Economic Development & Housing – Addressing Infrastructure Issues for a Bright Future

Moderator: TBA

TJ Flynn
, Investment Attraction Officer, Northumberland County
Frank Nieuwkoop, Owner & Vice President, Valecraft
Adrian Pepper, CEO of Northumberland Workforce Housing Corporation
Jeff Poapst, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Ross Video

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CMHC Housing Solutions

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Jeremy Tessier, Specialist, Knowledge Transfer – Client Relations at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Labour mobility is being affected by housing costs and low vacancy rates. Job vacancies, especially in key sectors like health care, are going unfilled due to barriers to internal labour mobility. The Federal government has put forth several initiatives in Budget 2024 to address ongoing housing concerns. As such, it is crucial that our partners in all sectors have access to up-to-date information on available funding to support housing construction.

This presentation by Jeremy Tessier (Knowledge Transfer Specialist, Ontario Region) will provide an overview of housing financing opportunities available at the CMHC, and present examples of successful partnerships that have resulted in new housing units created.

The presentation will include information about new programs and changes to existing programs. This talk will also highlight best practices that are emerging from the roll-out of the Housing Accelerator Fund, a federal initiative that works with municipalities to increase permit approval times and build resilient communities.

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Navigating the Workforce Transition to Electric Vehicles in Canada & Eastern Ontario’s Automotive Manufacturing Sector

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Bassel Kazzaz, Director of Research & Market Intelligence, Future of Canadian Automotive Labourforce (FOCAL) Initiative

The Future of Canadian Automotive Labourforce (FOCAL) Initiative, funded in part by the Government of Canada, is a collaboration of the Canadian Skills Training and Employment Coalition (CSTEC), the Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC) and Prism Economics and Analysis. Since mid-2019, the partnership has produced labour market information and data related to Canada’s automotive manufacturing sector, examined key trends affecting the automotive labour market, and forecasted the supply and demand for key occupations in the broader automotive sector.

FOCAL has recently released its economic forecast of the impact of the transition from internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV) to electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing in Canada’s automotive manufacturing sector. The forecast, which covers the whole automotive manufacturing supply chain, and extends all the way back to material processing and mining, details the economic and labour market impacts of this transition, and highlights potential job gains and losses across different industries and sectors through 2040. FOCAL is also producing detailed occupational forecasts specific to different regions across Canada, including Eastern Ontario.

This presentation at the OEMC will include an overview of the analysis conducted, along with economic and labour market data specific to the Eastern Ontario region. The presentation will also include an overview of the labour market and skill tools developed by the FOCAL Initiative to address the challenges ahead in the automotive industry and the manufacturing sector.

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Building Ontario’s Economy

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Tobias Spiess, Senior Business Advisor, Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade

As your partner in growing healthy prosperous communities, the Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade is presenting an overview of supports available from several branches within our Small Business and Program Delivery Division and Trade and Investment Engagement Divisions.

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Special Events & Perilous Partnerships

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Tracy Eso, BFA, CIP, ACI, Risk Assessment and Solutions Specialist, Intact Public Entities

Partnering with festival and non-profit organizations is often the only way a municipality can deliver special events in their community. It can be a great strategy, enabling municipal governments to attract new visitors and revenue streams into their community while efficiently staffing these events using volunteers and workers employed by other entities.

Special events, however, introduce unique hazards to the communities that host them disrupting safety procedures and regular protocols that from a day-to-day perspective, have been proven to keep the community safe and protect valuable municipal assets. Officials must understand the potential hazards and mitigate the risks associated with new and potentially risky special events. Tracy Eso of Intact Public Entities, will discuss the importance of contractual risk transfer for special events, from private parties to public parades. Tracy will introduce the key areas of concern to watch for and processes to implement that help protect municipalities while balancing the needs of special partner groups and the community you serve.

