Workforce Summit 2.0

CLOSING THE

TALENT GAP

Workforce Summit 2.0 Closing the Talent Gap

MARCH 29, 2022

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Across all industries and skill levels, organizations are struggling to retain and attract the workers they need to succeed. From cleantech to biotech and fintech, new industries are emerging, creating new jobs that require new skillsets. Our future prosperity depends on our talent pipeline, and the actions we take today will determine our region’s trajectory.

With this in mind, Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Workforce Summit 2.0 convened business and thought leaders to get to the root of these transformational challenges and unlock solutions that leverage the global talent pool and identify what organizations need to do to win.

We’ve heard loud and clear from our members that talent is at the heart of their business and that we need greater collective investment in developing our workforce. To address this, the Board published Unlocking Talent: A Collective Approach for Workforce Development in the Toronto Region, that outlines several ongoing challenges that governments, employers and unions must address to end the region’s labour shortage across a variety of sectors.

The strategy maps out several major obstacles preventing workers from accessing jobs that match their skills and interests, making it difficult for employers to access the talent they need to grow and prosper. Read the report.

 

 

We’ve heard loud and clear from our members that talent is at the heart of their business and that we need greater collective investment in developing our workforce. To address this, the Board published Unlocking Talent: A Collective Approach for Workforce Development in the Toronto Region, that outlines several ongoing challenges that governments, employers and unions must address to end the region’s labour shortage across a variety of sectors.

The strategy maps out several major obstacles preventing workers from accessing jobs that match their skills and interests, making it difficult for employers to access the talent they need to grow and prosper. Read the report.

SPEAKERS

Jan De Silva

President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

Hon. Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Government of Canada

Hon. Monte McNaughton

Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Government of Ontario

Hon. Doug Ford

Premier of Ontario

Giles Gherson

EVP & Chair, Economic Blueprint Institute

Barbara Mason

Group Head & Chief Human Resources Officer, Scotiabank

Sonia Mathur

Managing Director, Human Potential, Accenture

Kim Vander Aerschot

Partner, Financial Services Consulting, PwC

Rola Dagher

Global Channel Chief, Dell Technologies

Leslie Woo

CEO, CivicAction

Joseph Mancinelli

International Vice President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada, LiUNA

Sloane Muldoon

Senior Vice President, Retail Performance, Canadian Branch Banking, Scotiabank

Dominic Cole-Morgan

Senior Vice President, Total Rewards, Scotiabank

Supriya Dwivedi

Senior Counsel, Enterprise

Sudha Dwivedi

Chief Human Resource Officer, Teranet

Akosua Alagaratnam

Executive Director, FirstWork

John Wright

Executive Vice President, Maru Public Opinion

Dr. Susan Black

CEO, Conference Board of Canada

Meric Gertler

President, University of Toronto

Chris Yip

Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto

Goldy Hyder

President & CEO, Business Council of Canada

Angelita Graham

Partner, Toronto Office Leader, Mercer Canada

Jack Kim

Partner, Fragomen Canada

Matthew Lombardi

Managing Director, OneEleven

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi

President & Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University

Vivek Goel

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

Zabeen Hirji

Executive Advisor Future of Work, Deloitte

Murad Hemmadi

Ottawa Correspondent, The Logic

Opening Remarks + Morning Keynote

Hon. Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Government of Canada

Barbara Mason

Group Head & Chief Human Resources Officer, Scotiabank

Session 1 - What Workers Want

COVID has reinforced the need for increased supports for workers who may be grappling with multiple challenges in their life. What supports and tools are workers looking for? What can leading employers do to help support their mental health, wellness and overall resilience—and make their companies and organizations more attractive for talent? While developed soft skills have always been sought in workers, inversely, is there a driving need for high emotional intelligence—more empathy— in employers?

Kim Vander Aerschot

Partner, Financial Services Consulting, PwC

Dr. Susan Black

CEO, Conference Board of Canada

Dominic Cole-Morgan

Senior Vice President, Total Rewards, Scotiabank

Joseph Mancinelli

International Vice President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada, LiUNA

John Wright

Executive Vice President, Maru Public Opinion

Session 2 - She-Covery: Women in the Workforce

Women’s workforce participation rates were dramatically impacted during the pandemic. This is compounded with continuing lags to pay equity and other challenges faced by women business leaders. This panel will feature senior executives sharing their perspectives on what is needed to create a truly equitable workforce.

