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Event #1396

What “Future Skills” Mean for Social Sciences and Humanities Disciplines


Sunday, June 2, 2019

08:30 - 10:00
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Postsecondary Education’s new emphasis on Work Integrated Learning and the development of “social”, “human” or “transferable” skills responds to industry and policy-makers’ call to action in preparing for the effects of disruptive technologies on future citizenship and employment. These new imperatives have a particular significance for Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) disciplines, at least to the extent that social and human skills are often assumed to be fostered in SSH disciplines. But how are the different SSH stakeholder groups positioning themselves with respect these questions, and what is the best way to create alignment? Are the new programs individual departments and faculties create in response to these perceived needs effective, or should universities favour partnered strategies? To which extent would the support offered by non-university-based stakeholders and funding agencies to develop talent and incentivise approaches to skills-building benefit from more synergy?

The aim of the session is to bring into focus the perspectives of different SSH stakeholder groups and illustrate the range of concerns on which “future skills” are likely to bear. One expected outcome is a better recognition of the roles these different players fulfil and how they can achieve better complementarity.

The co-hosts for this event are: The/La Collaborative, Mitacs, Future Skills Centre, SSHRC


  • Wendy Cukier, Founder/Director, Diversity Institute at Ryerson University
  • Valérie Laflamme, Director, Training Portfolio, SSHRC
  • Kamilla Karoli, Senior Advisor, Program Development, MITACS