Future of Work & Learning Coalition Forum

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Best for communities and organizations tackling the future of work and learning and are interested in the lessons learned from the coalition

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 1 – 3 p.m. ET | Zoom Webinar

The Waterloo Region Future of Work & Learning Coalition was established in 2019 with the goal of promoting community and cross-sectoral collaboration to solve common challenges and work towards future proofing our community.

In this two-hour webinar, we’ll hear from the Future of Work & Learning Coalition co-chairs and representatives from participating organizations as they reflect on the coalition’s journey from conception to where they are today. We’ll also discuss the work they have accomplished over the past year, the benefits that belonging to the Future of Work & Learning Coalition has brought their organization, what’s next and how to future proof talent and the workplace with a collaborative approach.

Opening overview:

Simon Chan, Communitech’s VP of Talent, Academy and Future of Work, and co-chair of the Future of Work & Learning Coalition will provide an overview of how the group has been promoting and piloting cross-industry collaboration to solve common challenges for talent and the workplace.

Panel session: Pilot Initiatives

Sheldon Pereira, Coalition member and Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Institutional Initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier University, will moderate a panel conversation on lessons learned during the launch of three separate pilot projects. Plus, hear from the project leads on their goals, accomplishments and lessons learned.


Judene Pretti, Director, Work-Learn Institute, University of Waterloo

Lindsay Tayler, Director, Office of Continuing Education, Wilfrid Laurier University

Lisa Brown, VP of Talent, Vidyard

Closing session: Lessons Learned From Community Collaboration

Kathryn Kitchen, Head of HR for Manulife Canada and co-chair of the Future of Work & Learning Coalition, will moderate a panel discussion on promoting community and cross-sectoral collaboration and lessons learned.


Matthew Chandy, Director, Economic Development & Smart Waterloo Region, Region of Waterloo

Stephen Harrington, National Lead, Deloitte

Norah McRae, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education, University of Waterloo

Simon Chan, VP of Talent, Academy & Future of Work, Communitech

This event is open to the public, as well as Canadian Digital Media Network hubs, the Chamber network and the municipal network.

The session will be streamed live on Zoom Webinar. Further details will be provided via email after your registration is complete.

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