Atlantic HR 2017: Facing Challenges, Building on Strengths
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Continuing to Focus on What Matters to Atlantic Employers
Each year the Board is proud to host this unique forum that looks at the priorities of employers in Atlantic Canada. Each year we examine ways in which companies in the Eastern provinces can become better employers and keep pace with organizations across Canada as they compete for scarce talent and seek to retain their best employees.
For 2017 we have chosen a theme of “Facing Challenges, Building on Strengths” recognizing that Atlantic Canada’s economy faces an uphill struggle. The drop in oil prices and the downturn in Alberta has hurt the region—yet there remain some bright spots as highlighted in the Board’s economic outlooks for the region—an upturn in mining and manufacturing in Newfoundland and Labrador, steady growth ahead for PEI, manufacturing and construction led growth in Nova Scotia with job growth kicking in in 2017.
How Can HR Respond to Slow Growth?
Unfortunately, despite slow and patchy growth the pressures on HR will not decrease. Shifting demographics mean HR leaders have to keep focusing on how to recruit and retain their people and develop the next generation of leaders. They need to look to ways to keep costs down while somehow keeping pace with competitors in the labour market from across the country.
Demographic change poses the biggest threat to the success of individual employers and the whole region as the population ages. It is therefore critical that employers work hard to create workplaces that will encourage the young to stay in the region and attract new immigrants.
Building on Success
The Conference Board is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. This event attracts the top HR leaders, and provides an insightful and enlightening learning experience for conference participants.
The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.