The 2017 Career & Workforce Development Month Invite
Shannon Fontaine, CEO of Manitoba Tourism Education Council & Manitoba Tourism Education College, began her career in the hospitality industry and worked her way to a Hotel General Manager. She then used the experience that she gained from managing a large staff to work as a Business Consultant for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), where she assisted businesses throughout Manitoba.
After 2 years at BDC, she became the Director of the government funded Self Employment Program, where she worked for 13 years. During that time she assisted in launching over 1000 new businesses in Winnipeg.
In February 2009, Shannon was appointed to CEO of the Manitoba Tourism Education Council, which is an organization that provides Human Resource training to the tourism, hospitality and retail industries in Manitoba. In 2014 she opened the Manitoba Tourism Education College, an associated corporation of the council and registered private vocational school that trains future employees for the Tourism and Retail industries in Manitoba.
Carol Paul, is the Executive Director at the Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC). She holds a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Manitoba and is a Certified Essential Skills Profiler through Bow Valley College. Carol has instructed adult education at University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg for the past 15 years. She coordinated the adult education program for 14 years at Urban Circle Training Centre, a holistic Indigenous Training Centre. She was the Managing Director at the Centre for Education and Work for 11 years where she managed national research, education and digital technology projects.
At MCSC, Carol is the Executive Director responsible for research, curriculum development and coordination of the sector council’s activities.
Wendell Wiebe, M.Ed. Chief Executive Officer
Wendell C. Wiebe joined Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Council (MAHRC) in 2009. In 2016, MAHRC merged with Manitoba Aerospace Association and became Manitoba Aerospace Inc.
Wendell Wiebe is responsible for the overall operation of Manitoba Aerospace as defined by its mandate and its Blue Sky Vision and reports to the Manitoba Aerospace Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the aerospace and defence industry in Manitoba.
Wendell has been involved in adult education for over 20 years holding a Masters of Education from the University of Manitoba. Being asked to contribute to Adult Literacy Now, a book published in 2000, has been the highlight of his career in education and training. He authored a chapter on building a business case for establishing literacy programs in the workplace.
Prior to joining Manitoba Aerospace, Wendell was employed by Bristol Aerospace (currently, Magellan Aerospace) for 17 years. Starting as Manager of Staff Development, he was instrumental in creating an employee training and development system. His department was recognized several times for its innovative programs and collaborative approach in this area. After 10 years in a training role, Wendell became Director of Human Resources at Bristol. Wendell has a long history with Manitoba Aerospace serving as Bristol’s representative on the Executive for 17 years including serving as Chair from 1999 to 2004.
Come celebrate the 2017 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.
The Minister of Education and Training has been asked to pronounce November as Career & Workforce Development month. So please join us on November 3, 2017 at the Best Western Plus Airport Hotel, 1715 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. The Minister of Education and Training will also be presenting the Council of the Federation Literacy Award to Christian Haines, the 2017 recipient from Manitoba.
This year's theme will be; "Creating Partnerships & Supporting Transitions." There will be a Panel Discussion with employers, educators, students and community partners.
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.