Doug Murray, CEO  of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC...www.ThunderBayCEDC.ca), returned for his "yearly" state of the (economic) city address..always welcome at Rotary and most informative.

Starting with the Strategic Plan (2019-2022), he focused on several important and topical areas:
-a new partnership with the (City) Tourism Thunder Bay, setting up a tourist investment committee
-a comprehensive review (aided by a pie chart) of the labour force characteristics in the city (a very big issue). The cyclical ups and downs are mitigated latterly by improved diversification in employment. Examples: health care and services are now a large percentage item. There is also potential expansion for the retail/wholesale sector. Education (with the influx of international students) is significant. Mining employment carries potential if workers can locate residence here in TB.

The big overriding problem casting a pall however remains--labour shortage!. A classic example would be the burgeoning health care sector (with an ageing population) but a real dearth in nurses, PSWs and more.

Solutions? One exciting new program in the works (from the feds) is the "Rural and Northern Immigration Project." Eligible employers can connect with selected immigrant, skilled workers from anywhere around the world. Of course the trick will be to keep these workers here after their initial contract obligations are fulfilled.
Doug Murray's presentation was as timely and important as you can get. The Q and A afterwards could have gone on for an hour.

Doug is pictured with his old school chum Past -President Doug Shanks (who introduced him), Past-President Art Warwick (who thanked him) and President Rod Morrison.

 The club thanked Doug and wished him well in retirement.
Doug Murray, CEO  of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC...www.ThunderBayCEDC.ca), returned for his "yearly" state of the (economic) city address..always welcome at Rotary and most informative.

Starting with the Strategic Plan (2019-2022), he focused on several important and topical areas:
-a new partnership with the (City) Tourism Thunder Bay, setting up a tourist investment committee
-a comprehensive review (aided by a pie chart) of the labour force characteristics in the city (a very big issue). The cyclical ups and downs are mitigated latterly by improved diversification in employment. Examples: health care and services are now a large percentage item. There is also potential expansion for the retail/wholesale sector. Education (with the influx of international students) is significant. Mining employment carries potential if workers can locate residence here in TB.

The big overriding problem casting a pall however remains--labour shortage!. A classic example would be the burgeoning health care sector (with an ageing population) but a real dearth in nurses, PSWs and more.

Solutions? One exciting new program in the works (from the feds) is the "Rural and Northern Immigration Project." Eligible employers can connect with selected immigrant, skilled workers from anywhere around the world. Of course the trick will be to keep these workers here after their initial contract obligations are fulfilled.
Doug Murray's presentation was as timely and important as you can get. The Q and A afterwards could have gone on for an hour.

Doug is pictured with his old school chum Past -President Doug Shanks (who introduced him), Past-President Art Warwick (who thanked him) and President Rod Morrison.

 The club thanked Doug and wished him well in retirement.