Panel Discussion: Future Skills - Mind the Gap
Date & Time
Thursday, October 7, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The increasing median age of engineers is concerning Canadian employers. According to Randstad, 62% of employers report that new engineering graduates do not have the skills they need to replace their senior engineers. In the province of Ontario, it is estimated that the economy will lose more than $25 billion in foregone GDP because of Ontarians not being able to meet the criteria of engineering employers to get hired. Engineering employment shortages affect Canada’s economy to its core. A report by Engineering UK, ‘The State of Engineering’ states that for every new engineering role created, two additional jobs are added on a broader scale. Therefore, employment opportunities for engineers are crucial for the Canadian economy, as engineers help build infrastructure and drive innovation in satellite industries. This panel will look at how businesses, post-secondary institutions and government can work together to “mind the gap”.