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Get closer to our work with The Conference Board of Canada’s Leadership Perspectives series. Each episode, we sit down with senior Conference Board leaders and researchers to discuss issues that affect Canadians. Topics include economics, education, sustainability, HR, and Indigenous and Northern perspectives. We're proud to be Canada's foremost independent, evidence-based applied research organization. Since 1954 we have provided leaders and decision-makers with the economic analysis, appli ...
 
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In this episode of Perspectives in Leadership, Adam sits down with two leaders from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) to discuss their organization's upskilling journey. BMO’s Christine Crouch, Director, Future of Work, and Larissa Chaikowsky, US CHRO and Head, Talent, Reskilling and Acceleration, share their experiences implementing an upskilling strateg…
 
Pluralsight’s recently released Technology Skill Development workbook is an interactive strategy guide for your organization’s workforce transformation. In this discussion, Heather MacDonald, a Principal Consultant of Workforce Transformation at Pluralsight, dives deep into the workbook, breaking down several subjects including: -Assuring your enti…
 
Elsa Vane has spent her life thinking about and advocating for disability rights. She’s written and taught extensively about the subject and now works at Pluralsight as an Accessibility Specialist, helping to assure our products, websites, and meeting spaces are accessible to our employees, partners, and users. In this conversation, Adam and Elsa d…
 
Barry O’Reilly has built a career on unlearning. So much so that he’s literally written the book on the concept. Throughout his tech journey, he’s found success through not being precious with the knowledge he’s learned. Rather he looks at that previous knowlesge and how it relates to the things he’s seeking to learn to continue finding success. In…
 
Today’s episode of Perspectives in Leadership is a discussion with Luke Dion, the VP of Engineering Operations for Cox Automotive Inc. Over the years, Luke’s team have experienced something many technologists have at some point or another in their careers- organizations mergers and acquisitions led to the need for multiple teams, across multiple ti…
 
Canada is a trading nation. Throughout our history, trade has been one of the foundations of our economy. Equally important has been to establish rules for international trade. This episode we hear how trade agreement commitments are shaping Canada’s ability to regulate the digital economy. Matt Malone, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at …
 
In this episode, Carla is joined by Travis Wickesberg, a Senior Solutions and Services Director, to discuss Pluralsight's new Tech Talent report. The report found that 77% of tech leaders believe that upskilling is a powerfully effective tool in retaining top talent but we also know that workforce transformation is goes even further. In this all-en…
 
Thibault Imbert, VP of Marketing and Growth at GitHub, joins Adam to walk through how his organization “drinks their own champagne” and creates internal product champions. They discuss product lead growth opportunities and creating essential product feedback loops for their developers and their end users. Thibault expresses the importance of custom…
 
Melanie Frank, Capital One's Managing Vice President of Cyber Engineering, has spent twenty-two years learning and adapting in the ever-changing environment of the fintech world. In that time, she's developed a leadership style that is driven by continuous investment in her employees and creating a culture where continuous learning and testing is e…
 
It's an absolute necessity for security to be top-of-mind when writing and deploying software. In an ideal world, developers would also have the responsibilities of security engineers and build the appropriate risk-mitigation features into their software applications. In this conversation, Shea Stewart from GigaOm breaks down the things you need to…
 
Of course, analytics helps the internal operations and management of an organization but how is that, in turn, helping their customers? In this final episode of our five-part series on data analytics, Carolyn Loh talks with host Takara Small about how data analytics can help deepen relationships with customers, and how to better communicate to the …
 
Organizations often struggle with fostering a data and analytics culture to the detriment of their analytics programs. In this fourth episode of our five-part series on data analytics, Tamara Augsten talks with host Takara Small about her work with data visualization and how organizations can build a culture that makes workers excited to engage in …
 
Tony Holmes is focused on creating the best possible solutions for tech organizations and a major part of that is understanding how to build successful and creative engineering teams. Software development, and technology as a whole, continues to advance at lightning fast speeds which makes bringing in qualified talent even more challenging. How can…
 
Analytics has a major role in enabling innovation-induced growth among small and medium sized businesses, allowing them to scale-up rapidly. In this third episode of our five-part series on data analytics, Maxime Cohen talks with host Takara Small about the necessary steps for managers and owners to jump into the data analytics space, as well why s…
 
The last two years have changed the way we work and has made us reconsider ways of working, both from an employer and an employee point-of-view. While we know things have changed, data on how this is impacting workplaces is still quite sparse. This episode we hear how the Conference Board of Canada’s Human Capital team is working to fill in the gap…
 
Governments, businesses, non-profits, and academia have tremendous potential to use data to help move forward on their sustainable development goals to make the world a better place. In this second episode of our five-part series on data analytics, Vanitha Lucas talks with host Takara Small about how data can be used to promote social change and wh…
 
James Caplin has coached CTOs and CIOs at some of the largest companies in the world. He's well known for his ability to help everyone from established executives to first time managers look inward to discover how they can become better leaders for their teams and organizations. In this conversation, Adam and James talk about the fact that leadersh…
 
