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The 2019 Futures Conference Agenda


DAY 1: Tuesday, October 22, 2019




8:30 to 10:00

Delegate Check-in & Exhibitor Set Up

10:00 to 10:15

Welcome Remarks

10:15 to 10:50

Opening Keynote Address: Steven Tobin, LMIC

10:50 to 11:00

Transition Break

11:00 to 11:50

Block 1:  Concurrent Sessions – 50 mins

1. Strategies for Effectively Engaging Youth

Youth are evolving exponentially within society. While striving to compliment the unique needs of young people, and to remain effective, it is critical that youth-serving organizations maintain relevant and engaging approaches to service delivery.
This session will provide specific, tangible strategies to help organizations operate in ways that are more appealing and effective for youth, including Youth Centered Approaches; Rapport Building; Incorporating a Growth Mindset; Appealing to Different Learning Styles; and Leveraging your Passion.

2. Re-imagining the Future of Work

The pace of change is accelerating. In today’s world, talent no longer means what it did in the last decade. Meanwhile, many of the roles, skills and job titles of tomorrow are unknown to us today. While many commentators focus on technology and the role of automation as the only force shaping the future of work, literature highlights myriad trends that may influence the types of skills likely to be – or not be – in demand, in the future. The real story is far more complicated.

3. Learning Exchange Platform

The Learning Exchange platform has experienced tremendous growth in the past three years, driven by Accenture’s agency partners in sharing their experience, knowledge and course content – to enhance and refine the learning exchange program – to better serve their needs. In this interactive session, participants will hear about Accenture’s progress to date, and attendees will have the opportunity to provide further input on where The Learning Exchange Platform needs to go next.

4. The Whole Shabang: Employment Transition Coaching for Lasting Impact

Engage in an innovative model of YJC program delivery through the use of a Transition Coach. This role has been identified at a provincial level as a best practice, providing youth the support needed to address barriers and succeed. Pulling on strengths and transferable skills, teams work through a four stage process with each client to develop employment and education plans with wrap around service to address personal and political barriers youth may face. Research and innovative technology is utilized to engage local business partners in recognizing the added benefit of hiring youth.

5. Critical Competencies for Workforce Development Practitioners

The landscape of the employment services sector is being widely disrputed. In this session, Evelyn will explore ways in which employment service providers can shift from a job preparation model to a workforce development framework.


12:00 to 12:30

Lunch & Exhibitor Showcase

12:30 to 1:30

Humans Wanted Panel – Sponsored by RBC

1:30 to 2:20

Block 2: Concurrent Sessions –  50 mins

1. Future-Proofing Youth for the Changing World of Work

2. FSC & FW Consultations (Part One)

3. Beyond the Fingerprints: Employment Strategies for Supporting Youth with a Criminal Record

4. Facilitating Creativity in the Youth Job Connection Program

2:20 to 2:30

Transition Break

2:30 to 3:30

First Work AGM / Block 3: Concurrent Sessions – 50 mins

1. Shaping the Future of Employment: Using Virtual Reality for Career Exploration

2. Nation-Wide Knowledge Sharing: Resources for Youth across Canada

3. FSC & FW Consultations (Part Two)

4. Job Search Zombies

3:30 to  4:00

PM Networking Break

4:00 to 4:50

Block 4: Concurrent Sessions – 50 mins

1. First Work AGM – PLENARY

2. The 4th Industrial Revolution: The Only Constant is Change

3. Fast Track to Apprenticeship Success

4. Aspire: Career Exploration for Youth

5:00 to 6:00

Delegates Getting Ready for Reception

6:00 to 7:00

Welcome Reception

DAY 2: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

6:30 to 7:30

5K Fun Run

8:00 to 9:00

Registration, Breakfast and Networking (Exhibitor Showcase Opens)

9:00 to 10:00

Keynote Address: Hamoon Ekhtiari, Audacious Futures – Sponsored by Talent Egg

10:00 to 10:30

AM Exhibitor Networking Break

10:30 to 11:20

Block 5: Concurrent Sessions – 50 mins

1. CDPCBO Focus Group Discussions (Part 1)

2. Inclusion Revolution: We’re Stronger Together

3. AI, Video Interviewing and Soft Skills Hiring: A New Maxim

4. Skills-Based Recruitment Tools: The Future of Job-Search

5. Navigating the Road to Sustainable Employment for Justice Involved Youth Clients

11:30 to 12:30

Block 6: Concurrent Sessions – 50 mins

1. CDPBO Focus Group Discussions (Part 2)

2. What’s in your Employment Practitioner Toolbox?

3. The Future of Work is Talent Optimization

4. Bridges to Employment


12:30 to 1:00

Lunch & Exhibitor Showcase

1:00 to 2:15

Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) –
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

2:15 to 2:45

PM Exhibitor Showcase Networking Break

2:30 to 4:30

Block 7: First Work Facilitated Regional Discussions – 2 Hrs

4:30 to 6:00

*Exhibitor Teardown*

6:00 to 9:00

Dinner & Night at the Improv with Skilled Trades

DAY 3: Thursday, October 24, 2019

6:30 to 7:30

Morning YOGA or Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing Walk)

7:30 to 8:30

Breakfast & Networking

8:00 to 8:30

Opening Announcements

8:30 to 9:30

Future Skills Centre Panel Discussion

10:00 to 10:30

AM Networking Break

10:30 to 11:30

Closing Keynote: Dr. Andrew Campbell

11:30 to 11:45

Closing Remarks