Executive Summit

The Future of Work and Learning: Automation 2.0 and the rise of AI


Automation and Artificial Intelligence has the potential to completely transform almost every aspect of the economy and disrupt the historical notion of jobs and the nature of work. Is the automation generation upon us? Will the pace of automation exceed our ability to adapt? What does this mean for education and skills development?

Who attends the summit?

Executives from across K-12, Higher Education, and Corporate communities
Leaders responsible for driving strategy and change in their own organizations
Decision Makers interested in the future of education and the workforce

Summit Speakers

Jeremy Auger Picture

Jeremy Auger

Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, D2L

John Baker Picture

John Baker

President & CEO, D2L

Stowe Boyd Picture

Stowe Boyd

Internationally-recognized futurist, analyst and researcher. Managing director, Another Voice.

Kate Darling Picture

Kate Darling

Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center

Guy Ernest Picture

Guy Ernest

Principal Evangelist for Deep Learning at Amazon

Alastair Fitzpayne Picture

Alastair Fitzpayne

Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute

Dr. Sean Gallagher Picture

Dr. Sean Gallagher

Founder and Executive Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy

Krista Jones Picture

Krista Jones

Managing Director of Work & Learning, MaRS Discovery District

Dalton McGuinty Picture

Dalton McGuinty

Former Premier of Ontario, Canada

Jeanne Meister Picture

Jeanne Meister

Partner Future Workplace

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri Picture

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri

President and Vice-Chancellor, York University

Matthew Sigelman Picture

Matthew Sigelman

CEO, Burning Glass Technologies

More speakers coming soon

Agenda Summary


Tuesday July 18th, 2017

Note all sessions are invite only and exclusive to Executive Summit participants, unless otherwise noted (*)
Registration Open*
VIP Welcome Reception for Executive Summit – Lily Bar and Lounge

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

Note all sessions are invite only and exclusive to Executive Summit participants, unless otherwise noted (*)
Networking Breakfast
with Culinary Presentation
Fusion Mainstage Welcome Keynote Presentation*
John Baker, CEO and Founder, D2L
Summit Welcome Address
Jeremy Auger, CSO and Co-Founder, D2L
Morning Feature Presentation
Stowe Boyd, Futurist, Researcher, Analyst, Advisor. Chief Researcher at Gigaom & Pew Research Center Advisory Board on the Future of Work, AI, and Automation
Panel Discussion #1
Panel Topic: How will robots, automation and AI impact the future economy and workforce?
What skills are being automated and what jobs are being impacted the most? What should we expect the future labour market to look like? Will the pace of automation and AI exceed our ability to adapt?
Moderator: Jeanne Meister, Founding Partner of Future Workplace and best-selling author
Stowe Boyd, Internationally-recognized futurist, analyst and researcher. Managing director, Another Voice.
Guy Ernest, Principal Evangelist for Deep Learning at Amazon
Krista Jones, Managing Director of Work & Learning, MaRS Discovery District
Lunchtime Keynote Presentation
Kate Darling, Research Specialist at MIT Media Lab & Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center
Robots are taking increasingly bigger roles in life and business – moving well beyond manufacturing and into transportation, education, medicine and care for the elderly. But ethics and law haven’t caught up. Dr. Kate Darling, a pioneer in the fields, is helping quicken the pace.
Matt Sigelman, CEO Burning Glass
Presentation on labour force shifts and future skill set demands, including skills most resilient to automation.
Panel Discussion #2
Panel Topic: As industries and entire economies shift, what does this mean for human skill development? For policy and for education?
In a world where entire segments of the labour market or entire skill sets could theoretically be wiped out overnight, how does this impact how policy makers and practitioners think about education, training and retraining? Do we need to shift our thinking to robot-proof future graduates and the labour market?
Moderator: Dalton McGuinty, Former Premier of Ontario, Canada
Dr. Sean Gallagher, Founder and Executive Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy
Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, President of York University
Alastair Fitzpayne, Director of Work & Learning, MaRS Discovery District
Fusion Mainstage Keynote*
Ray Kurzweil, Best-selling author, Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University, and one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists
Backstage VIP Reception with Ray Kurzweil
Fusion Party * – Omnia nightclub

Thursday July 20th, 2017


*The Executive Summit runs in parallel with D2L’s global conference: Fusion. All Executive Summit attendees also have access to the Fusion Main Conference program, which continues through July 20th.


