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Members of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable lead the national conversations on how learning and workplace readiness can build a stronger Canada and a better world. The following are a sample of recent op-eds and articles written by Roundtable members, which have appeared in publications across the country.

Building WIL programs isn’t an exercise in corporate philanthropy – it’s a smart way for businesses to get ahead

Apprenticeships, co-ops, internships or field placements. Applied research projects, service learning, bootcamps and hackathons. Call it experiential learning, out of classroom knowledge, or work-integrated learning (WIL), the challenge remains the same – students want more …

It’s human skills – not technical skills – that we need the most in today’s work force

We are living in a fourth industrial revolution – millions of jobs in sectors as diverse as transportation, manufacturing, and retail have the potential of being automated. A recent report by the Brookfield Institute for …

Polytechnics are the missing link in the automation revolution

Automation has become a scary word lately. As new technologies proliferate, unease and uncertainty surround the labour market of the future. Will jobs be destroyed? Created? Can a robot really replace what I do? What kind of career should my child pursue if we don’t know what the jobs of the future will look like? How can I retrain?

If new studies are to be believed, nearly half of the Canadian labour force is at high risk of automation in the next 10 to 20 years. But what does …

Uber’s new Toronto research hub is a big win for Canada

As published by The Globe and Mail

For too long, we have watched our best and brightest talent in burgeoning fields like artificial intelligence pack their bags to leave Canada and make their future elsewhere.…

Elizabeth Cannon, President of the University of Calgary: Canada can’t afford to lose a generation of top research talent

As published in The Globe and Mail.

Prove it.

It’s a schoolyard taunt that can shut down a lot of arguments. But for the scientifically minded, it’s an open challenge.

The Advisory Panel on …

Linking the classroom and the workplace

As originally appearing in Policy Options.

Written by Anne Sado, Elizabeth Cannon and Tom Jenkins

We are living in rapidly changing times. The pace of innovation, disruptive new technologies and rising global competition for …

How Canadian universities are helping businesses succeed

Written by Eric Bosco, chief business development officer at Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that connects top-level research with private-sector needs.

As appearing in The Globe and Mail.

After attending the recent Science Technology for Society (STS) forum in Kyoto, Japan, it was clear to me that Canada is poised to teach the world a thing or two about partnerships. While other countries are finding the effort frustrating and, for the most part, are failing to yield the fruit of their collaboration attempts, Canada already has a proven recipe …

Nobina Robinson, CEO of Polytechnics Canada: A 21st-Century Economy Needs 21st-Century Labour Market Data

As originally appearing on Huffington Post

“We have a 21st century economy, so why do we have a 20th century labour market?” This is the question posed on the homepage of Boston-based Burning Glass, a private firm that analyzes 40,000 websites daily in an attempt to determine where job market opportunities exist and what talent is needed to fill them. The goal is to close the skills gap in the United States by matching skills to people, and people to jobs. Burning Glass is an example of “big …

Southern Ontario should be an innovation cluster, not a farm team

Patrick Deane is president and vice-chancellor of McMaster University. Meric Gertler is president of the University of Toronto. Feridun Hamdullahpur is president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo.

December 28, 2015

As published in the Globe and Mail

A Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur recently asked a stark question whose answer holds major implications for our future prosperity.

At the Waterloo Innovation Summit in September, Steve Blank pointedly wondered whether we should be content to let Southern Ontario be a farm team, continuing to leak talent, ideas and companies south …

For students and employers, co-op education is a bridge to a wider world

Friday, May 8 2015

As published in the Globe and Mail

When I enrolled as a computer science student at the University of Waterloo in the early 1980s, I had no idea I’d end up …