The future of work and learning

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This is an excerpt from an article written by Richard Florizone, president of Dalhousie University and Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates. It can be read in full at The Chronicle Herald


Students have headed back to campus this fall amidst increasing angst about the rise of the machines and the future of work.

With recent advances in technologies like robotics and artificial intelligence, what kind of jobs will our graduates face, and how can we best prepare them? The answers aren’t as obvious or as foreboding as recent headlines suggest.

In some ways we’ve been here before. At the start of the 20th century, agriculture accounted for more than 30 per cent of all jobs in Canada. Today, due to technological advances, agriculture represents less that two per cent of total employment. In the intervening years, millions of Canadians were educated and employed in new professions that could scarcely have been imagined a century ago.

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An excerpt from an article written by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University.  Dr. Fortier is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum and Canada’s Advisory Council on Economic...

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This is an excerpt from an article written by Val Walker, Executive Director of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. It can be read in full at The Hill Times


I can say with confidence that...

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This is an excerpt from an article written by Richard Florizone, president of Dalhousie University and Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates. It can be read in full at The Chronicle Herald...

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This is an excerpt from an article written by the Business/Higher Education Roundtable co-chairs,  Waterloo, and can be read in full at The Globe and Mail


Our biggest trading relationship is under a cloud...

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This is an excerpt from an article written by Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waterloo, and can be read in full at The Globe and Mail


Since the World Economic...

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Excerpt from an article by Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada, in The Globe and Mail.


We are only at the beginning of a tech-skills shortage. Canada’s tech industry must work closely with academia and...

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An excerpt from an article by Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC, and chair of BHER’s work-integrated learning taskforce. This article originally appeared in The Globe and Mail. Read the full publication here...

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This is an excerpt from an article originally appeared in the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance’s Educated Solutions journal. Read the full publication here. Written by Isabelle Duchaine, BHER Manager.


Apprenticeships, co-ops, internships or field...

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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...

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This is an excerpt from an article written by Daniel Komesch of Polytechnics Canada, and can be read in full at The Globe and Mail.


Automation has become a scary word lately. As new...

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An excerpt from an article written by Dr. Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto. It can be read in full at The Globe and Mail.


For too long, we have watched our best...

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An excerpt from an aericle written by Elizabeth Cannon, President of the University of Calgary. Read in full at The Globe and Mail.


Prove it.

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