How to lead into the unknown

New technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain are making disruption the new normal in the workplace. These technologies can reshape markets and upend workflows – and they're not coming in the future, they're being deployed now. 

Senior leaders face enormous challenges. How do you react when technology threatens to disrupt your business model? How do you lead a team when the only certainty is uncertainty?

MaRS created this intensive workshop to help senior managers and executives tap into their entrepreneurial spirit and learn how to adapt in the face of constant change. Based on deep research into what makes successful leaders in today's workplace, it draws on the insights of MaRS' extensive ecosystem of ventures, corporate partners and leading tech companies.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to be an effective leader when you don’t have all the answers.

  • Techniques to run collaborative “co-design” sessions that break your team out of their boxes and encourage agile thinking.

  • Discover the skills leaders will need as technology disrupts the workplace, and strategies for developing them.

What you’ll do:

  • Engage in exercises to learn new critical thinking techniques for tackling challenges.

  • Meet other senior leaders and collaborate to discover potential solutions to your challenges.

  • Learn the mindsets necessary for thriving in rapidly changing work environments.

Who should attend:

  • Senior managers and executives.

  • Also suitable for post-secondary educators and public servants.

Lunch will be provided.

Agenda (subject to change):

  • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Coffee/tea and networking
  • 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.: Opening Remarks and Setting the Context: Mindsets and the Challenge of Ambiguity
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.: Break
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Challenge Discovery and Group Process
  • 12:20 – 1:10 p.m.: Lunch and optional tour
  • 1:10 – 2:30 p.m.: Speaker: Brad Furtney – The New Realities of Leadership
  • 2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Break
  • 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.: Implementation Planning and Evaluation


“I really enjoyed the session on Leading in the Future of Work. Great content and nice to meet with like-minded individuals through applied learning. Will definitely like to attend any future sessions.”
Michele Walkau, SVP Corporate Services and Building Excellence, GWL Realty Advisors, Inc.


“This was an awesome day of learning [with] Victoria and Danton. Thank you so much for your positive energy and engaging attitude of learning and sharing. It really makes a huge difference when the facilitators of learning are there for the participants (and not the other way around.”
Keri Alleston, Consultant


“Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights, and for facilitating such an interactive and collaborative session! It was very beneficial to meet other HR professionals and entrepreneurs and brainstorm new ideas and concepts that could assist in our own environments.”
Sonia Aggelakis, Vice President, Human Resources, Street Capital Bank of Canada




Dr. Victoria Abboud, Manager, Talent Development Programs,, 647-283-6874

Danton Sück, Associate, MaRS Talent Development,, 647-255-1257 ext. 8257

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