Note: Requesting an invitation does not guarantee an invitation or spot in the Executive Summit.

Sir Ken Robinson

Best Selling Author

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers and a bestselling author. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.
Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations, and led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government.
Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.

Adam Gazzaley

Professor – Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry; Director – Neuroscience Imaging Center, Neuroscape Lab & Gazzaley Lab

Dr. Gazzaley is a Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco, the Founding Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, and Director of the Gazzaley Lab, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. His lab explores mechanisms of neuroplasticity and designs, develops and validates new technologies to optimize cognitive abilities via engagement with closed- loop systems using custom-designed video games, neurofeedback and transcranial electrical stimulation. At his lunchtime keynote, Technology meets Neuroscience – A Vision of the Future of Brain Fitness, Dr. Gazzaley will explore a fundamental challenge of modern society – the development of effective approaches to enhance brain function and cognition in both the healthy and impaired and how this should be a core mission of our education system for the healthy, and medical system for the cognitively impaired. He will challenge how effective these systems have been and explore the latest research, thinking and technology that has the potential to further enhance our brain’s information processing systems with the ultimate aim of improving quality of life.

Bridget Burns

Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance

For the past decade, Bridget Burns has advised American university presidents, chancellors, and state policy leaders on strategies to expand access to higher education, address costs, and promote completion for students of all backgrounds. In her current role as Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, Burns leads a national consortium of large American public research universities collaborating to improve outcomes for students across the socioeconomic spectrum through innovation, scale, and diffusion of best practices. Seen as a leader and pioneer, Bridget’s work with the University Innovation Alliance is being studied and replicated broadly

Kate Day

Vice President, Global Workforce Enablement, Global Technology & Operations, MetLife Inc

Kate Day is a recognized leader in her field with expertise focused on building new organizations and enabling the workforce. She is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences in Europe, Canada and the US. As Vice President of Global Workforce Enablement for MetLife, Kate is responsible for building and implementing programs that enhance the productivity of MetLife’s technical workforce. This includes the creation of MetLife Technical University, a development program for early-in-career employees, as well as a summer technical internship program. In 2015, MetLife Technical University received three industry excellence awards. Prior to joining MetLife, Kate spent 17 years with Cisco. Speaking from her unique experience at two major multinational companies, Kate will open the day with her perspective on “Surviving in a digital world: New skills and different mindsets for the 21st century workforce”.

Poppy MacDonald

Publisher and President, National Journal

MacDonald joined National Journal from Politico, where she served as Politico Pro’s Executive Director of business development.
Prior to Politico, MacDonald worked at Gallup Inc and began her career serving members of Congress representing her Pacific Northwest hometown on both the Senate and House sides of Capitol Hill.
Poppy’s leadership and experience earns her a unique perspective and unparalleled understanding of Washington politics and policy

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Board of Directors, ISTE

Sheryl is the Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with educators from across the U.S. and around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities. She is an advisor to the U.S. Dept. of Education Connected Educators Initiative and a leader in the annual worldwide Connected Educator Month. She currently serves on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors and The National Science Foundation’s CS10K Board.

Tracy Weeks

Executive Director for State Education Technology Director’s Association

Dr. Tracy Weeks is the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.
From 2008-2014, Tracy led the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the second largest state-led virtual school in the nation as the Chief Academic Officer and subsequently the Executive Director. She holds a bachelors degree in Secondary Math Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology with a Statistics minor and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University. She is a NC Teaching Fellow, NC Education Policy Fellow, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

Patricia Deklotz

Superintendent, Kettle Moraine SD

Patricia, superintendent of KMSD, is transforming schools through personalized learning. Early models included four charter schools, a Youth Apprenticeship Manufacturing Certificate diploma, and a multi-age, projectbased middle school environment. KM is pioneering teacher microcredentials and educator career pathways. Serving as the Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year, Deklotz is a champion of change to support educators as they provide students opportunities for learning and growth.

Aaron Brower, Ph.D.

Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor, Special Assistant to the President for Educational Strategies, University of Wisconsin System

Aaron Brower is the Provost and Vice Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension. UW-Extension embodies the Wisconsin Idea – partnering with all 72 Wisconsin counties, three tribal nations, and statewide and local public and private organizations to address issues and problems important to Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. As UW-Extension’s chief academic officer, Aaron oversees its four major divisions (Continuing Education and Online Learning, Public Radio and Television, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Cooperative Extension); provides administrative support for business and finance; and develops and supports collaborative programs between UW-Extension and all other UW institutions. Aaron also helped create and continues to provide key leadership for the UW Flexible Option, the UW System and State’s competency-based educational program. In 2014, Aaron served as Interim Chancellor for UW-Extension and UW Colleges (the 13 campuses that make up the two-year system of liberal arts transfer institutions for the State of Wisconsin).

Aaron’s expertise is in educational innovations, student learning and outcome assessment – engaging the whole university on issues important to students and the people of Wisconsin. He has created and led many teaching and learning programs focused on integrative learning and evidence-based curricular reform, with an emphasis on learning communities and high-impact learning practices. He has presented widely and all over the world on these topics. Aaron has published four books, over 60 articles and book chapters, and received grants totaling over $18M. Aaron earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in psychology, and his doctorate in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan.

Brian Lewis M.A. C.A.E.

Chief Executive Officer, ISTE

Brian Lewis, M.A., C.A.E., chief executive officer, is an energetic education advocate and nonprofit leader specializing in management, governance, education policy, corporate communications, branding and marketing. His history of building vibrant, mission-focused teams, fostering organizational brand strength and advancing long-range growth plans has proven him to be a dynamic leader. Brian provides passionate leadership and direction for the organizational planning and performance of ISTE while working with the ISTE Board of Directors to ensure strategic direction, effective governance, and legal and ethical integrity.

Brian joined ISTE in September 2012 following a 25-year career in both the public and private sectors. He has served as a nonprofit association leader in several capacities, including chief strategy officer and interim CEO for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), executive director of the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), assistant executive director for the California School Boards Association (CSBA), director of governmental relations for the San Diego County Office of Education and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), and senior legislative advocate for CSBA. He has also served as an elected school board member for the Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District in Roseville, California.Brian holds a master’s in communication studies from California State University, Sacramento, and a bachelor’s in mass communications from the University of California, Davis.

Richard Culatta

Chief Innovation Officer, State of Rhode Island

Richard Culatta is a leader in innovation and education, and has worked in government, non-profit, and the private sector. Prior to becoming the Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island, Culatta was the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education where he focused on using technology to close equity gaps and redesign schools across the country. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray. Before his work with the federal government, Culatta was the learning technologies advisor for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University and the Director of Operations for the Rose Education Foundation. He began working with instructional technology at the University of Rhode Island where he co-taught the universitiy’s first technology integration workshops for faculty. Culatta is a certified Spanish teacher and active in promoting bilingual and arts education in public schools.

Mark Tewksbury

Olympic Champion, Co-founder of Great Traits

Mark Tewksbury first came to prominence as the star athlete who burst out of the water at the Barcelona Olympics; an Olympic Champion with gold, silver and bronze medals, numerous awards, and a cover appearance on TIME magazine. He was inducted into the Canadian Sports, Canadian Olympic, and International Swimming Halls of Fame. In 2012, Mark was the Chef de mission for the Canadian Olympic team competing in London.

While sporting achievements contributed to his early success, Mark’s remarkable life post-Olympics have truly defined him. A celebrated communicator and educator, Mark has touched millions of people as a speaker, author and television host. He has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Dalai Lama’s Canadian appearances, was invited by the Government of France to address human rights at the United Nations in New York City, and has designed educational content that aligns with corporate objectives for close to three decades.

Mark sits on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Canada and is a global leader on LGBT sport issues. For his ethical leadership and active humanitarianism, Mark has received Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary. He is co-founder of Great Traits, a training and development company that helps people succeed in competitive, performance-driven environments.

Kate Darling

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab

Robots are taking increasingly bigger roles in life and business – moving well beyond manufacturing and into transportation, education, medicine and care for the elderly. But ethics and law haven’t caught up. Dr. Kate Darling, a pioneer in the fields, is helping quicken the pace.

