November is Career & Workforce Development Month

Join us at the LAUNCH!

  • Tuesday November 1, 2016
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, 1800 Wellington Ave. 

Master of Ceremonies:

Ryan Land, Vice Chair, Minister’s Advisory Council on Workforce Development
Manager, Corporate Affairs and Organizational Development, Vale Manitoba Operations

Formerly an educator and principal, Ryan has been the Manager of Corporate Affairs and Organizational Development for Vale’s Manitoba Operations since 2011. Ryan is currently the Chair of the Mining Association of Manitoba’s Aboriginal Relations Committee, a school trustee serving the School District of Mystery Lake, and Chair of the Industrial Skills & Trades Training Managing Committee for UCN. In 2015, Ryan received a Manitoba Career Development Award of Excellence for his work in leading Vale’s highly successful Northern Employment Strategy. He and his partner of 24 years, along with their four children, love calling northern Manitoba home.

Presentations by:

Rob Penner, BSc, MSc, Associate Vice-President of Career & Workforce Development at University College of the North and Executive Director of the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy, Flin Flon

Rob is the Executive Director of the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy in Flin Flon, and Associate Vice-President of Career and Workforce Development at University College of the North. Prior to this, Rob was Chair of Sciences within the Faculty of Arts and Science at UCN and also served UCN as the Dean of Health and Applied Science, Head of the Department of Renewable Resources, and Ecotourism Project Manager within the Northern Forest Diversification Centre. Rob’s multiplicity of experiences have convinced him of the power of ‘cross-pollination’ in working with diverse groups and people.  

Jamie Perchaluk, Student, University College of the North

Jamie Perchaluk is a full-time student who is currently enrolled in her fourth and final year of the Bachelor of Arts Program at the University College of the North located in, The Pas, Manitoba. The Pas is located approximately 600km north of Winnipeg.  Prior to beginning her nursing education she was employed with the Northern Health Region as a Pharmacy Technician at the local hospital pharmacy. When Jamie comletes her degree she plans on remaining in the community and working at The Pas Health Complex.


Doug Lauvstad, Executive Director Northern Manitoba Sector Council

Doug is currently the Executive Director, of the Northern Manitoba Sector Council, an association of northern Manitoba largest industry sectors (mining, forestry, energy) The focus of this organization is on building, sustain and retaining a world-class workforce in northern Manitoba. He was seconded to the council in 2007 from his position as Executive Director, The Pas Campus at the University College of the North. During his 19 years at the University College (formerly Keewatin Community) he has held a number of senior positions, notably in executive management, administration, and marketing and communications.



Come celebrate the 2016 Launch of Career and Workforce Development Month with Manitoba Career Prospects. As the organizer of this event, Manitoba Career prospects represents the sector councils of Manitoba and their coordinators, who are directly involved in career & workforce development for their respective industries.

Please join us November 1st

The Minister of Education and Training has been asked to proclaim November as Career & Workforce Development month. So please join us on November 1, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, 1800 Wellington Ave at 10:00 am to launch the month and celebrate all of the important work being done to provide quality jobs and a stronger economy in Manitoba.

We have brought together leaders in the area of Career & Workforce Development to speak at out event. Representatives from Education, the Sector Councils and Industry will offer a look at programs that support training from within, involve their communities and are committed to developing the labour force in Manitoba.

The launch also celebrates Career & Workforce activities, such as Take Our Kids to Work Day events, the Opening Doors Parents Career information Expos being held in Winnipeg and in the North, the Let's Get to Work Symposium, Employer Cafes and Networking events at Manitoba Start and other industry events that will connect people to innovative and expanding industries in Manitoba.

The Launch 2016 Career & Workforce Development Month