It’s no secret that AI, machine learning and big data have disrupted the way businesses are run. The global pandemic has further pressured businesses to move toward digitalization and increase the speed with which employees and leaders had to leverage technology to get work done.
Research has shown that over 90% of leading businesses have an ongoing investment in AI, and that the use of AI in many sectors of business has grown by 270% over the last four years. AI, machine learning and big data are tools for organizations to achieve profitability, scalability, and sustainability. They are a gateway to a future of work that has endless potential – if we have the accompanying workforce. It is crucial for organizations and leaders to prepare and equip their workforce with the right skill sets required to excel in this rapidly changing world of work now and for years to come.
Join Newfoundland and Labrador leaders as they share their organizational and personal learnings and insights around what AI, machine learning and big data mean to job seekers and organizations looking to adapt and flourish in the future of work:
Introduced by Mark Patterson, Executive Director, Magnet and moderated by Chantal Brine, CEO, EnPoint, the event featured panelists:
We encourage you to check out the organizations listed above and watch the recording of the sessions to form your own opinion on what stands out for you.
Here is our summary of key takeaways from the session packed full of insight, stories and advice:
1. What comes to mind when you think about ‘building future ready communities’?
Here are themes that came to mind for our panelists in terms of building future ready communities considering the theme of “Technology Disruption in 2021 + Beyond: What does AI, Machine Learning, & Big Data really mean?”:
2. What is the most memorable “success story” you’ve experienced when you think about how your organization/group has contributed to ‘building future ready communities’?
3. In your view, what do you see as the primary role that each of us has to play in building future ready communities?
4. What would be your biggest piece of advice, take away or lesson learned to job seekers, organizations preparing talent for the workforce and/or employers that want to hire talented individuals, in regard to building a diverse talent pipeline in technology so that future ready communities are representative of all of us?
For job seekers and employees:
For organizations and/or employers:
5. What are some resources, books, Ted Talks, or podcasts, that have been instrumental in shaping your view on the future of work?
A theme that comes across loud and consistently right across the board is that we all have the responsibility to be role models and mentors to those who can leverage and benefit from the support, and to the people who are not yet in the sector but want to explore opportunities.
At the heart of it, even though we are talking about technology disruption in 2021 and beyond, technology is actually about people. Without people, there is no technology disruption. There will be certain jobs that shift and change as technology evolves, that is no different than what has happened in the past, but that being said, we still need humans in jobs that leverage technology and that is not going to go away any time soon.
Guiding discussion questions:
Continue the discussion and share insights and resources with other leaders, experts and peers in the Community of Practice! To get you started, here are some guiding questions:
About the panelists:
Lesley Galgay, Success Manager, Diversity, Genesis Centre
As a Portfolio Success Manager at Genesis, Lesley supports high-growth potential technology start-ups access the financial, strategic and mentorship support they need to scale their ventures. Lesley’s past experience is diverse, having worked in finance, business development and innovation management across a variety of sectors. Currently, Lesley enjoys her ‘slash career’ – focusing on technology founder success, consulting for high-potential women entrepreneurs and teaching in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
The Genesis Centre is a hub for the community – bridging people in shared celebration, learning and play. The Genesis Centre is a 225,000 square foot, $120 million multi-purpose complex enriching the health, wellness, and unity of Northeast Calgary. It is not only a venue for sport and recreation, but a place which caters to the diverse interest of the community. Facility spaces are capable of hosting everything from cultural events, social occasions, and performing arts, to business oriented uses such as trade shows, conferences, and corporate team building.
Andrew Sinclair, Founder & CEO, totaliQ & trajectorE
Andrew is the Founder & CEO of totaliQ, a NL-based software company helping engineering companies maximize the value of their expertise, and trajectorE, an engineering company focused on digitization in the industrial sector. Andrew previously spent well over a decade working in a large mining company in a series of roles from industrial automation to project management, engineering, and the deployment of business systems at the business unit level. Andrew is an electrical engineer, holds an MBA, a masters in project management, is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Project Management Professional and a dedicated volunteer who has sat on a number of non-profit boards of directors.
totaliQ is an Expertise Management Platform that helps organizations maximize the value of lessons learned, while maintaining a real-time inventory of employee expertise. totaliQ engages employees to cross-train and share experiences in a way that allows the organization to intelligently leverage the value of this content. With totaliQ, you can better plan projects and realize employees’ full potential, all while generating a real time inventory of expertise.
trajectorE’s mission is to revolutionize industry through technology, experience and ingenuity. Founded in 2016, trajectorE’s team of passionate professionals has worked with customers across a range of industries, including mining, mineral processing, manufacturing, cannabis, construction and healthcare. trajectorE’s culture is the foundation of everything they do. The basis of that culture is defined in terms of their values of people first, customer obsessed, continuous improvement, awesome team and open communication, which guides behaviour every day.
Paul Preston, CEO, techNL
Paul Preston is CEO of techNL (formerly NATI), where he and his team work to develop and grow the province’s technology and innovation sector. This includes driving the mandate of Bounce, a med-tech accelerator for the province, as well as multi-year digitalization initiatives that aim to help other sectors of the economy become tech-enabled. Paul was previously the Director of Science, Technology and Innovation at The Conference Board of Canada in Ottawa, where he led a team that delivered advice to industry, academia and governments on innovation strategy. He has travelled extensively to understand how different jurisdictions drive their innovation systems, has presented to leaders in places such as Israel, Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston, and has been called as an Expert Witness to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Paul also worked in finance, providing services to help technology companies grow and compete internationally, and was Director of Business Development with Plato Group/Camouflage Software in both St. John’s and Ottawa. He is active on numerous Task Force groups, Boards, and Committees and has completed the ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management. He is co-Chair of Atlantic Canada’s ICT Committee (ACOA) and is Chair of the Digital Technology Committee of the Premier’s Health Accord Task Force. After working for 15 years out of Ottawa, Paul currently resides in St. John’s, NL with his wife and two kids, where he volunteers as a hockey coach and spends his time building outdoor rinks in winter!
techNL is a not-for-profit industry association representing the province’s technology and innovation sector for over 30 years. techNL’s mission is to enable the growth of the technology and innovation economy.
techNL embraces the opportunity to work with like-minded organizations towards shared goals. Their programming is focused on talent development, growth and scale-up, and advancing opportunities in priority sectors. Providing a strong voice for the sector, techNL works closely with industry and government partners to help shape policy and advocate for those issues that matter most to members.