World Skills Present a the Talent Summit

On September 24, 2019, World Skills was present at the Talent Summit organized by the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal which took place at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata.

We were represented by an amazing team: Andy Rapoch, Employer Engagement Coordinator; Fatima Saadeddine and Haguer Abdelmoneim, Recruitment Specialists; Hanieh Khoshkhou, Manager of Workplace Language Training; Ledianis Rivero Sosa, Manager of Client Services; and Shabana Ansari, Recruitment Specialist.

The main topics discussed at the event were: education vs employment, how to attract and retain talent, how to make workplaces more diverse and inclusive, how technology is changing the world of work, how to engage employees by implementing sound internal communication strategies, and how to design work spaces to allow for more creativity and productivity.

The speakers, who were all accomplished local professionals, talked about their own experiences and best practices; the conversations focused on on-boarding new employees with an individualized approach, finding ways to showcase informal education as part of candidates’ educational credentials, creating bridges from education to employment, establishing partnerships to reach organizational goals, bringing different perspectives to everyday hiring problems, having conversations with candidates rather than just using resumes to screen them, among many other great topics.

The keynote speaker was James Baker, CEO and Co-founder of  Keynote Group who shared how his company is bringing a fresh perspective to recruitment and retention with a focus on employee performance and productivity. 

To learn more about the event, read this article by the Ottawa Business Journal. 

World Skills was mentioned three times during the different interventions made by panelists and speakers! We’re so fortunate to have the support of our community and to be recognized by our partners and collaborators. Thanks for the shout-outs to Kelly McGahey from Hire Immigrants Ottawa, Kristi Clark from Syntronic and to James Baker.

It was a productive day and we will be using what we learned at the summit to have similar conversations at the office with staff and clients, as we continue to look for better and more effective ways to connect immigrants to employment.

Thanks to our team for their participation and to the organizers and speakers who brought their knowledge and expertise to this event.

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