ThirdQuarter is a two-year pilot project to help employers find experienced employees who are 50-plus and want to delay or change their retirement.  Funded by HRSDC’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, the project is led by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, and supported by the British Columbia Chambers of Commerce, the Saskatchewan Chambers of Commerce and the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce.  The project’s overall objective is to increase the number of ThirdQuarter workers, while helping businesses and organizations address skills shortages. 

The project has established as its online meeting place that makes it easier for individuals to find jobs that match their skills. It helps businesses and organizations narrow the field of potential employees to those who have the skills they’re seeking.   This program is being tested in 13 communities in B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces.  To date, the project has demonstrated that firms and individuals are embracing new, Internet-based ways to post jobs, seek job opportunities and make job connections.

Bill Smith, ThirdQuarter’s National Project Director provided an update on the project.

Below is a brief bio of Bill, followed by a PowerPoint and videos of his presentation.   

Bill Smith: Bill Smith was born in North Bay and raised in southern Ontario.   After graduating from the Universities of Guelph and Carleton, he joined the federal government in 1975 and served with the National Archives and National Research Council. 

Bill moved to Winnipeg in 1999 to become the Executive Director for the Industrial Research Assistance Program for Western Canada.  He retired from the federal government in 2006 and formed his own counseling service.  His firm offers research, policy development and project management services to government and organizations across Canada.  

In 2009, Bill began work with the Manitoba Chambers’ older worker initiative.  Today, he is the national project director for the ThirdQuarter project.

Click here to access a PowerPoint of Bill’s presentation.