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The Changing Nature of Work

Steffen Christensen

Over the next 10-15 years the employment reality for most Canadians will evolve rapidly as the digital economy expands and transforms how, when, where and what type of work is done. Technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, virtual telepresence, robotics, sensors and 3D printing are poised to change much of life. The “gig economy” and “sharing economy” are altering delivery of goods and services in unprecedented ways. Canadians’ priorities are also shifting, with younger generations seeking work-life balance1 and job fulfillment2 as much as stability and income. These changes will create disruptions in the employment environment, in turn generating many new challenges for social policy and other areas. This webinar explores four major changes that Horizons expects will be significant.

Join Steffen Christensen  in a webinar to discuss this key policy issue on February 28th at 1 p.m. Toronto Time.

Biographical Notes

Steffen is an expert with 10 years of experience in environmental scanning and foresight, having consulted professionally in science and technology foresight before coming to government. Dr. Christensen is a Senior Policy Researcher at Policy Horizons Canada, where he leads and supports foresight on challenges facing the future of Canada. He is an active researcher in Web 2.0, gamification, visualization, personality psychology and a host of side-of-the-desk projects. He is a programmer, numerical analyst and artificial intelligence researcher. Steffen holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carleton University, with a thesis in Evolutionary Computation. He is sworn to use his evil powers only for good.