Excerpt from a speech by David McKay, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Bank of Canada, to the Canadian Club of Montreal delivered May 7, 2018:
“Just a few weeks ago, I took on the role of co-chair of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. It’s a group launched by the Business Council of Canada to link key business and higher education leaders from across Canada – including strong voices like CAE and McGill from Quebec – together to solve Canada’s pressing skills economy challenges.
“One important mandate for this roundtable is to promote a culture of work-integrated learning in all of our schools. These paid placements – which combine classroom learning and hands-on experience in the workplace – are essential to instilling a mindset for innovation….
“This is not some form of public service, it is a business imperative. It connects students and employers, ambitions and opportunities – regardless of location, sector or discipline. It moves businesses beyond the idea of a talent pipeline and toward a talent platform for Canada.”