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Talent Retention and Attraction across Ottawa and Eastern Ontario

Moderator: TBA

Emmanuel Rey, Economic Development Officer, City of Ottawa’s Economic Development Services
Ottawa’s first-ever Nightlife Commissioner (TBA)
Hire Local (TBA)

This is a panel session that will include the following representation:

  • City of Ottawa’s Economic Development Services: Talent is a priority for Ottawa’s business community and the economic development partners that represent key sectors of the city’s economy. Preliminary findings from the City of Ottawa’s Labour Market Assessment study.
  • Ottawa’s Nightlife Commissioner: How investing in and encouraging a vibrant nightlife economy in Ottawa improves job creation, attracts talent and investment, contributes to economic growth, boosts tourism, and enhances the city’s brand building.
  • Hire Local: A collaborative effort by Ottawa’s four post-secondary institutions to support employers, and to accelerate employment of local graduates.
  • Additional economic development partners: Potentially, the Ottawa Board of Trade, regional Chambers of Commerce and other regional partners and collaborators.

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RESILIENT IN THE STORM Strategies for a Vibrant Recovery | Planning for the Unpredictable: Climate-Ready Strategies for Municipalities

*This session includes two 30-minute presentations

Moderator: TBA

RESILIENT IN THE STORM Strategies for a Vibrant Recovery

Gail Moorhouse, CEO and Consultant, Recharge Solutions

Your Municipality Emergency Management Plan is focused on People, Property and Environment. So who is focused on the business community? In light of recent natural disasters, and the ever-present threat of emergencies it is crucial for the business leaders to come together, collaborate and be proactive in developing a robust readiness and contingency plan to weather the storm. Knowing how to react or advocate for support, when faced with an emergency can minimize disruption and loss as well as enable a faster rebound and stronger economic recovery.

This presentation addresses the how to navigate economic disruption. Through interactive discussion and insights from real-life case studies, participants will have a look at the challenges faced by businesses during emergencies. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge and practical strategies to effectively prepare for, respond to, and expedite recovery efforts in their communities. Key takeaways will include:

  • Understanding the Emergency Act, your Municipal Emergency Management Plan and the roles leaders plays.
  • Identify the levels of emergency and how to leverage available resources.
  • How to work with various level of government to advocate for local needs.
  • Elements of a solid readiness plan in case of disruption.
  • Why a united communication plan is vital to response and recovery.
  • How to work with small business on their own business continuity plan.

Now more than ever, businesses need to prioritize emergency preparedness to mitigate risks, protect assets, and ensure continuity in the face of unforeseen events. Don’t miss this opportunity to equip your organization or community with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate emergencies and emerge stronger than ever.

Planning for the Unpredictable: Climate-Ready Strategies for Municipalities

Erik Marko P.Eng., PMP, Principal, Colliers Project Leaders

Canada’s wide-ranging landscape is one of our country’s greatest assets, yet because of its expansive geography, the impacts of extreme weather events change can be vastly different. This diversity poses challenges for each province and territory when developing resilient infrastructure, with recovery efforts from floods, fires and other events proving costly and prolonged. With more climate emergencies occurring, it’s essential for municipalities to plan for future weather impacts and prepare recovery plans to increase its resiliency. However, that is often easier said than done. Where do municipalities start? What does ‘climate readiness’ mean? How can municipalities reduce risks for their communities and increase resiliency?

Join Erik Marko with Colliers Project Leaders to learn how municipalities across Canada are strategizing and preparing for extreme weather events. Gain valuable insights into municipal climate adaptation and emergency planning through real-world examples. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of how municipalities can adeptly respond to disasters, curbing economic losses, mitigating destructive impacts and safeguarding their communities.

