Occupations, Credentials and Skills for a Prosperous BC: The Right Skills for Success

The Conference Board of Canada, March 3, 2015
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This special recorded webinar explores the skills, occupations and credentials BC employers need to ensure the province's future success.

British Columbia has bright economic prospects on its horizon, including growth as a global trade hub, the emergence and development of new knowledge-based industries, and major infrastructure and resource project developments. But there is rising concern among leaders in business, government and education that the province will not have enough people with the right education and skills to seize and support these opportunities. The Conference Board of Canada estimates that skills deficits already cost the province up to $4.7 billion in foregone GDP and $616 million in provincial tax revenues, annually—a result of too many British Columbians not obtaining adequate levels of education to find employment in today’s economy.

Webinar Highlights

To address the issue, the Conference Board recently conducted a survey of 854 B.C. employers to find out which skills, occupations, and credentials employers require to meet current and future needs.

The webinar brings the report data to life. Topics covered include:

  • the general nature of skills gaps and mismatches in Canada
  • the specific shape of the skills gap in BC and the impact
  • the occupations, skills, and credentials employers need
  • strategies to meet skills needs
  • how to fill gaps: recommendations for skills stakeholders

About Dan

Photo of Daniel MunroDaniel Munro is a Principal Research Associate in Industry and Business Strategy at The Conference Board of Canada, and Lecturer in Ethics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the Board in 2008, Daniel was a senior analyst with a science assessment and literacy organization in Ottawa, and has taught politics and philosophy at universities in Canada and the United States, including Harvard, Queen’s, Toronto, and Western Ontario.

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