Recording – Discussion on Telework

Conference on telework: state of play and reflection on the future of work

The Industry 4.0, Work and Employment Axis of the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA), in partnership with the the Inter-University Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT), the BMO-Diversity and Governance Research Chair and the Observatory on Health and Well-being at Work organized a conference-discussion on telework with researchers and labour market partners to take stock of the current situation and initiate reflection on the future of work.

Whether seen as a new way of organising flexible work, as a measure to increase productivity or as a means of preventing contagion, telework has suddenly become an unavoidable issue for workplaces. Between risks and opportunities, the current context of the pandemic offers a unique opportunity to examine the phenomenon in order to better understand the issues that surrounds it and to initiate a discussion on the kind of regulatory framework necessary in the post-Covid-19 era.


Tania Saba, coresearcher at CRIMT, presented the results of an international study on telework in the context of the pandemic carried out as part of the BMO-Diversity and Governance Research Chair, with the financial support of OBVIA as part of the work on digital tools to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Alain Marchand presented the results of his research on the impact of telework on well-being at work (stress and mental health) based on surveys carried out before and during the pandemic.


These presentations were followed by a panel discussion with labour market partners who have experience with telework. Among other things, aspects to consider in planning for telework in a post-pandemic context were discussed, followed by an exchange with participants. This panel discussion consisted of:

Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner for Quebec, Ernst & Young Canada, Francois Lamoureux, President, Comité consultatif du travail et de la main d’oeuvre, Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité Social, Manon Poirier, Executive Director, Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec.

Discussion on Telework