Regional Talent Roundtable in Toronto

by | Sep 27, 2022 | Events|Featured, Welcome

More than 60 Canadian talent leaders from the corporate, educational and governmental sectors came together for Future Talent Council’s Regional Talent Roundtable event, at York University in Toronto on January 23. They were joined by global guests from the Future Talent Council ecosystem, as well as a panel of students from around Canada, all currently involved in a national Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program.

The full event agenda is available for download here and a post-event report will be made available in our digital library in February 2020. Future Talent Council’s Regional Talent Roundtable event in Toronto was developed in collaboration between York University, Conference Board of Canada and Business/Higher Education Roundtable.

Future Talent Council would like to express its gratitude to all participants and partners for helping make this Regional Talent Roundtable event an insightful and influential gathering. Dialogues and partnerships initiated during this event have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students and workers in Canada and around the world, as soon as in 2020 and for a long time to come.


CGI, CIBC, Conference Board of Canada, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, Edelman Canada, Hatch, IBM, Linamar, Loblaw Companies Ltd., McGill University, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, Shopify, Simon Fraser University, Sobeys, Thomson Reuters, University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University, Mount Royal University, Innovation, Science and Economic Dev Canada, Pearson Education, Riipen, Carleton University, CIO Strategy Council, Queen’s University, Brock University, Business/Higher Education Roundtable, Humber Inst. of Technology and Advanced Learning, Acadia University, Bishops University, Concordia University, Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Ryerson University, Toronto Region Board of Trade, CAE, D2L. Employment & Social Development Canada, ITAC, Toronto Finance International, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Mount Allison University, St. Mary’s University, University of Victoria, Western University.


During the Regional Talent Roundtable in Toronto, two primary angles were discussed:

Talent Development Ecosystem: Make Work-Integrated-Learning Opportunities Accessible to All

Participants explored strategies, from corporate, educational and governmental perspectives alike, to increase the number of Work-Integrated-Learning opportunities,
improving the accessibility to such opportunities, and ultimately the diversity of work placement opportunities available to talent across Canada, and around the world.

Lessons Learned: Sharing Success Stories (replicable nationwide and around the world)

Participants shared lessons learned and success stories about the role of internships, co-ops, field studies, and other forms of experiential learning in attracting, developing and retaining talent. The groups also added the dimension of recognizing patterns in these successful case studies, aiming to provide a global framework for employers, educators, and governments from around the world to learn from and develop new programs and initiatives on the back of.

Next actions

A post-event report is being prepared and will be distributed back to participants, and the broader Future Talent Council ecosystem, in February 2020. Based on the conclusions in this report, special projects teams, a Global Advisory Board on Work-Integrated-Learning, and further studies will be commissioned. Global members of Future Talent Council will have the opportunity to add their perspective to this work during a strategy session scheduled for June 17, during Future Talent Summit 2020 in Stockholm.


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