Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

June 15, 2012 13:48 ET

Labour, Immigration Solutions Key for Accessing Supplier Opportunities in Atlantic 'Mega Projects': CME

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 15, 2012) - Addressing widespread skills shortages throughout Atlantic Canada is the focus of a new workshop hosted by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), aimed at transforming Nova Scotia companies into viable suppliers for major shipbuilding, energy and construction projects.

The third instalment in CME's Ready, Set, Go workshop series, the June 21 event at the Halifax Marriott Habourfront Hotel will centre on labour skills, immigration and workforce readiness in small, medium-sized and large-scale workplaces.

"Atlantic manufacturers are keen to capitalize on these 'mega projects', but many face significant obstacles related to the availability of skilled labour and the ongoing issue of retention," explains Ann Janega, vice president, CME Nova Scotia. "This practical workshop will help companies identify the tools and partners who can help maximize both their human resource and overall business potential."

The program will open with an address from Sandra McKenzie, Deputy Minister, Department of Labour and Advanced Education, followed by presentations from Elizabeth Mills, executive director of the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and Rick Clarke, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, as well as first-hand case studies by manufacturers, Helly Hansen and Michelin.

"Manufacturers in Nova Scotia are entering a time of unprecedented opportunity," says Janega. "However, the common denominator for success is good people. This workshop will provide the important insight necessary to realize that potential."

For a detailed agenda or to register, please visit www.cme-mec.ca/ns. The Ready, Set, Go workshop series is presented by CME and law firm, McInnes Cooper.

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada's largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.

The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME's members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada's leading business network, CME - through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition - touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all goods and services exports.

Contact Information

  • Ann Janega
    Vice President, CME Nova Scotia
    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
    902-449-9002
    ann.janega@cme-mec.ca