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Work in Progress: Why jobs are changing and where are the opportunities for all?

Action Canada Fellowship Symposium on the Future of Work

Join the Public Policy Forum and SFU Public Square for this dialogue event on the Future of Work on June 14 at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

We’ll hear from Microsoft’s Edoardo de Martin on what to expect from the technology that’s driving these changes: from automation to AI and beyond; and from Indigenomics Institute Founder and CEO Carol Anne Hilton on what it’ll take to empower Indigenous Peoples in the new economy.

This event will be an opportunity for dialogue. We want to hear your questions, thoughts and recommendations on this timely topic and how to better align public policy. Automation, AI and other tech-enabled advances are disrupting employment patterns and social, economic and political relations. We are in the midst of a profound unbundling of tasks from jobs, jobs from organizations, and benefits from work – along with increasing labour market demand on a narrowing set of vital skills.

These changes are impacting living standards, income distribution, learning needs and work opportunities for Canadians, and come on top of other mega-trends such as an aging population. Governments, business, unions, learning institutions, NGOs and individuals need to rethink their roles in this re-ordered world of work so Canadians can continue to enjoy access to satisfying jobs.

The event will also be an opportunity to meet the brand new cohort of Action Canada Fellows who are coming to Vancouver for their first study tour for the 2019-20 Fellowship year.


Carol Anne Hilton, Founder and CEO, Indigenomics Institute

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute. Carol Anne is a recognized First Nation’s business leader and adviser with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England, a partnership through Vancouver Island University. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.

Carol Anne currently serves on the BC Emerging Economy Task Force as an adviser to the Minister of Jobs, Trades and Technology as well as on the BC Indigenous Investment Council for the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Carol Anne was appointed as a senior advisor to the federal Finance Minister on the Canadian Federal Economic Growth Council.

Carol Anne has led the establishment of a line of thought called #indigenomics- the building and strengthening of Indigenous economies. Carol Anne is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics- a Global Power Shift.’

Edoardo De Martin, GM Microsoft Vancouver

As the GM of Microsoft Vancouver, the company’s sole Canadian development center and one of six worldwide, Edoardo De Martin oversees site strategy and the growth of the brand within the local tech ecosystem. Today, Microsoft Vancouver is focused on 3D development, education, digital media and communications. He is also the Co-Chair of the Digital Technology Supercluster.

This event is presented in partnership by Public Policy Forum, SFU Public Square, and Action Canada.

Registration Disclaimer

As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. 15 minutes before the start of the event, unfilled seats will be offered to those on the wait list.


If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at or 778-782-5959. If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit this request no later than 3 weeks in advance.

Venue Information

The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is located at 580 W. Hastings St (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance), and is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Bike stalls are available outside the Hastings entrance of SFU Harbour Centre (located across the street). 


Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.

Wheelchair Seating

All floors within the building, including the venue and washrooms, are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators. 

Washroom Accessibility

Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors.The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor in the east hallway.

Free | Registration is Required

There will be a post-event reception in the Samuel & Frances Belzberg Atrium from 6:30-7:30 pm.


Friday June 14, 2019 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Registration will open at 4:00 pm


SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Asia Pacific Hall, 580 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

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