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Ontario Economic Summit

OctoberOct 24 2018 - OctoberOct 26 2018

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The Workforce of Tomorrow: Confronting disruption as Ontario transitions to a learning-based economy


The Ontario Economic Summit will be held October 24 – 26 at Niagara-on-the-lake. 


The global workforce is transitioning at a rapid pace. How can Ontario master the disruption to capitalize on emerging opportunities? How do we skill and reskill our workforce to ensure prosperity? The 2018 OES will bring together thought leaders from business, labour, academia, the not-for-profit sector and government to debate and discuss how Ontario can navigate today’s workplace challenges along with strategies to chart a successful path forward. Among the key topics we will address:

  • Workforce demand/supply, and creating solutions to support broad economic transition;
  • The challenges businesses must face as we confront the future of work;
  • The changing nature of work (disruptions from AI, advanced robotics, and automation);
  • How companies, non-profits, and governments from around the world are addressing the skilling and reskilling continuum.

For more information please contact, Jamie Cleary, Program Officer.




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Keynote Speakers

E.M. Blake Hutcheson – President and Chief Pension Officer, OMERS and Chair, Oxford Properties Group

Blake has recently been named the President and Chief Pension Officer of OMERS responsible for the Strategy, Government Relations, Communications, Legal, Pension Services, Technology and Operations of the $100 Billion Pension Plan.  Prior to that Blake was the Chief Investment Officer of Real Estate and Platform Investments at OMERS.  He was also President & CEO of Oxford Properties Group since 2010 where he was responsible for overseeing the global business, consisting of approximately $50 billion of assets under management and 2,200 employees in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia.

Prior to that he was based in New York as the Head of Global Real Estate Investing for a multi-strategy private equity firm, with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Prior to that, he was the Chairman  & President of CB Richard Ellis Canada (1999 – 2008) & Latin America (2001 – 2008) overseeing all operations in multiple countries with over 2,500 employees. Mr. Hutcheson has also served on several Boards and Committees including: The Senior Executive Team of OMERS; Director of Algoma Central Corporation (listed on the TSE); Member of the Toronto Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing 2015; Chair of Build Toronto (2010 – 2012); Member of the Premier’s Transit Advisory Panel (2013); Chair of the Mayor of Toronto’s Fiscal Advisory Committee (2008); President of the University Club of Toronto; Director of RealNet Canada; Director of REALpac and Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Forum (2005 and 2016).  He is also the recipient of the ICONS of the Industry Award through BOMA, Ottawa and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Columbia University Masters Real Estate Development Program.  Since 2013 he has been named annually to the Power 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives in New York City.

Mr. Hutcheson is a long time member of YPO and WPO and was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.  He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, the London School of Economics, England (with distinction), and has an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, New York  He is married and has two children.


Dr. Susan Lund –  Partner, McKinsey Global Institute 

Dr. Susan Lund is a partner of McKinsey & Company and a leader of the McKinsey Global Institute.  As a Ph.D. economist, her research focuses on technology, labor markets, and globalization. Her current research is assessing how automation and artificial intelligence will change the skills that employers require and how education and training models must change. Recent research analyzed the impact of robots and automation on the future of work and the workforce; measured the size of the independent workforce (or “gig economy”) in the United States and Europe; examined how digital flows are transforming globalization and the winners and losers; assessed the potential for digital finance to boost growth and financial inclusion in developing countries; and documented the continuing accumulation of debt in countries around the world, with a focus on China.  Susan has an active travel schedule, discussing research findings with CEOs and other executives at global Fortune 500 companies and is a frequent speaker at global conferences. She has authored numerous articles in leading business publications that include Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs.

Susan is a board director of the National Association of Business Economists and serves on the Economic Advisory Council of the International Financial Corporation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Conference of Business Economists. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Northwestern University.  She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia, and currently resides in Washington, DC.

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