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September 18, 2018
WE Global Learning Centre
339 Queen Street East



In the next decade, it’s estimated that 50% of all jobs will be disrupted by technology and automation. While some will change dramatically, others will disappear completely and be replaced by jobs that in many cases, are yet to be invented.


We’re all living through an era of radical change as artificial intelligence and automation transform the way we work across every industry imaginable.  And while it will effect every member of the workforce, the pressure it will place on the next generation of talent will be truly unprecedented.


So what will these new jobs look like?  

How will brands and businesses need to transform?  


What role will AI, automation, and robotics play and how can we prepare for the onslaught?


And what do education systems and employers need to do to build a workforce primed for constant evolution?


For these answers and many more, Ensemble is taking you back to school this September, to re-learn the way we need to think about talent, business, education, collaboration and more in order to compete in a future that’s all of a sudden not-so-distant. 

This is a conversation you can’t afford to miss.

Ensemble.  You’re part of something bigger.



Event Details

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

WE Global Learning Centre 

339 Queen Street East 

6:30 PM


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Marc Kielburger

co-founder, WE Movement

Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world.


Along with his brother Craig Kielburger, Marc co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools and WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers.


Marc is also the co-founder of ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of the charitable organization. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC.

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Krista is the managing director of Work & Learning at MaRS. Krista has been a passionate innovator and builder of technology-based businesses for over 25 years, and has personally advised and been actively involved in over 200 startups.

For the past four years, Krista has been the driving force behind the creation of MaRS’ globally-leading Work & Learning sector. She works with entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, investors and technologists who are applying innovation and cutting-edge technologies to create solutions that are advancing the competitiveness of global workers and workplaces.

Krista has experience working in both large public companies and in startups. She is an engineer, entrepreneur, mentor and an expert at solving ambiguous problems. She has a unique combination of strategic, technical, operational and marketing expertise. She is known for her comprehensive knowledge of existing and emerging Information & Communications Technology (ICT) architectures, technologies and innovation practices.

Krista and her husband owned a children’s technology educational franchise that fostered early innovation and creativity in robotics, animation, digital art and video game design.

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noah aiken klar

Director, Youth Social Impact, RBC

Noah supports RBC Future Launch through charitable investments in programs that give young people access to skills, networks, practical work experience and mental health care, leading a small but mighty team committed to driving measurable social impact. Formerly, he was Regional Director at the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), a provincial agency and grantmaker, where he contributed to the design and execution of OTF's Investment Strategy. Noah is a bilingual lawyer, the former ED of PBSC – a national youth leadership and access-to-justice organization, an active community volunteer, and an award-winning singer, performer and writer. He has degrees from McGill and UofT, and lives in downtown Toronto with his wife and two kids, Delilah and Isaac.     

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Hilton Barbour

Marketing Provocateur

Over the course of a 18 year career, Hilton Barbour has a developed a fascination for Strategy, Culture and Change Management. In a world of increasing competitiveness, fickle customers and elusive growth, he believes that the organizations that can best align their culture to their strategy will win. Author of several popular ebooks on Culture and Digital Transformation, in Hilton's opinion, people really are an organization's most sustainable source of competitive advantage.  


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Manager, RBC Amplify Program, RBC

Alexa, a McMaster university graduate, is a current RBC employee with a strong focus in early talent. Alexa began her career as a summer student working as an early talent recruitment coordinator. From there, she transitioned into a fulltime recruitment coordinator upon graduation.


After 10 months, Alexa was promoted to a technology early talent recruiter, working to identify and attract top tech students into RBC. From attending university hackathons, to working with various innovation talent programs, Alexa identified many talented students and employed them into co-op and new graduate positions. Overall she looked to help students build new skillsets and kick start their careers at RBC!


Recently, Alexa has transitioned into a new role as the manager of the RBC Amplify program which is an intensive summer innovation program. The Amplify program lets students put their tech skills to the test while building disruptive products.




Riya is a 15 year-old entrepreneur and CEO of SmartCane who is extremely passionate about harnessing technology to better people’s lives. She is an avid ML developer, an Innovator at The Knowledge Society & is recognized as one of the Top 20 Teen Entrepreneurs Worldwide.


SmartCane is an enhanced version of the common white cane that was never updated to take advantage of new technologies. The device leverages technology to increase independence and safety through GPS integration, object detection, location sharing, an emergency button & light and wetness Sensors, gaining over $50,000 in funding and assistance from some of the world’s top companies like Microsoft and Google.

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sharif mahdy

executive director, students commission of canada

The Students Commission of Canada (SCC) is a national charitable organization that purposely works with others to ensure that young people's voices are heard and valued. Sharif believes in a world where all young people positively transition into a successful adulthood.


Sharif is also the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. The Centre includes youth,organizations and academic partners interested in sharing the story of youth programs and youth initiatives through participatory action research.


Sharif has an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. He also has a Masters of Arts in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University. Sharif loves canoeing, being in the outdoors, dancing like no one's watching and hanging out with his cat Zoey! 


Thank you to all of our partners who help us create something bigger.



We're proud of our association with the WE Global Learning Centre and now we invite you to be part of it, too.  

The WGLC is open for public rentals.  Proceeds from venue rentals go directly to support WE Charity.

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