COVID-19 has exacerbated many issues across many sectors but arguably none have been as devastated as Canada's higher education sector. With classes moving online and no clear end date, students face the challenge of education from home, some without skill or resource. In this article a number of esteemed authors compile an agenda from a policy perspective on what needs to be the focus and the funding priorities to ensure success in higher education and in turn, the Canadian workforce.
Ep.19: The Future of Energy – Re-stabilizing an Industry
With Mark Little
The Public Policy Forum has been working with stakeholders in the Canadian energy sector to find ways to achieve our climate targets. The Energy Future Forum's mission is to develop practical measures that will help Canada meet or exceed our 2030 emissions targets on the way to a NetZero future and strengthen an innovative economy, deepen shared prosperity and enhance national unity. In this episode, Edward Greenspon is joined by Mark Little, President and CEO of Suncor energy to discuss energy and climate in the time of a pandemic.
Protecting a People: The Six Nations Success in COVID-19 Prevention
By Chief Mark Hill
The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light many forms of prevention and social distancing engagement across the globe. Through a balance of Western medicinal practices as well as practices regarding the traditional heritage of the Six Nations; Chief Mark Hill discusses the reserve's COVID-19 action plan and some enlightening news in a time of the pandemic.
Ep.18: Getting the Future of Work Right in Unprecedented Times; Part 2 of 2
With Dr. Wendy Cukier and Pedro Barata
Unprecedented times have called for the future of work to become the present. Bridging the skills gap and upskilling employees and businesses will become imperative in not leaving anyone behind. Host Edward Greenspon is joined by Dr. Wendy Cukier, Founder and Academic Director of Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, and Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the Future Skills Center for Part 2 of this Policy Speaking segment to examine workplace diversity and preparing Canadians with the skills they need to succeed in the future of work.
Ep.17: Getting the Future of Work Right In Unprecedented Times; Part 1 of 2
With Dr. Wendy Cukier and Pedro Barata
The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly accelerated the future of work, the issue of lack of diversity and a skills gap in the workplace. We know that diversity and inclusion can improve organizational performance, can provide access to well-qualified talent and can help meet the changing needs of the global environment. But there's still room to understand how we can harness innovation, new approaches, and technologies to bridge the skills gap. A new urgency to adapt to the future of work - and to do it right - is imperative.
Ep.16: The Adaption Advantage – Sustaining adaptability in the workforce post COVID-19
With Heather E. McGowan
Episode 16 I The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in the way Canadians work and has initiated remarkable adaptability in the workforce. Heather E. McGowan has referred to the pandemic as a 'great social experiment, with online education, remote work and understanding what level of comprehension and productivity is best achieved together versus remotely. This is where policy and organizational change come in. Join host Edward Greenspon and Future-of-work strategist Heather E. McGowan to discuss the future of work, and workplace adaption.
Ep.15: Leveraging Immigration & Mobility For Economic Growth Post-COVID-19
With Catrina Tapley and Francis McGuire
What is Canada doing to attract and retain immigration in the Canadian workforce? Host Edward Greenspon sits down with Catrina Tapley, Deputy Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and Francis McGuire, President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to discuss the after-effects of a global pandemic on immigration in Canada and what job availability will look like in the years to follow COVID-19.
Ep.14: Understanding a Disease – COVID-19 and Genomics Canada
With Dr. Rob Annan and Dr. Bettina Hamelin
Episode 14 | COVID-19 is a virus that impacts different individuals in similar ways. Although scientists have been learning rapidly, so much is still unknown about the virus. President & CEO of Genome Canada Dr. Rob Annan and President & CEO of Ontario Genomics Dr. Bettina Hamelin outline for host Edward Greenspon how this branch of biology will help Canada to comprehend the dynamics of who gets sick, who doesn't, and scientific collaboration when so much is uncertain.
Ep.13: The Generational Squeeze of COVID-19
With Dr. Paul Kershaw
As younger Canadians endeavour to make a life for themselves, they are increasingly “squeezed” by stationary incomes, strain in procuring quality employment, high costs for services, and rising debts. In this episode, Dr. Kershaw, founder of Generation Squeeze joins host Edward Greenspon to make sense of the shocking labour force numbers affecting young people in Canada amidst COVID-19.