Join us for a presentation of the report results of our Annual Report on Ontario's prosperity by Tiff Macklem, Chair, Ontario's Panel on Economic Growth & Prosperity, and Jamison Steeve, Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity. We will host a dynamic panel discussion with experts in the labour force participation of the following 4 groups: (1) youth ages 15-29; (2) women; (3) older workers  (55+ years), (4) Indigenous Peoples.

Our goal is to consider how we can close Ontario's prosperity gap by raising the participation and employment rates and outcomes of these four groups. 


December 11th, 7:30-9:00 AM


Rotman School of Management, Fleck Atrium (G/F, North Building), 105 St George St


7:30 am - Registration and breakfast
8:00 am - Presentation of report by Jamison Steeve and Tiff Macklem
8:15 am - Panel discussion
8:45 am - Audience Q & A 
9:00 am - Adjourn


Vass Bednar - Vass is a Senior Policy Associate at Airbnb and was the Chair of the Canadian Government’s Expert Panel on Youth Employment. Previously, Vass was the Associate Director of the CITIES research group at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management’s think tank, the Martin Prosperity Institute. Vass co-hosts a live radio show called DETANGLED on CIUT 89.5 FM.

Sarah Kaplan - Sarah is the Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy and Distinguished Professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She is author of the business bestseller, Creative Destruction and more recently Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business both of which address the challenges of organizational change. Her research has covered how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields and technologies in biotechnology, fiber optics, financial services, nanotechnology and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance. She recently authored “Gender Equality as an Innovation Challenge” (2017), “The Risky Rhetoric of Female Risk Aversion” (2016), “Meritocracy: From Myth to Reality” (2015), and “The Rise of Gender Capitalism.” Formerly a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (where she remains a Senior Fellow), and a consultant and innovation specialist for nearly a decade at McKinsey & Company in New York, she completed her doctoral research at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu - Jean Paul is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000, holds an Executive MBA from Queens University and the ICD.D from Rotman School of Management University of Toronto. JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada.  In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today.


Policymakers, engaged citizens, business leaders, public servants, academics, students, labour economists, and the like who would benefit from a discussion on improving labour force participation in Ontario.