If you ever want to be inspired by a ‘big picture human’, CEO and co-founder of Pythian Paul Vallée is your man. We couldn’t help but fall a little in love with a person who identifies as a feminist, and advocates for universal basic income due to the fast-closing reality of technological unemployment.

By Joanne Leila Smith

In late 2015, the world’s first summit on technological unemployment which was held in New York City featured some of the globe’s most distinguished thought leaders to pro-actively tackle what will become an inevitability – an increasingly displaced workforce due to robotics, artificial intelligence and other innovations around automation in industry.

With the dominant political discourse blaming international trade and immigration, and the closure of traditional manufacturing industries as the cause for rising unemployment, true thought leaders who are in-step with the times understand that the impending tsunami of unemployment has little to do with a shifting populace – it’s automation of routine work.

Oxford University predicts 47 percent of jobs will disappear within two decades.

The University of Toronto has estimated that job automation will put up to 7.5 million Canadian jobs at risk over the next fifteen years.

If we take a small slice out of the job market to understand the impact of one sector alone – vehicle drivers in Canada total 500,000 jobs – the second most common occupation for men in Canada will soon disappear due to driverless cars. In the US, that means at least three million driving jobs on the scrap heap… When we consider the recent US election was won on the promise of restoring car manufacturing and the coal industry – the latter of which employs around 300,000, we can quickly surmise that our leaders are looking backward, not to the future.

One guy who is forward-facing is CEO and co-founder of Pythian, Paul Vallée, 44, whose business model is about taking the power of the internet and giving individuals in remote regions the opportunities to reach their maximum potential in a global market.

“A lot of my entrepreneurship is around social projects. Pythian uses an electronic service delivery model, which means we can employ over 300 people who live in 150 cities – all working remotely,” says Vallée.

Based in Ottawa, Canada since 1997, by 2003 Pythian, a global

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