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Ep. 18: Margaret MacMillan on war and remembrance
November 11 is a time of reflection. A time to remember the struggles and sacrifice that have gone into building this country. Margaret MacMillan, bestselling author and professor of history, reminds us in her new book, War: How Conflict Shaped Us, that we are all shaped by war. They say we can either learn from our history or be doomed to repeat it. And while history never really repeats itself, according to Margaret, it does echo. Understanding history helps us to spot the parallels today – and avoid the pitfalls of the past. For Margaret, it is a moment to consider how we think about war itself, and the ways in which it has changed us as nations and as individuals. Learn more about Margaret MacMillan by visiting: www.margaretmacmillan.com Listen to our other podcasts at conferenceboard.ca/insights/podcasts. You can find all of our research here: conferenceboard.ca/.
Ep. 17: John Stackhouse on the potential of Canadian expats
As a journalist in the ‘90s, John Stackhouse spent many years living overseas meeting and interviewing interesting people. Many of them were his fellow Canadians. He discovered that expats are keen to help their home country. When he returned, however, he found people were concerned over the number of people leaving the country—the perceived “brain drain.” John says that’s the wrong way to think about it. Canada’s diaspora is not a brain drain, it’s brain circulation. As people wear their maple leaves around the world, they’re building networks of insight and goodwill for Canada. But Canada doesn’t seem ready to take advantage of that network. There’s no system for connecting with that network; no way for organizations here to ask their foreign compatriots what’s happening in their local market. John recognizes the importance of networks and points out some prominent ones that are reshaping our society for the 21st Century. He says the global experience our expats are gaining will be critical in the coming decades. We just need a strategy for Canada’s “11th province” to join the Confederation. Find John on LinkedIn @John Stackhouse and Twitter @StackhouseJohn. Listen to John’s take on the pandemic on his podcast, RBC Disruptors. Find John’s new book, Planet Canada, at Penguin Random House Canada. Listen to our other podcasts at conferenceboard.ca/insights/podcasts. You can find all of our research here: conferenceboard.ca/.
Ep. 16: Dr. Susy Hota on getting through the second wave
How can we keep the second wave from turning into a second lockdown? Viruses spread when people spend time in close quarters, so lockdowns are good at slowing their transmission. But they come with a cost—a reality we know well, and don’t want to repeat. Dr. Susy Hota is an infectious disease physician and medical director of infection prevention and control at University Health Network. She joins us this episode to talk about what we’ve learned since the outbreak began. She’s concerned that our pandemic fatigue may be contributing to the disease’s resurgence. The mental and physical health consequences of the pandemic and efforts to curb it are very real. As is the economic damage. Dr. Hota says we need to remain vigilant and focused on controlling the pandemic to tame the second wave. To avoid a second lockdown, we need to make better use of the tools we already have: distance, hygiene, and masks. We talk about how the pandemic has taught us what is important, as well as how it exposed areas that need attention. She says that we should focus on our common goal to get through the coming winter: short-term pain for long-term gain. Find Dr. Hota on Twitter @HotaSusy and LinkedIn @Susy-Hota. Follow Infection Prevention and Control Department at University Health Network on Twitter @ipacuhn Listen to our other podcasts at conferenceboard.ca/insights/podcasts. You can find all of our research here: conferenceboard.ca/.
Ep. 15: Sinead Bovell on the death of learn, work, retire
Technology has been affecting how we make a living since we first started using tools. Never before, though, has technology changed as quickly as it does today. As artificial intelligence becomes more common in our everyday tasks, we can expect even more disruption: No longer will a human be the smartest entity in the room. This disruption goes beyond just how we work. According to this episode’s guest, the traditional “learn, work, retire” career path is dead. Futurist, writer, and entrepreneur, Sinead Bovell founded WAYE—Weekly Advice for Young Entrepreneurs—in 2018 to help youth prepare for the digital world they are coming of age in. Already, there is a gap in the skills people have and those organizations need. As technology advances, that gap will only increase. Sinead says the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that our digital infrastructure in not sustainable. We need people with diverse skill sets to tackle our wicked problems, and systems that allow us to continue learning new skills. She’s brought this up at the UN and to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has written about it for The Globe and Mail, Vogue, and WIRED. In this episode of Bright Future, she talks to us about how people can prepare for artificial intelligence in their own jobs, the importance of diversity in technology, how governments and schools can be ready for advanced tech, and the most important skill we’re all been practicing already: adaptability. Find Sinead on LinkedIn @sineadbovell, on Instagram @sineadbovell, on Twitter @sineadbovell, and at her website, sineadbovell.com. Learn more about WAYE at wayetalks.com. The Conference Board has research on social and emotional skills through our Education & Skills focus area and the Future Skills Centre. Listen to our other podcasts at conferenceboard.ca/insights/podcasts. You can find all of our research here: conferenceboard.ca/.
Ep. 14: Paul Martin on supporting Indigenous youth
About 15 years ago, then-Prime Minister Paul Martin announced the Kelowna Accord. It was an agreement intended to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and it was ground-breaking for modern politics in terms of consultation and collaboration with Indigenous groups. Mere days after the announcement, however, parliament was dissolved and leadership of Canada’s government changed hands. The accord was enacted, but as a shell of its original vision. The Right Honourable Paul Martin is still working at it though. In 2008, he founded the Martin Family Initiative to help bridge the gap in standards of living. The Initiative works with Indigenous groups to bring Indigenous knowledge together with evidence-based methods of teaching and learning. He talks with us about the importance of entrepreneurship to Indigenous people, what he has learned from the Initiative, and why it’s important that kids get a good start to life. Find the Martin Family Initiative on Twitter @themfi_, Facebook @themfi.ifm, LinkedIn, or at their website, www.themfi.ca. Listen to our other podcasts at conferenceboard.ca/insights/podcasts. You can find all of our research here: conferenceboard.ca/.
Ep. 13: John Manley on getting back to business
Canadian businesses have been scrambling to find ways to stay afloat since the beginning of the pandemic in March. Government programs have helped, but they can’t last forever. We’ve all had to adapt to whatever “normal” was as we progressed through lockdown. As our businesses incrementally reopen, they are tasked with the challenge of being both safe and profitable. Our guest this episode is well versed in both the business side and the government side. The Honourable John Manley, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, talks to us about getting Canada back to business. He shares his perspective on the response by Canadian governments and businesses, as well as a caution on the deficits the federal government has had to incur. He’s optimistic about the resilience he’s noticed in Canada and Canadians and sees many lessons we can carry with us into the future. Listen to our other podcasts at conferenceboard.ca/insights/podcasts. You can find all of our research here: conferenceboard.ca/.
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