Recognizing HR excellence in N.B.

2 HR professionals, 1 health and safety professional honoured
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2013

Each fall, Rachelle Gagnon is actively involved in “People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People,” an employment and education exhibition in Moncton, N.B., that brings together employers, post-secondary institutions and students to discover how to meet industry needs.

Canada faces a gap between the skills acquired through post-secondary education and the types of jobs employers need filled — and HR professionals play a critical role in closing this gap, said Gagnon, HR director at 250-employee Assumption Life in Moncton.

“They are the ones doing the interview, they are the ones having difficulty in filling those positions or finding the skills set and they’re trying to link to the post-secondary institutions that are graduating the students to know where these students are coming from, if they are ready,” she said.