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The Future of Urban Work

September 8 to 11, 2020

The future of work as a young adult seems precarious. 3-5 years of experience for an entry-level job? The gig economy? Employment tied to health and dental benefits? Careers are now seen as an unattainable commitment and many barriers are rooted in hiring practices and culture that reflect and reinforce systemic inequality. The current environment for youth employment can be a disheartening maze, and circumstances like the COVID crisis, the tanking economy, and the shifting housing market are challenging our understanding and expectations for the future of work. Hosted by CFC, Youthful Cities and RBC Future Launch, the ‘Future of Urban Work: Summit’ was a four-day virtual summit which connected 120 young people selected from across the country, and provided a unique paid opportunity for youth to grow their network, build on their experience, develop their careers and advance solutions for the future of their communities.

October 19-21, 2019

The Future of Work Summit was a one-of-a-kind experience for 60 young leaders across various Canadian cities and work industries who came together and collaborated on a vision of what the future of work can be. It was a unique opportunity to amplify the youth voice on the future of work.


COVID-19 has impacted Canada’s youth both as a health pandemic and an economic shock, and disproportionately affects marginalized groups. As it stands, youth — especially at-risk youth — are left out of COVID-19 relief and recovery policy consultation. This makes it difficult for youth to attain re-employment, government support, and community building opportunities. Careers are now seen as an unattainable commitment and many barriers are rooted in hiring practices and culture that reflect and reinforce systemic inequality; in addition, links to communities and shared spaces have been severed and youth are more isolated than ever. The future of work as a young adult seems precarious so with diverse youth perspectives from all over Canada, let’s reimagine it together.


  • Provide youth from coast to coast to coast with a funded opportunity to learn from mentors and one another, further their skills, and make lasting connections
  • Empower youth to continue leading social change in and beyond their communities
  • Connect groups of youth with diverse lived experiences
  • Youth-led brainstorming of tangible recovery actions, plans, and policies to support youth employment post COVID-19
  • To create sustainable and meaningful change within our communities post-Summit

OUR DELEGATES – Edmonton 2019

Headshot of Aazem Ali Sheikh.

Aazem Ali Sheikh

Half-body shot of Ahmed El Ganzouri in front of a presentation screen.

Ahmed El Ganzouri

Alice Miquet speaking at a podium.

Alice Miquet

Headshot of Arcana Shanks looking off to the right.

Arcana Shanks

Headshot of Christian Okwudiwa.

Christian Okwudiwa

Headshot of Destani Engel.

Cicely Belle Blain

Headshot of Destani Engel.

Collin Kennedy

Headshot of Dave D'Oyen.

Dave D’Oyen

Half-body shot of David Lesmes Peña in front of a fountain.

David Lesmes Peña

Headshot of Destani Engel.

Destani Engel

Headshot of Gabe Senecal at a podium.

Gabe Senecal

Headshot of Jacquelyn Cardinal.

Jacquelyn Cardinal

Headshot of Jason Ribeiro.

Jason Ribeiro

Headshot of Jenny Ge.

Jenny Ge

Headshot of Katherine Hassan-Legault.

Katherine Hassan-Legault

Headshot of Katie Miller.

Katie Miller