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Crystal Ball Symposium 2015

It’s with this question in mind that the staff of the Canadian Chamber set out to organize the Thought Leadership Roundtables, a series of events with corporate executives to talk about the most important trends in economics, politics, skills and technology that will shape 2016 and the years ahead.

This was a fantastic way for members to benefit from the tremendous insights and expertise provided by industry leaders throughout the year.

This series culminated with our Crystal Ball Symposium earlier this week, where we gathered speakers whose insights could guide us in this world of rapid technological change and huge geopolitical risks.

We were very pleased to have Martin Ford, the author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, join us to discuss the impact of the robot revolution and job automation on our workplaces, the economy and society. Through a blend of stark statistics and a persuasive narrative, Martin demonstrated we’re on the verge of a dramatic shift in our labour market—one that will affect not just physical jobs, but knowledge-based and even creative jobs as well.

It was also an honour to hear Robert Fowler, a retired and distinguished Canadian diplomat, who warned of the threats to Canada of massive migration from Africa and the Middle East to Europe and of jihadi terrorism. From welcoming refugees to the impacts of international conflicts, what we are experiencing now will change our country and we want that change to be positive, argued Robert. His unique perspective on Canada’s role in foreign affairs was thought-provoking and insightful.

All of these ideas and predictions will be summarized our Crystal Ball Report, which will be published early in 2016. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who made the evening such a success.

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