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SmartCity Business Show - Episode 13 in Review

Bravo! This episode of SmartCity really had me laughing. Craig Layton didn’t hold back when he took to the streets of Halifax to talk with visitors and residents. We asked the same question we’ve been asking throughout this series, “Why Halifax?” Haligonia-title-still.jpg_190

The kind nature and approachability of residents truly showcases what it is like to live, work and play in Halifax. Simply from watching the final episode of this series of SmartCity Business Show, you can see that this holds true. Although, apart from the friendly people, Halifax certainly has a lot to offer.

We’re building a reputation of talent, hospitality and growth, and Halifax is being noticed all around the world for these attributes. It’s no wonder why we’re so proud to call this city home. When I say I'm from Halifax, I say it proudly; when I ask a visitor what they think of Halifax, I only expect to hear great things; and when I leave to visit another city, I can’t wait to come home.

If you want to get to know Halifax, simply take a walk along our boardwalk, through our parks or down Spring Garden Road – you will find friendly faces, inspiration, talent or an opportunity for growth in every corner. With six highly regarded universities, beautiful scenery, growing industries and a busy harbour - Halifax has it all. Craig says it best, “Can’t get much better than that!” This was a fantastic way to end the series; the voice of Halifax confirms that we truly are a smart city.

 

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Brianna Colford, Marketing & Communications Co-op Student

Brianna is with the Partnership on a four month work-term. She is in her final semester of Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University and spent the past 14 months working with Emera Inc. as a Communications Assistant. Born and raised in Halifax, Brianna enjoys the downtown atmosphere of the city she loves to call home.

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Halifax Welcomes over 3,000 International Students

The blue banners hanging on the MacDonald Bridge to welcome international students brings me back to the first day I came to Halifax. 

It was on Aug 20, 2005. I landed at the Halifax international Airport around 11pm and everything was new and exciting to me.  Friendly smiles and warm greetings of “welcome to Halifax” from strangers put me at ease and made me feel right at home.

I have loved Halifax since then, and I now work as the Coordinator of the International Student Connector Program at the Partnership. I work with international students to help them expand their networks and deepen their attachment to our community. This increases their chances of finding employment in their field and building a career here in Halifax. The employers I work with benefit from connecting to skilled, and highly motivated, individuals with global perspectives and experience - helping them access new talent and tap into international markets. 

I’m so fortunate to be part of this year’s Welcome International Students Campaign, greeting 3,200 international students from over 140 countries who have come to study here.  International students bring diversity and creativity to classrooms, communities, and workplaces. They contribute $200 million to our economy annually, making Halifax a more global and competitive city. They are Halifax’s ambassadors to the rest of the world, and they will be the part of solutions to our pending labour shortages.

Top Reasons to Hire an International Student

  1. Bringing investment opportunities and connections to global markets
  2. Bringing new ideas, new perspectives and enthusiasm
  3. Canadian educated and accustomed to life here
  4. Multilingual skills and international work experience
  5. Hiring is easy and free
  6. Addressing labour market needs
  7. Contributing to our cultural diversity and strengthening our communities
  8. More people contributing to our economy

    How to Connect and Hire

    Hiring an international student or graduate is easy. International students can work in Canada on-campus, off-campus, as part of a post-secondary program, and after graduation.  Once a student has obtained a work permit, the process is the same as hiring domestic students and regular employees.

    The International Student Connector Program can connect you to international students looking to expand their networks and start a career in Halifax. By opening your business to an international student, you’ll reach across borders, find new opportunities, and help make Halifax a more diverse and welcoming city. 

    For more information on hiring international students or to become a Connector visit www.welcometoHFX.com, call 490-6000, or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

     

    Jackiespic1 Jackie Guo is the Coordinator of International Student Connector Program. In addition to his work at the Partnership, Jackie is an active volunteer for Halifax United Way.

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    Growth and Innovation in Shipping and Trade - Port Days 2011

    Port Days – the Halifax Port Authority’s (HPA) annual business conference – is back again, taking place this year on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 15.

