Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Johnson Inc  is sponsoring a Memorial Presents interactive discussion about the impending provincial labour shortage and recruitment expectations and the labour market and how immigrants can help.

I know, what labour shortage? Where are all these jobs and opportunities? Half of the province's trades people are doing the Fort McMurry shuffle.  Demographics and economics are changing the composition of our workforce.

The labour force in Newfoundland and Labrador is changing. With an expected mass departure of persons who are nearing or ready for retirement, and thousands of new jobs created as result of large-scale economic development projects, labour market shortages are occurring and will intensify. Estimates indicate that 70,000+ positions will need to be filled in the next 5 years!

We are not yet on the event horizon, but government, educational institutions, business and unions are preparing for the challenges that will be created by this void.

As incredible as it may sound,  part of the solution may be found in our community of international students and immigrants.

You are encouraged to come hear r an interactive discussion about recruitment expectations and the labour market demographics that are driving the cultural diversification of our work force.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Clovelly Golf Club
Cost: Admission is free

Details: A complimentary buffet breakfast will be served. Space is limited for this event and RSVP is required. Please RSVP on or before Friday, March 16 by emailing or by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development at 864-2313.

"Memorial Presents" is a series of public forums hosted by the Harris Centre on issues of important public policy in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 The Harris Centre is also offering a presentation entitled, "Using Local Knowledge to Develop a sustainable Fishery: Insights From Change Islands. Considering that the fishery is considered a touchstone for rural Newfoundland and coastal Labrador, this session is really timely. 

How can local knowledge be used to develop sustainable fisheries management approaches that respond to the needs of  fishing-dependent communities? 

The Harris Centre website says "Residents and researchers have recently identified major issues affecting fish harvesters and other residents of Change Islands whose livelihood depends on the marine environment. These issues are in four key areas: (1) the continuing impacts of rationalization, (2) regulations that ignore local contexts, (3) the need for improved seafood marketing strategies, and (4) viability of small island communities."

How can this knowledge contribute to more collaborative decision-making and recognition of fishing communities and fisherpeople as important partners in maintaining our fishing heritage?

With fishery reform blowing into a hurricane that will bring a sea change to our provinces fishery dependent communities, this is a seminar that you do not want to miss. 

The event is taking place on March 12 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30, at the  Suncor Fluvarium. Free admission, free parking, and a light lunch will be served!

1 comment:

Tony said...

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