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Connecting Jobs & People for an Optimal BC Economy


Thank you to our conference speakers, panelists and attendees for a successful conference featuring informative presentations and conversation.  This event was the beginning of the conversation and we look forward to continuing to build connections between the supply and demand of the labour challenges in British Columbia. 

Our speakers have kindly agrees to make their presentations available:

Rick Miner: Preparing for Jobs of the Future
John Abbott: Reuniting Thinking with Doing
David Manicom: Changes to Economic Immigration Program

Please visit our photo gallery for images from the event.


Many of the challenges and gaps in the BC labour market are due to imperfect linkages, connections and communication between the demand and supply sides of the job market. Skill and labour shortages, regional mismatches, under-utilized labour force participants, labour surpluses, inefficient programs and services are all symptoms of a workforce demand/supply disconnect.

Join with leaders from British Columbia’s business, education, recruitment and human resource sectors for this full day session to explore the challenges facing employers and the opportunities for solutions through our education and post secondary education systems, identifying underutilized labour pools and building connections between major project planning and broad human resource planning.

Thursday, November 22, 2012
7:30 am—4:30 pm
Fairmont Pacific Rim
Register today
                                                                 Delegate Fees:
$1600.00/table of 8

Feature Speakers:

Rick Miner
Author, People without Jobs, Jobs with out People and Jobs of the Future: Options and Opportunities
Former President, Seneca College,
Former Vice President, University of New Brunswick


John Abbott
International speaker and Director, 21st Century Learning Initiative, the British not-for-profit Trust Education 2000
Conference Paper: Into the Future; Knowledge Transfer, and Cultural Norms


Guest Speakers and Panel Discussions:

Guest Speaker: Modernizing Canada's Economic Immigration Program

  • David Manicom, Director General, Immigration Branch, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

The role of Post Secondary Education and Training Institutions

  • George Iwama, President, University of Northern British Columbia;
  • David Ross, President and CEO Langara College;
  • Pascal Spothelfer, Vice President, Communications and Community Partnership, University of British Columbia and
  • Don Wright, President, BC Institute of Technology
  • Moderator: Philip Steenkamp, Vice President, External Relations, Simon Fraser University

Connecting large talent pools with skills training and employment opportunities

  • Paul Henning, Vice President, Strategic Projects, Primary Metal Group, Rio Tinto
  • Manley McLachlan, President, British Columbia Construction Association;
  • Kelly Pollack, Executive Director, The Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia
  • Moderator: Kevin Evans, President and CEO, Industry Training Authority

Building British Columbia: Connecting BC’s major project needs with labour supply sources

  • Doug Bloom, President, Spectra Energy Transmission West
  • Lisa Bumbaco, Vice President, Human Resources, Seaspan;
  • Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director, BC Building Trades;
  • Moderator, Belle Puri, CBC News Vancouver