Industrial Revolution 4.0 Webinar Series

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.

A Fourth Industrial Revolution is shifting the economy from simple digitization to innovation based on combinations of technologies that are forcing companies to re-examine the way they do business. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.

The exponential speed of current breakthroughs is being accelerated by the shift to a virtual world due to COVID-19. And the breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of systems of production, management, and governance. Our Industrial Revolution 4.0 webinar series will feature nine different discussions that will each explore how these changes are disrupting almost every industry and what Canada must do be at the forefront of these innovations.

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May 26
Accounting for Crypto: The Future of Digital Currencies in Canada

The pandemic has accelerated the digitalization of payments and the proliferation of digital currencies on Main Street and Bay Street. Has a currency disruption tipped into a currency revolution? This discussion will examine the rise of digital currencies and consider how the shift will impact consumers, businesses, investors and governments.

Policy Lead: Patrick Gill, Senior Director, Tax & Financial Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Featured Panellists:

  • Timothy Lane, Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada
  • Shannon James, Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Alex Danco, Systems & Crypto, Shopify
  • Matthew Parker-Jones, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan’s Wholesale Payments
  • Greg Feller, President & Co-Founder, Mogo
  • Kirsten Tisdale, Canadian Managing Partner, Government & Public Sector, Ernst and Young

NEW DATE: June 3
Getting Canadians Back to Work

Canada’s workforce will not be the same when it comes time for recovery. Through the course of the pandemic, we went from one of the tightest job markets in decades to record job loss to strong initial recovery, to flagging job growth through the fall and winter months. Even as recovery starts, employment will not return to pre-crisis levels at any point soon. Available jobs and the skills required will shift. Employers are increasingly looking to automation to maintain operations during future crises and reduce risk. Canadians will need reskilling, upskilling and skills training programs to get them back to work. Ensuring all Canadians have opportunities to participate in the recovery will be essential for inclusive growth and widespread job creation. This distinguished panel will explore these themes, what it will take to get Canadians back to work and the future of talent.

Policy Lead and Moderator: Leah Nord, Senior Director, Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth

Featured Panellists:

  • Aneeta Bains, Partner, IBM
  • Crystal Hunt, Diversity & Belonging Specialist, Shopify
  • Doron Melnick, Partner & National Leader, People & Change Services, KPMG
  • Laura Miller, Head of Public Policy & Communication, Uber Canada

June 8
Big Data, Blockchain and the Digitalization of Energy

This webinar will explore the ways that big data is increasingly reshaping the distribution of energy and the role it and blockchain technologies will play in the years ahead. Areas of focus include, the use smart meters and big data to customize home energy use to achieve greater energy efficiency, the role of using new technologies to coordinate power grids that do not just distribute but also receive energy from renewable assets, and what the digitalization of energy will mean for the Canadian economy.

Policy Lead: Aaron Henry, Ph.D., Senior Director, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy

September 30
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Ethics: Trustworthy Tech and Tech Adoption

As AI becomes more prominent across the globe, building trustworthy AI systems is paramount and many key considerations such as explainability, safety, transparency, inclusiveness, and value alignment – should be top of mind.

While AI applications provide a magnitude of opportunities, they also come with many challenges. Responsible AI approaches require a comprehensive understanding of the potential risks that are associated with the use of AI technology.

This webinar will take a closer look at how crucial Trustworthy AI is to the widespread adoption of AI. It will consider how products and services addressing Responsible AI and Digital Ethics help organizations reduce data and algorithm bias, increase the transparency and explainability of their AI decision-making processes, ensure legal compliance and ethical alignment with their values, and improve overall AI governance.

October 20
Manufacturing 4.0 – the Light Blue Revolution

As the manufacturing sector is increasingly moving from blue collar to white collar and embracing the light blue realm, the wealth and magnitude of where the next generation of technology, transformation, people and opportunities could take us is exponential.

This webinar will have a closer look at the advanced manufacturing sector and its increasing trends toward the development and adoption of innovative technologies to create new products, enhance processes and establish more efficient and cost-effective ways of working, thereby improving competitiveness of the manufacturing sector on a global scale.

Policy Lead: Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, MA, BA, Senior Director, Digital Economy, Technology and Innovation

December 8
Digital by Default: The Future of Digital Healthcare in Canada

2020 marked the year when virtual care and the adoption of digital health platforms went from being extremely rare to digital by default.

Once viewed as a complementary part of care, telehealth has increased significantly and has the potential to evolve into a long-term trend, expanding access to essential health services and healthcare delivery.

This webinar will take a closer look at the acceleration and advancements of digital healthcare since the beginning of the pandemic and will discuss the future of health innovation as it pertains to digital adoption and implementation in our Canadian healthcare systems and the challenges and opportunities for all players involved.

Policy Lead: Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, MA, BA, Senior Director, Digital Economy, Technology and Innovation


Past Webinars

Canada has long been a leader in the global fight against climate change. Nowhere is this more evident than in its transportation sector. Whether it’s planes, trains, or automobiles, each has a significant role to play in meeting not only Canadian environmental objectives, but global targets as well. Industry has and continues to demonstrate leadership in ensuring a clean future for people around the world.

As global powers deploy economic tools for geopolitical purposes — otherwise known as geoeconomics — the stakes are high for Canada as a middle power country. At the forefront of geoeconomic tensions is the development and use of technology, which affects businesses across a range of sectors. Governments and businesses that control these technologies gain a critical edge over their competition and have leverage that alter the balance of power in a way that was traditionally dictated by military strength. This webinar will focus on the race to develop and control the use of critical technologies that both enable business activity as well as have national security implications. The webinar will also discuss how Canada navigate this landscape to protect our economic and national security.

Canada is poised to be a leader in the agriculture and agri-food sector, a trend identified in myriad reports and roundtables over the last few years. Coming on the heels of the federal government’s announcement in November 2020 of further investments in the Universal Broadband Fund, this panel will discuss tools that leaders in the sector can use to innovate and enhance their productivity. Whether it is through precision farming techniques or sustainable practices, these tools can help position Canada as a leader and fulfill its ambitious yet attainable economic objectives.

Thank you to our session sponsors

2020 has universally been described as “unprecedented.” While “unprecedented” usually came in the form of new challenges, trials, and tribulations, 2020 also brought unprecedented growth and adoption of ecommerce.