The company hopes this initiative will encourage other businesses to
implement succession planning measures.
MONTREAL, June 9, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Walter Surface Technologies takes
the lead in succession planning in Québec, demonstrating its allegiance
to our youth and their future. Pierre Somers, President and CEO,
reiterates his commitment to education and succession planning by
announcing the launch of a new internship program that offers students
the opportunity to work for a large company. Mr. Somers invites other
business leaders in the province to join him in his endeavour to
promote education and look for real life solutions to the issue of
The subject of demographic changes and the ensuing shortage of workers
has been in the news for a number of years now. All fields of activity
are already showing some deficiencies in terms of worker availability,
whether in healthcare, technology, agriculture, food service or
manufacturing. According to recent data released by Emploi-Québec,
730,000 jobs will need to be filled by 2015; and 500,000 of these
vacancies will be the result of a massive move to retirement.1
In light of this information, Walter Surface Technologies has developed
its innovative program called Objectif: Relève, whereby university students may apply for a three-month internship
allowing them to explore the various components of a successful
business, including the opportunity to work with the President and CEO.
"This innovative approach offers an experience that is similar to the
one I had with my father", says Pierre Somers. "In general, interns do
not get a chance to work with upper management. My hope is that this
will be an opportunity to share some interesting and productive ideas.
After all, it's a similar interaction between two generations that
helped further our company's growth." Students who wish to apply can do
so by going to www.walter.com/ObjectifReleve between June 9 and July 11, 2014. The student selected to be the first
intern in the Objectif: Relève program will start his or her internship in August 2014. The company
intends to pursue this program over a period of five years.
This initiative is only one of Walter Surface Technologies' many
endeavours aimed at providing support to educational organizations and
institutions. For several years the Somers family has offered its
support to Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal and Institut de Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ). In 2002, the international strategic management chair at the
HEC became the Walter-J.-Somers chair in honour of Pierre Somers'
This year, Pierre Somers has accepted to be Honorary Chairman of the 14th edition of the annual Îles-de-la-Madeleine fundraising lobster dinner in aid of Fondation Madeli-Aide. The foundation's mission is to promote education among the region's
youth, in addition to encouraging young people to stay in school and
strive for success. Since 1998, Fondation Madeli-Aide has granted close to a thousand scholarships to students who wished to
pursue their education off-island, thanks to the generosity of donors
and to the success of fundraising activities such as the ever-popular
lobster dinner. "Fondation Madeli-Aide is a cause that is really close to my heart", adds Pierre Somers, "not
only because of our commitment to education, but also because my mother
is from the Îles-de-la-Madeleine region."
About Walter Surface Technologies
Established more than 60 years ago, the Montreal-based, privately owned
Walter Surface Technologies, is an important provider to the global
metal surfaces industry. Aside from Canada, the company has
established subsidiaries in the following countries: the United States,
Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Austria and Switzerland, and continues to grow
a presence around the world. Walter Surface Technologies has its
research, development and distribution quality systems certified under
the International Standard ISO 9001: 2008. Walter Surface Technologies
continues to grow and implement research and development to ensure it
is producing the most innovative and sustainable products in the
industry. Walter Surface Technologies has developed into both a
national and international success as it has received recognition from
across North America and overseas. Key influential awards include, Wall Street Journal Award (US), Deutscher Material Preiz (Germany), American Eagle Award, CleanTech Cleaning Technology Award.
To learn more about Walter Surface Technologies and to view a full list
of products, visit www.walter.com.
Source : Perspectives à long terme 2012-2021, Emploi-Québec
SOURCE: Walter Surface Technologies
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