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Canada’s Immigration Advantage | Innovating Rural Resilience: Eastern Ontario’s Path to Immigrant Attraction and Skilled Workforce Integration

*This session includes two 30-minute presentations

Moderator: TBA

Canada’s Immigration Advantage

Nadia Faggiani
, Outreach Officer, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada
Scott Felman, Outreach Officer, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada

Join Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to learn about Canada’s Immigration Advantage. Canada is a strategic choice for investment for several reasons, and Canada’s business-friendly immigration system is one of them. Learn about temporary and permanent economic immigration pathways, free programs and supports available to Canadian employers and stakeholders, as well as OEECD’s role as a Referral Partner under the Global Skills Strategy.

Innovating Rural Resilience: Eastern Ontario’s Path to Immigrant Attraction and Skilled Workforce Integration

Jodi Bucholtz
, Manager, Local Immigration Partnership – Lanark & Renfrew
Linda Alexander, Settlement & Recruitment Coordinator, Rural Inclusion Project for Lanark & Renfrew Counties
Greg Belmore, Manager of Human Resources, The County of Renfrew

This session catalyzes the Eastern Ontario Immigrant Attraction and Retention Strategy within rural communities. Delving into the pivotal role of innovation and resilience, this session highlights some promising practices through collaboration. Explore how rural areas can flourish through innovative approaches, leveraging newcomers’ talents and skills. Through the Rural Inclusion Project, discover practical strategies for integrating newcomers into rural life and fostering inclusive communities that thrive on diversity. Address the pressing issue of labour force shortages by exploring the potential of skilled newcomer attraction. As Eastern Ontario’s economy continues to evolve, it’s imperative to tap into the rich talent pool of immigrants to meet workforce demands effectively. Gain valuable insights into recruitment strategies and best practices for retaining skilled newcomers, ensuring sustainable economic growth and community development. Seize this unique opportunity to engage with those working to bring the Eastern Ontario Immigrant Attraction and Retention Strategy to life, forging a path towards vibrant, resilient rural communities.

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Why SME is Keystone of the Canadian Economy and the Importance of Economic Development at the Municipal Level

Moderator: Chris King, Chief Executive Officer, Quinte Economic Development Commission

Speaker: Dean French, Founder of the Keystone Awards for Job Creation

Economic development and entrepreneurship at the municipal level is key to job creation and Canada’s future. In other words, what you do is important. The Canadian way, the Canadian dream is funded by small medium enterprises. They are the hometown heroes in each and every community across Canada. We have to remind ourselves that when business fails, a country fails. When small and medium businesses fail job creation fails, we have less of a tax base, and the math doesn’t work. Without successful and growing businesses we can’t afford public education, health or CPP for retired Canadians. This session will focus on a new initiative to celebrate locally owned top employers with case studies from local businesses sharing their stories of success and how municipalities and economic development are best able to support continued growth and job creation.

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Frontenac Communal Services Project – Bringing Water and Wastewater Together for Rural Community Building

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Joe Gallivan, Director, Planning & Economic Development, County of Frontenac

Frontenac County and the four member municipalities have established a regional municipal services corporation under the Municipal Act to coordinate the delivery and maintenance of communal services for housing. The public utility will support an innovative rural solution to provide communal services and increase housing supply in rural areas.Communal services are a decentralized solution for water and wastewater that are economical, effective, environmentally sustainable, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to full-service options. The journey began with a statement in the County Official Plan: “lack of municipal services in all of our villages challenges future community viability.” Which led to the question: “what will rural areas look like 100 years from now if we do not find a different approach to servicing?”

The session approach:

    • How and why Frontenac took this journey.
    • Three community projects that are moving forward using communal services.
    • The model that Frontenac has created and how it is easily transferable to other jurisdictions.

