George Brown College reports launching the first comprehensive certificate program in blockchain technology offered by a Canadian college this fall,
helping address a serious shortage of developer talent in the growing field.
Blockchains are digital, decentralized ledgers that record transactions shared among many people. Once data is entered on a blockchain, it’s secure, easy to track and permanent. This can help businesses improve efficiency of transactions while lowering the chance of data mishandling and fraud.
Program graduates will be prepared to work in banking, international finance, healthcare, government and more. Research by ICTC estimates that more than 100,000 blockchain jobs will be created in Canada by 2024.
Digital, content marketing
As the demand for digital and content marketing skills grows and top companies
are taking longer to fill these specialized roles than traditional marketing jobs, the York University School of Continuing Studies is launching three new certificates.
Its certificate in digital marketing, certificate in content marketing and postgraduate certificate in digital and content marketing were designed in collaboration with marketing industry influencers
from top brands. Students will build real-world experience by working on projects with actual companies.
New hub for tech startups
Mars Discovery District and the University of Toronto are partnering to open a new hub for tech startups at Toronto’s Waterfront Innovation Centre, set to open in 2021.
This is their second real
estate partnership. In 2015, U of T invested in the Mars West Tower, taking a 20% equity share in the building. The 780,000-square-foot tower is more than 99.8% full and is currently home to more than 50 startups, as well as companies such as PayPal, Autodesk and the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence.