UW conference gathers leading experts to explore the future of work



    WATERLOO, ON, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - The University of Waterloo is gathering
some of North America's leading experts in society and culture, technology,
education and health for a three-day conference on how the world of work will
change over the next 10 years.
    The conference, entitled 2017: The Workplace, will run from Oct. 14 to
16, to mark both the 50th anniversary of UW and co-operative education in
Canada. Each day's program will be aimed at different audiences, from
researchers and academics to business, government and education leaders, as
well as co-op employers and human resources professionals.
    Speakers include such well-known public figures as Malcolm Gladwell,
Dan Pink, Richard Florida and Jim Balsillie, as well as UW academics
Ken Coates and Frances Westley. The conference presents a unique opportunity
to share thoughtful analysis and dialogue around some of tomorrow's most
pressing workplace and human challenges.
    "Knowledge, imagination and intellectual capacity are the measures by
which future successes will be won or lost," said David Johnston, president of
the University of Waterloo. "This influential group of professionals will
focus on tomorrow's issues today, examining how we can best move from lessons
learned in the past to a position where we can better prepare ourselves for
success in the decade to come."
    Conference highlights include an interview involving Gladwell and
Balsillie on Monday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. The staff writer for The New Yorker
magazine will raise such questions as 'How do you make predictions in an world
that changes dramatically month-to-month with new electronic devices out every
six months?' or 'Is it even useful to forecast in today's business
environment?'
    The conference will investigate a diverse range of topics, including the
movement of knowledge out of the country, the impact of technology adoption in
the workplace, the role of education amid a rapid pace of change in Canada
over the next 10 years and the globalization of the economy.
    A three-day pass costs $1,899, plus GST. For more information or to
register, visit http://www.2017.uwaterloo.ca/




For further information:

For further information: Karalee Clerk, Marketing Coordinator,
Co-operative Education and Career Services, (519) 888-4567, ext. 32286,
kaclerk@uwaterloo.ca; Vicki Nash-Moore, 2017: The Workplace conference, (519)
880-0287, info2017@uwaterloo.ca


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