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Measuring the Economic Impact of Placemaking

*This session includes two 30-minute presentations

Moderator: TBA
Ramona Gallagher, CEO, Main Street Matters

Placemaking is about more than just fun local events, murals or streetscape improvements. Placemaking projects create strong and connected neighbourhoods. They increase civic engagement and can lead to better economic outcomes for your community, improved accessibility, job creation and maintenance and smart innovation. “Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, ultimately creating good public space that promotes people’s health, happiness, and well-being.” (The Project for Public Spaces). Placemaking, though does not always have to be about large-scale investment or major revitalization of ‘place.’ These efforts get tabled on most Council floors for future consideration or moved to “Future Business” on organizational agendas and rarely see the light of day. So, let’s change our thinking about placemaking. What can we do now? But more importantly, how can we measure its impact? Traditional economic development measurement and analytics (BRE) focus solely on job creation and revenue growth, or the measurement of “feet on the street”. What we need to do as Economic Developers is learn how to expand our ROI thinking to include the Social Return on Investment, reimagination of assets, and the ideation of community ownership of ‘place’ by bringing residents and stakeholders into our placemaking efforts.

Elisha Maguire, Manager of Economic Development, City of Belleville

The City of Belleville is celebrating the activation of spaces; projects where the private sector has been engaged in ways that uniquely enhance outdoor areas and foster business development. Belleville’s Economic Development Team has launched two “Pop-up” projects that are being replicated across the Quinte region and other areas of the province with similar goals and objectives.

Pop-ups on the Bay is a seasonal, modular small business opportunity ranging from food and retail to experiences, on the shores of the Bay of Quinte in Belleville. Pop-ups are both a resident and tourist attraction and offer enhancement to other activities and events held in the park. Developed by the City of Belleville in 2019, the program has several goals:

  • To support entrepreneurs in the development and growth of their business.
  • To enhance the visitor experience.
  • To activate the underdeveloped waterfront.
    Despite the challenges since its inception (flooding and the pandemic), this project continues to gain momentum and has resulted in two bricks-and-mortar businesses.

The Pop-up Patio Project was launched in 2023 with the intent to enhance outdoor experiences that support a lively urban environment and solidify the Downtown District as a destination for culinary and entertainment. This project has successfully enhanced 31 street patios and parklets that create new community spaces for businesses and patrons.

With the intention of improving universal accessibility, public safety and the overall streetscape, the city will explain how they pursued the right partners to bring this project to life, and how they manage the capital assets that are installed for downtown stakeholders through a permitting process each year.

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City of Kawartha Lakes Short Term Rentals License Program

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Jenn Toste, Supervisor, Municipal Law Enforcement and Licencing Division, Kawartha Lakes

The City of Kawartha Lakes officially passed a By-law regulating Short Term Rental Accommodations in June of 2023.
Between the years of 2017 to 2023, years of information and research was gathered, while being reviewed for the development of the Short Term Rental By-law. Consultations of other municipalities and agencies were done and comparators were examined to further study the growing changes and need for regulations.

By 2024, The City of Kawartha Lakes had strengthened nuisance by-laws, implemented investigative fees, hosted public information sessions, created a task force, provided numerous Council updates, and engaged with a vendor host program who was able to confirm up to 800+ short term rental locations in our area using the approximate 60 online platforms advertising in Kawartha Lakes.

To license these short term rental locations, it allows for safe conditions (Fire and Building Code), establish responsibilities for owners, protect the character, value and quality of neighbourhoods and can be addressed through legal process for non compliance.

Having a Bylaw that defines a “hosted or unhosted” property as well as 6mth and 1 year licenses, the City of Kawartha Lakes also has a demerit point system for violations and fees that range between $150 – $1500 per application, fines for non compliance range from $200 to $900.

We learned that vendor support is essential to identifying properties, new data from applications revealed changes to properties without permits or undersized septic systems, and post year 1, we are looking to review processes such as our application and circulation and continue to structure our enforcement courses of action.

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The Power of Leadership Training in Staff Retention

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Verity Dimock, Vice President, Learning Services, Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)

The labour market is becoming more challenging. One key reason for that, identified in a recent article by Harvard Business review is Millennials. In a Gallup study for that article, 60% of Millennials surveyed said that “opportunities to learn and grow” were extremely important to them in a job. However, Millennials were not alone, about 40% of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers gave the same answer. In addition, all three generations said that “quality of management” in an organization was important to them in a job too. So, as labour market challenges are expected to continue in 2024, isn’t it time to focus on staff retention as a top business priority?

