Defining the future of George Brown College ‑ Strategy 2022, Vision 2030

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    Spark – Igniting Strategy 2022 and Vision 2030

    As we envision the George Brown College of 2030, we are excited by the possibilities.

    We live in a global economy influenced by factors that are revolutionizing how we work, including changing demographics, geopolitical power shifts, increasing reliance on artificial intelligence (AI) and big data, and a focus on sustainability. This brings exciting new opportunities for entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.

    That’s why we launched Spark - George Brown College’s new strategic planning initiative – to help us spark new ideas, ignite new ways of imagining our future and gain inspiration from the changing world around us. 

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    It's predicted that...

    • 85%
      of jobs in 2030 have not been invented yet. 1
    • 42%
      of Canadian jobs at risk of automation in the next
      two decades. 2
    • By 2027,
      the majority of workers will be freelance. 3

    Strategy 2022 Themes

    Here are just a few of the themes emerging as we plan for 2022 and beyond:

    • Digital literacy
    • Personalization
    • Experiential learning
    • Micro-credentialing
    • Upskilling
    • Internationalization
    • Sustainability

    Learn more about the big themes and influences that are shaping our strategic planning:

    • Gathering input from the George Brown community remains a top priority as we plan for the future. We’ve been sharing updates and receiving your feedback in many ways, including:

      Hosting round table discussions about the George Brown of 2030

      Initiating student and employee polls

      Launching a special “strategy” edition of our employee newsletter @gbc

      Organizing a series of think tanks across the college on important themes and topics

    Strategy 2022 and Vision 2030 timeline

    June – September 2018 – Phase One, Project Plan; September – December 2018 – Phase Two, Discovery; January – March 2019 – Phase Three, Strategy; April – June 2019 - Phase Four, Activation; June 2019 – Summer 2022 – Phase Five, Management.

    What’s next?

    We are transitioning from our Discovery phase into the Strategy phase where we will distill all of our research and input. Next, we’ll host a series of workshops designed to prioritize the compiled research and contributions. The draft strategy will emerge for review as a result of the work undertaken in this next stage.

    The 2030 George Brown Experience

    What will an amazing George Brown experience look like in the decade ahead? What will future George Brown students need to know, and what skills will they need to thrive in a work world that is quickly changing?

    We want to know what you think.

    Join the conversation on

    George Brown Employees and Students is the place where innovative ideas thrive. Go to to share and explore thoughts and ideas on the future of work, learning and the college. Read threads, support ideas with a vote, and submit your own ideas.

    George Brown Alumni, Industry and Community

    Employers, college industry partners and community members are also encouraged to join the conversation. In order to access the site, you will need permission. A select group of alumni, industry and community organizations have already been invited to provide their ideas, if you’d like to join the conversation, please fill out this form to request permission to join

    • Listen to our new podcast, Work Shift

      Work Shift is a new podcast that explores how A.I., sustainability, globalization and an ever-changing world will transform the workplace of the future.


    • 1 The Institute for the Future (IFTF), 2017
    • 2 Brookfield Institute, 2016
    • 3 Upwork, US Freelancers Union 2017