Leaders in Action Summit on Youth & Education: Preparing Canada with a Stronger Workforce

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OTTAWA, March 2, 2016 – As Canada’s digital landscape continues to grow, it is ever more important to ensure that Canada’s youth are well equipped with the digital skills, competences, and experiences to pursue careers as entrepreneurs or as part of the workforce in this impending smart economy.

At a time when youth unemployment hovers around 12% and job growth in ICTs outpaced the overall economy by 4 to 1, Canada’s youth represent an important talent supply for the workforce of tomorrow.

The National Leaders in Action Summit on Youth & Education will explore concrete measures to: promote digital skills learning; engage youth in STEM and ICT careers, and create industry-focused education and career pathways.

Hosted by ICTC and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC), this summit will provide an opportunity for industry and policy makers to exchange and engage in immersive and frank dialogue about the challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s youth in today’s smart economy and to explore actionable measures for heightening the opportunities for young women and men to participate in this fast pace economy.

Google, one of the Summit Platinum Partners, is committed to improving digital literacy skills in Canada.

“Mapping a course that will ensure Canadian youth enter the workforce with the skills, experience and interest in technology requires close collaboration among teachers, parents, governments and industry. This Summit brings representatives from all these groups together, so we can tackle the barriers to ICT education and adoption currently facing Canadian youth.” – Colin McKay, Head of Public Policy & Government Relations, Canada – Google

For more information on the summit, please visit here, and for more information on ICTC, check out our website .

To partner with this event and assist in exploring concrete measures for engaging Canada’s youth in the digital economy, please see the following partnership package for more details.


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This event is partially funded under the Navigating the Digital Economy Project which is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.