Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

One in Five Canadian University Grads Make Under 18,500 Per Year

A university education in Canada is your ticket to high paying jobs, right? Maybe not. In fact, one out of every five Canadian University graduate is currently making less than 18,501 dollars per year.

Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is hosting an event to discuss the growing issue of under-employment or mal-employment among university grads.

The event is on Thursday October 25th and is called “Partnering for Prosperity: A Discussion on Economic Enhancement.”

Visiting scholar Dr. Marie Bountrogianni will present consultation findings on the underemployment of youth, individuals with disabilities, and new Canadians.

“Canada has one of the highest education workforces in the world, yet for many, those skills go unused,” said Dr. Bountrogianni.

“We must close the huge gap between employee skills and business needs by engaging employers, employees, students, academia and government in the conversation to find solutions.”

Participating panelists include:

  • Naomi Alboim, a fellow and adjunct professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University,
  • David Lepofsky, an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • Carol Wilding, the Toronto Board of Trade’s president and chief executive officer and a thought leader on business and public policy issues.

The keynote speaker is acclaimed economist and best-selling author Jeff Rubin.

“Addressing mal-employment in our economy has reached a crucial phase,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, Dean of the G.Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.

“That is why our school is taking a leadership role on this issue and hosting an event that will gather some of the top thinkers and researchers on this topic, with industry leaders and other stakeholders, to have a meaningful conversation and map out real solutions.”

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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