"How will digital technologies impact the labour market?"

Digital technologies are transforming the way we live, work, produce and consume goods and services. Firms are already using digital technologies to automate many routine and rules-based steps in the production process. In the future, they will also increasingly automate steps that are cognitive, complex and non-routine. Based on his recent publications, David will explore six propositions about the impact of recent technological progress on the labour market. The challenge facing policy-makers – in British Columbia, Canada and globally – is how to maximize the productivity gains of technological progress through digitalization, while taking steps to mitigate its intrinsically-skewed distribution of benefits.

Key talking points:

  • What is the digital economy?
  • How is technological progress transforming the labour market?
  • What are the implications for economies and policy makers?

Dr. David Williams

Vice President of Policy, Business Council of British Columbia

David Williams is Vice President of Policy at the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC).  He provides senior leadership in developing public policy research, advice and solutions in the areas of productivity, innovation, technology, taxation and human capital. David joined BCBC in 2018 following six years as a Senior Economist at the Bank of Canada. His research focused on macro‑financial linkages between housing markets, credit and the real economy; digitalization of the Canadian economy; and qualitative economic research methods. He also authored eight national publications of the Business Outlook Survey.

Prior to his move to Canada, David spent nine years in increasingly senior roles in the Australian public service. He was the Senior Adviser for Economic Policy at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet before taking leave to pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford University. While at Oxford, David was a lecturer in economics and a PhD research intern at the International Monetary Fund.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in economics from Oxford University.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

BC Business Council, Main Boardroom
Suite 810, 1050 West Pender Street

$13.00 for Members
$35.00 for Non-Members
$15.00 for Students

Lunch is Included

Registration Deadline:
Sunday, September 16 (5:00PM), or earlier if capacity is reached.

Space is Limited!

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