The Consulate General of Canada in Denver, the Office of the Governor of Colorado, and the Colorado Business Roundtable hosted an event addressing urgent issues in Colorado and Canada: supporting displaced workers and preparing the workforce of the future in a transforming economy.
Speakers addressed trends that are accelerating change in the Coloradan and Canadian economics, successful approaches to support workers who lost their jobs while they re-train for other opportunities, and best practices in preparing K-12 and higher education in Colorado and Canada for the jobs of tomorrow.
Speakers and panelists, in order of appearance:
Jeff Wasden, CEO of COBRT
Erik Mitisek, Chief Innovation Officer of Colorado and CEO, IMAgine Analytics.
Jared Nichols, futures strategist and author of Waypoint: Mapping the Future of Talent in the Age of Automation.
Stephanie Veck, Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council
Michael Strople, President, Enterprise Networks, Zayo Group Holdings
Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament, Prince Albert Riding
Sarah Heath, PhD, State Director-Assistant Provost - Colorado Career and Technical Education
Kim Hunter Reed, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education
Shaun Thorson, CEO, Skills Canada
Donald Austin, Vice-President, Commerce City Refinery, Suncor
John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Kirsten Hillman, Deputy Ambassador of Canada to the United States