Lougheed College Lectures

Title reads "Tyler Waye: 10,000 Days: How to Navigate the Unknown Future of Work" with a photo of Tyler.


The Lougheed College Lecture Series offers all U of A students and members of the public the opportunity to hear from some of today's most inspirational, influential, and innovative visiting scholars and practitioners of leadership. These free evening sessions have featured guests including Shawna Pandya, Todd Babiak, Kim Katrin and Tiq Milan, Mark Tewksbury and more.

Next Event:

10,000 Days: How to Navigate the Unknown Future of Work with Tyler Waye

January 21, 2021 at 7 pm MST via Livestream


Work-place disruption now travels at warp speed, leaving Alberta’s workers stunned by its scale and intensity. It used to take decades for work - its content, processes, organization - to transform. These transformations would often occur in eras or locales that were readily identified, such as the “lost decade” or “the rust belt.” Such identification meant that help could be organized and deployed. Today, transformation is much more rapid, and its direction and consequences are much less predictable. It’s happening to all of us. Now. With the average career stretching across 10,000 days, how are we to navigate this unknown future of work? Tyler Waye undertook an intensive year of research across 12 countries, asking:

  • How can individuals and institutions build a sustainable foundation for success given unprecedented change?
  • How do we individually navigate our life's work without knowing what tomorrow will hold?
  • And what might the government's role look like within this growing challenge?

Waye’s investigation yielded four critical factors that will shape modern work's challenges and changes. Join us for this timely, provocative and motivating exploration of his findings.

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2020-21 Series Line-up

This season is organized around the theme of leadership and public institutions. Governments, courts, universities, cultural institutions, public health agencies, financial regulators and other offices charged with ensuring the public good face special scrutiny from the people they serve. We expect our tax-funded institutions to deliver value for money, and to act ethically and responsibly to ensure citizen well-being. And we have high demands for accountability and responsiveness. What does it take to lead such organizations, especially when the decisions are fraught and the stakes are high? How do public leaders engage the people they serve in decision-making? How do they address dissent and controversy? What are the consequences of “fake news,” the growing skepticism around expertise, and political polarization for the necessary work of serving the public good? Our speakers will tackle these challenging issues with hard-won insights from the front lines.

  • Tricia Smith: Leadership in the Olympic Movement in Canada (Sept. 17, 2020 - Watch the recording)

  • James B. Stewart: Leadership in the Newsroom: has the Media Lost its Bearings? (Oct. 22, 2020 - Watch the recording)

  • Cindy Blackstock: Reforming the Repeat Offender: Ending Canada's Discrimination toward First Nations Children (Nov. 19, 2020 - Watch the recording)

  • Tyler Waye: 10,000 Days: How to Navigate the Unknown Future of Work (Jan. 21, 2021) - RSVP on Eventbrite

  • Irshad Manji: Moral Courage for Messy Times (Hosted in partnership with the Edmonton Public Library's Forward Thinking Speaker Series on Feb. 18, 2021) - RSVP on Eventbrite

  • Persis Drell and Heather Zwicker: Universities and COVID19 – One Year After. Perspectives from the United States and Australia (March 18, 2021)

  • Dr. Deena Hinshaw: Leadership Lessons from the Pandemic (April 15, 2021)

Most of our previous lectures are recorded and available online:

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