Four County Labour Market Planning Board - Serving Bruce Grey Huron Perth, 23 Jul 2015 8:27:27 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Annual Report 2013-2014]]>, 23 Jul 2015 8:27:27 -0700Together Everyone Achives More accurately reflects the Planning Board's philosphy. Bring together a group of interested, energetic, knowledgable partners and a transformation starts to happen. Work and resources are shared, experiences are exchanged, new ideas come forward, expertise is put into action and the sphere of influence is greater. Forging partnerships take work, time and resources but the rewards - learning, sharing, meeting goals and making a difference in the community - make it worthwhile...

<![CDATA[Local Lens on Agriculture]]>, 03 Jul 2015 12:06:09 -0700

<![CDATA[Andrew Coghlin / Business / Perth / Treasurer]]>, 29 Jun 2015 7:17:22 -0700Andrew Coghlin is a director representing Business in the county of Perth. ]]><![CDATA[Savanna Schaus / Youth / Regional / Co-Chair]]>, 29 Jun 2015 7:16:31 -0700Savanna Schaus is a director representing Youth across the region. She is also serving as Treasurer.

<![CDATA[Philip Maier / Business / Huron / Director / Co-Chair]]>, 12 Jun 2015 6:18:58 -0700Philip Maier represents Business in Huron county. He also performs the role of Co-Chair for the Board.

Phil currently is a member of the Huron Chamber of Commerce, an associate member of Huron Manufacturing,  a Sustainable Huron Committee member, SBEC Advisory Panel, Huron Immigration Partnership Council member, Philip Maier Consulting, Program Advisory Committee member for Conestoga College Food Technology Centre, Youth Justice Mediator for Goderich  and Senior Mediator for Community Justice Initiatives in Kitchener.

<![CDATA[Local Lens on Construction]]>, 04 Jun 2015 7:41:13 -0700

<![CDATA[EmployerOne Survey Observations]]>, 22 May 2015 10:21:25 -0700

EmployerOne Survey Observations March 2015

EmployerOne Survey Results 2015 Handout Card

Download the Layar app to your smartphone and scan the picture below for additional content. Don't have a smartphone? Just click on the picture to access the additional information.

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus May 12, 2015]]>, 14 May 2015 10:30:57 -0700        

In this episode of Workforce Focus, Gemma is joined by Mark Ozorio, Principal of John Diefenbaker Senior School, and Kim Darroch-Hopkins, Guidance Counsellor of John Diefenbaker Senior School, to discuss the upcoming Regional Career & Planning Fair the school is hosting this October. 

Listen here.

<![CDATA[Unemployment Rate Holds Steady - May 2015]]>, 08 May 2015 12:38:26 -0700

<![CDATA[Your Environmental Future]]>, 08 May 2015 11:41:36 -0700Download the free Layar app to your smartphone and scan the poster below for additional information about working with the Environment. Don't have a smartphone? Not to worry, just click the poster to view the additional content.


<![CDATA[Selling Your Future]]>, 08 May 2015 11:37:19 -0700Download the free Layar app to your smartphone and scan the posters below for additional information about the Retail Trade sector. Don't have a smartphone? Not to worry, just click the posters to view the additional content.

Retail Trade Sector


Top 5 Careers in Retail Trade



<![CDATA[Workforce Focus April 28, 2015]]>, 08 May 2015 11:24:12 -0700    

In this episode of Workforce Focus, Gemma is joined by Caitlin Stone, Youth Program Coordinator at the Saugeen Shores Business Enterprise Centre, to highlight the opportunities for youth available through the Summer Company and Starter Company programs. Michelle Bruin of Na'Hoola Spa, a recipent of the Starter Company grant, and Lyndon Smith, a Summer Company participant in 2014, also joined in on the conversation. Listen here

Caitlin Stone, Youth Program Coordinator - 519-832-2082

Michelle Bruin, Na'Hoola Spa - 519-483-4772

NEWS RELEASE (April 28, 2015): Ontario Investing in Training for Young Entrepreneurs


Interested in the Summer Company or Starter Company programs? Contact your local Business Entreprise Centre:

Bruce County:

Saugeen Shores Business Entreprise Centre - Port Elgin, ON

Grey County:

Business Entreprise Centre - Owen Sound, ON

Huron County:

Huron Business Centre - Seaforth, ON

Perth County:

Stratford Perth Centre for Business - Stratford, ON

<![CDATA[Building Your Future]]>, 08 May 2015 11:21:00 -0700Download the free Layar app for your smartphone and scan the posters below for additional information about the construction sector. Don't have a smartphone? Not to worry, just click the posters to view the additional content.

