Online event - The future-ready workforce series: Upskilling to prepare for the future of work

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To remain competitive in today's world, you must equip your employees with new knoweldge and skills.

 Watch this free online event from the University of Waterloo’s Work-Learn Institute and learn how you can effectively upskill your employees.

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Event information

As today’s workforce shifts, organizations face an urgent need to upskill their teams to create opportunities for valued existing employees to take on new roles and functions. Equipping employees with new knowledge and skills to adapt to changes within their current role will be key for businesses to remain competitive and agile as the demand for new capabilities increases. It can also help avoid critical skills gaps as globalization, digitization and accelerated automation impact current and future challenges at work.

Join us for the fourth and final event in a multi-part Future-Ready Workforce Series from the University of Waterloo's Work-Learn Institute and discover how employers are upskilling their teams to adapt to a rapidly changing labour market. Access new research insights from Waterloo experts, as well as student and employer guest speakers, that highlight how to be future-ready in an evolving world of work. You'll also learn how organizations can upskill employees to enable growth and success in an increasingly complex workforce.

 During this online event, we’ll share how you can strengthen your strategies for:  

  • enhancing future-ready skills and employability;

  • upskilling talent to enable professional and career development; and

  • implementing training programs to upskill talent and prepare for the future of work.

Plus, hear student and employer perspectives on the value of upskilling your talent pipeline for the future of work.

Online event details:
Date: November 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
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Meet the host, Anne-Marie:


Anne-Marie Fannon

Anne-Marie Fannon, Director of the Work-Learn Institute, University of Waterloo.

Anne-Marie Fannon leads the only research unit of its kind in the world investigating the practice of co-op and work-integrated learning (WIL) in the development of talent.


Guest speaker:

Peter Tulumello

Peter Tulumello

National Leader for Learning Advisory and Ecosystems,

Peter works with Canada’s largest employers in advising on the future of work and learning, including better understanding what skills and capabilities our workers need to thrive in the future of work, and what learning approaches are most effective in developing and growing those skills within the workforce. Peter is a passionate explorer in learning and is active in the advancement of work-integrated learning practices, including leading Deloitte’s own investment into new infrastructure to operate work-integrated learning programs. 

Guest speaker:

Kavir Gopaul

Kavir Gopaul

Mechatronics Engineering Student, University of Waterloo

Kavir is a mechatronics engineering student at the University of Waterloo. His past two co-op work terms have involved upskilling students. Most recently, he served as a team lead in the newly established WE Accelerate program. This program helped first-year co-op students to develop new skills, making them more competitive for future opportunities.