In this 1-hour presentation, Verity will look at ways that leadership development training can help. She will outline:

  • the top 3-4 leadership skills to focus on for both emerging and more experienced leaders
  • some options to consider for leadership development, that won’t break the bank
  • and share a short case study from OTEC’s accelerated leadership training program  Ultimately, the goal of these session is to provide ROO leaders with some actionable ideas to improve staff retention in 2024, through leadership development, while also having some fun.

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Eastern Ontario Macroeconomics: Are We (Finally) Emerging from Five Years of Economic Uncertainty?

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Sébastien Labrecque, Executive Director and Chief Economist, StrategyCorp Institute of Public Policy and Economy

Saying that the last five years have been marked by significant economic uncertainty is an understatement. Between the pandemic, inflation, high interest rates, population growth and the threat of a recession, Eastern Ontario has had to navigate complex socioeconomic dynamics. Leveraging the latest data available, we will look at key economic indicators to highlight trends impacting Eastern Ontario households, companies and municipalities. We will assess how the region is faring compared to the rest of the province and the country. The presentation will pay special attention to indicators related to demographics, employment, business and housing. This will enable us to identify and discuss with session attendees opportunities and challenges uncovered in the data. A Q&A session where participants can ask their questions in English or French will follow.

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Building a Foundation for Prosperity and Resiliency in Rural Communities

Moderator: TBA

Carolyn Puterbough
,Economic & Business Advisor, OMAFRA
Karen Fischer, Economic & Business Advisor, OMAFRA

This session will explore how to build a foundation for prosperity and resiliency in rural municipalities using community economic development approaches. Presenters will look at what community economic development is and why it’s vital for your community. The role of communication, education, and empowerment in nurturing a welcoming and inclusive environment will be explored. The presenters will share practical tools and tactics as well as local examples will be shared along with free resources to support economic development in your community. Join the conversation and discover how communities can shape a more prosperous, resilient, and inclusive future.

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Guarding Our Communities: Cybersecurity Essentials for Municipalities

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Loan Duong, Director of Sales & Marketing, Cloud Metric Inc./ Server Cloud Canada/ Telecom Metric Inc.

Guarding Our Communities: Cybersecurity Essentials for Municipalities Cloud Metric Inc. proposes a presentation on Cybersecurity for Municipalities, recognizing the critical role of safeguarding municipal operations and citizen data. The breach in Hamilton, one of the largest cities in Ontario, is the latest example and underscores the vulnerability of municipal systems to cyber threats. Such incidents highlight the urgent need for robust cybersecurity measures to protect essential services and maintain public trust. Another important topic is compliance with regulations which is vital for municipalities to ensure the privacy and security of citizen information. Non-compliance not only risks legal repercussions but also erodes public confidence in municipal governance. Our presentation will offer tailored strategies for municipalities, encompassing access controls, encryption protocols, and comprehensive incident response plans. We will emphasize the importance of employee training and collaboration with cybersecurity experts to fortify municipal defenses. By prioritizing cybersecurity resilience, municipalities can mitigate risks, safeguard critical infrastructure, and uphold their commitment to serving and protecting their communities.

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Municipal Law Update

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Tony Fleming C.S., Certified Specialist in Municipal Law (Local Government/Land Use Planning & Development), Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP

The courts and tribunals are constantly interpreting the law that applies to municipal governance and land use planning. When case law is considered along with changes in legislation, decision makers and staff have a daunting task to remain up to date. You need the most current information to ensure your municipality is making the right decisions and is able to take advantage of new rules. This session will focus on the latest changes to municipal legislation and the newest cases in areas of interest to municipal council and staff. Learn not just what new decisions have been handed down from the OLT and the courts, but why they are important and how your municipality can benefit.

