and Nurture the Skilled Workforce

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This task force focuses on three key elements:

Match post secondary student development to employer needs
Enhance P-12 skill development
Promote immigration

This task force aims to attract and retain talent in our region. The Chamber is excited to take on this challenge, and we hope you, as members, see the benefits.

Task Force Chair 

Don Bureaux

This task force is lead by Don Bureaux, President of Nova Scotia Community College. As President of NSCC, Don Bureaux serves as the chief executive officer for the operation of a network of 13 campuses, over 100 programs in five academic schools and over 24,000 students and more than 2,000 staff. For over two decades, Don worked with adult learners within colleges and universities as well as with national and international professional designation-granting bodies. His work over the years has allowed him to collaborate with educational institutions in North America, Europe and Asia to promote the concept of entrepreneurial cultures as a foundation for learning-centered environments and student success.

He believes his experience will support the exciting work ahead as the Chamber’s new Chair for the Grow and Nurture the Skilled Workforce Task Force. The task force aims to help increase by 20 per cent the number of skilled workers in the province by 2018. Don feels that changing the narrative about the potential of our future is the first step to making some of the critical changes needed.

Promote Immigration

Are you looking to the immigrant community for your next hire? Looking for resources?

Click here to see how ISANS can support you!


Growth Champions

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In order for us to become one of the top 3 growth city economies in Canada, Halifax needs to be a more competitive city. For us to be more competitive, we need to grow. This means we need to attract and retain talent and keep them at the top of their game.

To support and encourage our members, we are recognizing those members who are impacting the growth of our economy by hiring immigrants and students and offering ongoing training through our Growth Champion Program.

Over 220 members have come forward to self-identify as Growth Champions, and we are celebrating them at our events, in Business Voice and on our website on the eDirectory, to start!

Does your organization:

  1. Hire immigrants?
  2. Hire recent graduates, co-op student or participate in programs such as Junior Achievement?
  3. Support and encourage continuing education?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these, then your organization is a Growth Champion! Congratulations!

Are you a Growth Champion? Let us know! Please email Emma: with which area you are a growth champion.

For our growing list of Growth Champions click here!