The forest, conservation, and parks sectors are exciting and growing fields. Plus, as one third of the forest workforce is set to retire by 2030, many new opportunities will soon be opening up. During our “Green Jobs are for Everyone” Workshop Series and Career Connections Fair, we brainstormed how to build a diverse and resilient Green Jobs workforce of the future.
The four half-day sessions and career fair hosted over 500 employers and youth, including those who may be facing additional barriers to employment, such as urban youth, Indigenous youth, newcomers to Canada, and youth living with a disability. All the workshop series were bilingual as they were supported by a live French interpreter.
Our “Green Jobs are for Everyone” Workshop Series and Career Connections Fair was a time to connect, grow and diversify networks, learn new skills, and help guide the creation of future PLT Canada programs. Each session included an introduction to PLT Canada, professional development and training for youth and employers, speakers, and conversations that explored opportunities for mutual growth and support.
This workshop focused on supporting Indigenous youth in their green careers.
|Geni Peters, Labour Market Information Manager, ECO Canada
As Labour Market Information (LMI) Manager at ECO Canada, Geni is responsible for the management, execution and delivery of environmental LMI projects, working with an army of professionals comprised of staff, consultants, strategic advisors and subject matter experts.
|Brittany McCoy, West Program Manager, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP)
Manages the Alberta and British Columbia Outland Youth Employment Programs. Maintains industry and community partnerships, continues outreach and recruitment throughout the year.
Mark Kmill, East Program Manager, Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP)
Supports the Outland Youth Employment Program through outreach, relations, recruitment and coordination and management of projects.
This workshop focused on supporting youth in urban areas, as well as those who are currently living in (or are thinking of moving to) a rural community.
|Christine Leduc, Woodlands Operations Supervisor, EACOM
Christine holds a master’s degree in forest conservation from the University of Toronto, has already had a decorated career. In her current role EACOM, she works to ensure implementation of safe & sustainable forest management for our Timmins sawmill.
|Liane Nowell, Executive Director, The Kenauk Institute
As the executive director of the Kenauk Institute I am in charge of coordinating and supporting all research projects and environmental education programs affiliated with Kenauk, while ensuring they meet our long term vision of sustainability and conservation. This includes the direct supervision of our internship program which celebrates women in science and gives students an opportunity to actively participate in real hands-on biology research.
This workshop focused on the challenges newcomers to Canada face when searching for a job.
|Sam Nsiah, Regional Resource Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Sam earned a B.Sc. Forestry degree from Ghana and a M.Sc. Forestry degree from Lakehead university. He is working for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry as a Regional Resource Analyst at the Regional Operations Division in South Porcupine.
|Sienna Jae Taylor, Project Manager, Immploy
Immploy’s mandate is to connect employers with newcomer talent. As Project Manager, Sienna works with an incredible team of people to provide programs and services that connect immigrants and refugees with mentorship and employment in Southwestern Ontario. Sienna is also leading the launch of a new employer engagement initiative that focuses on supporting employers in the recruitment and retention of newcomers, including education and training based on equity and inclusion.
This workshop focused on accessibility in the Green Jobs sector.
|Logan MacDonald, Accessibility Project Summer Student, Nova Scotia Parks
Tara Crandlemere, Manager of Parks and Recreation, Lands and Forestry, Nova Scotia Parks
Paul Koziel, Area Manager, Coxheath Lands and Forestry, Nova Scotia Parks
The virtual career fair was a chance to network and practice the skills gained from previous workshops. It helped youth connect with potential employers, and exposed employers to potential future green job applicants!
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