31st Annual FUTURES Conference

Workforce Revolution:
Designing a Brave New World

October 22 to 24, 2019

Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood

Call for Presenters

31st Annual FUTURES conference is taking place October 22 to 25, 2019 Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, ON

3-days of Professional Development, Knowledge Sharing & Networking
400 + delegates from
100 + organizations, agencies and funders

2019 THEME:

Workforce Revolution: Designing a Brave New World

As leaders of youth workforce development, how can we create a workforce revolution and thrive in a brave new world of youth employment services? Join us and 500 other industry colleagues at Futures 2019 to learn about best practices, share ideas, and build on your knowledge to advance a well-designed workforce development ecosystem for youth across the province and beyond.

CALL FOR PRESENTERS – Looking to present at Futures?

If you are a Practitioner, Storyteller, Speaker, Expert, Motivator, Leader, or Innovator in Employment, Youth Development, Academia, Education, Youth Justice, Economic Development, Government, Industry, Human Resources and Talent Development, Evaluation we invite you to submit a presentation proposal. See below for topic areas.

2019 Conference Thematic Areas:

1. Critical Competencies for Workforce Development: With the disruption of the landscape of the employment services sector, how do we enhance the current employment ecosystem and shift from a job preparation model to a workforce development framework?

2. Building a Highly Skilled Workforce: How do we prepare youth for transition to the workforce and for the demands of today’s rapidly transforming global economy? How can we better identify, nurture and match potential? Highly-barriered youth are the most vulnerable youth. What role can data and technology play to facilitate this work?

3. Enterprising & Earning: Precarious work is now being referred to as the “gig-economy”. How can we better prepare young people to access and leverage opportunities in the growing gig and information economies? How can we better equip staff to assist youth in this realm? How can policy be enhanced to recognize and support the development of opportunities in this realm?

4. Radical Leadership: What are the current issues of the day that require leadership to radically design, develop and grow successful programs for youth and industry? Here we explore challenges and opportunities from a Provincial, National and/or Global Context.

Other Topics:

  • Alternative Business Models
  • Collective Impact
  • Sustainable Change
  • Data Intelligence/LMI
  • Employment Sector Innovation Strategies
  • Employment Service Delivery

The following presentation formats are encouraged:

  • solo presenters,
  • co-presenters,
  • panel discussions,
  • experiential learning labs

SPEAKER TERMS AND GUIDELINES:

Session Length:

Sessions are 60 minutes in length, including introduction, presentation and Q&A. Please note that panel presentations are limited to three (3) speakers and must include a moderator and two (2) subject matter experts.

Submission Criteria:

Speakers can submit more than one proposal for consideration. Presenters are encouraged to collaborate with peers and members of other industries to share new concepts and practices that could lead to learnings and innovations in our sector.

The Abstract Review Committee seeks presentations that are engaging, creative, fun, useful and informative. Effective use of statistical and analytic benchmarking, research, and delivery methodologies and use of appropriate media are encouraged for presentations. The Committee will review all submissions received by the deadline.

Submissions will be evaluated for relevance, educational significance and contribution to the respective subject, unique value to participants, presenter knowledge and experience, and actionable learning objectives. The selection process involves a review of every complete presentation submitted by the deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Audio Visual Requirements: All rooms will be set up in rounds of 8 and include a podium, and wired microphone. Presenters are required to use their own laptops for their sessions.

Presenters will be notified of their acceptance on or before Monday, July 8, 2019

*Please note, submission is not a guarantee of selection.

The Review Committee seeks presentations that are engaging, creative, fun, useful and informative. Effective use of statistical and analytic benchmarking, research, and delivery methodologies and use of appropriate media are encouraged for presentations. The Committee will review all submissions received by the deadline.

Submissions will be evaluated for its relevance, educational significance and contribution to the respective subject, unique value to participants, presenter knowledge and experience, and actionable learning objectives. The selection process involves a review of every complete presentation submitted by the deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please note, submission is not a guarantee of selection.

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, June 7, 2019.
Send Submissions and/or Questions to: accelerateON@firstwork.org

1. Proposed title of session (Max 10 words):

2. Type of session (max 60 minutes): PanelWorkshop


Audio-visual requirement:

Who will benefit from the session? (Administrators, Practitioners, Managers, Executive Directors etc.)

3. Presenter(s) Information:

Name:

Organization:

Mailing Address:

City:

Province:

Postal Code:

Telephone:

E-mail:

Professional Biography (To be used for conference program. (50 - 80 words):

Professional Photo/Headshot for Online and Printed programs and marketing materials:


4. Brief description of the proposed session. (80 - 100 words):

5. Please provide 3 learning outcomes for your session. (Max 100 words):

6. Have you previously conducted this or a similar presentation? (If yes, please provide contact information on the organization to which you presented this session):

7. Publications: All conference materials will be made available to attendees. By way of this submission, you agree to provide materials to First Work 1 week prior to conference for the sole purpose of sharing with delegate.