The Dean’s Lecture Series

Extended Education at the University of Manitoba, in cooperation with Economic Development Winnipeg, UM Smartpark, and Forth, presents the first session of the Dean’s Lecture Series:

Winnipeg: Smart City – Intelligent Community

Wed. May 2, 2018

12:15 to 1:30 pm

Forth, 171 McDermot Ave


Presentations will include:

Greg Dandewich, Senior VP, Economic Development Winnipeg – What it means to be a Smart City and how Winnipeg has earned and will retain this recognition.

Kathy Knight, CEO, Information, Communication, Technology Association of  Manitoba – The future of work in Smart Cities, including jobs and qualifications.

Gary Hepburn, Dean, Extended Education, University of Manitoba, and
Stefi Baum, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba – How universities can meet the changing education and training needs of work in Smart Cities.

Some quick facts:

  • Companies will increasingly rely on short-term, temporary labour.
  • Even while technologies replace some jobs, they are creating new work in industries that most of us cannot even imagine, and new ways to generate income.
  • Digital technology also can enable new forms of entrepreneurial activity.
  • Countries will benefit most from a workforce that has a balance of technical skills and more general purpose skills, such as problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills and emotional intelligence.
  • Over the next decade, the demand for STEM and general purpose skills will require millions of additional workers in professional occupations.
  • Social skills and cognitive abilities are valued most in shifting national economies.
  • Education and training systems need to be better aligned with current and future labor market needs – to shift away from education systems that stop once people enter the workforce, to a system whereby skills and knowledge are developed continually in order to have the labor market efficiently and effectively support the needs of the emerging economy.
  • Need for a skills development infrastructure that broadens the base of skills and abilities, and focuses especially on cognitive and social skills. This system should provide basic technical and STEM learning, while avoiding getting caught up in the STEM hype to the detriment of humanities and other necessary ‘soft’ skills.
  • As technology evolves essential human skills like complex problem solving, creativity leadership, ethical decision making, and willingness to learn will become increasingly valuable. By investing in these broader human skills, companies will be better prepared for massive industry shifts in the long term.


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