Future of Work & Learning

Working together to build a future-proof community

Our workplaces are changing.


of employees will need fundamentally new skills by 2022 (World Economic Forum)


of those employees, 35% will require more than six months of training (World Economic Forum)

10 years

Employees will need the equivalent of a Masters Degree every 10 years (David Mallon - Deloitte Bersin)

The Future of Work & Learning is a complex challenge for countries, governments, communities, academic institutions, organizations and individuals that requires swift action and no single stakeholder can solve this on their own.

From 2019 to 2021, Communitech joined forces with a group of community partners to help ensure Canadian workers, companies and communities continue to succeed through this evolution.

The Waterloo Region Future of Work & Learning Coalition began as an informal conversation in 2019. Together, we were successful in building a community of employers, employees, academia and government dedicated to future proofing our workplace.

The coalition hosted events to drive conversations around the future of work and launched pilot projects across the region, documenting our learnings with a commitment to share.

Through our work, we were committed to providing open-source learning and best practices to share with other Canadian communities. After all, we're in it together.

We invite you to help us shape the future of working and learning in Waterloo Region.

Who you are






Stay informed with our newsletter

Sign up

Future of Work & Learning news

A year of learning in the future of work

The final part of our series following a Laurier employee during her partial secondment to Communitech in the longest year ever

Communitech and Laurier to develop framework to prepare mid-career workforce for Future of Work

Community framework will focus on empowering workforce to develop skills through training

Workers may be facing “better work-life integration”

Jon Rohr interviews Simon Chan in Exchange Magazineon how work-life integration is changing in the age of COVID-19.

Newsletters, podcasts and more

May 27, 2021 - Strong together.

April 23, 2021 - What have you learned about the Future of Work & Learning?

March 24, 2021 - The Future of Work & Learning - One Year Later

February 28, 2021 - Celebrating our shared learnings on the Future of Work & Learning

January 17, 2021 - Looking for some practical insights on how to manage your remote team?

December 19, 2020 - How can we make sure Canada wins the new global talent war?

November 12, 2020 - What does it take make your business future-proof?

October 13, 2020 - How permanent is this shift to remote work?

September 18, 2020 - Workplaces aren't the only thing changing in the Future of Work & Learning.

July 31, 2020 - What transformations do our organizations need to make to see real change?

June 15, 2020 - Are we ready for the Future of Work & Learning?

May 28, 2020 – The Future (of work) is now and a look at how Vidyard is keeping their culture going.
May 11, 2020 – Adapting for the future of work and learning.
April 23, 2020 – The importance of alumni networks and the Future of Work & Learning Peer2Peer.

March 2020 – Community members share their experiences quickly making the move to work from home – plus tips for helping your team with remote work.
February 2020 – How can universities and colleges help your career pivot or get your next role? Find out how Wilfrid Laurier University is approaching that – plus stories on why talented people don’t use their strengths and more.
January 2020 – We’re following a Wilfrid Laurier University employee for a year as she splits her time on a secondment with Communitech, Positioning Waterloo Region for the Future of Work and Why mid-life could be the best time to change careers.
December 2019 – Changing nature of work poses collective challenge, Do you know Gen-Z and What does the future of work and learning mean for communities across Canada?

Capstone partner

Executive partners

Titan partners

Associate partners

Community builder partners