Construction Sector


Top 5 Careers in Construction



<![CDATA[Manufacturing Your Future]]>, 08 May 2015 11:01:41 -0700Download the free Layar app to your smartphone and scan the posters below for additional information about the sector. Don't have a smartphone? Not to worry, just click on the posters to view the additional content.

Manufacturing Sector


Top 5 Careers in Manufacturing



<![CDATA[What Career Paths are on Your Road Map?]]>, 08 May 2015 10:49:10 -0700The top sectors in Bruce, Grey, Huron, and Perth Counties include: Health Care, Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture and Retail Trade. Explore these sectors and learn about the top five careers in each.

Considering a career working with the environment? Check out "Your Environmental Future" for more information.

<![CDATA[Harvesting Your Future]]>, 08 May 2015 10:44:09 -0700Download the free Layar app to your smartphone and scan the posters below for additional information about the Agriculture industry. Don't have a smartphone? Not to worry, just click the posters to view the additional content.

Agriculture Sector


Top 5 Careers in Agriculture



<![CDATA[Caring for Your Future]]>, 08 May 2015 10:43:20 -0700Download the free Layar app and scan the posters below for additional information about the Health Care industry. Don't have a smartphone? Not to worry, just click the posters to view the additional content.

Health Care Sector


Top 5 Careers in Health Care



<![CDATA[Home]]>, 30 Apr 2015 12:17:16 -0700The Workforce Planning Board provides relevant information on industry and employment factors that adds value to economic and education planning at the grass roots. With this up-to-date information you can better budget for issues affecting the growth and development of your local company and economy.

For 15 years we have been delivering sound, reliable reports and direction in the development of skill sets of the local population. With this information we have been able to offer strategic options for businesses to succeed. We are able to work with business and community groups to address their most pressing concerns. This allows us to help develop a strong and vibrant future outlook.

We will continue to deliver the most up-to-date information and be the catalyst for building a strong economic climate through our community activities.

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<![CDATA[Wood Manufacturing in Ontario Video]]>, 29 Apr 2015 11:48:38 -0700

"Wood is the only major building material that grows naturally and is renewable." - Ontario Wood

<![CDATA[Women in Forestry Video]]>, 29 Apr 2015 11:44:18 -0700

<![CDATA[The Evolution of Modern Forestry in Ontario Video]]>, 29 Apr 2015 11:41:13 -0700

"The environmental benefits associated with Ontario wood products include renewability, responsible forest practices and a light carbon footprint. These benefits are helping to strengthen markets for wood prodcuts, which will in turn create jobs." - Ontario Wood

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus March 17, 2015]]>, 29 Apr 2015 8:32:40 -0700<![CDATA[Forestry in Ontario]]>, 23 Apr 2015 6:38:44 -0700

<![CDATA[Jim Diebel / Business / Grey / Director]]>, 27 Mar 2015 8:10:55 -0700Jim Diebel sits on the Board of Directors as a representative for business in the county of Grey. 

<![CDATA[Vince MacDonald / Educator & Trainer / Huron / Perth / Director]]>, 27 Mar 2015 8:09:52 -0700Vince MacDonald sits on the Board of Directors as an Educator & Trainer representative for the counties of Huron and Perth.

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus February 18, 2015]]>, 27 Mar 2015 8:04:14 -0700In this episode of Workforce Focus, Gemma is joined in-studio with Philip Maier of Philip Maier Consulting and Gregory CN Smith of Apex Success Group as they explore the Entrepreneurial Spirit. Listen here.

Philip Maier, Philip Maier Consulting

Geogory CN Smith, Apex Success Group


<![CDATA[Climate of Increased Participation Rates - March 2015]]>, 27 Mar 2015 8:03:20 -0700<![CDATA[Links]]>, 13 Mar 2015 9:04:35 -0700Since 1999, more than 4,000 organizations, 26,000 employers and 300,000 people have taken part in Local Board sponsored events. 

