Public Policy Forum and TD Bank Group announce multi-year Future of Work strategic partnership

Date: Tuesday April 17, 2018

OTTAWA – April 17, 2018

The Public Policy Forum (PPF) and TD Bank Group have launched a three-year initiative to advance a pan-Canadian policy dialogue on the changing nature of work. PPF will conduct new research and engage important policy networks, thought leaders and decision makers to explore ways in which Canadians can adapt and thrive in a changing workplace.

“We are fortunate to live in a country with an enviable standard of living and great potential for the future.  However, as our economy continues to evolve, opportunities to thrive are not always inclusive. Aligned with The Ready Commitment – our recently launched corporate citizenship platform – the Future of Work Initiative will help identify steps we need to take as a society to open doors for all Canadians to adapt and prosper,” said Bharat Masrani, Group President and Chief Executive Officer, TD Bank Group.

Canadians are being presented with career paths unimaginable just a few years ago. Some jobs are being automated, others are now considered antiquated and new ones are created every day. The impact and implication of these changes are far-reaching – and far from being fully understood. Along with opportunities come uncertainty, disruption and a difficult policy landscape.

“PPF is grateful for TD’s vote of confidence and partnership,” said PPF President and CEO Edward Greenspon. “We are eager for the opportunity to work with a wide range of partners in figuring out how Canadians can ride the train of technological change without having the dignity they derive from work derailed in the process. These are complex issues with huge consequences. We need to get them right.”

Norie Campbell, Group Head of Customer and Colleague Experience at TD Bank Group, announced the initiative at PPF’s annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards on April 12. TD will provide a $750,000 investment as part of its global corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, to help open doors for an inclusive future.

The Testimonial Dinner announcement capped PPF’s day-long Canada Growth Summit, which addressed issues related to artificial intelligence, superclusters, the Canada Infrastructure Bank and inclusive growth.