Immigration Top of Mind at Rural Workforce Summit

Jun 21, 2023 | From the Desk of the President, Front Page, Workforce

Left to right: Chuck Davidson, President & CEO of Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Enver Naidoo, Executive Director of Westman Immigration Services, Mark Frison, President & CEO of Assiniboine Community College, Kerri MacPherson, Board President of Neepawa Chamber of Commerce, Wayne Kelly, Director of Rural Development Institute


Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President and CEO Chuck Davidson was pleased to be invited to participate in the Rural Manitoba Workforce Development Summit last week at the Keystone Centre in Brandon. The half-day conference, which had more than 100 people in attendance, provided opportunity to better understand how to connect immigrant talent with rural labour market needs and build stronger communities across Manitoba.

In his comments Davidson highlighted the correlation between communities that are experiencing significant business growth such as Steinbach, Morden,  Altona and Thompson and the connection with strong locally run immigration programs that have wrap-around services.

The foreign credentials recognition was addressed by keynote speaker Patrick Mackenzie, CEO of Immigrant Employment Council of B.C. Many immigrants face challenges when their credentials aren’t recognized in their new country or province, making it difficult or sometimes impossible for many to work in their field of expertise. The lack of recognition is an impediment to growth and prosperity for the province and to aid the attraction and, more importantly, the retention of immigrants in Manitoba, the Chamber continues to champion credential recognition.

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