Two-part event will explore the technological revolution and its impact on jobs
What: Humans, machines and the future of work
Who: Experts in public policy, higher education and international business
When: Friday, November 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: UBC Okanagan’s University Centre Ballroom and The Innovation Centre
Technological progress is significantly changing the world of work. A new wave of disruption is impacting traditional jobs, industries and business models. Canadians are increasingly employed in non-traditional industries, working flexible hours and using technology to change the way they work.
The economics, philosophy and political science department in UBC Okanagan’s Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, is hosting a future of work symposium on November 2. The goal is to explore what influence the continuing march of technology, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will have on where we work and how we work, and where we fit in an automated world.
Funded by Roger W. Gale, the symposium invites UBC Okanagan students, faculty, staff and the local community to a two-part event. The first event starts at 11:30 a.m. and includes luncheon and presentations at UBC Okanagan’s University Centre Ballroom, room UNC 200.
Guest speakers include:
- Paulina Cameron, author of bestselling Canada 150 Women
- Taylor Owen, professor of digital media and global affairs at UBC’s Vancouver campus
- Sunil Johal, policy director at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre
- Alexandra Matesscu, ethnographer and researcher at the Data and Society Research Institute
A panel discussion and reception follow later that day at The Innovation Centre in downtown Kelowna, 460 Doyle Avenue.
The two-part event is open to the public and free, but online pre-registration is required.