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Enabling Stickiness with Youth and the Young Population | County of Simcoe: Nurturing Growth through Inclusive Workforce Initiatives and Partnerships

*This session includes two 30-minute presentations

Moderator: TBA

Enabling Stickiness with Youth and the Young Population

Daniel Van Kampen, Manager of Economic Development, Town of Cobourg

When the Town of Cobourg completed their economic development strategy in 2023, background research indicated that the young population was growing. The Town experienced over 4% growth among the population under 14 years of age from 2016 to 2021. There continues to be daycare centre and school population growth with new, additional population moving into Cobourg. This reputation of being a retirement community and a place to live for the 65 plus population needs to be challenged. The economic development strategy included a goal statement to address workforce development by improving youth engagement. Since the strategy’s adoption, economic development and the Venture13 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre have created programs and initiatives to improve workforce engagement, which include:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Camps
  • A Skilled Trades Day
  • Graduation awards for secondary school students pursuing STEM and entrepreneurship post-secondary education

These programs and initiatives are the beginning of improved youth engagement and awareness of future opportunities in Cobourg. The intent is to retain the young population and they stick to Cobourg when they pursue employment and/or business opportunities.

County of Simcoe: Nurturing Growth through Inclusive Workforce Initiatives and Partnerships

Ruth Walker Scott, Economic Development Officer, County of Simcoe Economic Development Office

The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office’s presentation will spotlight its Labour Market Research Study and subsequent initiatives that were delivered for the purpose of supporting and developing Simcoe County’s labour force. The presentation will underscore the importance of strong regional partnerships and the value of leveraging external funding opportunities.

The study was delivered as part of a larger RED funded workforce program. The purpose was to identify and provide recommendations to resolve challenges that Simcoe County-based businesses faced, especially following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The County of Simcoe EDO received input from local businesses, which informed the study, by working in partnership with SM Skillforce (formerly the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board).

The study examined six key sectors. It identified challenges and made recommendations specific to each sector and provided general cross sector recommendations to support workforce development throughout the County. As a result, the County of Simcoe EDO was able to provide support to businesses in all key sectors over a short period of time. Some initiatives that will be highlighted in the presentation include an industry focused mentorship program, management essentials and DEI training, and meaningful collaboration with post-secondary institutions.

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City of Kingston International Student Symposium | Building Tomorrow’s Workforce: The Strategic Advantage of Co-op Student Employment.

*This session includes two 30-minute presentations

Moderator: TBA

City of Kingston International Student Symposium

Dajana Turkovic, Workforce Development Analyst, City of Kingston
Yu Jier Kou, Program Coordinator, Kingston Immigration Partnership
Sonia Verjovsky, Project Supervisor, Workplace Inclusion Charter, KEYS
Eliana de Lima, Ventresca – Political Science Student, Queen’s University

The City of Kingston, along with the Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) and KEYS Employment and Newcomer Services, hosted the inaugural International Student Symposium on March 6, 2024. This event aimed to enhance the well-being and integration of international students into the community. International students enrich local culture and often see their studies as a path to citizenship. However, they face unique challenges beyond academic pressures, for which post-secondary institutions are often unprepared. The symposium, attended by nearly 200 international post-secondary students, focused on fostering relationships and finding solutions to these challenges. Its key objectives included connecting students with local resources, building relationships, and developing an ongoing action plan to be reviewed annually. This initiative has a dual impact: locally, it strengthens collaboration among agencies supporting international students, empowering them to address common issues. Regionally, it sets a precedent for other Eastern Ontario jurisdictions to address similar challenges. Building on Kingston’s success in promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) through initiatives like the Workplace Inclusion Charter, this symposium holds promise as another model for positive change and we would love to introduce it to regional partners at the OEMC.