    Port Days offers a great way to bring stakeholders from all areas of the industry together to share ideas and discuss current issues. Our industry has rebounded well from the recession and we need to keep discussing opportunities for growth and innovation to facilitate future development.

    The theme for Port Days 2011 is ‘Growth and Innovation’ featuring a variety of business sessions and networking opportunities for individuals and organizations involved in shipping and trade.

    On Thursday afternoon, keynote speaker Andy Ellis, Senior Vice-President of Supply Chain and Logistics for Wal-Mart Canada Corp., will speak on the increasingly important topic of environmental sustainability in the retail industry.

    Kicking things off Thursday morning are two discussion panel business sessions.

    The first business session - moderated by HPA Business Development Manager Patrick Bohan - will look at intriguing cargo growth developments involving technology, infrastructure and entrepreneurship. Panelists include Gordon Neal, Chief Executive Officer of Aqualife North America Inc.; Pat d’Entremont, Partner at Nicom IT Solutions Inc.; and Jeff Brownlie, Finance and Administration Manager, Halifax Grain Elevator Limited.

    The second session will examine trends and interrelationships in the industry that may determine what's to come for containerized cargo long term. HPA Vice-President, Commercial Paul DuVoisin, will moderate the discussion with panelists Paul Waite, Vice-President Intermodal, CN;  Tim Harrington,  Vice-President, Sales,  NYK Line (Canada) Inc.’s; and Brad Doell, Vice-President, Supply Chain & Procurement, Nova Scotia Liquor Corp.

    With a noteworthy roster of speakers and panelists at this year’s Port Days, this will be an invaluable opportunity to learn, make connections and do some meaningful business.

    To learn more or to register go to https://secure.portdays.com/PortDays/Default.aspx.

     

    Port Days 2011

     Wednesday September 14, 2011

    • Port Days Golf Tournament & BBQ – 7:00 a.m. registration, 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start at Glen Arbour Golf Course, followed by BBQ Lunch
    • Opening Reception - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Cunard Centre
    • Trade Show - takes place Wednesday during Opening Reception and Thursday during Breakfast and Business Sessions at the Cunard Centre

    Thursday September 15, 2011

    • Chairman's Breakfast, 7:00-8:45 a.m., Cunard Centre. Guest speaker is The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans as well as The Atlantic Gateway. Remarks from Mark MacDonald, Chair, Halifax Port Authority.

    • Business Sessions, 9:00 – 11:45 a.m., Cunard Centre

      • Business Session One:  Cargo Innovation Panel, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

      • Business Session Two:  Future of Containerization, 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

    • Keynote Luncheon - Speaker: Andy Ellis, Wal-Mart Canada Corp.  Luncheon begins at 12:00 p.m.,  Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Heritage Hall, Halifax, NS

    • Terminal Operators' & Stevedores' Reception, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Cunard Centre

    • Lobster Feast Dinner, 7:00 p.m. following Terminal Operators' & Stevedores' Reception

     

    Michelle_Pevrill Michele Peveril is the Senior Manager, Strategic Relations at the Halifax Port Authority.

     

     

     

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    Seeing Tomorrow's Workforce Today

    Succession planning is an important part of any business operation. Keeping a business running at capacity can be difficult when faced with the prospects of retirement and regular turnover.  But not everything is doom and gloom, there are always opportunities.

    So what is the situation in Halifax?

    Well, generally things look pretty tempered for the economy. Employment is growing, there are new opportunities on the horizon, major projects are moving forward; everything looks well weathered. We’re not exactly sprinting at full speed, but we are moving at a decent clip.

    The same, however, can’t necessarily be said about the labour market. I’m not talking about a few months from now; I’m talking about long term growth. What will the labour force look like in 10 years? What about in 20? Well, to quote Niels Bohr “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”

     

    Toddlers Today are Toilers Tomorrow

    Fortunately, we have some indicators. The people being born and entering school now are going to make up the workforce in several years. So how do birth rates look in Halifax?

    Birth rates in Halifax have dropped, with a 10.2% increase in population and only 4.7% more annual births from 2000 to 2009. We aren’t providing the natural population growth to keep up with the economy. The province hopes to partially close the gap with its new immigration strategy. The Partnership has also been doing work to attract and retain newcomers through our Immigration Employer Support and Connector programs. In 2010, The Connector program helped 73 immigrants and 13 international students find work in Halifax.

