and refugees. Working with partners across sectors and around the world, the Diversity Institute leads the International Innovation and Inclusion Network (IIIN), linking more than 150 researchers, businesses, government and non-profits around the world to examine and share best practices who that will help support the work of the FSC-CCF.

Magnet

Co-created by Ryerson University in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Magnet is a social innovation platform that addresses the unemployment and under-employment of Canadians. With its integration with Orbis Communications, it has a reach of over 1.1 million students, alumni and job seekers. By leveraging Magnet’s expansive reach, its technology-enabled network and partnerships with other leading platforms—including the Canada Job Bank and EMC’s Manufacturing GPS — the FSC-CCF will provide the purpose-built digital infrastructure to grow and sustain its pan-Canadian network. Magnet will further enable the FSC-CCF by deploying tools to collect information, assess needs, crowdsource knowledge, and share priorities across a broad range of collaborators, in both official languages.

The Future Skills Centre is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success and meeting the emerging talent needs of employers. As a pan-Canadian community, we bring together experts and organizations across sectors to rigorously identify, assess, and share innovative approaches to develop the skills and work environments to drive prosperity and inclusion.