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The First Work 2019 Futures Conference

Last week, between October 22 and 24, 2019, there was a magical conference. It was at the foot of the colourful canopy at Blue Mountain. Over 300 delegates discussed the future of work and workforce development. The conference was full of insight, positive energy, strategy, and, everybody’s favourite, labour market information! Three keynote speakers enthralled an audience of employment sector professionals from all over Ontario and Canada, engaging with things like the rising importance of the soft skill, the principle of addressing the disadvantage not the disadvantaged, and how to integrate data-driven results for meaningful social change.

Blue Mountain Rainbow

Though the focus was youth, the theory and action illustrated at the conference applies to any demographic–especially a workforce with four generations. Things in Human Resources need to change as does the active job search for the talent.

How do we prepare for the future of work?

Will robots take all our jobs?

The breakout sessions were incredibly useful as much of this was centred around frontline workers. Everything from closing pathway gaps to future skills, and from meaningful cultural collaboration and partnership to recognizing and battling unconscious bias, was on the table. Embrace without judgment seemed to be one unspoken consensus among delegates.

First Work Display Banner 2019Blue Mountain Village Conference Centre

Despite increasing technological advancement with things like automation and artificial intelligence, it is projected that Canada’s economy will add 2.4 million jobs in the next decade. Like anything, there is so much opportunity for positive change. But, also like anything, it is hard to engage individual stakeholders in matters that affect society as a whole. With wider collaboration between and among employment agencies, school boards, communities, workforce development boards, economic planning councils, businesses, and other regional partnerships, it is possible to improve the outlook of workforce development in Ontario and beyond.

Blue Mountain Village Night Townscape

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Inclusivity in the Workplace

Are you an employer struggling to understand gender identity and orientation issues in the workplace?

Well, you’re not alone. Many companies may find it challenging to have substantial corporate policies tackling these important issues. Sometimes, the conversations can just be plain old awkward but they don’t have to be! Honesty and authenticity go a long way in facilitating these courageous conversations. Check out the first Rainbow Optimist Club in the world, which addresses the marginalization of rural LGBT2Q+ individuals, and areas for change to support all.

A convenient, albeit somewhat controversial, infographic explaining the differences in sex and gender identity

(The Genderbread Person – A convenient, though somewhat controversial, infographic explaining the differences in sex and gender identity).

Today, a group of like-minded professionals in the employment sector had the opportunity to share ideas about equity and inclusion in the workforce, particularly surrounding LGBT2Q+ identity and representation. There were many excellent pointers from our region’s very own pioneer for gay rights, Martin Withenshaw, of the Local Economic Planning Council (LEPC). Thank you for the informative and insightful presentation and to all who shared their ideas around the table at Pathways Skill Development in London ON.

There are a growing number of resources around these issues and politics, which will only increase with time. These are the issues of the future. Get a head start now. Give us a shout at the LEHC and we can help to make appropriate referrals and provide information and insight in establishing safer and more positive and productive spaces. It can be as simple as displaying a pride flag in your offices, or making sure to address groups without using words like “guys,” and switching instead to something like “folks,” or “people,” or “everyone.”