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April 16, 2018

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

What is Amplify?

Amplify is Ontario’s premier gathering of those challenging, disrupting, driving and shaping workforce development across the Province. This full day of inspiring and though-provoking conversation attracts hundreds of government, industry and sector leaders, professionals, educators, funders and researchers. Together, we will explore new challenges and opportunities to advance workforce development in Ontario.

Transforming Workforce Development:
Leading a New Narrative

The labour market is changing, and so is the nature of work. Technological changes, an ageing workforce, skills gap, gig economy, and on-demand work are putting strains on the labour market and employment service providers. Workforce development has never been more crucial.

It’s time to transition from employment services to workforce development by leading a new narrative.

Deep and comprehensive change goes beyond providing direct services to individual job seekers. In our leadership roles, we must turn to how our organizations effectively support job seekers, employers and the existing workforce. Are we preparing people for employment, helping workers advance in their careers, and ensuring a skilled workforce exists to support local industry and the local economy over time?

Join us for this annual gathering of insightful thought leaders who are paving the way and challenging traditional means of service provision. We will be bringing experts from diverse fields and incorporating insights that are relevant to regional and national systems change efforts. Join the collective leadership in dynamic conversations discussing fundamental changes and meaningful ways to AMPLIFY workforce development.

2018 Featured Leaders

Vas Bedhar
Chair, Federal Expert Panel on Youth Employment
Lekan Olawoye
Lead Executive, Studio Y
Jodi Zigelstein-Yip
Chief HR Innovator/Founder of Enliven HR Consulting Inc.
Lauris Apse
Senior Director, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Andrew B. Campbell
OCT, Ph.D., M.Ed, BA, Dip. Ed.
Author, Educator, Lecturer
Randy Taylor
Principal, Taylormade Leadership


Dynamic sessions featuring top Workforce Development thought-leaders and subject matter experts presenting sessions across key sector challenge tracks:

  • Building Sector Leadership
  • Relations and the Decent Work Movement
  • Sector Strategies for a Changing Economy
  • Metrics, Reporting, and Financial Management
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Workforce Planning and Talent Management