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In the coming decades, Canada’s labour force will face unprecedented pressure from several directions. To note just one source of stress, millions of older Canadians will be retiring from the workforce and we don’t currently have the population growth rate to replace them. Coupled with this impending labour shortage is a rapidly increasing rate of skills obsolescence, as automation continues to transform the global marketplace. To respond effectively, we need to rethink our approach to immigration, but also our approach to education – specifically when it comes to preparing workers for a rapidly evolving digital economy.

On June 24, The Globe and Mail hosted the Workforce of the Future: Reskilling for the digital economy webcast, which explored the future of labour and the Canadian economy. The Globe’s Careers Editor Stephanie Chan was joined in conversation by a group of expert speakers to discuss what skills and knowledge will be required for organizations and individuals to thrive in an era of transformation. Panelists included renowned economist and Atkinson Foundation Fellow on the Future of Workers Armine Yalnizyan; Timothy Lang, President and CEO of the non-profit Youth Employment Services (YES) organization; Stephen Gardiner, Senior Managing Director of Strategy and Digital Transformation at Accenture Canada; and Chris McLean, Senior Manager of Talent Development and Transformation for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada.

The full video playback of the panel’s conversation can be viewed below. To join us for future webcasts and other events, stay tuned to The Globe and Mail’s virtual events hub at

Webcast Playback | Workforce of the Future: Reskilling for the digital economy

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