A leading expert in robot ethics, she is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Darling explores the emotional connection between people and life-like inventions, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers and the wider public must address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades.

While her background is in intellectual property, law and economics, Darling’s passion for technology and robots led her to interdisciplinary fields. After co-teaching a robot ethics course at Harvard Law School with the renowned Professor Lawrence Lessig, she now increasingly works at the intersection of law and robotics, with a focus on legal and social issues. Darling is a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Yale Information Society Project, and is also an affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

Darling’s work has been featured in the BBC, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, CBC, WIRED, and more. She has authored multiple academic publications, and is a contributing writer to Robohub and IEEE Spectrum. A compelling and provocative presenter, she speaks and holds workshops covering some of the more interesting developments in the world of robotics, and where we might find ourselves in the future.

Darling graduated from law school with honors and holds a doctorate of sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). She is the caretaker for several domestic robots, including her twin Pleos, Yochai and Peter.

Jeremy Auger

Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, D2L

Jeremy drives company-level strategy within D2L, and provides executive leadership of mergers & acquisitions, government relations & public affairs, corporate communications, Labs, IP Strategy, and philanthropy.

Jeremy has been actively involved in starting and running transformative tech companies for over 20 years, and was part of the founding team at D2L. Over the last 17+ years has served as the COO, CTO, and continues to take a leadership role in driving the organization’s success as Chief Strategy Officer.

Jeremy participates in a number of boards, including serving as Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Kitchener (Canada), a board member for the IMS Global Learning Consortium, a national board member for ITAC – Canada’s IT association, and a number of other for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

Jeremy has an Honours B.Math in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Science in Management from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Dalton McGuinty

Former Premier of Ontario, Canada

Dalton McGuinty served as Ontario’s 24th Premier from 2003 – 2013, during which time he was known as the “Education Premier”.

The McGuinty government introduced North America’s first full-day kindergarten program, reduced class sizes, hired more teachers, provided them with better training, and implemented a program dramatically improving test scores and graduation rates. Test scores increased from 54 to 71 per cent of students achieving the Ontario standard. The graduation rate rose from 68 to 84 per cent.

Ontario is home to 20 publicly funded universities and 24 publicly funded colleges serving more than 570,000 students. Premier McGuinty increased university enrollment by 26 per cent, invested $4 billion in new classrooms and facilities, and introduced the “30% Off Ontario Tuition” grant. Ontario now has the highest post-secondary attainment rate in the OECD.

Since leaving government, Mr. McGuinty has continued to focus on education and Ontario’s future leaders. He completed a fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He serves as Special Advisor to the President of Desire2Learn, and he is a Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.

Ray Kurzweil

Author, Inventor, and Futurist

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” PBS selected him as one of the “sixteen revolutionaries who made America.”

Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

Among Kurzweil’s many honors, he received the 2015 Technical Grammy Award for outstanding achievements in the field of music technology; he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty-one honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.

Ray has written five national best-selling books, including New York Times best sellers The Singularity Is Near (2005) and How To Create A Mind (2012). He is Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and a Director of Engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.

Stowe Boyd

Futurist, analyst, researcher and advisor. Chief Researcher at Gigaom; Pew Research Center Advisory Board on the Future of Work, AI, and Automation.

Stowe Boyd is an internationally-recognized futurist, analyst and researcher. He serves as managing director, Another Voice, rethinking research for the new economy. His approach is to combine research, analytic and conjectural frameworks, and futures scenarios and other tools to help clients answer their most strategic questions.

Stowe’s general focus is the future of work, and the tectonic forces pushing business, media, and society into an unclear and accelerating postnormal era.

Editor-in-Chief, Work Futures, a cabal of futurists exploring the shifting realities of work and our place in it. He serves on Microsoft’s future of work advisory board, and the Pew Research advisory board on robotics and automation. Stowe’s been noted as one of the Top Writers on Medium for Futures, Leadership, and Economics, and also serves as a Contributing Editor for Traction Technology Partners.

Matthew Sigelman

CEO of Burning Glass Technologies

For more than a decade, he has led Burning Glass in harnessing the power of data and analytics to deliver artificial intelligence technologies that have helped fill millions of jobs and provided the data needed to resolve the skills gap.

