Work Shift Podcast

Exploring the future of work with our Work Shift podcast

Digital disruption. The gig economy. Artificial intelligence. There’s a lot of talk about how these and other technological advancements are revolutionizing how we work, but what do they mean for you?

George Brown College’s Shawne McKeown and Ray Harripaul are exploring the future of work and changes you can expect to see at your job. They’re talking to industry leaders and educators about how this massive digital shift could change your career.

Take a listen and find out what you can do to adapt, evolve and thrive.

You can listen to Work Shift on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, Spotify, and Soundcloud.

Episode 12 - The future of post-secondary education amid COVID-19

Colleges and universities are facing big challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk to higher ed consultant Ken Steele of Eduvation and Rick Huijbregts, George Brown College's VP of Strategy & Innovation, about how institutions are responding.

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Episode 11 – How we made the shift during the COVID-19 pandemic

A special episode about how George Brown College made the quick transition to remote working and online and alternative program delivery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Shawne and Ray talk to Professor Marlene Slopack and Library Services Manager Pearl Raju.

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Episode 10 – Automation, robots and hyper-personalization in the hospitality industry

Are robots coming for your food service job? How are jobs in the hotel and travel sector changing amid a constantly evolving competitor landscape? We talk to Donnalu Macdonald, a professor at George Brown College's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Nolan Schachter, VP, Customer Success at the food service robotics company Chowbotics.

See Chowbotics salad robot Sally in action.

 

Episode 9 – What you need to know about blockchain

Ceit Butler is a blockchain architect and consultant. She's also a professor and the program coordinator for George Brown College's Blockchain Development program. She tells Shawne and Ray about the surging demand for Blockchain professionals and the massive growth potential for this technology.

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Episode 8 – The importance of work integrated learning (WIL)

Shawne and Ray chat with RBC's Director of Early Talent Acquisition Brien Convery and George Brown College's Director of Work Integrated Learning & Experiential Education Dario Guescini about how work placement opportunities for students have evolved and why on-the-job training for students is so important when it comes to the future of work.

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Episode 7 – What are soft skills and why are they so important?

Shawne and Ray discuss why soft skills (also called human skills, life skills or transferrable skills) are more important than ever in order to land a job and keep it. The guests on this episode are George Brown College Professor Richard Almonte and SkillsCamp Co-Founder Bailey Parnell.

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Episode 6 – How higher education is changing, with George Brown College President Anne Sado

Shawne and Ray discuss the future of higher education with George Brown College President Anne Sado and Microsoft Canada's Director of Education Strategy and Learning Solutions Lia De Cicco-Remu.

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Episode 5 – Jeremy Rifkin on the future of work and education

Shawne and Ray sit down with internationally acclaimed author and economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin to talk about what we can expect for the future of work amid a third industrial revolution and the climate crisis.

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Episode 4 – Talking change management with Toronto tech exec Claudette McGowan

How do you handle change at work? Shawne and Ray talk to Claudette McGowan, Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology, Employee Experience at BMO, about how to adapt and thrive in a world of rapidly evolving tech.

Learn more about Claudette McGowan.

 

Episode 3 – Disruption in banking and financial services

Shawne and Ray speak with Tracey Britt, George Brown College business professor and certified financial planner, and Claudette McGowan, CIO, Enterprise Technology, Employee Experience, BMO, about tech and trends disrupting the banking and financial services industries.

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Episode 2 – The future of health care jobs

Shawne and Ray speak with Dr. Cory Ross, VP, Academic at George Brown College, about exciting new jobs that could transform the health care sector, and how technology won’t jeopardize the human touch in health care.

Read Cory's bio.

 

Episode 1 – The big picture with Dr. Rick Huijbregts

Shawne and Ray speak with Dr. Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Strategy & Innovation at George Brown College, about new technology and trends that are revolutionizing how we work.

Read Rick's bio and follow him on Twitter.

 

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Contact us

Do you have feedback, an idea or question you'd like to share? Reach us at workshift@georgebrown.ca