This week I had the privilege of addressing the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto about the future of university education in Canada.
Special thanks to Kitchener-Centre MPP Daiene Vernile and UWaterloo Board of Governors members John Lounds and Ted Scott – as well as many GTA-based co-op students and alumni – for making it out to engage in the conversation.
If you can find five minutes, read the text of my speech and let me know if it rings true for you.
Overall, my message was that university education needs to focus on talent development - and by using experiential and entrepreneurial learning opportunities, we can dramatically accelerate that process, to the benefit of all stakeholders, especially the students themselves.
As Prime Minister Trudeau reminded us at the World Economic Forum — where he singled the University of Waterloo out for our leadership in innovation — we stand on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution. So we have to provide a fourth industrial revolution education.
Especially here in the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, we have an enormous opportunity to emerge as a top global innovation hub if we work together, produce the talent, and attract the right kinds of partners to our community.