Three scenarios of a future working world: Using strategic foresight to imagine and respond to a changing world of work for young adults living with a disability in Canada

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Arif Jetha
Institute for Work & Health

Evolving social, technological, economic, environmental, and political forces are shaping all aspects of our working world. For young adults living with a disability who are entering and working their way up in the labour market, the changing nature of work can create both barriers and opportunities.

Using a strategic foresight approach, an IWH research team led by Dr. Arif Jetha set out to examine how working life could change in Canada over the next seven years—and what the implications might be for young adults with a disability. The team developed three scenarios, which are narratives describing the ways things might meaningfully change in the future.

In this presentation, Jetha shares the scenarios. He also discusses how they can be used to develop labour market policies and programs that respond to future needs and promote inclusion for young adults living with a disability.

About presenter

Dr. Arif Jetha is associate scientific director and scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He is also an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Jetha’s program of research aims at understanding how changes in the future of work affect the health and employment participation of vulnerable workers. He also leads research on the strategies to examine and support the employment inclusion of young workers with disabilities. He is currently the recipient of the Stars Career Development Salary Award from the Arthritis Society and holds grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and New Frontiers in Research Fund.

About IWH Speaker Series

The IWH Speaker Series brings you the latest findings from work and health researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and beyond. For those unable to attend, the recorded webinar of most presentations in the IWH Speaker Series are made available on its web page within a week of the event.