Articles

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.

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 in banking.

A work term at the Royal Bank of Canada, through Waterloo’s vaunted co-op program, changed that. It opened my eyes to a world that involved strategy, people and the finance I was studying, and I never looked back.

Five more co-op terms, all at RBC, confirmed my passion for finance, and did something …