Building Tomorrow’s Workforce: The Strategic Advantage of Co-op Student Employment

Jideofor Ahaneku, Business Developer, University of Waterloo

The session delves into the transformative power of co-op programs in shaping the future workforce and building a bridge that connects post-secondary institutions and the world of work. With a focus on strategic talent acquisition, this session explores how businesses can leverage co-op student employment as a catalyst for growth and innovation.

Through well-researched insights and valuable case studies, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of hiring co-op students. The session emphasizes the strategic advantages, such as accessing a pool of motivated and skilled talent, fostering a culture of continuous learning and development, and driving organizational success.

Moreover, the session highlights the role of co-op programs in addressing industry challenges, promoting diversity and inclusion, and creating sustainable talent pipelines. Attendees will learn about best practices for integrating co-op students into their teams, optimizing their contributions, and maximizing return on investment.

Overall, this session is designed to provide actionable strategies and practical advice for businesses looking to harness the strategic advantage of co-op student employment. It aims to inspire and equip attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to build a resilient and competitive workforce for the future.

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Workforce Development – Programs and Services Supporting Business Growth and Attraction

Moderator: Alysha Dominico, Project Manager, OE-WPSP

Adam Cameron
, Regional Program Manager, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
Martha Woods, Executive Director, Eastern Ontario Training Board

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and its Skilled Trades Global Talent and Settlement Services will provide an update on programs along with examples of support programs in eastern Ontario communities. Ontario East will provide update on OE-Workforce Partners Support Project.

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Community Responsibility, and DEI Trending?

Moderator: TBA

Speaker: Emilio Ojeda, Settlement Services Coordinator, Northumberland County

In the ever-evolving landscape of social responsibility and corporate ethics, Community Responsibility and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) have emerged as crucial focal points. Organizations worldwide are recognizing the significance of actively engaging with and contributing to the communities they operate in. This Community Responsibility extends beyond philanthropy, encompassing sustainable business practices, ethical decision-making, and a commitment to social justice.

Simultaneously, the DEI movement has gained unprecedented momentum, with various acronyms such as D&I (Diversity and Inclusion), IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility), DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging), JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), and ERG (Employee Resource Groups) taking centre stage. These terms highlight the multifaceted approach organizations are adopting to foster a workplace culture that celebrates diversity, ensures equity, and promotes inclusivity.

As DEI becomes a business imperative, organizations are increasingly integrating these principles into their core values and operational strategies. Embracing a holistic approach, organizations are striving to build diverse teams, eliminate biases, and create an inclusive environment that fosters innovation and collaboration.

The evolving landscape of Community Responsibility and DEI trends reflects a paradigm shift towards a more conscientious and socially aware business world. Organizations that champion these principles not only contribute to the well-being of society but also position themselves as leaders in a global marketplace that values ethical practices and inclusive leadership.

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Bridging Industry and Education: Unveiling Kawartha Lakes’ Innovative Workforce Solutions

Moderator: TBA

Lindsey Schoenmakers
, Economic Development Officer, Business, City of Kawartha Lakes
Alan Stanley, Head of Business and Technological Studies, Transportation Technology Teacher, I.E. Weldon Secondary School
Joe Kraan, Plant Manager, TS Manufacturing

Discover Kawartha Lakes’ innovative approach to tackling local workforce challenges! Join us for a captivating speaker session where we dive into how Kawartha Lakes Economic Development, alongside local school boards and industry, bridges the gap between industry and education.

Through dynamic events like “Manufacturing Doors Open” and the “Reverse Job Fair,” we showcase the many opportunities within advanced manufacturing and skilled trade businesses. These initiatives are not only about educating educators on the diverse pathways available to students but also empowering them to guide and motivate the next generation toward rewarding careers. Through interactive sessions, informative workshops, and networking opportunities, the event sparked crucial conversations and fostered lasting connections. Its impact resonated deeply, enhancing awareness and laying a robust foundation for future collaborations, ultimately enriching Kawartha Lakes’ workforce and fostering a culture of lifelong learning and innovation.

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