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The Workforce of Tomorrow: Confronting disruption as Ontario transitions to a learning-based economy
The Ontario Economic Summit will be held October 24 – 26 at Niagara-on-the-lake.
The global workforce is transitioning at a rapid pace. How can Ontario master the disruption to capitalize on emerging opportunities? How do we skill and reskill our workforce to ensure prosperity? The 2018 OES will bring together thought leaders from business, labour, academia, the not-for-profit sector and government to debate and discuss how Ontario can navigate today’s workplace challenges along with strategies to chart a successful path forward. Among the key topics we will address:
- Workforce demand/supply, and creating solutions to support broad economic transition;
- The challenges businesses must face as we confront the future of work;
- The changing nature of work (disruptions from AI, advanced robotics, and automation);
- How companies, non-profits, and governments from around the world are addressing the skilling and reskilling continuum.
For more information please contact, Jamie Cleary, Program Officer.
E.M. Blake Hutcheson – President and Chief Pension Officer, OMERS and Chair, Oxford Properties Group
Blake has recently been named the President and Chief Pension Officer of OMERS responsible for the Strategy, Government Relations, Communications, Legal, Pension Services, Technology and Operations of the $100 Billion Pension Plan. Prior to that Blake was the Chief Investment Officer of Real Estate and Platform Investments at OMERS. He was also President & CEO of Oxford Properties Group since 2010 where he was responsible for overseeing the global business, consisting of approximately $50 billion of assets under management and 2,200 employees in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia.
Prior to that he was based in New York as the Head of Global Real Estate Investing for a multi-strategy private equity firm, with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Prior to that, he was the Chairman & President of CB Richard Ellis Canada (1999 – 2008) & Latin America (2001 – 2008) overseeing all operations in multiple countries with over 2,500 employees. Mr. Hutcheson has also served on several Boards and Committees including: The Senior Executive Team of OMERS; Director of Algoma Central Corporation (listed on the TSE); Member of the Toronto Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing 2015; Chair of Build Toronto (2010 – 2012); Member of the Premier’s Transit Advisory Panel (2013); Chair of the Mayor of Toronto’s Fiscal Advisory Committee (2008); President of the University Club of Toronto; Director of RealNet Canada; Director of REALpac and Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Forum (2005 and 2016). He is also the recipient of the ICONS of the Industry Award through BOMA, Ottawa and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Columbia University Masters Real Estate Development Program. Since 2013 he has been named annually to the Power 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives in New York City.
Mr. Hutcheson is a long time member of YPO and WPO and was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, the London School of Economics, England (with distinction), and has an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, New York He is married and has two children.
Dr. Susan Lund – Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
Dr. Susan Lund is a partner of McKinsey & Company and a leader of the McKinsey Global Institute. As a Ph.D. economist, her research focuses on technology, labor markets, and globalization. Her current research is assessing how automation and artificial intelligence will change the skills that employers require and how education and training models must change. Recent research analyzed the impact of robots and automation on the future of work and the workforce; measured the size of the independent workforce (or “gig economy”) in the United States and Europe; examined how digital flows are transforming globalization and the winners and losers; assessed the potential for digital finance to boost growth and financial inclusion in developing countries; and documented the continuing accumulation of debt in countries around the world, with a focus on China. Susan has an active travel schedule, discussing research findings with CEOs and other executives at global Fortune 500 companies and is a frequent speaker at global conferences. She has authored numerous articles in leading business publications that include Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs.
Susan is a board director of the National Association of Business Economists and serves on the Economic Advisory Council of the International Financial Corporation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Conference of Business Economists. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia, and currently resides in Washington, DC.
Roberta L. Jamieson – President and CEO, Indspire and Executive Producer, Indspire Awards
Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman who has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she continues to reside with her family. An accomplished expert in alternative dispute resolution, Roberta also served as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario.
Under Roberta’s leadership, Indspire has flourished. Raising funds from government, corporate and private sectors, Indspire’s annual disbursements of bursaries and scholarships to support Indigenous students in post-secondary education have increased sevenfold. An innovative K-12 Indspire Institute was launched providing support to educators and communities working to improve educational outcomes with culturally grounded curriculum and techniques. Roberta is also the Executive Producer of the annual Indspire Achievement Awards.
