A year ago RBC launched Humans Wanted: How Canadian youth can thrive in the age of disruption, a ground-breaking research report that examined the coming skills revolution in Canada. We found that for Canada to thrive in a time of profound economic and technological change, we need to develop a workforce that is highly mobile and equipped with the skills critical to the jobs of the future.
As part of Humans Wanted, you told us you wanted to be heard on the subject of Canada’s skills disconnect. So we went out and we listened. Over the course of 10 months we visited 12 cities, held 36 events and roundtable discussions, and engaged with more than 5,000 Canadians, ranging from youth and workers to employers, educators and policymakers, each with perspectives on how Canada can prepare for a disrupted future.
What follows is a series of themes and ideas that emerged from that journey about the opportunities for Canada as we enter the 2020s.