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  • Greater Halifax Partnership - Presentation to Halifax Regional Council 23-09-08
  • Connector Program

    1. 2. Who we are <ul><li>Catalyst for economic growth in Greater Halifax </li></ul><ul><li>Direct partnering with business and government </li></ul><ul><li>150+ private and public sector investors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local, regional, national and international </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All 3 levels of government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Municipal, provincial and federal </li></ul></ul>
    2. 3. Why? <ul><li>Economic Data </li></ul><ul><li>Population Trends </li></ul><ul><li>64,000 job openings before 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>SmartBusiness – Business Retention & Expansion Program </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1800 face-to-face consultations with Halifax business leaders </li></ul><ul><li>98% reported they would hire immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>17% hired immigrants </li></ul>
    3. 4. What’s Needed <ul><li>Raise Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Information Sharing/Employer Support </li></ul><ul><li>Better Networks for Newcomers </li></ul><ul><li>ALLIES Project: Immigrationworksinhalifax.ca </li></ul>
    4. 5. Generated over 10 million media impressions
    5. 6. Employer Support Program <ul><li>Educate Employers on the immigration process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 Face-to-Face Consultations with Employers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Target industry Sectors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>>300 Invited </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local Career Fairs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity for International Students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>International Job Fairs </li></ul>
    6. 7. Increasing Networks <ul><li>Halifax Connector Program </li></ul><ul><li>Social and Professional Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Using Traditional Channels to Network </li></ul>
    7. 8. Who are Connectors? <ul><li>“ Connectors are people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions. A connector is essentially the social equivalent of a computer network hub. Connectors usually know people across an array of social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and make a habit of introducing people who work or live in different circles” </li></ul><ul><li>- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell </li></ul>
    8. 9. Halifax Connector Program Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Follow up Follow up Follow up Follow up
    9. 10. Best practice for business education and talent recruitment <ul><li>Deloitte Halifax has adopted the program as part of their workplace diversity programs </li></ul><ul><li>Program has been duplicated in other cities across Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding to include International Students </li></ul>
    10. 11. Where are we today? (September 2010) <ul><li>Over 140 Connectors </li></ul><ul><li>Over 220 Connections </li></ul><ul><li>33 Employed </li></ul><ul><li>Moving to Sustainability </li></ul>
    11. 12. Connector Companies… <ul><li>ADP </li></ul><ul><li>Accounting Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>AirFire </li></ul><ul><li>Arrow Electronics Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Atlantic Overseas Recruiting </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Ocean Contact Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Borderless Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Clearwater </li></ul><ul><li>Convergys </li></ul><ul><li>College of Registered Nurses of NS </li></ul><ul><li>Dexter Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Deloitte </li></ul><ul><li>Eastlink </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise Rent-A-Car (2) </li></ul><ul><li>La Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse </li></ul><ul><li>Focal Technologies Corp </li></ul><ul><li>Gem Health Care Group (2) </li></ul><ul><li>Halifax Refugee Clinic </li></ul><ul><li>HB Studios </li></ul><ul><li>HRM Community Development (2) </li></ul><ul><li>HRM Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>HRM Executive Management Team </li></ul><ul><li>HRM Councillors (3) </li></ul><ul><li>Holiday Inn Select </li></ul><ul><li>I.M.P. Aerospace </li></ul><ul><li>Irving Shipbuilding </li></ul><ul><li>Labour and Workforce Development </li></ul><ul><li>Lydon Lynch Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Mitchelmore Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>MSVU Centre for Women in Business </li></ul><ul><li>Nautel Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li>Nicom IT Solutions Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Nova Scotia Office of Immigration </li></ul><ul><li>Norex.ca </li></ul><ul><li>NSCC </li></ul><ul><li>Pacrim Hospitality </li></ul><ul><li>RBC Financial Group </li></ul><ul><li>Research In Motion </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation Army </li></ul><ul><li>Service Canada </li></ul><ul><li>SNC-Lavalin Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Sun Life Financial </li></ul><ul><li>Team Space </li></ul><ul><li>Techlink Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Transcontinental Inc. (2) </li></ul><ul><li>Terrain Group </li></ul><ul><li>Trecan Solutions Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Queen Street Studios </li></ul><ul><li>YMCA </li></ul>
    12. 13. How it Works <ul><li>Receive resumes from Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Match based on industry experience and qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Formal email of introduction to both parties </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul>

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