• Alumni Professional Development The Future Workforce: Cyborgs and Centaurs

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021
    8:30 am – 9:30 am EDT

    The Schulich Global Alumni Network, in partnership with the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), is proud to present a new Alumni Professional Development series.

    The Future Workforce: Cyborgs and Centaurs
    Forecasting the future of technology integration into our organizations, this webinar shares perspectives on our evolving roles in the workplace. Is the future of work half-human, half-machine, all centaur?

    Drawing upon both past and present examples of technology adoption, we can identify trends in how technological advancements change the nature of work as well as consider the implications of these changes, broaching topics such as remote/distributed work, automation integration, technological unemployment, and the criticality of human purpose. In this engaging and interactive webinar, Schulich Executive Education Centre instructor Shane Saunderson will discuss the potential of human-machine collaboration and the business and work opportunities created by combining the creativity of the human mind with the precision and brute force of a machine.

    Shane Saunderson, Instructor, SEEC


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Headshot of Shane SaundersonShane Saunderson, Instructor, SEEC

A veteran of the start-up space, Shane’s perspective is coloured by his wealth of experience in engineering, social research, and management consulting. He spent the earlier part of his career as an entrepreneur in North America and Europe focused on product design, mobile robotics, connected devices, and automation. He would later join Idea Couture in Toronto to combine his vast technical knowledge with a foundation in business strategy, organizational design, and user experience. Since leaving Idea Couture, Shane’s interests and efforts have only expanded, giving him the perspective to approach some of the largest challenges in the technology, health, and business spaces.

Shane uses his unique blend of intuition and analytics to help people work through some of their most wicked problems and innovate in unforeseen directions. Part engineer, part artist, part businessman, part storyteller, and part battery-licker, Shane approaches each project with a hunger to learn and create something new. He is a prolific writer and confident presenter who is frequently asked to lecture or give keynotes on topics such as Design Thinking, robotics, AI, and the future of technology in society.

Shane is a Vanier Canada scholar pursuing a PhD in Robotics at the University of Toronto, holds an MBA in Technology and Innovation from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, and holds a B. Eng. from McGill University in Montreal. Shane is currently a co-founder of Babbly, an AI-powered infant tech start-up, a lecturer on digital transformation with the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University, a researcher with the Human Futures Institute, a human-centric think tank, and the Chair of the Microsoft Canada Artificial Intelligence Partner Advisory Board (aiPAB).

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