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Canada big data survey launching October 31st

Ryerson University leading Canada’s first national, multi-sector survey on big data talent gap

According to recent studies, the United States alone faces a shortage of over 150,000 people with deep analytical skills.  Do Canadian organizations have the right skills to help realize the promise of Big Data and Advanced Analytics?

Ryerson University is leading Canada’s first national, multi-sector, and multi-industry project to study the Big Data and Data Analytics Talent Gap in Canada. The primary objective is to determine whether a talent gap exists and, if so, to better understand the breadth and depth of the talent gap, as well as to develop sector specific as well as cross sector strategies to help close the gap, thereby facilitating continued innovation and economic development in Canada.

The project is an initiative of Canada’s Big Data Consortium. A multi-sector collaboration by design, the Consortium will be led by some of Canada’s leading organizations in academia, industry, and government, each representing their respective sectors’ needs, perspectives, capacities, and capabilities. Academic partners include Ryerson University,  Dalhousie University, Concordia University, and Simon Fraser University.  Industry partners include Deloitte, TMX Group, the Information Technology Association of Canada,  and SAS Canada. The Consortium is also proud to have, as our government partner, Industry Canada, representing the Government of Canada.

During Phase One of the project, from October 31st to December 31st, the Consortium will conduct a national survey. All Canadian organizations are encouraged to complete the survey and contribute to this important study, and can do so by contacting the Project Leader:  Peggy Steele, Special Projects Liaison, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic at

Based on the survey results, during Phase Two the Consortium will bring together Canada’s leading organizations from across all sectors (i.e., industry, government, and academia), all  industries, and all geographies – representing both the demand and supply sides of the talent gap – in a one-day Big Data Talent Gap Summit to develop strategic recommendations for closing the talent gap. The outcomes of the project will be released in a white paper, which the Consortium hopes will inspire meaningful conversations and action in Canada.

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 38,000 students, including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 155,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past four years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit

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