Re-engaging the prematurely retiredManitoba-born program targets middle-aged employees in bid to help businesses, particularly rural ones, find much-needed talentBy Allen Warren08/09/2010|Western Report|Last Updated: 08/04/2010 When Graham Starmer, president of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, ran into a director from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) a year-and-a-half ago, he mentioned a problem that small businesses in primarily rural parts of Manitoba were having in succession planning.The problem was threefold, he explained.First, businesses were having trouble finding a local source of employees other than high school-aged students — a labour force whose experience and availability are limited. Second, rural businesses lacked a reliable “second tier” to leave in charge while owners went on vacation. Many shop owners, as a result, hadn’t seen holidays in a number of years. And, third, a mentorship drive employers in rural Manitoba communities were trying to implement wasn’t working out due to the difficulty in finding mentors. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.