With massive amounts of data generated every day in organizations, knowing what data is, how to analyze it, and how to communicate and share it is becoming an increasingly necessary skill for everyone. In this first episode of our five-part series on data analytics, Ashley Howard Neville talks with host Takara Small about why everyone should care a…
 
Adam interviews Kimberly Jones, and internationally recognized social activist, New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur and filmmaker on the latest episode of the podcast. Kim became a global phenomenon when her passionate andspontaneous video, How We Can Win, went viral in 2020 and she has since wrote a book with the same title. Kim and Ad…
 
In this episode, Adam interviews Christian Boer about his groundbreaking font he designed for people who suffer from Dyslexia. They discuss the fascinating way he used his own experience as a dyslexic person to build out the font and Christian explains how uniformity can be a problem in accessibility. They end the episode by talking about modern we…
 
On this episode, Adam's coworkers Raphi and Ned, who are Cloud Strategy Architects, interview Drew Firment about how to drive a success cloud transformation. Drew is a wealth of knowledge as he was previously he was the Director of Cloud Engineering at Capital One where he led enterprise cloud operations within their Cloud Center of Excellence and …
 
On this episode, Adam is joined by Kari Harbath to discuss her new Pluralsight course, Understanding Ableism in the Workplace. According to WHO, about 15% of the world's population lives with a disability, meaning to create a truly diverse and inclusive workforce you must be inclusive of people with disabilities. The conversation opens with Kari's …
 
Adam chats with Kristen Foster-Marks, a Senior Software Engineer at Pluralsight, about engineering teams on track and working together. They dive into the data we should all be paying more attention to, how dashboards improve communication, and thriving in an asynchronous environment. Kristen shares some insights into a few powerful new reporting t…
 
Matthew J. Yazzie is an indigenous rights advocate and organizational and behavioral scientist with seventeen years of diversity, equity and inclusion experience in the tech world. In this conversation, Matthew and Adam discuss the importance or organizational goal setting for company ERG success, the fact that not knowing something doesn't make yo…
 
Greg Ceccarelli, the General Manager of Pluralsight Flow, joins Adam on the latest episode of the podcast. Greg has spent much of his career as a data scientist and deeply understands that data is essential for organizational success but it also needs to be used to improve the engineers' experience. In this conversation, we get into the importance …
 
Today, farming relies on digital tools as another key input. But is our digital infrastructure up to the needs of modern agriculture? Dr. Helen Hambly of the University of Guelph talks to Keara about the changing needs of agriculture—and how well Canada’s digital backbone is supporting farmers. About our guest: Dr. Helen Hambly is a Professor in th…
 
On the second episode of Perspectives in Leadership, Dr. Tracy Brower discusses the biggest mental health issues in tech today, how to track "untrackable" data connected to productivity and career growth, and leadership through empathy. Dr. Brower is the author of two books and countless articles for Forbes on creating a fulfilling career and work-…
 
On the first episode of Perspectives in Leadership, we interview Sumit Gupta, founder of https://www.deployyourself.com. We discuss how to get the most out of your tech team, the best ways create healthy spaces for discussions about mental health, and his decades long career in software development. For more of Sumit's incredible insights, be sure …
 
Perspectives in Leadership is a new podcast by Pluralsight for tech leaders. Each episode, we'll interview some of the industry’s most future-focused minds to learn about their experiences in tech and how they approach leadership in an ever-evolving world. Listeners can expect to gain valuable insights into improving team workflow, learn tips for c…
 
Digital trade is booming worldwide, but countries are struggling to define, measure, and track its impact. Swapna Nair discusses the challenges and opportunities Canada has to become a leader in the international sphere (and international standards) of digital trade. The full story: Choosing the Right Ruler: Approaches to Measuring Digital Trade (I…
 
Our climate is changing. How are organizations changing in return? Shelley Gilberg and Sarah Marsh from PwC explain how leading businesses’ net-zero carbon, ESG reporting, and sustainability strategies are evolving for a new world. Read the Canadian findings from PwC’s 24th annual CEO Survey at https://www.pwc.com/ca/ceosurvey. Starting November 15…
 
Are organizations doing enough to protect their data—and their clients’ trust? PwC cyber risk experts Saj Nair and Jenn Johnson discuss CEO/CIO strategies, budgets, and why simplicity matters. This is the second episode of Beyond the Bounce, a three-part mini-series from The Conference Board of Canada and PwC. Read the Canadian findings from PwC’s …
 
What happens when healthcare goes virtual? COVID-19 has ushered in a new era of widespread telemedicine and digital healthcare, but will it last beyond the pandemic? Keara talks to RAND Senior Economist Marco Hafner to understand how Canada can get up to speed in telemedicine—and understand the benefits, barriers, and risks. Discover more about the…
 
Power, prices, and choice: Canada’s Competition Act hasn’t been updated in two decades. What does this mean for digital competition in Canada, and the ways we could bridge the digital divide? Keara talks to two leading researchers for a lively discussion on how Canada’s competition space has changed in the digital age—and what needs to be done to e…
 
