Conversations with Leger’s Academic Committee [A WEBINAR SERIES]

LEGER IS PLEASED TO PRESENT CONVERSATIONS WITH LEGER’S ACADEMIC COMMITTEE, A NEW SERIES OF WEBINARS

Leger’s Academic Committee is made up of experts and scholars who are renowned in their fields. We are excited to share their knowledge with you in our new series of webinars, Conversations with Leger’s Academic Committee. This series explores the post-pandemic world from various perspectives.

Each webinar includes a 30-minute discussion or presentation featuring a member of Leger’s Academic Committee, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session.


CONVERSATIONS WITH LEGER’S ACADEMIC COMMITTEE: PREVIOUS WEBINARS

RETAIL POST PANDEMIC (OCTOBER 13, 2021, AT NOON EASTERN TIME)

FEATURING DR. JACQUES NANTEL (PROFESSOR EMERITUS, HEC MONTRÉAL)

The Canadian retail landscape is changing and will change further in the years to come. The truth is that it has little to do with the COVID-19 crisis: the current pandemic is only accelerating a process that was already underway.

There are four data points to keep in mind:

  • Consumers are spending as much as before the pandemic.
  • Sales in stores are down by 12%.
  • E-commerce accounts for 15% of consumer spending.
  • 50% of all e-commerce purchases are still made on U.S. sites.

However, there are avenues for retailers to regain traction, which Dr. Jacques Nantel shared with participants in this webinar.


MENTORSHIP AS A KEY MANAGEMENT SKILL IN THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD (NOVEMBER 10, 2021, AT NOON EASTERN TIME)

FEATURING DR. ALAN MIDDLETON (RETIRED; FORMERLY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SCHULICH EXECUTIVE EDUCATION CENTRE; DISTINGUISHED ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF MARKETING, SCHULICH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, YORK UNIVERSITY)

In the post-pandemic world, we have seen – and will see – huge changes in people’s work environments: blended work at home and in-office, more contract and part-time work, greater diversity in backgrounds and experiences and skill shortages in many areas. In this environment, the previous bureaucratic work environments of long hierarchies, siloed operations, a focus on process rather than achievement and not providing the training and capability for front-line personnel to make decisions will not be successful.

Being a great mentor and mentee is now a critical management skill. Alan focused on the need for greater focus on mentorship in his book published by AMA Toronto this year and shared his thoughts in this webinar.


7 Disruptive Technologies: How They’re Changing Our World Right Now (DECEMBER 8, 2021, AT NOON EASTERN TIME)

FEATURING DR. CHUCK CHAKRAPANI (PRESIDENT, LEGER ANALYTICS; DISTINGUISHED VISITING PROFESSOR, RYERSON UNIVERSITY)

The industrial revolution took 150 years to change the world, but the internet revolution brought major changes to our lives in less than 20 years. Our lives are going to change yet again in a major way. There are at least seven major technologies currently underway that will positively disrupt our lives: deep-learning chips (machine learning and AI), blockchain technology (privacy), genetic sequencing, cell and gene therapy (medicine), 3-D printing (manufacturing), autonomous driving (mobility), space travel (robotics) and the next-generation internet.

Most of us may have heard of these technologies but may not realize how fast they are moving. COVID-19 has accelerated such innovation and, within the next 5 to 10 years, the world will change dramatically fuelled by machine learning and artificial intelligence. All these changes will have a major impact on how we collect and process data and how analytics, machine learning and AI can help. This webinar provided an early peek into how the world will change in the near future.


WHAT HAPPENS NEXT… (FEBRUARY 9, 2022, AT NOON EASTERN TIME)

FEATURING DR. TERRY FLYNN (APR; FCPRS; ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, MCMASTER UNIVERSITY; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MASTER OF COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM)

This webinar featured a conversation with Dr. Terry Flynn about the importance of crisis response in reputation management.

When a crisis occurs, the next steps are crucial to reputational recovery. Dr. Flynn discussed how to plan for this and what steps should be taken immediately following a crisis.


GATHERING DATA WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES (APRIL 13, 2022 AT NOON EASTERN TIME)

FEATURING DR. DANIEL VOTH (ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY; DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS STUDIES PROGRAM)

In this webinar, Dr. Daniel Voth shared information about:

  • key terms for talking about and working with Indigenous nations
  • a brief overview of the way research with Indigenous peoples has changed in academic contexts in the last 20 years (and why it needed to change)
  • some of the challenges faced by research teams working with clients related to getting Indigenous data
  • possible avenues to creatively reorient data products based on building relationships with Indigenous communities

THE WORLD VALUES SURVEY (MAY 11, 2022 AT NOON EASTERN TIME)

FEATURING DR. GUY LACHAPELLE (PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY)

This webinar featured a discussion about the latest results from the World Values Survey. Dr. Guy Lachapelle took attendees through the most recent findings and showed how Canada compares to other countries when it comes to:

  • cultural values, attitudes and beliefs towards gender, family and religion
  • attitudes and experiences of poverty
  • education, health, and security
  • social tolerance and trust 

He also shared information about new topics, such as the issues of justice, moral principles, corruption, accountability and risk, migration, national security and global governance.


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