Roberta, a long time advocate for greater diversity on corporate boards, is a member of Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency and former member of Hydro One’s Board of Directors.
She has earned numerous awards, including, most recently, YWCA’s President’s Award and Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame, as well as 25 honorary degrees. In 2015, Ms. Jamieson was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for the outstanding contributions she has made to the quality of public policy and good governance.
She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Michael Serbinis – CEO and Founder of League
Michael Serbinis is the CEO of League, a digital health platform that connects people to a comprehensive network of health services and benefits via its customer base, which includes top brands such as Uber, Shopify, and Lever. He’s also a serial entrepreneur with more than $1B of exits, who has worked alongside Elon Musk at lab42 and founded and/or helped build Kobo, Critical Path, DocSpace, Zip2 and now League. League aims to disrupt the currently outdated “one-size-fits-none” benefits model and fill the white spaces left by traditional insurers through high engagement and personalization.
Previously, he co-founded Kobo, an e-reader company which brought the first device for under $250 to market, driving prices down across the industry. Mike served as CEO for Kobo, which ultimately sold to Rakuten for $315 million.
Michael was drawn to tech at an early age, having designed a high-temperature superconductor propulsion system that won Gold at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair and led to numerous other awards, sponsorships and job offers from NASA, Rockwell Aerospace, and Intel.
Irene Sterian – President & CEO of ReMAP
Irene Sterian is the President & CEO of ReMAP. A successful engineering executive and graduate of Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Irene has demonstrated both incredible creative vision and the ability to forge successful large-scale, cross-sector partnerships. Irene’s work has resulted in unprecedented investments in Canadian electronics research and support for start-ups ranging from healthcare, energy, ICT, and aerospace. Her leadership in technology and strategic partnerships are driven by a passion to close Canada’s commercialization gap and increase competitive advantage on the world stage. As the architect of this $25M+ Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence, Irene has formed an integrated ecosystem to accelerate the commercialization of Canadian innovations to compete on the global stage.
Irene was recently appointed acting Chief Technology Officer of the Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Canada Supercluster, dedicated to building the next generation of manufacturing capabilities in Canada. Irene is cross-appointed as the Director of Technology and Innovation at Celestica Inc. and leads a team of senior engineers. Irene has over 30 years’ experience in engineering, management, and innovation in environmentally safe and sustainable technologies. Irene holds a patent in high-density package design and has published over 30 papers, articles, and industry publications. Irene is a sought-after speaker on a wide range of topics including automation and the future of work, smart manufacturing, alternative energy, technology convergence and electronics innovations. Irene Sterian is a Singularity University alumni and the 2017 Singularity University Canada, Global Impact Challenge executive sponsor. Irene was recently named one of Canada’s Inspiring 50 in 2018. Inspiring 50 recognizes exceptional Canadian female role models for their contribution to the Canadian tech and innovation sector. As a finalist from over 400 nominated leaders in STEM, Irene’s passion for advancing science, tech, engineering, and mathematics serves as an inspiration for women across Canada.
Dr. Steven Murphy – President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Dr. Steven Murphy joined the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as its new President and Vice‑Chancellor on March 1, 2018. He envisions the university as a bastion for alternative ways of thinking about why diversity in all forms is important. He believes experiential and co-operative learning opportunities are fundamental training for successful careers. He encourages students to embrace a collaborative approach that champions diversity and strives to make society a better place.
Dr. Murphy is renowned for his organizational and human behaviour expertise across business and industry. Even more notably, his dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness underscores every facet of how he lives his life. Beyond the lens of race and gender, he believes firmly in the diversity of thoughts and ideas.
As Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, Dr. Murphy transformed the school’s brand, established novel interdisciplinary programs and fostered innovative and entrepreneurial co-op opportunities for students. Previously, he spent more than a decade in progressive academic leadership roles at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, as Associate Dean, Research, and External. He holds an esteemed record of academic achievement awards for his work examining the role of emotions in strategic decision‑making, leadership, and boards, as well as his insightful approach to student-driven teaching.
He earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Human Resource Management, a Master in Management Studies (with Distinction) in the Management of Technology and completed his Doctorate in Management, Organizational Behaviour, at Carleton University.