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Employment Services - Employment Ontario



<![CDATA[Workforce Focus November 12, 2013]]>, 24 Feb 2015 4:34:30 -0700Virginia Lambdin is the Administrator of the Technical Training Group (TTG). The TTG has been providing top notch local training by partnering with local schools and employers. Local businesses say what they want and the TTG works with their training staff to fill the local needs. Visit the TTG at

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<![CDATA[Contact Us]]>, 24 Feb 2015 7:47:23 -0700Four County Labour Market Planning Board

111 Jackson St. S Suite 1
P.O. Box 1078
Walkerton, Ontario N0G 2V0

Telephone: 519-881-2725
Toll Free: 1-888-774-1468
Fax: 519-881-3661

As a  workforce planning board we have the flexibility to test new approaches and initiate innovative and cost-effective solutions that respond to local workforce issues.

Would you like to hear about how we can help you?

Are you interested in organizing a focus group meeting to review training needs, issues, and ideas for your group or sector?

Do you want to be included on our mailing list to keep informed about what we are doing?

We would like to hear from you so please contact us.

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus]]>, 24 Feb 2015 7:44:35 -0700Join us between 6-7 pm on the air at 91.3 FM or online at to hear our special guests.

Please see below to listen to our past broadcasts with special guests.

<![CDATA[Reports]]>, 24 Feb 2015 7:43:34 -0700<![CDATA[Resources]]>, 24 Feb 2015 7:42:58 -0700<![CDATA[News]]>, 24 Feb 2015 7:42:32 -0700<![CDATA[About Us]]>, 24 Feb 2015 7:42:12 -0700We are currently looking to fill Director vacancies representing Educator Trainer in Bruce & Grey County, Educator Trainer in Huron & Perth County, Business in Grey County, Labour in Bruce & Grey County and Visible/Racial Minorities. Interested? Apply below by clicking on "Become a Director"

Our mission statement continues to guide the day-to-day operation of our organization, partnership development and project activity of the Board.

Local Boards are convinced that "grassroots input" is absolutely essential in reaching a better understanding of local labour markets and ultimately responding effectively to their unique situations.

Our Vision

A skilled workforce with meaningful job opportunities and quality employment in a sustainable and prosperous economy.

Our Mission

The Four County Labour Market Planning Board plans and promotes local labour market strategies to meet the challenges of a changing economy.

Our Mandate

The Four County Labour Market Planning Board plays a leadership role in the development of innovative labour market strategies by:

  • Providing reliable research
  • Identifying employment trends
  • Targeting workforce opportunities
  • Promoting skills development
  • Raising public awareness of workforce issues

The Board accomplishes its mandate by working collaboratively with business, workforce and community organizations to plan and initiate projects and programs that address the specific needs of workforce development in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties.

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus November 11, 2014]]>, 23 Feb 2015 1:39:03 -0700In this episode of Workforce Focus Pat Jilseson, President of the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture and Mike Ryan, President of the Grey County Federation of Agriculture joined Gemma in a conversation on the various careers available in the agrilcultural industry.

Listen to this episode here

<![CDATA[Survey]]>, 23 Feb 2015 1:37:40 -0700Your response to the Skills Gap Survey has formed the foundation for many initatives in the community. We want to continue using your input as the basis for our answer to your workforce challenges.

The EmployerOne Survey is now open. Please click the button below to complete the survey.

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus - 2015]]>, 23 Feb 2015 1:33:43 -0700Click on the links below to listen to any of our recorded Workforce Focus Broadcasts from 2015. ]]><![CDATA[Workforce Focus January 20, 2015]]>, 23 Feb 2015 7:16:43 -0700In this episode John Meinen, First Vice President of the Ontario Home Builders Association, joins Gemma in a conversation on the variety of careers available in the construction industry. Listen here.

For additional resource information click below to view a presentation John gave at our Workforce Summit last year.

