People skills like time management and the ability to prioritize (44%), analytical skills with business acumen (41%) and ethics and integrity (39%) were rated most important by Canadian executives.
"Canada continues to face serious workforce shortages and AI is our best opportunity to tackle this challenge as we reimagine how work gets done," said Dave McCann, president, IBM Canada, in a statement. "As AI becomes more pervasive and adoption accelerates across business, it is critical for leaders to set a plan which leverages people as a core competitive advantage. Taking these steps now in Canada is critical to ensure our industries and organizations maintain leadership and are not left behind."
The study provided recommendations for leaders to address talent challenges in the era of AI, including: increasing technical acumen of the workforce; investing in talent as much as technology; identifying tasks where AI or automation can free up employee time for higher value tasks; and engaging employees in the process.