2022 Futures Workforce Development Conference | October 26 – 28 | Blue Mountain

Join us on October 26th, 27th, and 28th at Blue Mountain for the 2022 Futures Workforce Development Conference!

Early Bird registration is now open! Get your tickets by June 17th, 2022 to save! Explore all ticketing options.

Register HERE

Blue Mountain Accommodation Details

We’re excited to welcome you back in the fall! Seeing old friends, developing new ones and getting together at BLUE MOUNTAIN!

GET READY for an exciting, fun-filled half-week where the NORTH, EAST, SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL regions of Ontario come together to share ideas, innovate and take away practical training and solutions in workforce development!

Blue Mountain Resort Room Rates & Hotel Accommodation Policies

COVID-19 Healthy and Safety

In accordance with the Province of Ontario’s reopening plan, First Work will welcome participants and staff back to our in-person events with robust health and safety protocols to ensure a positive and safe experience. First Work will take direction from the Ministry of Public Health in accordance with the latest provincial guidelines on an ongoing basis. 

IEffective March 21, 2022, masks are not required at Blue Mountain Resort. Though masks will not be mandatory as of this date, they will still be encouraged for both guests and employees and highly recommended for those who are immunocompromised, at high risk, or who choose to still use them. Proof of vaccination is no longer required at Blue Mountain Resort. Please note this may be subject to change but compliance with all government regulations at the time will be required and enforced at the conference.

Symptom-Free Policy: If you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home. 

Additional information about the conference program will be updated on the website as content becomes available. Event details subject to change.

2022 Futures National Workforce Development Conference |
Call for Presenters

First Work invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the 2022 National Workforce Development Futures Conference taking place during Fall 2022. Deadline for Submission: Friday, June 3, 2022

If you are a Practitioner, Storyteller, Speaker, Expert, Motivator, Leader, or Innovator in Employment, Youth Development, Academia, Education, Youth Justice, Economic Development, Government, Industry, Human Resources and Talent Development, Evaluation we invite you to submit a session proposal. See below for potential topic areas.


  • Building a Highly Skilled Workforce
  • Career Development for NEET Youth
  • Advocacy & Profile Building in the Youth Employment Services Sector
  • Alternative Business Models for Non-Profit Orgs
  • Career Development for Youth Outside of School Collective Impact
  • Demand Led Strategies
  • Competencies for Workforce Development Professionals Data Intelligence/LMI
  • Effective Coaching Techniques for NEET Youth
  • Employment Sector Innovation Strategies
  • Employment Service Delivery
  • Employment/Training Programs (Community, Government, Industry)
  • Experiential/Work-Integrated Learning
  • Future of Work/AI Disruption
  • Indigenous Youth Career Development
  • Indigenous Youth Employment & Training Job Search Strategies
  • Labour Market Information
  • Leadership Development
  • Mental Health & Wellness for Youth Practitioners
  • Mental Health & Wellness for NEET Youth
  • Mentorship New Technology & Tools for Workforce Professionals
  • Newcomer and Refugee Youth
  • Online Career Service Delivery/Remote Learning
  • Radical Leadership
  • Resilience/LifeSkills Training
  • Rural Career & Community Economic Development
  • Self-Care for Front Line Workers
  • Skilled Trade Employment/Training Programs
  • Social Finance
  • Sustainable Change
  • Upskilling/Reskilling
  • Virtual Reality as a Learning Tool
  • Workforce Development Strategies
  • Workforce Planning & Development
  • Workforce Recruitment/Retention Strategies

“Over the years, learning a great deal of best practices, connecting with amazing programs and colleagues in the sector, and taking all these back to my work and applying them to improve my work is what keeps me going. Thanks, #Futures2021!”- Chelsie Rapsch, Futures attendee.

Futures 2021 in a Nutshell

This year's Futures Conference focused on strengthening foundations for inclusion, professional development for the front lines, and best practices sharing, with special presentations from international speakers. Conference attendees gathered across four half-days to learn the latest in labour market trends, best practices for engagement, and knowledge-sharing to elevate their programming and professional development. This virtual event hosted over 300 attendees who participated in sessions, networking opportunities and an interactive Exhibitor Hall with gamification challenges embedded throughout the conference.