<![CDATA[Help Wanted]]>, 20 Feb 2015 9:05:50 -0700<![CDATA[Increased Participation Rate is Good for Business - February 6, 2015]]>, 17 Feb 2015 1:18:19 -0700<![CDATA[Advancing Our Workforce Through Digital Skills]]>, 17 Feb 2015 12:53:15 -0700Menial No More

 ...Companies keeping pace with technological advancements has meant that  positions previously requiring low skills now demand solid digital skills...

<![CDATA[Essential Skills Tool for Red Seal Trades Online]]>, 17 Feb 2015 12:38:10 -0700Helping apprentices succeed at their training. Learn more here...

<![CDATA[Future Workforce Videos]]>, 17 Feb 2015 12:03:38 -0700Future Workforce Videos in Manufacturing, Hospitality & Tourism, Health & Wellness, and Green & Clean.

Manufacturing operations today are a technologically fuelled environment that require highly skilled workers that can operate very sophisticated machines. Manufacturing sustains economic growth. Manufacturing creates high quality jobs.

Hospitality & Tourism is a growing and diverse sector that has many exciting career paths and entrepreneur opportunities to explore in Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth counties in Ontario.

The future of Health & Wellness jobs in Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth counties, Ontario. Health and Wellness is an excellent choice for a successful and meaningful career. By 2016, 20% of health and wellness professionals will be eligible for retirement. That's 1 in every 5 people!

Green & Clean - The Green Economy is a rapidly growing sector with many exciting and rewarding career paths. As a result of increased public awareness of current environmental issues there's been a broad cultural shift seeing many industries adopt "green and clean" business practices. There is a demand for employees with the skills to work in this sector.

<![CDATA[Healthy Work - Life Balance - A Guide for Employers (Revised July 2014)]]>, 17 Feb 2015 11:37:53 -0700Employers...improve your bottom line and the overall operation of you business by knowing what common health issues impact you.

Find out about the local resources available to help you.

 Discover strategies to address issues that may arise in your workplace.

 Revised July 2014

<![CDATA[Lost Your Job? Need Advice? Let's Talk]]>, 17 Feb 2015 9:57:18 -0700Get started here:

<![CDATA[Manufacturing: Moving Forward]]>, 17 Feb 2015 9:37:07 -0700A presentation by: Mike Baker at our 2011 AGM.

<![CDATA[Progressive Employer Handbook]]>, 17 Feb 2015 9:25:44 -0700Employers...improve your bottom line and the overall operation of you business a more progressive workplace.

The ideas presented can be implemented at little cost to your business, but could save you substantial time and money.

<![CDATA[Specialist High Skills Major]]>, 17 Feb 2015 7:50:08 -0700More Programs -- Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests...Learn more.

<![CDATA[The Skilled Trades Handbook]]>, 17 Feb 2015 7:45:25 -0700A Guide to the World of Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship in Ontario.

<![CDATA[Partnership Database ]]>, 06 Feb 2015 8:32:54 -0700Find a Partnership that Works!

The Local Boards' Online Partnerships Database contains hundreds of proven partnership activities that have been completed by Local Boards across Ontario since 1998. Local Boards will continue to populate this database as they undertake new and exciting partnerships in the months and years to come.

Partnership Database


<![CDATA[TOP Report]]>, 06 Feb 2015 8:06:20 -0700TOP - Trends Opportunities and Priorities


TOP (Trends, Opportunities and Priorities) is an annual process led by Local Boards to: research the conditions of the local labour market; facilitate community consultations to review/discuss research findings; establish local priorities for labour market development; engage local partners in initiating action plans that respond to priorities of mutual interest.

The TOP process culminates in the publication of annual TOP reports prepared by each Local Board area in Ontario. That's how our Board gets results for our communities ... Or, you could say, how we stay on "TOP" of labour market challenges.

