Conference Agenda

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

8:30 am

  • Registration and Networking

9:00 am

  • Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

9:10 am

  • Opening remarks
  • WOWC Vice Chair, Warden Glen McNeil, Huron County
  • Workforce Planning West, Co Chairs

9:15 am

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Jim Estill, CEO Danby Appliances

10:00 am

  • Networking Break

10:30 am

  • Employers Panel
  • David Holmes, Business Development, Titan Trailers
  • Mike Kloepfer, President, Titan Trailers
  • Stephen Loftus, CEO Innovative Automation Group of Companies

11:30 am

  • Workforce Tools
  • Justin Falconer, CEO Workforce Windsor Essex

12:00 pm

  • Lunch and Networking

12:45 pm

  • Youth Panel
  • Nicholas Manglal-lan, Executive Director, Launch Pad
  • Kayla Han, Co-founder and CEO Rural and Ready
  • Alexandra Colby, Operations Lead, Prosperity Roundtable, Building Youth Futures Chatham – Kent

1:45 pm

  • Immigration/Newcomer Panel
  • Cari Meloche, Economic Development Officer, Bridging Global Talent in SarniaLambton
  • Audrey Ansell, Director, Community Attraction & Promotion, Chatham-Kent Regional Immigration Pilot
  • Laura Greaves, Executive Director, Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board, Attracting Immigrants to Jobs in Agriculture: Results from SLWDB’s 2022 Newcomers Survey
  • Gemma Mendez Smith, Live by Design Immigration Consulting Services

2:45 pm

  • Break and Networking

3:00 pm

  • The Skills Continuum
  • Jeffery School, Education and Training Advisor, Contact North, Virtual Reality Tools
  • Kelly McKenna, Executive Director, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board & Literacy Network, Simcoe FAST Program
  • TBD, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium

4:00 pm

  • Wrap Up