We are committed to learning, testing and adapting to the newest insights on the future of work. The facts, numbers and thinking behind our model comes from the research below. 


Tech’s next greatest oportunity is mid-career workers

by Arvind Gupta and AJ Tibando

Contributed to The Conversation & Canadian Press

September 20, 2018



The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and it is changing everything

The Future of Work and Learning brings together new perspectives on the education and workforce development sector’s role in preparing people for the future of work in Canada’s rapidly changing knowledge economy. Findings in this report focus on the growing importance of the education and training systems in helping prepare workers and employers for the future of work.

Understanding the Talent Gap

Understanding the Talent Gap: Lessons + Opportunities for Canada captures insights from a series of roundtables held with fast-growing tech companies to better understand their talent needs and the barriers they face in attracting and retaining workers. These insights begin to peel away the layers of skills and attributes employers are looking for to better understand what is most important and how to identify untapped labour pools to find it.


Breaking Into Tech

Breaking Into Tech provides a complete picture of the talent and skills needs of tech companies, as well as the different routes that workers travel to gain entry into the tech sector in Waterloo region. It explores the challenges tech companies face in finding the right workers with the right skills and matching them to the right job without a clear set of guidelines and formula for success and provides a set of key takeaways for employers and aspiring tech workers alike, on the process of finding and retaining top tech talent.


Automation Across the Nation

Automation Across the Nation: Understanding the potential impacts of technological trends across Canada is a data insights report that begins to identify how susceptible Canada’s different regional economies to automation. It aims to inform the design of policies and programs that seek to mitigate the potential negative impacts associated with rapidly advancing technology.


The Talented Mr. Robot

The Talented Mr. Robot: The impact of automation on Canada's workforce begins to reveal the effects that automation could have on the Canadian labour force. It identifies Canadian occupations that are at a high risk of being affected by automation, identifies income, education and demographic characteristics of Canadian occupations based on their risk of being affected by automation, and explores how automation is expected to impact the specific tasks that the Canadian labour force performs.


Better, Faster, Stronger

Better, Faster, Stronger: Maximizing the benefits of automation for Ontario’s firms and people explores the risks and rewards automation poses for industries and workers in Ontario by examining trends in the economy as a whole, gathering local insights from across the province, and conducting an in-depth analysis of two key sectors in Ontario that are broadly representative of these trends — manufacturing and finance and insurance.


Learning Nation

Learning Nation: Equipping Canada's workforce with skills for the future is a report by the Advisory Council for Economic Growth outlining the need for a 'third pillar' for workforce training, beyond the post-secondary education system (first pillar) designed to prepare people for entering the workforce and the employment assistance system (second pillar) designed to support people when they leave the workforce. This third pillar would be focused on supporting workers adapt and upskill while they are currently in the workforce.


Towards A Reskilling Revolution

Towards A Reskilling Revolution: A future of jobs for all provides a valuable new tool that will help individual workers, companies, and governments to prioritize their actions and investments. Using big data analytics of online job postings, the methodology in this report demonstrates the power of a data-driven approach to discover reskilling pathways and job transition opportunities.



Meet Palette

Exploring our journey from a whiteboard to launching our first pilot

What Budget 2019 means for skills training in Canada?

A look at the skills training highlights of Budget 2019.

New program equipping mid-career workers

Explaining our story, motivation and latest thinking on the upskilling landscape in Canada.

Tech companies shouldn’t overlook mid-career workers

 Illuminating a new narrative on the future of work in Canada.

Wider work and life experience : Why the tech sector needs to recruit mature workers

 A deeper look at new research by the UK government on the growing potential of mature workers.

Tech’s next greatest opportunity is mid-career workers

A piece by yours truly that profiles who mid-careers are and the promise that their skills offer for fast-growing tech companies.

The Great Rewrite: The Future of Work in an Automated World

An interesting read on what automation is beginning to look like in the retail sector. 


Automation and the future of work – understanding the numbers

Research on the economic impact of automation on the US  labor market by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne tells us more about the ins and outs of research methods on the future of work.


Facing the Future of Work

A series in Foreign Policy on emerging trends, opinions and ideas in automation and the future of work. 


Workforce of the Future: The Competing Forces Shaping 2030

A report on perspectives on automation and the future of work in China, India, Germany, the UK and the US.

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Drawing the Future of Work with Slack's CEO

A visualization of the future of work drawn by Slack CEO Stuart Butterfield.


What impact will automation have on our future society? Here are four possible scenarios

A fascinating read that dives into the dangers and possibilities that more automation and artificial intelligence could drive.

Four Ways Work Will Change in the Future

Top experts acknowledge the need for life-long learning and for new skills that are highly non-technical. Check out the top takeaways from a Stanford symposium on the future of work with industry leaders, academics and students.

Jobs, Skills & the Future of Work

A great reading list of short articles, books and opinions on the future of work by the Business & Higher Education Roundtable.