Media Advisory - BC employers address skills shortage of 60,000 workers at Vancouver Summit

VANCOUVER, March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - On Friday, March 28th, over 80 BC employers and representatives from government and educational institutions are coming together to address the looming shortage of skilled workers in the province at the Mind the Gap Summit.

Convened by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC), the Summit will showcase local and global best practices for mobilizing immigrant talent. It will inspire BC leaders to develop short to long-term solutions that more effectively utilize BC's immigrant talent to address the province's skills shortage and meet workforce needs.

What:    IEC-BC 2014 Summit, Mind The Gap: Winning Global Talent for BC's Continued Prosperity
Where:   Sutton Place Hotel, Le Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
When:  Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Summit Agenda Speakers:

8:00 am         Welcome and Opening Remarks - Kelly Pollack, Executive Director, IEC-BC
8:15 am  Keynote Speaker - Dr. Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President and Co-Founder, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC
9:05 am   BC's Global Talent Brand Panel: How strong is BC's global talent brand in the international arena and what are our competitive advantages?

  • Jonathan Leebosh - Partner, Egan LLP, Ernst & Young
  • Andrew Ramlo, Executive Director, Urban Futures
  • Donna Wilson - Senior Vice President, Lifelabs
  • Yuen Pau Woo - President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation
11:45 am  Province of BC Remarks - Deputy Minster Dave Byng, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Ministry Responsible for Labour
1:00 pm  Government of Canada Remarks - Minister Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
1:35 pm   Keynote Presentation and Q&A - Warren Everson, Senior Vice President, Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
3:15 pm         Closing Remarks

SOURCE: SFU Public Square

For further information:

Karen Zukas
Manager, Communications, Immigrant Employment Council of BC
Office: 604-630-5018     Cell: 604-218-3487

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