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By the end of this 5-week course, you will:
This course is for owners and operators of Canadian businesses with 500 or fewer employees.
Dorinda So has spent the last decade working with business, academic, and political leaders, and advising them on strategy, innovation, policy, and economic development. She has spoken internationally at conferences on these topics, is a regular guest lecturer at Ontario universities, and has published over 40 publications and thought leadership pieces. Over the course of her career, she has worked in many industries, from automotive and sustainable transportation to health care, real estate and finance, which inform her ability to think clearly about strategy and innovation and to teach these concepts in a practical manner. She sits on various governance bodies including at the University of Toronto.
Kelly Bray has spent over a decade working with non-profits and small businesses, and has extensive teaching experience as a CAN-BIKE instructor. A dedicated educator with a deep commitment to social justice, Kelly has taught thousands of people in one-on-one, group, and virtual settings. Having spent her career running small nonprofits, Kelly is also a seasoned administrator and a master at innovating on a tight budget. Most recently she led pointA’s successful transition to remote work.
Registration closes on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 5 pm EDT.
Future Skills Centre is a forward-thinking research and collaboration hub dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success and meeting the emerging talent needs of employers. As a pan-Canadian community, FSC brings together experts and organizations across sectors to rigorously identify, assess, and share innovative approaches to develop the skills needed to drive prosperity and inclusion. FSC is directly involved in innovation through investments in pilot projects and academic research on the future of work and skills in Canada. The Future Skills Centre is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program.
This course is for owners and operators of small-to-medium-sized businesses in Canada, with priority given to women and people with disabilities, as data shows they are most affected by COVID-19.
All business owners and operators in Canada with 500 employees or fewer are welcome to register.
Once you complete the registration form, you’ll receive an automated confirmation email with the details you provided to us, and closer to the course start date, you will receive a separate email inviting you to join our Google Classroom.
All that is required is dedication to attending the one hour sessions each week, completing the weekly homework and engaging with other students. After the course, we also hope that you will commit to implementing your strategy and participate in our surveys as part of our evaluation process. You may also be asked to participate in additional research and evaluation activities so that we can further the understanding of the impact and recovery of COVID-19 and how skills can be attained (as part of Future Skills Centre’s work). Finally, we ask that you contribute to a respectful learning environment with your fellow students.
We will be asking all students to let us know at registration for any accommodations required such as live captioning during sessions and will do our best to accommodate all students.
Having a remote work strategy allowed us to become a virtual organization within two days of the Ontario government’s announcement of the closure of all non-essential workplaces in March 2020. Here are some benefits we have seen within our own organization:
By foregoing our office and renting coworking spaces, we could save $20,000 annually.
By investing in automated processes and outsourcing, we reduced our finance-related workload by 64% (equivalent to $13,000).
Reduced commute times
Reduced commuting time by up to 75%, saving employees more than $5,000.
At this time, we can only offer this course in English.
We use Zoom for all sessions, which you can access using an app, browser, or computer software. We also use Google Classroom, which requires a Google account to access. You can complete homework with a Google account using Google Drive, and you’ll be able to access your homework even after the course ends.
We upload all lessons and Q&A sessions to Google Classroom after the session ends so you can watch the videos on-demand. However, we do recommend joining the live sessions as much as possible but we understand it’s not always possible.
The weekly strategy development activities will ask you questions to help you design a strategy for remote work. This may require doing an office walk through to figure out what processes and areas that can be digitalized. We expect that at the end of the course, you’ll be able to put everything together to create a comprehensive strategy for implementation after the course. Strategy development activities should take a minimum of 20 minutes every week and may require involvement of others on your team, depending on the week.
No, thanks to Future Skills Centre!
Of course! Non-profits and charities are businesses too, but we ask that they still have 500 or fewer employees.
We believe that no commute is a sustainable commute so the less time we spend going to and from the office to work with vendors, customers, and other employees means we’re saving time, money and the environment! pointA offers services and programs to support sustainable commutes, including remote work.
We’re here to help! Email us at email@example.com for help before, during, and after the course! Or give us a call at 647-200-5394.
We can definitely provide suggestions on partners we’ve used but we’ll be providing advice on how best to undergo procurement to enable you to find the best partners for your business.
Of course! We’ll send one electronically after the course completion.
We encourage all students to dedicate the time to join the sessions live and complete the homework. However, we know that things come up and if you can’t complete the course material on time, please email and let us know and we will accommodate your situation. However, access to the Google Classroom will eventually close and we’ll email everyone when that time comes.
We just expect that all strategy development activities to be completed. All of the activities, taken together, forms a complete strategy.