TECHNATION presents FutureWave: a two-day event exploring how we can shape Canada’s future workforce

[FutureWave Video]

2020 saw technology, perseverance, and social change play a critical role in shaping the way Canadians hire, learn, and make career choices. Let’s carry that momentum forward, creating consensus on approaches that will lead to mass innovation, and pave the way for our re-skillers and students. 

Register now for one or both events to join the conversation.

Day 1 | Future of Hiring | March 23

1:00 – 4:45pm EDT (10:00am – 1:45pm PDT)

Explore the role tech can play to revolutionize hiring practices, creating space for BIPOC/minority workers in tech, pioneering new ways of recruitment and retention, and providing meaningful onboarding and mentorship during a pandemic.

1:00 – 1:30 | Opening and Keynote

1:30 – 2:15 | Enabling Indigenous Skills Development in Tech


Dr. Paulette Tremblay, CEO, First Nations Education Administrators Association

Dr. Wendy Cukier, Founder of the Diversity Institute, Ryerson University

Denis Carignan, CEO, Plato Testing

2:15 – 3:00 | LMI for You and Me


Randy Purse, Special Advisor, Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst

Steven Tobin, Executive Director, Labour Market Information Council

TBC – Denise Amyot, CEO, Colleges-Institutions Canada

3:00 – 3:45 | SME Challenges and Successes with WIL


Salar Chagpar, CEO, Prepr

David Long, CEO, SageTea

Cara Krazek, President, CEWIL (moderator)

3:45 – 4:30 | Workplace 2031: HR Technologies


Mark Patterson, Executive Director, Magnet

Anna Klimbovskaia, CEO/Founder, Diversio


4:30 – 4:45 | Closing notes

Day 2 | Future of Education for Work | March 30

1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. PDT)

Explore how the tech industry can collaborate with industry to provide support to the next generation of workers through Work-Integration Learning Models.

1:00 – 1:30 | Opening and Keynote

1:30 – 2:15 | Upskilling and Reskilling for the Future


Sean Hinton, Co-Founder, SkyHive

TBC – Google


TBC – BlueDrop

2:15 – 3:00 | Diversity and Meaningful Mentorship


Chantelle SlaterShaw, Senior Director Corporate & HR Systems, Rogers Communications

Wayne Purboo, Founder, Onyx Initiative

Denis Carignan, CEO, Plato Testing

Leah Nord, Senior Director Workforce Strategy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce (moderator)


3:00 – 3:45 | The Proven Potential of Project-Based Learning


Dana Stephenson, CEO, Riipen

Kristine Dawson, Conestoga College/CEWIL

TBC: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

3:45 – 4:30 |Innovative WIL: Industry x Academia


Elka Walsh, Microsoft

Alison Evans Adnani, Program Lead, Shopify

Jane Goodyer, Dean – Engineering, Lassonde, York University

Cara Krezek, President, CEWIL (moderator)

4:30 – 4:45 | Closing notes

Future Wave brings together diverse voices in tech and beyond to provide tech companies, HR professionals and educators like you a game plan to find and support the next generation of tech innovators. If you want to explore new ways to educate, recruit and support the future of the tech workforce, register now. 

Event Details

Free virtual event

1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. EST (10:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. PST)

Tues. March 23, 2021 & Tues. March 30, 2021