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Wednesday, November 17 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
801: Reimagining Skills for Inclusive Innovation (Part 1)

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Organized by: Ryerson University

Join Future Skills Centre and project partners for two active discussions about what skills are needed to design and develop solutions for inclusive innovation and a green future. These sessions will explore sector trends, challenges and creative ideas from researchers, FSC funded innovation projects, and industry leaders. Participants will be provided the opportunity to ask reflective questions, and engage in discussion with panel members on proposed challenges and ideas.

Panel Topic 1: Skills for Inclusive Innovation (12:00 - 1:15PM EST)
Panel Description: What is Inclusive Innovation? And what skills are needed to ensure we design and develop solutions facing those with the greatest barriers in employment and education. In this session, participants will be provided the opportunity to understand what skills are needed for inclusive innovation by learning about diverse projects that are cultivating the space to test, disrupt and create new approaches for training and development.

Panel Topic 2: Skills for a Green Future (1:45 - 3PM EST)
Panel Description: What does a green future look like? What  skills will we need for green jobs? In this panel discussion with researchers, industry leaders and community builders, we will focus on understanding the skills needed to develop and transition to a low carbon economy and support the growth of rising sectors and emerging career pathways.

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Nabeela Ixtabalan

Lead, Human Resouces
In her current role, Nabeela leads human resources and corporate affairs for one of Canada's largest employers with over 100,000 associates and more than 400 stores nationwide. Her career includes nearly 20 years of leadership and business development experience with three of the... Read More →


Wendy Cukier

Academic Director of Ryerson's Diversity Institute, Ryerson University
Dr. Wendy Cukier is one of Canada’s leading experts in disruptive technologies, innovation processes, and diversity and inclusion. She coauthored the bestseller “Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park”  and has done pioneering work on innovation and... Read More →
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Rushmi Hasham

Director of Development and Accelerated Cybersecurity Training Programs, Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, at Ryerson University
Rushmi is a Director of Development and Accelerated Cybersecurity Training Programs with Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, at Ryerson University.Rushmi has a sharp focus on developing unique and rapid cybersecurity workforce development solutions; in 2020 the Catalyst launched the successful... Read More →
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Steven N. Liss

Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University
Steven N. Liss is Ryerson’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and a professor of Chemistry and Biology in the Faculty of Science. Professor Liss returned to Ryerson, in April 2017 following a decade of distinguished service at the University of Guelph and at Queen’s University... Read More →
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Natalie Shearer

Manager of Industry and Community Engagement, City School by Mohawk
Natalie joined the City School by Mohawk team in 2015, as part of the team that initially launched the initiative at the Eva Rothwell Centre and supported its early growth. Since then, Natalie has served Mohawk’s applied research division as Manager of Industry and Community Engagement... Read More →
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Nadine Spencer

CEO, BrandEQ Group Inc.
Nadine Spencer is the CEO of BrandEQ Group Inc., a global agency specializing in social change marketing, communications, and public relations. Spencer has accelerated strategic growth and brand visibility for a diverse client portfolio. She also pioneered BrandEQ Black, BrandEQ’s... Read More →

Wednesday November 17, 2021 12:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Virtual - 801 (Part 1) https://us02web.zoom.us/