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Judy Fairburn, member of the Board of Directors of Calgary Economic Development

Judy Fairburn, a member of the Board of Directors of Calgary Economic Development, and a Fellow of Creative Destruction Lab Rockies, is one of 15 prominent Canadians appointed to the Future Skills Council.  This Council will consult across their networks and develop a strategic plan that includes pan-Canadian priorities as well as innovative solutions that enable Canadians to future-proof their skills and be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

The members of the Council were announced on February 14 in Toronto by the Department of Employment and Social Development.

New technology, artificial intelligence, and global competitiveness are changing the way Canadians work and many of the skills needed for good quality jobs will change in the years to come, per the government’s recent announcement.

The Future Skills Council has been created to explore innovative approaches to skills development, identify the skills employers’ need now and, in the future, and share information to inform future investments and programming.

“It’s important for Calgary to have a voice in this initiative given the rapid advances in technology and how it is transforming all our industries. No industry is immune from these changes,” Fairburn said. “I will also draw on the excellent work around talent linked to our city’s economic strategy Calgary in the New Economy, the province’s Talent Advisory Council on Technology, as well as on-the-ground actions that are underway at the University of Calgary, EvolveU, Bow Valley College and others.”

Members of the Council are appointed to two-year terms. The Council will:

  • Consult and gather perspectives from across private, public and not-for-profit sectors on trends, skill gaps and new skill development approaches;
  • Develop a strategic plan that includes a shared vision and recommendations of pan-Canadian priorities related to emerging and in-demand skills, now and into the future; and
  • Share promising practices and encourage use by the Council Member’s networks.


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