Solving B.C.’s Workforce Gap
Keynote Speaker and Futurist
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Never in recent memory have labour shortages been so acute and across all sectors.
Following a global pandemic, and compounded by inflation, rising costs and supply chain challenges, businesses are left wondering: where did all the workers go, and how can we attract, train and keep the talent we need?
This event will examine the ongoing labour reshuffle and explore solutions to alleviate these challenges.
Keynote Speaker and Futurist
Linda Nazareth is an economist, futurist and expert on the future of work. The author of four books as well as the upcoming Working it Out: Getting Ready for the Redesigned World of Work (2023), she is also a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail and CBC Metro Morning and the Host of podcast ‘Work and the Future’. As a sought-after keynote speaker, Linda’s audiences have spanned a range of audiences and have included clients such as The Economist Magazine, American Express, E & Y and the Bank of Montreal all of whom have benefitted from the way that she can take huge ideas and distill them into information that organizations can use for their own strategic planning purposes.
Accessing and retaining talent for the modern workplace
B.C. will see more than one million job openings over the next decade, and nearly 80 percent of these jobs will require some form of post-secondary training or education.
This panel brings together key stakeholders with an important perspective on:
- Addressing the changing workplace and labour challenges.
- How can businesses tap into new talent pools and retain current talent?
- How can training providers best equip Canadians with skills for the jobs of tomorrow?
- How partnering can help you invest in your workforce.
Richard Beed, Vice President, People and Brand, Vancouver Airport Authority
Jennifer Figner, Associate Vice President, Academic Operations, BCIT
Shelley Gray, CEO, Industry Training Authority
Sarah Norman, Vice President, Edelman
Moderator: Steven Ngo, Counsel, Rivian