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CIC Waterloo Region Branch – “Addressing Inequality in Canada and Around the World: Income Inequality, the Concentration of Wealth, and Technological Change”
June 8, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, June 8th and 9th, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm each day
Inequality of income and wealth distribution has emerged as a notable societal, political and economic issue. Though a recurring concern since the first industrial revolution, inequality has again risen to the forefront of public consciousness and debate since the Great Recession of 2008-2009, including the contribution of inequality to the rise of populism, the extent to which the growth of the intangible economy and rapid technology change – especially robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) – will affect the nature and future of work, and the impact which concern over inequality may have on the evolution of capitalism.
The global COVID-19 situation has heightened public concerns over inequality as the pandemic has exposed and accelerated divisions. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, along with other high profile confrontations in the US, Canada and elsewhere based on deep-set race, gender and religious inequalities, has accentuated the pervasiveness of public concerns about racial inequality, the systemic barriers that perpetuate them, and the need for consequential and effective policy responses and initiatives.
Noted Canadian and international experts will address:
- The magnitude, trends, causes and impacts of global income and wealth inequality;
- Rapid technological change and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Their impact on the future nature of work; and
- What policy, business, technological and societal responses are called for?
Supported by the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation.
REGISTER at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0kH2183DR-yQYcZBvr-tkw.