Challenge Factory at ACDC 2018 - Calgary


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About Challenge Factory

Challenge Factory helps both employees and employers embrace the Future of Work with solutions and strategies to supercharge workforces and capitalize on today's trends.

We are research-based, tracking five critical workforce drivers. We offer new thinking and tools to organizations looking to understand the Future of Work and capitalize on today's Talent Revolution. Our research informs new consulting approaches and methdology. Our consulting experience generates new curriculum and training programs. Our learners identify new issues and areas for our research to explore. We bring a research-to-practice-to-research approach to every engagement and project that we work on.

We believe in:

  • hyper collaboration: we see creative partnership opportunities at every turn and know how to make them work
  • co-creation: we lend our knowledge and expertise to build the Future of Work together with our clients
  • capacity building: we develop talent trailblazers and resillient organizations who capitalize on today's changing workplace



Featured Speaker:

Challenge Factory President: Lisa Taylor

Biography: Lisa Taylor is a trail blazer intent on challenging outdated career thinking. Her work is focused on the Future of Work and key trends that are impacting workplaces and workforces. As President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation, Lisa offers a dynamic perspective on how demographics, the freelance economy and new market dynamics present organizations and individuals with opportunities to gain strategic advantage. Lisa is the author of “Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business”, a unique playbook published by CERIC and designed for the busy Canadian business owner. A new version of Retain and Gain will be published in 2018, focused on the non-profit sector.  Lisa's third book will also be published in 2018 by University of Toronto Press (UTP-Rotman imprint) with a working title of “The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work.”

With an MBA in Strategic Management and Public Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Lisa was a senior consultant with Deloitte and held Practice Lead, National Managing Principal and Global Team roles with Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. In 2014, Lisa was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as one of Canada's Top 100 Women for her work in the areas of leadership, employment and city building. Lisa is a Canadian Special Operations Forces Regiment Association Board Member and a Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.

Lisa is a sought after expert, keynote speaker and columnist. Her clients and audiences rely on her invaluable insights and real world know-how. Indeed, Lisa’s expertise is widely recognized and regularly cited in the Wall Street Journal, TVO, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Sun Media, CBC, Zoomers Media, Rogers and other North American media sources.



What we do and how we can help you

We've identified a unique set of Future of Work Drivers that are impacting workforces and workplaces everyday. 




Capitalize on shifting demographics and longevity

Career Ownership

Benefit from new employer/employee relationships

Freelance Economy

Grow with a fluid, remote and flexible workforce

Rise of Platforms

Create your own platform-based business model


AI & Robotics

Prepare now for the jobs of 2030

Challenge Factory Resources

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