Innovation means no one ever ‘graduates’: Learning happens year-round. Industry and schools must adjust

Continuous learning, which is simply part of the package in the innovation era, happens year-round.Photo illustration National Post

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.

In every sector you can name, digital innovation, particularly the potential of artificial intelligence, is driving dramatic change.

A recent report from RBC estimates that 25 per cent of current Canadian jobs will be heavily impacted by technology — and yet, even in the midst of all this potential displacement, the Canadian economy will need to add 2.4 million new jobs over the next four years, all of them requiring a new combination of skills.

We cannot afford or excuse this double-jeopardy for Canadian prosperity: jobs without people and people without jobs.

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