January 16, 2004

Learn leading practices in recruiting, retaining
and developing skilled workers


NEWMARKET As competition for skilled workers increases, so is the need for employers to position their organizations to attract, retain and develop talent.  On February 2nd and 3rd , the York Region Human Services Planning Coalition's It's All Here Initiative , in partnership with York South Simcoe Training and Adjustment Board, is responding with a two-day forum of employer leading practices entitled "What Works" at the Cardinal Golf Club in Newmarket.  Cost is only $20 per day and lunch is included.


Human capital is key to economic vitality.  A variety of employer representatives will provide critical information on successful strategies, as well as address obstacles they had to overcome.  Sessions will be interactive to allow opportunity for discussion.  Speakers include Dr. Graham Lowe, "Canada's leading expert on work";  Meric S. Gertler, Co-Director of the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems Centre on International Studies at U of T; Dr. Jayson Myers, Senior VP and Chief Economist for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; Doug McIntyre, Chairman of the York Technology Association; and Cameron Hastings, President of Magna Services.


To register or for more information, contact Catherine Quattrin at (416) 491-5050, Ext. 5053 or by e-mail at catherine.quattrin@senecac.on.ca



Contact:           Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, Ext. 1238

- Email: wendy.lewis@region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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