<![CDATA[Deb Hotchkiss / Persons with Disabilities / Regional / Director]]>, 03 Feb 2015 11:52:53 -0700Deb Hotchkiss respresents Persons with Disabilities in our Board region of Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties. Deb has worked for more than 20 years in the employment field. She is the Managing Director of Partners in Employment. ]]><![CDATA[Dave Jasper / Labour / Perth / Director]]>, 03 Feb 2015 11:51:08 -0700Dave Jasper represents the interests of labour in Perth County. ]]><![CDATA[Jayne Parker / Business / Bruce / Secretary]]>, 03 Feb 2015 11:48:54 -0700Jayne Parker represents Business in the county of Bruce and holds the office of Secretary for the FCLM Planning Board. ]]><![CDATA[The Board of Directors]]>, 03 Feb 2015 11:12:28 -0700We are currently looking to fill Director vacancies representing Women, Visible/Racial Minorities, Aboriginal Peoples & Labour. Interested? Contact us!

A board of directors governs the Four County Labour Market Planning Board. A variety of Labour Market Partner Groups are represented on the local board.

Labour Market Partner Groups include:

  • Business
  • Labour
  • Visible Minorities
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Women
  • Educators and Trainers
  • Youth
  • Aboriginal

Would you like to learn more about being a representative on the board? Contact the Four County Labour Market Planning Board

<![CDATA[Other Research]]>, 02 Feb 2015 11:34:42 -0700<![CDATA[2004 Labour Market Information]]>, 02 Feb 2015 11:25:49 -0700<![CDATA[2004 Labour Market Profile]]>, 02 Feb 2015 11:22:28 -0700<![CDATA[2005 Labour Market Information]]>, 02 Feb 2015 11:17:04 -0700<![CDATA[Workforce Focus 2007-2008]]>, 02 Feb 2015 10:34:56 -0700<![CDATA[Workforce Focus 2008-2009]]>, 02 Feb 2015 8:12:48 -0700<![CDATA[Workforce Focus 2009-2010]]>, 30 Jan 2015 10:13:26 -0700<![CDATA[Creative Class Workers in Huron County - Feb. 2011]]>, 30 Jan 2015 9:13:08 -0700Overview, Creative Class occupations, Workforce, By Industries, Opportunities.

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus 2010-2011]]>, 30 Jan 2015 8:56:19 -0700Each issue of Workforce Focus is a brief synopsis of different topics related to what is happening in our workforce in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth, with a comparative to Ontario.

<![CDATA[Occupational Profiles]]>, 30 Jan 2015 3:08:16 -0700<![CDATA[Wood Manufacturing - Skills Development Assessments]]>, 23 Jan 2015 10:01:43 -0700In a feasibility study conducted by the Bluewater Wood Alliance, the need for training and skills development was identified as an area that required immediate attention if Wood Manufacturers are to prosper into the future. This report is an analysis of sector needs.

<![CDATA[The First Step - Understanding the Skills Gap in Bruce County]]>, 23 Jan 2015 9:26:37 -0700<![CDATA[The First Step - Understanding the Skills Gap in Grey County]]>, 23 Jan 2015 9:22:41 -0700<![CDATA[The First Step - Understanding the Skills Gap in Perth County]]>, 23 Jan 2015 9:17:49 -0700<![CDATA[The First Step - Understanding the Skills Gap in Huron County]]>, 23 Jan 2015 9:17:27 -0700<![CDATA[Skills Gap Study 2014]]>, 23 Jan 2015 9:25:28 -0700As the economy of Ontario continues to change along with national and global impacts so too does the Four County Region. It is important to know, with some degree of certainty, what assets and liabilities are present as we fashion a workforce and economic development strategy that keeps the region progressing to the future. This Skills Gap Study was commissioned by the Four County Labour Market Planning Board and its community partners as an update to the 2005 reports completed for Bruce Grey and Huron Perth.

The information in this report will provide recommendations to set guideposts that will keep us on track to building a successful, vibrant and sustainable future.

<![CDATA[Migration Characteristics and Trends]]>, 23 Jan 2015 8:57:29 -0700Migration Characteristics and Trends - March 2014

Bruce County

Grey County

Huron County

Perth County

<![CDATA[Local Labour Market Plan]]>, 23 Jan 2015 8:51:53 -0700The annual Local Labour Market Plan provides a snapshot of the current business and employment climate.

It highlights business growth and decline, and employment growth and decline.

Changes in our local economy require us to be innovative, resilient and flexible to adapt, so we can provide our residents with the skills and training needed to meet the demands of a vibrant economy.

We would greatly appreciate your feedback on our report. Please take a moment and complete our survey.