    But what do babies have to do with succession planning?

     

    Taking Action: Tapping Potential and Productivity

    The answer lies in productivity. With smaller workforce prospects in the future, businesses will need to do more things with fewer people. Improving productivity is going to be essential to keeping revenue high and it comes with added efficiency to boot. This means investing in productivity enhancers like technology and employees’ knowledge and skills. And then making sure you get the most out of those investments.  

    The Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism’s Productivity Investment Program makes it easier and more affordable for companies to become more productive, innovative and competitive.

    Investing in People

    1. Get more out of training by making sure new employees and experienced employees interact – skills and experience will spread through the workplace 
    2. Sharing skills encourages learning and innovation – the person learning a new skill may also think of a new use for it that can improve your business’s productivity and bottom-line

    The province’s Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive helps companies cover the cost of: 

    • training from a formal training institution or qualified external or internal training provider
    • registration, tuition or course fees
    •  international training
    • management skills development
    • skills development training leading to certification
    • training that supports workplace diversity
    • other skills development and training based on a valid business case

    Investing in Productivity Boosters

    One way to do more with fewer people and improve productivity and competitiveness is to keep on top of new technologies. The province’s Capital Investment Incentive helps companies cover 20%, up to a maximum of $1 million, of the cost of:

    • technologically-advanced machinery
    • clean technology
    • equipment
    • software and hardware with preference given to exporters in qualified industries.

    These are just two programs that are out there to help companies invest in their business and our workforce.  So, like any tough decision, consider your options. Just don’t forget to consider the future.

     

    PaulJ_Headshot Paul Jacob is the Research Coordinator at the Partnership.

     

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    Seeing Tomorrow's Workforce Today

    Succession planning is an important part of any business operation. Keeping a business running at capacity can be difficult when faced with the prospects of retirement and regular turnover.  But not everything is doom and gloom, there are always opportunities.

    So what is the situation in Halifax?

    Well, generally things look pretty tempered for the economy. Employment is growing, there are new opportunities on the horizon, major projects are moving forward; everything looks well weathered. We’re not exactly sprinting at full speed, but we are moving at a decent clip.

    The same, however, can’t necessarily be said about the labour market. I’m not talking about a few months from now; I’m talking about long term growth. What will the labour force look like in 10 years? What about in 20? Well, to quote Niels Bohr “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”

     

    Toddlers Today are Toilers Tomorrow

    Fortunately, we have some indicators. The people being born and entering school now are going to make up the workforce in several years. So how do birth rates look in Halifax?

    Birth rates in Halifax have dropped, with a 10.2% increase in population and only 4.7% more annual births from 2000 to 2009. We aren’t providing the natural population growth to keep up with the economy. The province hopes to partially close the gap with its new immigration strategy. The Partnership has also been doing work to attract and retain newcomers through our Immigration Employer Support and Connector programs. In 2010, The Connector program helped 73 immigrants and 13 international students find work in Halifax.

    But what do babies have to do with succession planning?

     

    Taking Action: Tapping Potential and Productivity

    The answer lies in productivity. With smaller workforce prospects in the future, businesses will need to do more things with fewer people. Improving productivity is going to be essential to keeping revenue high and it comes with added efficiency to boot. This means investing in productivity enhancers like technology and employees’ knowledge and skills. And then making sure you get the most out of those investments.  

    The Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism’s Productivity Investment Program makes it easier and more affordable for companies to become more productive, innovative and competitive.

    Investing in People

    1. Get more out of training by making sure new employees and experienced employees interact – skills and experience will spread through the workplace 
    2. Sharing skills encourages learning and innovation – the person learning a new skill may also think of a new use for it that can improve your business’s productivity and bottom-line

    The province’s Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive helps companies cover the cost of: 

    • training from a formal training institution or qualified external or internal training provider
    • registration, tuition or course fees
    •  international training
    • management skills development
    • skills development training leading to certification
    • training that supports workplace diversity
    • other skills development and training based on a valid business case

    Investing in Productivity Boosters

    One way to do more with fewer people and improve productivity and competitiveness is to keep on top of new technologies. The province’s Capital Investment Incentive helps companies cover 20%, up to a maximum of $1 million, of the cost of:

    • technologically-advanced machinery
    • clean technology
    • equipment
    • software and hardware with preference given to exporters in qualified industries.

