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Tuesday, July 23 • 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Workforce Development

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The Workforce Development Working Group identifies the barriers to addressing labor shortages and the key stakeholders, and specific actions that can be implemented to alleviate these shortages. The Working Group examines the training needed for the skilled workforce of the future as well as the best practices in industry and government cooperation.

Co-Chairs:
Senator Lisa Wellman, Washington State Legislature
Shawna Argue, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

Career Pathways Presentations
Workforce development is evolving across the region
How are the education community is engaging with industry and stakeholders on workforce development?
Dr. Larry Rosia, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Janet Uchacz-Hart, Saskatoon Industry Education Council,  RoboX Program
Lisa Shingoose, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)

Overview of Career Connect Washington, an innovative government program in Washington State focused on workforce development.
Sen. Lisa Wellman, Washington State Legislature Career Connect Washington

Meeting Current and Future Workforce Needs in Washington State
Maddy ThompsonSenior Policy Advisor on Education, Office of  Governor Inslee

Future Launch: Preparing youth of today for jobs of tomorrow.
Andrew Schrumm, Senior Manager, Research Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Showcase of how Saskatchewan and the region are addressing labour shortages.
Chad Vickers, Ministry of Immigration and Career Training, Government of Saskatchewan

Roundtable Discussion
Explore how the region could move forward to address emerging challenges on workforce development. Discussion led by Co-Chairs
Panelists and Working Group Attendees

More details on the Working Group here.

Speakers
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Andrew Schrumm

Senior Manager, Research, Royal Bank of Canada
Andrew is lead researcher on RBC’s thought leadership team, examining how Canada can enter the 2020s as a diverse, innovative and sustainable nation. He manages RBC’s future skills research project that is advancing thinking on skills-based job mobility, life-long learning and... Read More →
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Sen. Lisa Wellman

Senator, Workforce Development Working Group Co-chair, Washington State Legislature
Lisa Wellman represents 41st Legislative District (Mercer Island, Bellevue, Newcastle and parts of Issaquah, Sammamish, and Renton) in the Washington State Senate. She was elected in 2016 after a 25-year career in technology and marketing including executive level positions in Fortune... Read More →
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Shawna Argue

Director of Registration; Workforce Development Working Group Co-chair, Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Shawna is a registered Professional Engineer in Saskatchewan. She is a graduate of Industrial Systems Engineering, University of Regina (1987) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University (1999). Shawna's experience covers a wide variety of industries both... Read More →
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Lisa Shingoose

Vice-President, Employment Development & Career Services, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)
Lisa Shingoose is a member of the Cote First Nation, which is located in Southeastern Saskatchewan.  She currently resides in Saskatoon and is an employee of 20 years with the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), which is one of the four accrediting educational institutes... Read More →
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Maddy Thompson

Senior Policy Advisor for Education, Office of Governor Inslee
Madeleine (“Maddy”) Aroney Thompson has been at the forefront of strategic planning to meet Washington state’s current and future workforce and education needs leading key initiatives in executive and legislative branches over the last two decades.  As Senior Education Advisor... Read More →
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Janet Uchacz-Hart

Saskatoon Industry Education Council, RoboX Program
Janet Uchacz-Hart was a secondary education teacher for 21 years before assuming the Executive Director position with the Saskatoon Industry Education Council for the past 16 years. Through a partnership among business, K-12 and post-secondary schools, Janet and her team have created... Read More →
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Chad Vickers

Director, Employer Services, Ministry of Immigration and Career Training, Government of Saskatchewan
Chad Vickers is the Director of Employer Services in Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Immigration and Career Training. He is passionate about helping employers develop, recruit and retain a skilled and diverse workforce.Chad holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the... Read More →
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Dr. Larry Rosia

President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
As President and CEO of Sask Polytech, Dr. Larry Rosia leads the province’s primary provider of technical education and skills training. Sask Polytech serves more than 28,000 distinct students, and offers programs that touch every sector of the economy.Dr. Rosia’s career in education... Read More →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Bess Terrace Lounge