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<![CDATA[Annual Reports]]>, 23 Jan 2015 8:36:33 -0700As a Local Board we answer to our communities by delivering on commitments and achieving positive results.

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<![CDATA[High and Low Demand Occupations]]>, 23 Jan 2015 7:42:44 -0700Have you wondered how to choose an occupation?

Here is some key information on what is in high demand that you could start  your labour market research to be sure you are successful.

<![CDATA[Green Jobs Profile]]>, 23 Jan 2015 7:32:13 -0700Working in the Green Economy:  The Green Jobs Profile book highlights opportunities in the Green Economy including Biomass, Biogas, Geothermal, Green Building and Construction, Green Infrastructure, Solar Photovoltaic, Sustainable Forestry and Wind...

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus August 6, 2013]]>, 22 Jan 2015 2:35:39 -0700Gregory CN Smith,Personal Power Coach and Author will speak to us about using your personality needs, natural talents and operating system to create success in your job, business and life.

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<![CDATA[Annual General Meeting 2012-13]]>, 22 Jan 2015 12:31:42 -0700<![CDATA[Annual Report 2011-2012]]>, 22 Jan 2015 9:34:24 -07002011-12 was another successful year for the Planning Board. As we forged new partnerships and strengthened old ties the importance of workforce planning and local labour market information continues to become clear. Once we are aware of the needs of employers and the community we are able to form synergies that create success.

Over the last 12 months, employers shared their thoughts on the state of the local labour pool and the future of their industry. The demand for a highly skilled workforce is becoming more critical as new and ever advancing technologies are being introduced into the workplace. Employers continued to provide their input...

<![CDATA[Annual Report 2010-2011]]>, 22 Jan 2015 9:26:18 -0700As we continue to experience an unstable economy and a slow climb out of the recession, it is even more important to engage in future planning. Planning offers us the ability to focus on the positive as we continue to grow. Rural communities especially need to focus on what lies ahead for the people, planet and profit. Referred to as the "triple bottom line"...

<![CDATA[Dollars & Sense]]>, 22 Jan 2015 7:41:45 -0700A guide to employment services, tax and training credits, incentives and supports for employers. ]]><![CDATA[Annual Report 2009-2010]]>, 22 Jan 2015 7:25:36 -0700As we attempt to recover from a recession and adjust to the needs of the local labour market, we find ourselves coping and having to adapt to new economic and employment conditions. It is definitely safe to say that change is the new norm. Whether the trend is our aging workforce, the skills demand of ...

<![CDATA[Annual Report 2008-2009]]>, 22 Jan 2015 7:07:28 -0700CHANGE! We have been inundated with changes in the economy that have been both rapid and intense. Although we are always in an environment or chnage, when it becomes a focus, as in these times of economic ...

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus - 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 2:28:14 -0700Click on the links below to listen to any of our recorded Workforce Focus Broadcasts from 2014. ]]><![CDATA[Workforce Focus - 2013]]>, 16 Jan 2015 2:27:32 -0700Click on the links below to listen to any of our recorded Workforce Focus Broadcasts from 2013. ]]><![CDATA[Workforce Focus October 28, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 1:46:06 -0700This episode of Workforce Focus featured The Kinetic Knights Robotics Team 781. The Kinetic Knights is a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team run by students from Kincardine. The FRC program allows students to apply skills learned in the classroom while sparking interest in Science, Technolog, Engineering and Math. Gemma was joined in studio by Lana Splettstoesser, Donor Relations Lead; Dary Watterworth, Administration; Greg Reid, Build Captain; and Bill Jackson, Mentor.

To hear the interview listen here

Learn more about The Kinetic Knights Robotics Team 781 visit their website: 

A great article to read: Robots the Final Frontier

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus October 14, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 1:38:10 -0700On October 14th Bren de Leeuw, Director of Field Operations Canada, of Excellence in Manufacturing and Susan McLachlan, Communicators Officier of the Craig Richardson Institute of Food Processing Technology and Conestoga College - joined Gemma in a conversation on Food Manufacturing and the various careers available within the industry.

Listen to the episode here.

Additional material from the show is available here.

