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Employer Panel Discussions

Join our panel discussions and learn from industry experts on how to be an employer of choice in manufacturing.

9:00 am | Supporting Diversity and Integration in the Workplace

One of the key issues identified in the influential Industrie 2030 report was the need to diversify the manufacturing workforce to include under-represented groups – women, indigenous peoples and youth in particular. To achieve this manufacturers need to make workplaces that are more welcoming and inclusive. This panel explores how to achieve that.

Guest Panelists:

  • Tina Strehlke, Minerva Foundation
  • Lisa Ayton, ITA

10:30 am | Creative Ways to Attract and Retain Employees: Going Above & Beyond

With the unemployment in the province of BC at an exceptionally low 4.6%, and even lower than that for the manufacturing industry, it has become a real challenge to both attract and retain employees. It is critical more now than ever before that employers go above and beyond to attract and retain employees. This panel explores some best practices in attraction and retention.

Guest Panelists:

  • Shannon Pearson, Incrementa Consulting
  • Tyler Fox, Pointbreak Consulting
  • Mark Soares, Unifiller
  • Craig Woods, ITA



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