What’s neXT?!: The Future of Worth™ – Leveraging the Longevity Dividend

Overview

We’re living longer, healthier lives but there is limited awareness of the consequences of this remarkable demographic shift. We think it’s time to accelerate this conversation, and the actions that flow from it!

The day started with an inspiring keynote address by The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada followed by a remarkable roster of guest speakers who informed and inspired the capacity audience, masterfully managed by our host, Carl Honoré.

Thank you to the many volunteers, our partners at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto, the National Institute on Ageing and Women’s College Age Lab and most of all, everyone who not only attended but really leaned into the action. Below are highlights of the day’s proceedings.

Hon. Kamal Khera, Minister for Seniors, Government of Canada

Introduction​

Elder Teaching

Indigenous Elder, Amy Desjarlais, opened the session with a prayer and teaching on Elderhood and emphasized the importance of respecting our land and the collective well-being of its communities.

Keynote Address

Canada’s 26th Governor General, Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, engaged in an insightful keynote and shared thoughts on how old age should not restrict individuals, but rather allow them to flourish and expand their horizons.

In-Conversation with Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson​

Thoughts of Patriarchy with Rt. Hon Adrienne Clarkson​​

Panel: The Economics of Longevity

Canada’s 26th Governor General, Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, engaged in an insightful keynote and shared thoughts on how old age should not restrict individuals, but rather allow them to flourish and expand their horizons.

Panel: The New Map of Life

With 1:3 children born today likely to reach the age of 100, our panelists engaged in a lively discussion highlighting the ongoing research being done at Stanford University, AARP and the London School of Business. They also shared their insights on what a 100-year life might look like, and how these can impact organizational strategies and many aspects of our lives including work, living and learning.

Panel: What Works + What Can We Learn?

Panelists from Canada, the UK and Japan shared initiatives underway locally and globally that are both helping to create age-inclusive work environments and utilizing the skills and wisdom of older workers to alleviate talent shortages.

Cultivating Gratitude Mindfully

Lauren Brown took attendees on a journey of meditation, through which they experienced periods of gratitude and being in the moment, while also understanding the importance of lifelong learning and engagement.

Celebrating Failure

Brooke Struck discussed how chaos, learning, and uncertainty are all a part of life, and failures are just small setbacks that assist us in achieving greater success down the road.

Concluding Remarks

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