Saskatchewan Polytechnic announces THINK: The Future of Work, Innovation, and Learning 2019

Unique one-day conference on May 23 to feature noted futurists

April 8, 2019 — Saskatchewan Polytechnic presents THINK: The Future of Work, Innovation, and Learning 2019, a unique one-day conference that will explore the trends and challenges brought about by technological disruption and the changing nature of work.

The event will be held on Thursday, May 23 at the Queensbury Convention Centre at Evraz Place in Regina. More than 500 people are expected to attend.

“Saskatchewan Polytechnic is proud to present THINK: The Future of Work, Innovation, and Learning 2019,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO. “We are in an unprecedented period of change and disruption driven by a number of factors, including technology advancements and global dynamics. This conference is designed to help attendees strategically learn how to meet the challenges ahead—and to seize opportunities that will arise. I encourage anyone in a leadership role in the public and private sectors to attend.”

Conference speakers include:

  • Linda Nazareth, senior fellow for Economics and Population Change at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and a frequent media commentator. Nazareth, an authority on demographics and trends, is the author of Work Is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy.
  • Amber Mac is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur and digital maverick whose understanding of disruptive technologies helps companies anticipate lightning-quick changes as they come—from Artificial Intelligence, to social media, to Amazon-era retail. Mac is currently host of the award-winning podcast, The AI Effect, now in its second season. The AI Effect explores the Canadian AI ecosystem and the extraordinary pace of its technological growth, focusing on the rewards and perils for individuals, businesses, and society. 
  • Jeffrey Selingo, a best-selling author and award-winning columnist who helps people imagine the college and university of the future and how to succeed in a fast-changing economy. His latest book, There Is Life After College, explores how today’s young adults need to navigate school for the job market of tomorrow.  He is also the author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, a New York Times bestselling education book.
  • Andrew Schrumm, senior manager, Research, Office of the CEO at RBC. Schrumm is research lead for RBC’s thought leadership, examining how Canada can enter the 2020s as a diverse, innovative and sustainable nation. He manages RBC’s future skills research project that is advancing thinking on skills-based job mobility, lifelong learning and the potential of automation in our economy.

Additional information about the conference is available at the conference website:

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territories and the homeland of the Métis. Learning takes place at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.