    These are just two programs that are out there to help companies invest in their business and our workforce.  So, like any tough decision, consider your options. Just don’t forget to consider the future.

     

    PaulJ_Headshot Paul Jacob is the Research Coordinator at the Partnership.

     

    Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SmartcityBlog/~3/aNyMjM5DKfE/seeing-tomorrows-workforce-today.html

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    Growth and Innovation in Shipping and Trade - Port Days 2011

    Port Days – the Halifax Port Authority’s (HPA) annual business conference – is back again, taking place this year on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 15.

    Port Days offers a great way to bring stakeholders from all areas of the industry together to share ideas and discuss current issues. Our industry has rebounded well from the recession and we need to keep discussing opportunities for growth and innovation to facilitate future development.

    The theme for Port Days 2011 is ‘Growth and Innovation’ featuring a variety of business sessions and networking opportunities for individuals and organizations involved in shipping and trade.

    On Thursday afternoon, keynote speaker Andy Ellis, Senior Vice-President of Supply Chain and Logistics for Wal-Mart Canada Corp., will speak on the increasingly important topic of environmental sustainability in the retail industry.

    Kicking things off Thursday morning are two discussion panel business sessions.

    The first business session - moderated by HPA Business Development Manager Patrick Bohan - will look at intriguing cargo growth developments involving technology, infrastructure and entrepreneurship. Panelists include Gordon Neal, Chief Executive Officer of Aqualife North America Inc.; Pat d’Entremont, Partner at Nicom IT Solutions Inc.; and Jeff Brownlie, Finance and Administration Manager, Halifax Grain Elevator Limited.

    The second session will examine trends and interrelationships in the industry that may determine what's to come for containerized cargo long term. HPA Vice-President, Commercial Paul DuVoisin, will moderate the discussion with panelists Paul Waite, Vice-President Intermodal, CN;  Tim Harrington,  Vice-President, Sales,  NYK Line (Canada) Inc.’s; and Brad Doell, Vice-President, Supply Chain & Procurement, Nova Scotia Liquor Corp.

    With a noteworthy roster of speakers and panelists at this year’s Port Days, this will be an invaluable opportunity to learn, make connections and do some meaningful business.

    To learn more or to register go to https://secure.portdays.com/PortDays/Default.aspx.

     

    Port Days 2011

     Wednesday September 14, 2011

    • Port Days Golf Tournament & BBQ – 7:00 a.m. registration, 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start at Glen Arbour Golf Course, followed by BBQ Lunch
    • Opening Reception - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Cunard Centre
    • Trade Show - takes place Wednesday during Opening Reception and Thursday during Breakfast and Business Sessions at the Cunard Centre

    Thursday September 15, 2011

    • Chairman's Breakfast, 7:00-8:45 a.m., Cunard Centre. Guest speaker is The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans as well as The Atlantic Gateway. Remarks from Mark MacDonald, Chair, Halifax Port Authority.

    • Business Sessions, 9:00 – 11:45 a.m., Cunard Centre

      • Business Session One:  Cargo Innovation Panel, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

      • Business Session Two:  Future of Containerization, 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

    • Keynote Luncheon - Speaker: Andy Ellis, Wal-Mart Canada Corp.  Luncheon begins at 12:00 p.m.,  Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Heritage Hall, Halifax, NS

    • Terminal Operators' & Stevedores' Reception, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Cunard Centre

    • Lobster Feast Dinner, 7:00 p.m. following Terminal Operators' & Stevedores' Reception

     

    Michelle_Pevrill Michele Peveril is the Senior Manager, Strategic Relations at the Halifax Port Authority.

     

     

     

    Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SmartcityBlog/~3/OBa_Yb7c8-s/growth-and-innovation-in-shipping-and-trade-port-days-2011.html

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