Matt has helped establish Burning Glass as a leading labor market analytics firm that is playing a growing role in informing the global debate on education and the workforce. Burning Glass collects and mines millions of job postings and resumes each day and translates them into a common language in order to map career patterns, flag employer pain points, match people and jobs, and render detailed intelligence on the jobs in greatest demand and the skills required to get them. Burning Glass solutions drive critical workforce, education, and economic development initiatives for more than a dozen state and national governments, as well as numerous educational institutions, regional agencies, global recruitment agencies, major employers, and job boards. Burning Glass’s tools power several government workforce systems, are used by millions of job seekers and students each year, and have been shown to have substantive impact on reemployment outcomes and on job market literacy.

Matt is consulted frequently by national media, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Marketplace, Forbes, NPR, Vox, Inside Higher Education, CBS, Fox News, and the New England Journal of Higher Education; by higher education leaders; by researchers and policy makers; and by the White House. He has recently been a featured speaker and panelist with conferences of the Business Higher Education Forum, The Economist, the National Association of Workforce Boards, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Institute for Human Resource Information Managers, and with the HRO Today Forum.

Matt, formerly with Capital One, Mesa Air Group, and McKinsey and Company, also serves on the Board of Directors of The Graduate! Network, a national alliance of regional partnerships achieving outstanding outcomes in adult college completion. He holds an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri

C.M., O.Ont., PhD, FCAE, P.Eng

Mamdouh Shoukri was appointed the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of York University on July 1, 2007. He completes his decade-long tenure as President on June 30, 2017. Dr. Shoukri began his career in academia at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, serving in administrative leadership positions at all levels of the academy, including as graduate program director, department chair, dean and vicepresident. During his term as Dean of Engineering, the Faculty enjoyed significant growth, leading to McMaster becoming one of the foremost engineering schools in Canada. Under his leadership as VicePresident Research & International, McMaster was designated Research University of the Year by Research Infosource Inc. in 2004. Dr. Shoukri was also responsible for creating and implementing the vision for the McMaster Innovation Park, which has become a major innovation hub and catalyst for the region’s economic recovery. Prior to joining McMaster, he held progressive roles in the Research Division of Ontario Hydro, where he was responsible for industrial research.
A champion of innovation, Dr. Shoukri has guided York’s transformation into a comprehensive and research-intensive university. Among his achievements as President are the establishment of the Lassonde School of Engineering and major capital development projects including a new Life Sciences Building, Glendon’s Centre of Excellence, Osgoode Hall expansion, the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium, a new home for the Lassonde School, and the extension of the TTC subway to York’s Keele campus. He has also overseen the advancement of York’s internationalization and social innovation agendas as well as plans for future growth in the York Region.

Dr. Shoukri serves on the Board of Directors of Universities Canada and the Loran Scholars Foundation, and is Chair of the Government and Community Relations Committee for the Council of Ontario Universities. He is a member of the Nominating Committee and the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR) for Universities Canada. He served on the Ministry of Industry’s Space Advisory Board, was a founding Board Member of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and a member of the Ontario Research and Innovation Council (ORIC).
For his contributions to the flourishing of Ontario’s academic institutions as both an engineer and an administrator, Dr. Shoukri was named a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario in 2013, and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Shoukri’s scholarly interests are in thermo-fluid science, and he is the author or coauthor of more than 120 papers that have appeared in refereed journals and symposia

Dr. Sean Gallagher

Founder and Executive Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy

Sean joined Northeastern in 2009 and is a nationally recognized expert with over 15 years of experience in higher education. As Chief Strategy Officer for Northeastern’s Professional Advancement Network, Sean built a central strategy function unique among universities – working across colleges and academic domains to launch growth initiatives including the development of new campuses and degree programs. Prior to Northeastern, Sean worked for nearly 10 years at Eduventures, advising executives at hundreds of universities, education companies, and investors. Sean directed the firm’s largest and most profitable business unit, and played an instrumental role in the company’s growth by developing and leading many of its research practices.

Sean is a frequent invited speaker at conferences and events, and his writing and commentary have been featured in leading media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and CBS Television. Sean’s research has been cited in numerous academic papers and books. His book, “The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring,” was published in 2016 by Harvard Education Press. Sean also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Bay State College.