Looking for more? Check out these links to learn more about what was discussed on the show.

Food Tech Tuesdays - 

Training and Courses available at the IFPT -

Our YouTube channel with various videos of our facility -

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus September 30, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 1:20:13 -0700Mike Baker of the Bluewater Wood Alliance joined the conversation on occupations in Wood Manufacturing.

This episode of Workforce Focus is part one of a three part series on the various careers in the Manufacturing Industry.

Part One

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus July 22, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 12:47:51 -0700Rebecca Cummings of the Grey Bruce Health Services joined the discussion on careers in the Health Care Industry. to learn more about the various careers within hospitals.

This is part four of the four part series bringing awareness to occupations available within the Health Care Industry.

Part Four

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus June 10, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 12:39:43 -0700Join us as we begin a four part series to bring awareness to the various occupations available in the Health Care Industry.

Learn from Barb Springall, of the County of Huron, about the various occupations and needs within Long-Term Care.

Part One

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus June 24, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 12:37:58 -0700Learn about a career in Naturopathic Medicine from Dr. Jeremy Toman. This is part two of our four part series to bring awareness to the various occupations available within the Health Care Industry.

Part Two

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus July 8, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 12:37:28 -0700Learn from Melissa Bendo, Certified Pedorthist, from ReKINNECT: The Body Motion Specialists Inc. This is part three of our four part series to bring awareness to the various occupations available within the Health Care Industry.

Part Three

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus May 27, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 12:09:20 -0700Listen here to learn more about Financial Literacy with Holly Devlin of United Way Bruce Grey.

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus May 13, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 12:05:10 -0700The Workforce Focus Radio Show scheduled for May 13, 2014 was cancelled. Our guest, Cheryl Brine from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ontario Ministry of Rural Affairs, was unable to attend due to the upcoming elections. Listen in for our next radio show scheduled for Tuesday, May 27th with guest Holly Devlin from United Way Bruce Grey.

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus April 29, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 12:00:55 -0700Glenn Miller is a Superintendent of Education with the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board. He oversees Student Success which includes the Specialist High Skills Major. The Specialist High Skills Major is a ministry-approved program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific sector while meeting the requirements for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

To learn more:

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus April 1, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 11:52:17 -0700Jill is a Business Consultant and Manager of the Business Enterprise Centre in Saugeen Shores. The Business Enterprise Centre provides support to entrepreneurs through all stages of development. They coordinate many educational programs and is the area program provider for the Summer Company youth entrepreneurship program.

Listen Here

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus March 4, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 11:46:53 -0700Workplace Safety is an important and critical topic. It is important for employees to know the three Rs and it is critical that employers have strong workplace safety regulations and follow-up.

Dave Trumble, Health & Safety Staff Office for the Power Workers Union will share with vital information and offers guidance in ensuring you are safe at work it is your right and responsibility.

Worker Health & Safety Centre

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus February 18, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 11:43:19 -0700Georgian College is a key educational institution in Grey County serving our area. Career Outlook Grey Bruce 2014 is happening in Owen Sound on March 4 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Megan offers some sound advice about job search and resume writing techniques.

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus January 21, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 11:38:31 -0700The Avon Maitland District School Board's e-Channel Literacy & Basic Skills Program is called the LearningHUB 519-482-1700x206. The LearningHUB delivers online literacy and basic skills programming to English-speaking adult learners in Ontario.

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus January 14, 2014]]>, 16 Jan 2015 11:30:32 -0700Myrna Inglis, coordinator of the MedLINCS program in Bruce/Grey will be sharing information about how this program benefits youth in the area. MedLINCS (Medical Learning In Community Settings) gives medical students a taste of rural medicine and our youth an introduction to the world of medicine as a career option.

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus November 26, 2013]]>, 16 Jan 2015 11:25:47 -0700Fanshawe College will be on the air to talk about community engagement and training. How these groups work together to build a strong learning environment and help the community succeed.

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus October 29, 2013]]>, 16 Jan 2015 11:00:57 -0700Alison Lobb is owner of Lobb Entrepreneurship and was a financial management instructor for over 20 years. She currently manages the Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre and is a Small Business Consultant for the County of Huron.  We will be discussing the benefits of self-employment, youth in entrepreneurship and why you should connect with Alison.