COVID-19 has exacerbated the digital divide—the gap between Canadians who have reliable, fast broadband Internet access and those who don’t. What can we do to close it? In this first episode of our five-part series on the digital divide, Sam Andrey and Helaina Gaspard talk about the complications, challenges, and solutions in increasing digital acc…
 
PwC’s annual CEO survey is a big indicator of business confidence. The bottom line for 2021: Canadian CEOs are optimistic—and anticipate immense growth in the upcoming year—but they’ll need to be smart about their priorities to sustain it. In this first episode of our mini-series exploring CEOs’ plans for the future, National Managing Partner Matth…
 
How has the pandemic impacted Canada’s immigration admissions? Dr. Iain Reeve explains what’s changed in our intake numbers and the characteristics that set the COVID-19 immigrant cohort apart. Find out more about our immigration research at https://www.conferenceboard.ca/focus-areas/immigration Our annual Canadian Immigration Summit is happening v…
 
In its November 30th fiscal update, Canada’s federal government tallied up the costs of COVID-19. The deficit will swell to $385 billion in 2020–21. The provinces and territories have also tallied record deficits—$92 billion, on aggregate. What do figures like these mean for our recovery? Keara talks to Chief Economist Pedro Antunes for these answe…
 
The role of technology in Canada's post-pandemic recovery is top of mind right now at IBM Canada. How are they responding to businesses' need for speed, flexibility and agility in 2021? We learn from President and General Manager Claude Guay about how IBM is helping companies accelerate their digital transformations. He talks about how technologies…
 
Canada’s track record on mortality rates due to cancer isn’t as good as you might think. Isabelle Gagnon-Arpin joins us to talk about provincial disparities, COVID-19's impact on cancer detection, and how we measure up internationally. The full story: Measure of Life: Is Canada Doing Enough to Reduce Deaths from Cancer? View this online experience …
 
Dr. Olateju returns to our podcast to talk plastics—and how the sustainable finance industry could give Canada’s plastics recycling market a much-needed boost. Read the full story, Balancing power with capital in Canada’s circular plastics economy (October 7, 2020, 4-minute read), at https://is.gd/uuU87C. Discover more Innovation & Technology proje…
 
What happens when businesses go local on their supply chains—especially during COVID-19? Julie Ades from the Global Commerce Centre explains the motivations, trends, and possible impacts. The full story: Bringing Them Home: Reshoring Supply Chains Is Not a Panacea (Issue briefing, October 20, 2020) Discover more Canadian Economic projects and acces…
 
Richard Chartrand, 3M’s USAC R&D Operations and 3M Canada Sustainability Leader, explains how 3M is balancing sustainability and innovation—and how a company known for over 100 years of ingenuity is planning a better future for everyone. Learn more about 3M’s initiatives at sciencecentre.3mcanada.ca/sustainability. This is the fifth episode of Brea…
 
Chris Dulny, PwC’s Chief Innovation Officer, explains how rapid technological change demands new skills to help people thrive and future-proof themselves in the new world. This affects every company. Learn about PwC’s journey and check out their New world. New skills. initiative here: pwc.com/ca/en/today-s-issues/upskilling.html. This is the fourth…
 
Discover how two major Surrey, B.C. projects are repurposing and reinventing the region. We talk to Rowena Rizzotti, Vice President, Healthcare & Innovation of Lark Group in British Columbia, about the Health & Technology District and the Legion Veterans Village. This is the third episode of Breakthroughs, our mini-series presented by the Council f…
 
How did COVID-19 change the face of Alberta’s health innovation sector? We talk to Tim Murphy, VP of Health at Alberta Innovates, about health-system discoveries during a crisis. This is the second episode of Breakthroughs, our mini-series presented by the Council for Innovation and Commercialization. Discover more at conferenceboard.ca/networks/ci…
 
Many Indigenous students in Canada experience science lessons as counterintuitive, if not outright alienating. It’s high time we incorporated First Nation, Inuit, and Métis perspectives on the natural world into mainstream K–12 science. Researcher Jane Cooper explains the educational landscape, current initiatives, the role of Elders and Knowledge …
 
How can we go beyond traditional datasets when forecasting the future? Thomas Hindle explains. The full story: Job postings plummet in March, slide continues in April (commentary): https://www.conferenceboard.ca/insights/blogs/job-postings-plummet-in-march-slide-continues-in-april Discover more Economics team projects and access all our research at…
 
Are interim solutions to climate change right under our noses? Dr. Babatunde Olateju explains how small modular nuclear reactors and hydrogen—energy technologies that have been around for years—could fill in the gaps between were we are and where we want to be. The full story: Hydrogen is back—but will it break through? (commentary): https://www.co…
 
Dr. Andrew Bieler explains why technological change is transforming Canada’s skilled trades—and why teaching skills like virtual collaboration, digital troubleshooting, and intergenerational communication needs to be on the agenda. The full story: This fall, check out Dr. Bieler’s impact paper, Bridging Generational Divides, and find more Education…
 
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