Homecoming webinar 2022

As part of UM Homecoming, Extended Education will present a free one-hour webinar for UM alumni and our university community. Since you completed your studies at UM, the professional world has been changing and will continue to change. Learn more about lifelong learning opportunities for you and your team, offered by your alma mater.

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    Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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    3 p.m to 4 p.m. CDT

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The Canadian Skills Agenda – What university alumni should know about the future of work (deciphering fact from fiction)

We will explore the changing nature of skills/qualifications and how global disruptions (e.g., pandemic, global warming, conflict), automation, economic and demographic shifts are informing the rate of change. We’ll consider how much of this shift is real or perceived. We will also discuss 21st century trends in the labour market and how these impact university graduands who are engaged or will soon be engaged in a post-pandemic digital economy. Finally, we will refine the concept of lifelong learning as a societal imperative that addresses issues of accessibility and inclusivity.


Rod Lastra

Rod Lastra, Acting Dean, UM Extended Education

Rod Lastra is also President Elect of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) and an associate member of the European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN). Rod’s current scholarly interests are alternative credentials, lifelong learning, micro-learning, skills qualification frameworks and assessing postsecondary credentials as drivers of social-economic mobility. Rod is an alumn of the University of Manitoba with a PhD in Science and recently completed the Academic Leadership Program from the Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University.

Previously, Rod served as Associate Dean and Acting Associate Area Director of the University of Manitoba’s Access Program. He has been involved in research to better understanding post-secondary attainment rates of under-represented non-traditional learners and has published numerous articles and reports over the past 20 years. Rod also has extensive post-secondary education experience, having taught over 20 undergraduate and graduate level university courses since 2010.

Yvonne Kinley

Yvonne Kinley, Director of Talent and Workforce Development, Economic Development Winnipeg

Yvonne Kinley works collaboratively with the Province of Manitoba, Government of Canada, Manitoba Business Council, sector councils, chambers, and post-secondary institutions to facilitate attraction and development of talent needed by private sectors businesses interested in expanding their operations or opening new businesses in Winnipeg. Yvonne and her team have developed a plan, driven by private sector needs, to encourage locally trained youth to stay in Manitoba, attract skilled international workers, increase workforce diversity, and attract skilled Canadians to our province. Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and a Master of Science, majoring in Operations Research, from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business.

Prior to joining Economic Development Winnipeg, Yvonne spent 25 years in the private sector, planning and developing technology solutions.

 Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins, Moderator

Paul Jenkins oversees the delivery of online and partnership programming at University of Manitoba Extended Education and serves as president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE). Paul has devoted his professional life to education and lifelong learning. He has held teaching, research, consulting and administrative positions at a variety of organizations including the BBC, a higher education philanthropic foundation, and universities in Canada, the US and the UK. Paul holds a PhD in Philosophy, History from the University of Glasgow.

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