Free online learning tool will help businesses better manage Canada's changing workforce

    OTTAWA, Sept. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Small- and medium-sized businesses will
soon have access to a free, online learning tool called TalentNet(C) that will
help them keep pace with the changing demographics of Canada's workforce by
maximizing the skills and talents of their employees, and better identifying
future business leaders.
    Dr. Linda Manning, director of the Leveraging Immigrant Talent to
Strengthen Canadian Business project, which developed TalentNet(C), says "an
aging workforce and the rising number of retirements in management have
increased the demand for highly skilled, experienced employees who are ready
to advance into leadership positions."
    Research conducted by Dr. Manning's team reveals business leaders need
improved talent management practices to better recognize, value and develop
the skills and competencies of their employees.
    "Current practices in this area are driven by expectations of
independent, egalitarian and risk-taking employee behaviours," she says.
"These expectations are shaped largely by Canadian culture and a much a
broader approach is needed for successful talent management. For instance, the
number of highly skilled immigrant employees is increasing but, for various
reasons, they often miss out on training, development and promotion."
    TalentNet(C) is presented in an interactive social-network-type
environment The game is unique because its content and learning objectives are
research-driven, the learning is experiential and based on sound pedagogy,
learning assessment is based on observable and measurable game actions, and a
follow-up survey is conducted three months after its initial implementation to
measure changes in workplace practices.
    TalentNet(C) will be launched officially at a conference organized by the
project on October 1-2, 2009, in Ottawa. Conference participants will have the
opportunity to try TalentNet(C) first-hand and the game will be available
online after that.

    The Leveraging Immigrant Talent to Strengthen Canadian Business project
is funded, in part, by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC),
and is hosted at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Manning is the Project's
learning concept designer and subject matter expert for the learning design.
    To learn more about the project, visit

    TalentNet (C) 2009 Leveraging Immigrant Talent-all rights reserved

For further information:

For further information: Media contact to arrange interviews with Dr.
Manning: Jean-Paul Brasseur, Brasseur & Associates Inc., (613) 830-4766,

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