January 28, 2004

Forum looks at 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.  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.
WHEN: Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 3 from 9:00 to 3:45 p.m.
WHERE: Cardinal Golf Club, Highway #9, between Jane & Keele, in Newmarket
A variety of employer representatives from both the private and public sector 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
 Cameron Hastings, President of Magna Services Inc.
Employers across Canada are experiencing difficulties recruiting and retaining staff.  Canada is rapidly approaching what has been termed the "demographic time bomb", triggered by the convergence of two demographic trends:  the growing number of aging baby boomers in the population and the smaller number of young people entering the work force. 
The York Region "It's All Here" initiative is trying to address the current and impending labour shortages in which private and public organizations share a vested interest.
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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