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The Future of Jobs in an Automated World

  • Red and White Club, McMahon Stadium 1817 Crowchild Trail Northwest Calgary, AB, T2M 4R6 Canada (map)

Hosted by the University of Calgary 


Automation apocalypse or opportunity? You decide.

As the age of artificial intelligence dawns, is it a simple question of whether humans will still have jobs in the future? Or, is this so-called fourth industrial revolution more of an opportunity?

Join the discussion at the Schulich School of Engineering’s 2018 Distinguished Speakers Panel: The Future of Jobs in an Automated World.

Hear from industry and academic leaders on how AI will change the way we work. Some say the impact of machine learning, robotics and automation isn’t necessarily wide-spread unemployment, but rather redeployment — with people doing jobs in the future that don’t even exist today.

Then, the questions get more complex!

  • What jobs will be done by robots?
  • What new jobs will be created?
  • How do we educate people for jobs we don’t yet understand?

Moderator's Biography

Robert Brennan, Professor and Department Head, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Schulich

Robert W. Brennan received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, in 1984 and 1997, respectively. He is currently professor and head of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary and holds the NSERC Chair in Design Engineering. He has more than seven years of industrial experience in project management and control systems. His current research interests include distributed intelligent sensing and control systems, engineering design, and engineering education. Dr. Brennan is a Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a member of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineers (CSME) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Panelist Biographies

Geoffrey Cann, Partner, Deloitte

Geoffrey Cann is an oil and gas Partner in the Calgary office of Deloitte, where he focuses on helping oil and gas companies create and embrace a digital future. He has 28 years of management consulting experience, gained through engagements in Canada, Australia, the United States, Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea and the Caribbean. Geoffrey has numerous publications to his name, presents regularly on strategy topics and has guest lectured at the Haskayne School of Business MBA program. He has a B. Comm in MIS from McGill University, an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and is a Certified Management Consultant. Most recently, he was National Director, Oil and Gas in Brisbane and led Deloitte's services to the Queensland LNG sector. 

Andy Knight, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich

Andy Knight is professor and Transmission Electric Industry Chair at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.  His research program focuses on the challenges of integrating renewable energy sources into electrical systems and energy efficiency. Andy was awarded the PhD from the University of Cambridge and was a professor at the University of Alberta prior to joining Calgary. He is a professional engineer registered in the Province of Alberta, senior member of IEEE and is a recipient of prize paper awards from IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS). Andy is a member of the IAS executive board, represents PES on the IEEE Smart Grid R&D Committee and is steering committee chair for IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition.

Cherise Mendoza, VP Human Resources, Microsoft

As the Vice President of HR for Microsoft Canada, Cherise Mendoza oversees people, culture and transformation strategies that enable Microsoft’s employees and teams to reach their full potential. Having been with Microsoft since 2005, Cherise’s experience has spanned three continents and multiple HR disciplines including Subsidiary Leadership, Talent Management & Acquisition and Learning & Development. Prior to leading HR for Microsoft Canada, Cherise led HR for the Microsoft subsidiary covering 49 countries across West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, which, like Canada, was diverse in culture, and vast in geography. Prior to joining Microsoft, Cherise spent several years working at a privately held software company partnering with multiple organizations in both a Recruitment and HR Business Partnering capacity. Cherise hold a bachelor’s in Business Management. 

Tim Workman, Director, Natural Resources Solution Centre, IBM

For nearly three decades, Tim Workman has been an accomplished thought and practice-leader in improving operational performance productivity, and safety.  Tim served as a senior officer in the Canadian Forces, led strategic partnership programs while at the National Research Council, and worked directly for two local O&G companies before joining IBM in late 2016.  He currently leads IBM’s Natural Resources Solution Centre, headquartered Calgary, Alberta, which is a specialist industry team within IBM focused on enabling operational improvements to performance, productivity, and safety for oil, gas, and mining companies.  

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