Canada’s Career Imperative: How do we fix the “Talent Disconnect” Dilemma?

In 2013 CERIC began hosting a series of roundtable events across Canada to discuss fixing our “talent disconnect,” where individual skills and interests don’t always line up with emerging career options or what regional job markets immediately offer.

The goal of Canada’s Career Imperative is to have a national conversation about how to “develop, connect and retain the best of our talent” to meet the ever changing needs of disruptive markets. This is a discussion in which business, education and government all have a stake.

Recognizing the constant swings in and out of recession and major global forces that rapidly impact the changing world of work (technology, aging demographics and social behaviour to name a few), we in Canada have a real need for genuine, innovative and collaborative action.

Discussion at the roundtables focused on three key questions:

  • If there was one thing you would change to make the work search & talent match process work better, what would it be?
  • Variant language describes the “talent disconnect” dilemma. What strong value proposition statement would you make for career development services so that business and government would see it as our nation’s investment?
  • What are some examples in your regional area of collaborative innovations where business (small & large), education, community-based services, trade groups and government are developing and connecting people with productive and rewarding career opportunities?

Roundtables have been held in Burlington, Toronto, Calgary, Regina, Montreal, Vancouver and Moncton. Read the reports.

National Summary Report – December 2013 (.pdf)
Moncton November 7, 2013 (.pdf)
November 6, 2013
Montreal – October 29, 2013 (.pdf)
Regina – October 1, 2013 (.pdf)
Calgary – June 12, 2013
Toronto – May 8, 2013 (.pdf)
Burlington – April 18, 2013


Share your thoughts on how to fix Canada’s talent disconnect at CERIC’s ContactPoint online community.

Have a look at a news report on CTV Regina about our roundtable held on October 1, 2013.

Read an article in the Times & Transcript that appeared on November 8, 2013 about our Moncton roundtable.

A special Cannexus14 Plenary Panel, January 22, 2014 brought the Canada’s Career Imperative conversation to the national stage with these high-profile panellists:

  • Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Steve West, CEO, Nordion (Canada) Inc.
  • Lauren Friese, Founder, Talent Egg
  • Brock Dickinson, Principal, Millier Dickinson Blais
  • Dan Kelly, President & CEO, Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  • Dr Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President & Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University

Canada’s Career Imperative is sponsored by Millier Dickinson Blais. We thank them for their support! Watch their video on Canada’s Workforce Crisis.