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Success Stories that will Inspire you at the Economic Summit

Answers may be closer than you think.

If you think it’s difficult now, imagine what it will be like in the coming years as the population of 20 to 65 year old Islanders declines at the same time that the number of people choosing retirement increases.

Smart organizations are thinking about options, and even smarter ones are working with post-secondary institutions to source student talent much earlier in the labour pipeline.

This panel at the 2019 State of the Island Economic Summit will provide an overview of options to engage students while they are still expanding their skills through work-integrated learning such as co-op and internships.

Panelists will share benefits of work-integrated learning, tips on how to recruit and work with students, insights into funding options, highlight a special initiative underway right here on the Island and even tell a few success stories that we hope will inspire you! 

Panelists include:

Roberta Mason, Royal Roads University, Moderator
Anita Budisa-Bonneau, North Island College
David Woodward, Vancouver Island University
Vanessa Raber, University of Victoria

Thanks to CPABC for sponsoring this timely session.


Finding Ways to Make a Difference 

Food and Shelter are imperative to a quality of life that many find difficult to attain. Signy Madden of United Way,  Peter Sinclair of Loaves & Fishes, and Ian Scott of Tofino Housing join forces at the Summit to share inspiring initiatives that can be replicated in other communities and provide some ‘on the ground’ information about projects aimed to address growing social needs.Big thanks to this panel’s sponsor, VIREB!


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