Business Builder Breakfast: Working On Your Workforce
Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, segments of our Island?s labour market have seen growth over the past year.
Prior to the pandemic, employers experienced increased labour shortages across many sectors and this trend has continued throughout the pandemic and is expected to continue into the future. What trends are we seeing in demographics and hiring practices? What skills gaps exist and what opportunities are available to employers to support upskilling and reskilling among their workforce? How can Island businesses and organizations prepare their workforce development strategy for the future?
Our panelists will touch on these questions and more in this insightful workforce information session.
Immediately following this session, the PEI Connectors will host their inaugural speed networking event, Advancing Career Connections (ACC) from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward. Click here for more information.
About our Speakers:
Margaret Brigley, CAIP
CEO & Partner, Narrative Research
With more than 25 years of market research and communications experience, Margaret provides client counsel across a wide range of sectors. A seasoned qualitative and quantitative researcher, Margaret brings a wealth of expertise and experience to all of her client work. As CEO of Narrative Research, Margaret is responsible for the executive oversight of the company. Passionate about family, Narrative Research and her community, Margaret is an outdoor enthusiast. She?s living proof that you don?t have to be a good golfer to get a hole in one!
Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald
President, Holland College
Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Holland College in January 2019, located in Prince Edward Island. Prior to 2019, Dr. MacDonald served in the roles of Vice President, Academic and Applied Research at Holland College from 2015 to 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 degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor degree in Special Education from Memorial University, and Bachelor degrees in Secondary Education and Arts from the University of Prince Edward Island.
Dr. MacDonald is a member of the Future Skills Council and is active in numerous organizations including the Holland College Board of Governors, Atlantic Colleges Atlantique, PEI BioAlliance, University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Board of Governors, and Innovation PEI. He is presently the Chair of Atlantic Colleges Atlantique which represents the seven colleges in Atlantic Canada. Dr. MacDonald is also a member of the Premier's Council for Recovery and Growth.
Dr. Hayden J.R. Woodley
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour,
Ivey Business School at Western University
Dr. Hayden Woodley is an assistant professor of organizational behaviour in the Ivey Business School at Western University. He completed both his MSc and PhD in industrial/organizational psychology and has 10 years of practical experience, working on various human resource management and other business-related projects (e.g., leader coaching and emergency preparedness planning). Dr. Woodley?s primary research areas are equity, leadership, followership, and ? more generally ? the role of human resource management in team environments (e.g., selection and compensation). Dr. Woodley?s research has appeared in prestigious scholarly journals such as the Journal of Management and the Academy of Management Learning & Education.
President & CEO, Next Level Group
Andrew Lavoie, CEO and Founder of multiple successful businesses, (such as Next Level Group, East Coast Accounting Solutions, and Next Level Business Coaching) prides himself on improving not only the productivity and profitability of an employer, but also in opening opportunities for employees to maximize both their worth, and their careers.
Born in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Andrew relocated to Prince Edward Island in 2010. The first of his businesses, Next Level Group (NLG), was founded less than one year later. Andrew?s nature is to bring a unique, hands-on approach when dealing with clients and candidates. Andrew oversees all business development and operations and has grown a client base spanning across Canada and the United States. NLG specializes in dealership services, manufacturing, and warehousing, and Andrew strongly believes in breaking the mold, creating a people-first organization that is grounded in partnership and focused on delivering countless success. Both Andrew and the NLG team specialize in contract, temporary and permanent placements, as well as payroll financing.
Andrews comprehensive knowledge of the recruitment industry, as well as his incredible business integrity, allow NLG to continuously expand the types of services offered to its clients. Andrew is a fair, dedicated, and compassionate manager.