June 02, 2017

(In)secure: The Future of Working

Gordon moderates a live panel about precariousness, millennials, and the future of work in North America. Special guests: Henry Siu, Ashley Proctor, Rod Mickleburgh, Ambrosia Vertesi, and Byron Cruz.

Henry Siu: RBC Research Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research includes work on automation and the decline of middle-class jobs, recessions and jobless recoveries, and youth unemployment.

Ashley Proctor: Founder, COHIP (Coworking Health Insurance Plan). As one of the original voices of the coworking movement, Ashley has been building collaborative communities since 2003. As an artist and serial entrepreneur, Ashley is in her element while destroying the term ‘impossible’ and creating opportunities for unexpected and meaningful human connections. Ashley now resides in Vancouver to focus her energy as the executive director of the 312 Main project, yet she also manages coworking communities, artist studios and event spaces in Toronto, ON and Seattle, WA.

Rod Mickleburgh: Journalist and author. Rod has been a journalist for more than 40 years, 23 of them at the Globe and Mail. Before joining the Globe, he was a labour reporter in Vancouver for 16 years at the Sun, Province and CBC. Currently, Rod is working on a history of the B.C. labour movement, the first to be written in half a century.

Ambrosia Vertesi: VP of People at Duo Security. She was most recently VP of Talent at Hootsuite, where she spearheaded the company’s hyper growth from twenty to over a thousand employees while receiving several top employer recognitions. Named one of “2016’s Top100 HR Executives in Technology”, she was also recently recognized by the YWCA Woman of Distinction and Board Of Trade Woman of Promise Awards. Co-founder of nonprofit HR Open Source (#HROS ) and member of the Forbes HR Council , she is a frequent industry speaker on fostering emerging people practices in the workplace.

Byron Cruz: Health Outreach Worker, Sanctuary Health. Originally from Guatemala, Byron arrived in Canada twenty four years ago, fleeing persecution for being a strong voice against injustices and inequalities that Guatemalan people suffered, and still suffer today at the hands of the government. Upon arrival in Canada he immediately got involved in volunteering in the Downtown Eastside with a group that aimed to eliminate harmful and innapropriate garbage, such as used needles, from school playgrounds, parks, street and alleyways. Byron expanded and applied his beliefs by becoming involved with several organizations including a latest project, Sanctuary Health, a grassroots community group that provides access to healthcare regardless of immigration status.

This episode would not have been possible without SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, The Tyee, The United Steelworkers, Vancity, Community Savings, SFU Public Square, The Urban Worker Project, The BC Federation of Labour, and Changemakers Vancouver.

Cited is a podcast and radio show funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and produced out of the produced out of the world class Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

This podcast was shared originally on Citedpodcast on June 2, 2017.