Michelin sees success with Aboriginals

Skills training, awareness training, support evolve to accommodate differences
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2008

When Janet Kennedy joined Michelin North America (Canada) in 2000 as director of personnel group services, she soon realized the company was going to have serious demographic challenges — since the company’s manufacturing started in Nova Scotia in the 1970s and employees usually stayed long-term, 70 per cent of the 3,500-employee workforce was expected to retire over the next decade.

And along with the lure of retirement was the lure of the West, as an ongoing flow of East coast applicants headed to Alberta.

“We were looking for ways we could help address some of these issues with this demographic shift,” she says.