Roundtable tackles workforce challenges

Business, government, labour gather to identify challenges, brainstorm solutions
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/01/2010

Looking to identify Canada’s evolving skills challenges and propose practical solutions, a group of about 20 business, labour and policy leaders from across the country assembled in Toronto on Sept. 15. The meeting was one of several planned to look at the most critical workforce challenges of the near and long-term future.

“The idea here is to provide strategic advice to government about the skills requirements for the Canadian economy as we recover from a recession, and then how do we ensure we have the appropriate skills and education and skills development in place in the future, as well,” said Jayson Myers, president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and co-chair of the roundtable.

Organized by the Centre for Workplace Skills, the Roundtable on Workforce Skills was also co-chaired by Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, and Liseanne Forand, senior associate deputy minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). A keynote address was delivered by Diane Finlay, minister of HRSDC.