Future Talent Council and Toronto Metropolitan University Announce Strategic Partnership

Jun 9, 2023 | Announcement

Media release, June 9, 2023

Global think tank, Future Talent Council, and Canada’s most creative, connected, and entrepreneurial university, Toronto Metropolitan University, announce a strategic partnership leading up to the Future Talent Summit 2023, June 14-15 in Stockholm, Sweden


Future Talent Summit is the annual gathering of Future Talent Council’s +700 organizational members from the governmental, educational, and corporate sectors. Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) is the thought leadership partner of the event’s track focused on navigating the future of work through talent, technology, and innovation. Future Talent Council and TMU both find themselves at the intersection of mind and action.

TMU champions diversity, entrepreneurship and innovation, areas that Future Talent Council aims to support and collaborate on for ensuring a new future of education based on learning through real-world experience. Future Talent Council is proud to work with TMU in preparing the next generation for the transformation of workforce.

Daniel Kjellsson

Toronto Metropolitan University was a part of the 2019 Future Talent Summit at the Tate Modern in London, says Daniel Kjellsson, Director-General of Future Talent Council. “Since that point, we’ve been inspired supporters of what Mark Patterson, Executive Director of Magnet, Toronto Metropolitan University, and the teams over there are building. What is directly benefiting the people of Canada, via visionary support from public investments, is – thanks to the collaborative nature of TMU – now benefiting the world.”

Together, Future Talent Council and TMU strive to drive education with the goal of addressing contemporary societal needs, some of the anticipated discussions at the Future Talent Summit being:

  • A systems-approach to workforce development, leveraging technology collaborations
  • Skills for the future, including green skills
  • Global demand for talent, including the pressures between supply and demand
  • Lowering barriers and opening pathways for full participation in the labour market
  • The impacts of a more dynamic and disruptive labour and workforce dynamic
  • Innovation & productivity
  • Migration & Integration

Mark Patterson

Mark Patterson

“We are thrilled to partner with the Future Talent Council for the upcoming Future Talent Summit in Stockholm this June,” says Mark Patterson, Executive Director of Magnet at Toronto Metropolitan University. “Magnet, alongside our esteemed colleagues from the Diversity Institute, Future Skills Centre, Research Chair in Migration & Integration (CERC), and Dr. Steven Liss, Vice-President of Research & Innovation, eagerly anticipate engaging in insightful discussions on talent, technology, and innovation with global thought-leaders.”

“At TMU, we are firm believers in harnessing diverse perspectives, fostering entrepreneurial spirit, and embracing real-world experiences to shape the future of work,” Patterson adds. “The agenda for Future Talent Summit 2023 perfectly aligns with our mission and we are excited to contribute to the conversation.”


Toronto Metropolitan University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-focused education at the intersection of mind and action. Distinctly urban, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, Toronto Metropolitan University has a mission to serve societal needs and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.

With a student body of over 48,000, more than 125 undergraduate and graduate programs, 25 Canada Research Chairs, and over 176 partner institutions in 49 countries, TMU is a champion of diversity & inclusion, dedicated to enhancing education with career-ready experience.

In 2022, the university was renamed Toronto Metropolitan University in recognition of its commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and its former namesake’s involvement in the residential school system.


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