Sean holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Northeastern University; an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology; and a B.S. in Marketing from Northeastern.

Guy Ernest

Principal Evangelist for Deep Learning at Amazon

Guy Ernest is a principal evangelist in Amazon AI team. His mission is to get machine learning and deep learning to the hands of every developer and every business. He is sharing many of the tools and lessons learned, from Amazon.com to build AI services such as Alexa, Amazon Go, Prime air autonomous drones and others, to enable more AI powered systems. Before joining Amazon 5 years ago, Guy developed a long list of machine learning systems from computer vision, text analysis, personal recommendations and personal mobile search.

Krista Jones

Managing Director, Work & Learning

Krista is the managing director of Work & Learning at MaRS. Krista has been a passionate innovator and builder of technology-based businesses for over 25 years, and has personally advised and been actively involved in over 200 startups.

For the past four years, Krista has been the driving force behind the creation of MaRS’ globally-leading Work & Learning sector. She works with entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, investors and technologists who are applying innovation and cutting-edge technologies to create solutions that are advancing the competitiveness of global workers and workplaces.

Krista has experience working in both large public companies and in startups. She is an engineer, entrepreneur, mentor and an expert at solving ambiguous problems. She has a unique combination of strategic, technical, operational and marketing expertise. She is known for her comprehensive knowledge of existing and emerging Information & Communications Technology (ICT) architectures, technologies and innovation practices.

Krista and her husband owned a children’s technology educational franchise that fostered early innovation and creativity in robotics, animation, digital art and video game design.

Alastair Fitzpayne

Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute

Alastair Fitzpayne serves as Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative. Prior to his work at the Aspen Institute, he served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Secretary Sylvia Burwell. In addition to serving as Chief of Staff at HHS, Fitzpayne also held a number of senior roles at the Department of the Treasury during the Obama Administration, including Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He has also served on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate and the House, as an economic advisor to Sen. Evan Bayh and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, respectively. He has also worked at the Office of Management and Budget and Abt Associates, a public policy consulting firm.

Fitzpayne holds a BA from Vassar College and an MPP from the University of California-Berkeley.

Jeanne Meister

Partner Future Workplace

Jeanne Meister is Founding Partner in Future Workplace, an HR Executive Network and Research firm. She is the best selling author of four books, two books on Corporate Universities and two books on the future of work. Her most recent book is, The Future Workplace: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees This book was awarded the Silver Axiom Best Business Book Award for Human Resources professionals in 2017. Jeanne is also a Contributor to Forbes and her column can be found here: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeannemeister/.

Jeanne is the receipt of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award, an award given by Association For Talent Development honoring her body of work in corporate universities and future of work.

Jeanne’s books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Estonian. Jeanne is a sought after expert on the future of work having appeared in CIO, CNBC Power Lunch, CNN, Fast Company, Fox Business, Harvard Business Review, NPR, SHRM Magazine, MarketWatch, Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and WPIX, New York.

Jeanne was previously Vice President of Market Development at Accenture (www.accenture.com) Jeanne is a graduate of University of Connecticut and Boston University.

Jeanne lives in New York City and Columbia County, New York.

John Baker

President & CEO, D2L

John founded D2L (formerly Desire2Learn) in 1999 at the age of twenty-two while attending the University of Waterloo. He saw that online digital tools could open the door to entirely new and more effective models of education and create learning experiences that are personal, engaging, and inspiring. John’s vision for D2L is to transform the way the world learns, improving outcomes for learners everywhere.

He was recognized in 2013 as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year within Ontario, received the Young Alumni Achievement Medal from the University of Waterloo in 2010, and was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame as an Intrepid Entrepreneur in 2009.

A strong believer in community involvement, John devotes both his personal and business efforts to supporting young entrepreneurs who are developing and applying technology to improve society worldwide. John was appointed to the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is Chair of the Board of Communitech and is a board member of Canada’s National Ballet School, among other organizations.

John graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering, with First Class Honours and an option in Management Sciences.

Request an Invitation

You can unsubscribe at any time. Personal information may be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with our privacy policy. Please note that if you do not provide express consent, we may, in limited circumstances, continue to provide communications to you under implied consent provisions of applicable anti-spam legislation.