Co-Innovating the Future of Automotive in a Post-Pandemic Era


December 2nd, 2020   1 pm EST / 10 am PST

Learn how to identify challenges and opportunities that will impact the future of the automotive industry and the way we work & learn.

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Expert Panel

We know that the future of work has been shifting rapidly, with many changes being accelerated by COVID-19 in organizations of all shapes and sizes. Through this interactive half-day virtual workshop we will be exploring innovative solutions to current remote work & learn challenges in the healthcare sector. A key topic of discussion will be the role of Work-Integrated and Experiential Learning as part of the driving force behind upskilling and reskilling the healthcare industry.

We will also explore how to leverage the creation of internal ‘Lean Learn Labs’ to support how organizations can create engaging remote work & learn experiences using a hybrid challenge-based, project-based learning framework. Through participation, you will gain new insights as well as get introduced to new tools, approaches and resources to bring back to your organizations to turn challenges into learning opportunities.

Lauren oversees workforce development programs and policy for the auto supplier sector, building the first industry-wide digital learning program. Prior to joining APMA, Lauren was a senior advisor at the Law Society of Ontario while instructing communications students at Sheridan College. Her agency experience at leading public relations agencies set the groundwork for senior roles in the public sector including Director of Communications to the President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Education.

Steven Karpenko has been with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade as a Senior Advisor since 2017. Prior to that Steven worked in the retail, finance and supply chain sectors and has over 20 years of global leadership experience as a Project Manager, Strategic Advisor, public speaker and entrepreneur. Most recently he worked province-wide researching and communicating product and technology trends in the Automotive sector. Steven is trained in Lean Six Sigma, has an MBA from York University and is a Certified International Trade Professional.

Bassel holds a Master of Engineering and Public Policy (M.E.P.P.) from McMaster University and an M.Eng and B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Bassel is an industrial policy researcher with a focus on automotive vehicle and manufacturing technologies. Prior to joining APRC, Bassel held a research position with the Department of Economics at McMaster University. Bassel is also a published author in Queen’s Policy Review Journal and Elsevier’s Building and Environment Journal.

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