Contact Alison at or 519-527-0305

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus October 15, 2013]]>, 16 Jan 2015 10:54:31 -0700Melissa Schenk owner of MS2 Productions will discuss "The Online Currency of Your Internet Identity and The Power of Video".

Contact Melissa at or (519) 276-0006

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus October 1, 2013]]>, 16 Jan 2015 10:36:10 -0700Mary Jane Murray will be talking about the work being done in the community through the delivery of Bridges out of Poverty.

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus September 17, 2013]]>, 16 Jan 2015 9:53:22 -0700The Huron Manufacturing Association will share some insights into what manufacturers are looking for in their workforce. The importance of having the right skills and what it takes to succeed in the industry. We will also cover the Apprenticeship Scholarship Program and other key information about the manufacturing sector in Huron County.

Contact the HMA here: or call 519-524-8394 ext. 3

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<![CDATA[Workforce Focus September 3, 2013]]>, 16 Jan 2015 8:52:17 -0700This inteview was cancelled due to technical difficulties. We will try to have Dr. Foot on the show at a future date.

Dr. David Foot is the author of the national number one best seller Boom, Bust & Echo. We will cover generations in the workforce and the key to those differences, the future for the workforce and many more topics that affect our future.

<![CDATA[Workforce Focus August 20, 2013]]>, 16 Jan 2015 8:28:40 -0700Rose Austin is the General Manager of Saugeen Economic Development Corporation. Rose will discuss how her organization plays an important role in the implementation and maintenance of local initiatives that promote community development, job creation and the growth of small business.

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<![CDATA[Become a Director]]>, 13 Jan 2015 9:45:15 -0700Why We Exist

The Four County Labour Market Planning Board (Planning Board) exists to help build a strong and vibrant workforce from the inside out. We investigate situations, interview stakeholders and initialize activities that create a foundation for appropriate workforce training and education to provide employers with the best skilled workforce possible.

Who We Are

The Planning Board is a community-based non-profit corporation. In existence since 1997 we operate with volunteer Directors representing business, labour, educators and trainers, women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and youth.

The Planning Board covers the area of Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties. The geographic region is largely rural with a population of 292,882. The population is spread fairly evenly over the 14,202 square kilometers of the region. We are one of 26 Workforce Planning Board regions across Ontario that is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Employment Ontario program.

What We Do

Annually, Workforce Planning Boards engage the community in a comprehensive consultative process which identifies, validates and prioritizes key labour market issues, opportunities and priorities that prevail in the local economy. A 12 to 36 month action plan is developed to address priorities by community partners in collaboration with the Planning Board. We deliver a minimum of six core partnerships annually but normally engage in much more.

Director Roles and Responsibilities

Each Board Director of the Planning Board represents a particular labour market sector or employment group.  Directors provide representation in two ways: (1) by soliciting and presenting their constituency position and issues in Board discussions and (2) by providing their constituency with Board progress reports.


  1. Directors of the Planning Board are required to act in accordance with statutory requirements, contractual agreements with all Funders in accordance with the By-laws and Standard Policies.

  1. The process of reaching decision by consensus requires that all Directors listen to and gain an appreciation about the views of other sectors and arrive at corporate decisions that will provide the greatest benefit to all persons in the Board’s designated area.                     

  1. Directors must attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and cannot authorize a delegate to represent them in their absence from a meeting.

  1. If a Director is unable to attend a meeting, he or she must notify the Executive Director or a Co-Chair of his/her intended absence prior to the meeting, whenever possible.

  1. Should a Director be absent without excuse for three consecutive meetings, the Board is responsible to act on the absences. A member of the Board ceases to hold office if the person does not participate in three consecutive meetings without just cause and is removed by a decision of the Board of Directors (Corporate By-Laws, 3.5.9 Vacation of Office).

Required Time Commitment Outline

Required time commitment for General Board meetings involves approximately 2 hours per meeting approximately 7-8 meetings per year.  Meetings may be attended via Tele/Web-conference to accommodate schedules as necessary.


Apply now! If you have questions please contact Gemma Mendez-Smith, Executive Director at or call 519-881-2725.

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