Rola Dagher

Global Channel Chief, Dell Technologies

Supriya Dwivedi

Senior Counsel, Enterprise

Angelita Graham

Partner, Toronto Office Leader, Mercer Canada

Sonia Mathur

Managing Director, Human Potential, Accenture

Sloane Muldoon

Senior Vice President, Retail Performance, Canadian Branch Banking, Scotiabank

Afternoon Keynote & Fireside Chat | Mid-Session Remarks

Hon. Monte McNaughton

Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Government of Ontario

Jan De Silva

President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

Meric Gertler

President, University of Toronto

Session 3 - Strengthening the Talent Pipeline

Employers are increasingly calling out a shortage of talent, across all industries and skill levels. At the same time, the GTA continues to be a magnet for innovation, investment and business excellence.  How are post-secondary institutes and other training providers helping to build a robust pipeline of new talent? And what more must be done by educators, employers and other service providers?

Akosua Alagaratnam

Executive Director, FirstWork

Sudha Dwivedi

Chief Human Resource Officer, Teranet

Jack Kim

Partner, Fragomen Canada

Leslie Woo

CEO, CivicAction

Chris Yip

Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto

Session 4 - Competing for Talent: Brain Drain or Brain Gain?

In the fierce global competition for talent, the Innovation Corridor has led in attracting high-potential international students and highly-skilled workers. COVID has now disrupted both higher education and immigration patterns, and the rising cost of living – especially housing costs – risks harming our region’s reputation as a great place to relocate. This session will unpack the strengths of the region, as well as how to address the challenges we face to ensure we remain an attractive place for top global talent.

Zabeen Hirji

Executive Advisor Future of Work, Deloitte

Goldy Hyder

President & CEO, Business Council of Canada

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi

President & Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University

Matthew Lombardi

Managing Director, OneEleven

Murad Hemmadi

Ottawa Correspondent, The Logic

Keynote Address by Premier Doug Ford & Summit Closing Remarks

Hon. Doug Ford

Premier of Ontario

AGENDA

8:00 AM

Morning Networking

In-Person Experience: Sign-In & Breakfast

Virtual: Video Networking Open

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks + Morning Keynote

speaker-1

Hon. Carla Qualtrough

speaker-2

Barbara Mason

9:40 AM

Session 1 - What Workers Want

COVID has reinforced the need for increased supports for workers who may be grappling with multiple challenges in their life. What supports and tools are workers looking for? What can leading employers do to help support their mental health, wellness and overall resilience—and make their companies and organizations more attractive for talent? While developed soft skills have always been sought in workers, inversely, is there a driving need for high emotional intelligence—more empathy— in employers?

speaker-1

Kim Vander Aerschot

speaker-2

Dr. Susan Black

speaker-3

Dominic Cole-Morgan

speaker-4

Joseph Mancinelli

speaker-5

John Wright

10:40 AM

Break

10:45 AM

Session 2 - She-Covery: Women in the Workforce

Women's workforce participation rates were dramatically impacted during the pandemic. This is compounded with continuing lags to pay equity and other challenges faced by women business leaders. This panel will feature senior executives sharing their perspectives on what is needed to create a truly equitable workforce.

speaker-1

Rola Dagher

speaker-2

Supriya Dwivedi

speaker-3

Angelita Graham

speaker-4

Sonia Mathur

speaker-5

Sloane Muldoon

11:35 AM

LUNCH

12:45 PM

Afternoon Keynote & Fireside Chat | Mid-Session Remarks

speaker-1

Hon. Monte McNaughton

speaker-2

Jan De Silva

speaker-3

Meric Gertler

1:20 PM

Session 3 - Strengthening the Talent Pipeline

Employers are increasingly calling out a shortage of talent, across all industries and skill levels. At the same time, the GTA continues to be a magnet for innovation, investment and business excellence.  How are post-secondary institutes and other training providers helping to build a robust pipeline of new talent? And what more must be done by educators, employers and other service providers?

speaker-1

Akosua Alagaratnam

speaker-2

Sudha Dwivedi

speaker-3

Jack Kim

speaker-4

Leslie Woo

speaker-5

Chris Yip

2:15 PM

Break

2:20 PM

Special Remarks: Equipping Our Workforce For Success

speaker-1

Vivek Goel

2:30 PM

Session 4 - Competing for Talent: Brain Drain or Brain Gain?

In the fierce global competition for talent, the Innovation Corridor has led in attracting high-potential international students and highly-skilled workers. COVID has now disrupted both higher education and immigration patterns, and the rising cost of living - especially housing costs - risks harming our region's reputation as a great place to relocate. This session will unpack the strengths of the region, as well as how to address the challenges we face to ensure we remain an attractive place for top global talent.

speaker-1

Zabeen Hirji

speaker-2

Goldy Hyder

speaker-3

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi

speaker-4

Matthew Lombardi

speaker-5

Murad Hemmadi

3:20 PM

Keynote Address by Premier Doug Ford & Summit Closing Remarks

speaker-1

Hon. Doug Ford

4:00 PM

Platform Open/Networking Reception

4:30 PM

Summit Adjourned

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