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ILLUSTRATION BY ADAM CRUFT

Future-proofing
our workforce

do you remember the moment you
first decided on a career path?
For most of us, it was not an easy decision,
and top of mind were job opportunities and
future prospects in our field of choice.
Multiply that single decision by millions,
and you have a sense of the complexity-and
urgency-for government and industry to get
it right when they are planning for the train-
ing and education needed to match employ-
ees to job opportunities in the years ahead.
To assist in more accurately planning for
the emerging workplace, the federal govern-
ment has chosen Ryerson as the lead in a
national, $376-million collaborative project
tasked with answering the question: How
can we ensure all Canadians have the skills
they need for a fair chance at economic suc-
cess and prosperity?
Predicting employment trends and deter-
mining appropriate training needs has never
been easy. In this age of disruption, we need
the best possible information and innova-
tive, 21st-century programs to match people
to good, well-paying jobs.
With partners that include the Conference
Board of Canada, Blueprint, universities and
community organizations, Ryerson will cre-
ate and host the Future Skills Centre, the
only one of its kind in Canada.
Why Ryerson? The investment is recogni-
tion of our university's expertise in multi-
disciplinary, large-scale research projects
aimed at building better communities, as
well as our leadership in the development of
talent and human capital. Decades of success

by our alumni have played a vital part in
establishing the reputation that Ryerson
now enjoys.
The work of the Future Skills Centre will
involve building a network to collaborate on
cutting-edge research, testing and evolution
of pilot projects, and sharing and mobilizing
knowledge to the benefit of all Canadians.
(See the story on page 8 for more details.)

By Mohamed Lachemi
President and Vice-Chancellor

In keeping with Ryerson's values, the
project will pay close attention to making
certain that disadvantaged and underrep-
resented groups will benefit significantly.
We often talk about the need for a strong
economy and prosperous Canada. The Future
Skills initiative is a bold step to ensure indi-
vidual Canadians share in the success, and
Ryerson is proud to take a leadership role.
"The investment
recognizes our expertise
in large-scale research
projects that build better
communities."

Summer 2019 / Ryerson University Magazine

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