How will new technology continue to transform our workplaces over the next 10, 20 or 30 years? What is the knowledge economy and why is it so important to the future of BC? With a declining birth rate, where will new residents and new workers in BC come from? Why should employers hire creative people?

What changes can employers expect as new generations of workers replace the baby boomers? How do we ask questions and better understand differences in appearance, gender, ethnicity and disability? What should we know about working with our First Nations communities? Where can I find funding and support to hire diverse and creative new employees? What is your cultural IQ?

These are just some of the many questions up for discussion at “Workplaces of the Future” a day long conference to be held of May 12th at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay. This engaging and exciting learning event is part of the “Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Roundtable”. This project aims to get Comox Valley employers and organizations thinking about and preparing for diversity and culture shift in the workplace.

Employers from large and small businesses and organizations, business owners, professionals, life long learners and employees in the creative and knowledge industries are all encouraged to spend the day stimulating your thinking about opportunities for the future of the workplace – globally and locally. Special guest key note speakers will be joined by local professionals and community leaders to lend their experience and insight to 10 presentations, panels and workshops attendees can choose from throughout the day

Dr. Ron Burnett’s lunch time key note address will explore critical issues for the knowledge and creative sector in BC. As the President of Emily Carr University and an acclaimed writer and presenter, Burnett will explore the rapid growth and development of the cultural industries as an early sign of the importance of the knowledge economy on the future of BC. Burnett will discuss the important things the creative sector telling us something very important about the future of work in our society.

Bev Mc Phee is a Senior Managing Consultant from IBM and respected instructor from Royal Roads University. Mc Phee’s keynote is Revolution 3.0 and is a ‘must-attend’ for anyone who deals with technology in their workplace!  Everyone’s talking about it: The new gadget. New device. New mobile app. New technology tool. But the real conversation for business leaders isn’t about ‘what’, it’s about ‘who’ and ‘why’.

Revolution 3.0 explores shifts in behaviour that are reshaping the way we share information and knowledge in the digital age. Far more than simply a primer in social media and emerging technologies, this presentation will help you understand what’s really driving technology trends and the crucial implications for your business. “Revolution doesn’t happen when society adopts new technology, it happens when society adopts new behaviors”

Workplaces of the Future will also include a ‘mini trade show’ of programs and organizations that support employers. Lunch will be catered by Tria Culinary Studio and will feature a delicious “locally sourced food and globally inspired” lunch bar. This educational, fun and stimulating day is presented by the Creative Employment Access Society.

Registration is underway and there are limited seats available! Registration is possible for the full day or the lunch keynote with Dr. Burnett only. You can register 3 ways. Register by credit card and get the full scoop today at By cash or cheque (make payable to Creative Employment Access Society) stop by the Comox Valley Art Gallery. To register by email and be invoiced email The project was made possible by funding from the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.

fmi call Meg at 218-0520

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