Workforce Connex Ontario: Advanced Manufacturing & Technology
March 6, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport, 6257 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E4.
9:00 – 9:30 Networking Breakfast & Registration
9:30 – 9:45 Welcoming on behalf of Indigenous Works
– Moderator, Trina Maher, President, Bridging Concepts & Ontario Linkages Project Consultant
Opening Prayer by Chief Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
9:45 – 10:00 Finding Common Ground
Participant Introductions & Networking Activity ‘Favourite Things’
10:00 – 10:20 Indigenous Works: Partnership Research and Tools
Speaker: Stephen Crocker, National Linkages Project Manager, Indigenous Works
10:20 – 10:40 Participant Round Tables Session 1: What do you bring to the table? What do you need?
Participants will circulate the room to share what they have to offer in terms of programs, opportunities and needs.
10:40 – 10:50 Refreshment Break
10:50 – 11:30 Indigenous Employment Strategy Panel
The national federally funded Indigenous Employment & Training Strategy is not well known across industry in Canada. This session will reveal to employers the ways to collaborate, and tap into these important resources for talent development. Representatives from different Indigenous Employment & Training agencies will share their expertise on how they support labour market development through their programs and impart practical examples of partnership models.
Speakers: Mathew Gallina, National ASETS Training Coordinator, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples; Brandi Jonathan, Strategic Partnership Lead, Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board.
11:30 – 12:00 Technology Sector Career Journeys: Insights & Advice
This session will impart the career story of two Indigenous technology professionals who have been on their career journey as part of the technology team at Scotiabank. Gain insights from hearing their stories and employers & educators can gleam valuable advice on how to support Indigenous talent towards success.
Speakers: Jessica Mckenzie, Program Manager, Scotiabank & David Loney, Vice President, Enterprise Data Services, Scotiabank
12:00 – 1:00 Buffet & Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Advanced Manufacturing Panel : Myths & Realities
What is happening in the advanced manufacturing sector in our region and in this sector? How can we work together to meet the emerging needs and dispel any myths about the sector for future talent? These questions will be addressed by our panelists as they also share new research and HR forecasts for advanced manufacturing.
Speakers: Carol Simpson, Executive Director, Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin; Marlene Conway Diels, Director Ontario Region, Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada & President GS5 Corporation
1:30 – 1:55 Participant Round Table Conversations: What have you learned thus far? What can you do with the information? What do you want to do next to collaborate?
2:00 – 2:30 Education & Industry Collaborative Models
This session will highlight the current and emerging collaborations happening among educators and industry that are beginning to address the training needs of talent.
Speakers: Nathan Snider, Program Manager Indigenous Outreach & Programming, Information Communication & Technology Council; Jarret Leaman, Business Partner, Philanthropy and Business Development Troon Technologies & Founder, Centre for Indigenous Innovation & Technology
2:30 – 2:45 Refreshment Break
2:45 – 3:15 World Café Discussion: Next Steps
Participants will have the opportunity to circulate through a series of facilitated discussion ‘cafes’ to share ideas on future collaboration and what commitments & action items going forward.
3:15 – 3:30 Closing Comments & Closing Prayer
3:30 – 4:00 Optional Additional Networking Time. Feel free to stay a little longer and use the room to have additional conversations with your new friends and contacts.