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Workshop looks into future labour needs and trends in Sault Ste. Marie and area

Posted: Dec 1, 2010

For many folks, particularly high school and post-secondary students, knowing the future job market is of the upmost importance. Understanding the likely demand of certain industries can help them make educated decisions on what field to break into.

This was the topic of discussion at the Growth Strategies and Labour Development Forum, hosted by Employment Ontario, the Algoma Workforce Investment Committee and Destiny Sault Ste. Marie. The event connected employment service professionals with labour market information and economic development strategies for the region.
Destiny SSM, the community’s economic diversification strategy, consists of representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors. The organization identifies strategic sectors, areas with promise like alternative energy and tourism.
Put simply, Destiny identifies the community’s best bets with regards to economic development, and its member organizations then work to bolster these sectors. As Destiny’s strategies relate to the future of Sault Ste. Marie and its workforce, they were presented at the Labour Development Forum.
Strategies and presenters included:
• Dave Murphy, Acting CEO for the Economic Development Corporation, presented Manufacturing & Assembly and Post-Secondary.
• City Planning Director Don McConnell presented Transportation & Infrastructure. 
• Helen Gillespie, Director of Development for the SSM Innovation Centre, presented Science & Technology and Alternative Energy.
• Steve Hollingshead, Coordinator of Special Projects & Sport Tourism for Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, a division of the Economic Development Corporation, presented Tourism Development.
• Judy Montague, Service Delivery Manager for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, presented Labour Development.

Meanwhile, Bruce Strapp, Executive Director of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, provided an overview of Destiny Sault Ste. Marie and also introduced the panel.

PHOTO: Bruce Strapp, Executive Director of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, introduces the Destiny panel (L to R): Steve Hollingshead (Tourism Sault Ste. Marie), Dave Murphy (Economic Development Corporation), Don McConnell (City of SSM) and Helen Gillespie (Innovation Centre). 
PHOTO: Dave Murphy, Acting CEO for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, presents Destiny’s Manufacturing & Assembly Strategy.
PHOTO: Don McConnell, Planning Director for the City of Sault Ste. Marie, presents Destiny’s Transportation & Infrastructure Strategy


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