2019 Small Business Week: Panel & Discussion: The Future of Workforce and What Business Can Do To Respond
Panel & Discussion: The Future of Workforce and What Business Can Do To Respond
Date: October 22, 2019
Time: 10am - 11:30am
Location: Rodd Charlottetown (75 Kent Street)
Dr. Sandy MacDonald, President, Holland College
Leah Nord, Director, Skills & Immigration, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Detry Carragher, Award-Winning Management Consultant (HR) & Corporate Trainor, CARVO GROUP
Dawn Binns, President, Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce
Join us for a panel discussion as voices from the Chamber network, private sector and post-secondary share their perspectives on what they are seeing as current and future opportunities and challenges in our workforce.
With close to 40% of Canadian small and medium-sized businesses having difficulty hiring new employees (BDC – Labour Shortages Here to Stay, September 2018) and labour shortages identified as most serious in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia and Ontario, the challenges with growing our workforce are paramount with policy makers and private sector.
In PEI, a growing vacancy rate is creating challenges for small and medium businesses with a direct link between a shortage of workers and slower growth in company sales. This paired with ever changing technology, emerging trends and unknown future skills requirement (85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet – Institute for the Future), is causing us to pause and question what the future of PEI and Canada’s workforce will be and what we can do to address these new challenges.
About our Panelists:
Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Holland College, located in Prince Edward Island. Prior to 2019, Dr. MacDonald served in the roles of Vice President, Academic and Applied Research at Holland College (2015 - 2018), Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development from 2010 to 2015, and Deputy Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning in 2015. He has contributed to the development of innovative educational policy and administrative excellence provincially, nationally and internationally.
Dr. MacDonald holds a Ph.D in Educational and Counseling Psychology from McGill University, a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor in Special Education from Memorial University, and Bachelor degrees in Secondary Education and Arts from the University of Prince Edward Island.
Leah Nord, Director, Skills and Immigration Policy, joined the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in September 2018. In this capacity, Leah leads the Chamber's policy and projects related to inclusive growth, the future of work, access to talent, workforce planning, immigration and employment practices/standards. She is the policy lead for the Canadian Chamber's immigration and human policy resources committees, is an interim advisory board member of the Future Skills Centre and is the Canadian Chamber's partner in the Cybersecurity Talent Alliance.
Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber, Leah worked at both the federal and provincial levels of government, as well as in the non-profit and charitable sectors, in areas including labour market integration, health human resources, education and international development. She has a strong personal and professional commitment to humanitarianism and volunteerism.
Detry Carragher, CPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCIP, is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and Principal of the management consulting firm CARVO GROUP, Detry Carragher has been providing strategic HR leadership to small family owned businesses and multi-million-dollar operations, First Nations organizations, all three levels of government (Federal, Provincial, and Municipal), and numerous not-for-profit groups.
Detry has served as an appointed representative of the Canada Employment Insurance Program Appeals Tribunal, was an active participant in the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) Business Leaders Roundtable Forum and the Government of Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) Business Leaders Forum to address current workforce challenges. She is a Founder and Past Chair of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of PEI (CPHR PEI).
Light refreshments will be provided.