As we move further into the second decade of the 21st century, the years ahead promise more than a few surprises on the human capital front due to a perfect storm of factors.
For all countries, including Canada, it’s not a matter of if we address the skills and labour shortages but how urgently we take action. Failing to act will, at best, leave our businesses, industries and communities ill-equipped to remain competitive. At worst, without actual skilled workers, employers may struggle to keep their doors open.
IEC-BC is pleased to welcome Dave Byng, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training (MJTST) to our Board as the provincial government representative replacing former Assistant Deputy Minister, Shannon Baskerville. IEC-BC Board Chair, Bob Elton acknowledged Shannon’s contribution and leadership to IEC-BC at the fall Board meeting and wished her well in her new role as Deputy Minister, Ministry of International Trade.
Congratulations are also in order to IEC-BC Board member, Kathy Kinloch on her appointment as President of BCIT effective January 2014. Kathy is a widely recognized educational leader and has served as president of Vancouver Community College (VCC) since 2010 and has been on the Board of IEC-BC since 2012.
Need help with assessing credentials and experience of immigrant talent? IEC-BC’s New Canadian Assessment Resource (NCAR) is an online resource that helps BC employers effectively and conveniently assess the resumes of skilled immigrants. Through the Resume Review Centre employers can view sample resumes from skilled immigrants for different professions and trades. Visit www.iecbc.ca/employer-resources/hire-talent/resume-review-centre to review sample resumes and for tools and resources that can reduce the confusion and complexity of assessing the resumes of new Canadians.
IEC-BC’s Mentoring Program, which assists skilled immigrant workers succeed in the Canadian labour market by connecting them with established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships, is pleased to announce that TELUS has signed on as an employer mentoring partner, joining the City of Vancouver.