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Summit Opening Ceremonies and Keynote featuring Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development of Ontario​

Jan De Silva

President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

Minister Monte McNaughton

Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Session One: Understanding the Workforce of the Future

Radical change typified 2020. Central to this was the disruption in how people worked, placing a premium on companies that were able to adapt quickly to remote work and unstable supply chains. In 2021 the transformation of the Toronto region’s workforce shows no signs of slowing down, and a larger dialogue is needed on what the workforce of the future looks like. How will artificial intelligence, digitalization and innovation change the work ecosystem? And what do we need to do to ensure the Toronto region’s workforce remains among the top globally?

Featuring:

  • Scott Beck, President & Chief Executive Officer, Destination Toronto
  • Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto
  • Diane Kazarian, Managing Partner, Greater Toronto Area, PwC Canada
  • Andrea Stairs, President, eBay Canada
  • Moderated by Jan De Silva, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Region Board of Trade

Scott Beck

President & CEO, Destination Toronto

Meric S. Gertler, CM FRSC FBA FAcSS MCIP

President, University of Toronto

Diane Kazarian

GTA Managing Partner & National Banking and Capital Markets Leader, PwC Canada

Andrea Stairs

President, eBay Canada

Jan De Silva

President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

Session Two: Predicting the Future Skills Market

Understanding the job market of the future is essential to the Toronto region’s successful recovery. Rapid innovation has made predicting which skills will be most in-demand increasingly challenging, so how can we better prepare both our current and future workforce? Where can governments and business work together to create reskilling and retention programs and supports? And with this, how can we also predict which skills will be most in-demand in the future.

Featuring:

  • Rhonda Lenton, President, York University
  • Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Canada
  • Joseph Mancinelli, International Vice President, LiUNA
  • AJ Tibando, Executive Director, Palette Inc
  • Moderated by Leigh Smout, President, World Trade Centre Toronto
  • Moderated by Hillary Marshall, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations & Communications at Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Rhonda L. Lenton

President and Vice-Chancellor of York University

Minister Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Joseph Mancinelli

International Vice President and Central and Eastern Canada Regional Manager of LiUNA

AJ Tibando

Cofounder and Executive Director, Palette Inc.

Leigh Smout

President, World Trade Centre Toronto

Hillary Marshall

Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Communications

Lunch Keynote featuring Hon. Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Minister Marco Mendicino

Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship

Session Three: Workforce Transformation and the Next Generation

A digital reality, and future, has given young professionals and new graduates a competitive edge in the workforce. Drivers of innovation, collaboration, and diversity, Millennials and the iGen are creating changes in workplace culture while shaping the economy of the future through the career choices they make today. So how are companies in the region attracting the best talent? Where are the current training and skills gap for our skilled trade workers as they enter the workforce? And how do we empower the next generation to continue to drive innovation?

Featuring:

  • Noah Aiken-Klar, Director, T&O Academic and Strategic Relationships, Early Talent, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Soula Courlas, Management Consulting Executive and Managing Director, Talent & Organization / Human Potential, Accenture
  • Mark Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, the T1 Agency
  • Leslie Woo, Chief Executive Officer, Civic Action
  • Moderated by Shamira Madhany, Managing Director, Deputy Executive Director, World Education Services

Noah Aiken-Klar

Director, T&O Academic and Strategic Relationships, Early Talent, RBC

Soula Courlas

Management Consulting Executive and Managing Director, Talent & Organization/Human Potential, Accenture

Mark Harrison

Founder, Black Talent Initiative

Leslie Woo

Chief Executive Officer, CivicAction

Shamira Madhany

Managing Director and Deputy Executive Director, ‎World Education Services