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2010 ALLIES Learning Exchange: Maytree SMEs Strategy

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2010 ALLIES Learning Exchange: Maytree SMEs Strategy

  1. 1. ALLIES Small and Medium- Sized Enterprises Project: Engaging SMEs Presentation to the 2010 ALLIES Learning Exchange
  2. 2. Engaging SMEs • What is an SME? – A Small or Medium-sized Enterprise • 1-49 employees, small • 50-499 employees, medium • 500 or more employees, large
  3. 3. Engaging SMEs • ALLIES Project – Phase 1: Research, industry scans, and “What’s worked? What hasn’t worked?” – Phase 2: Consultation and strategy development – Phase 3: Role out, test, and adjust strategy
  4. 4. Importance of issue • SMEs are the engine of Canadian and local economies – 1 million SMEs, 7 million jobs • Shortage of qualified labour – Experienced by nearly two-thirds of all SME owners across Canada • Skilled immigrants overlooked – Between 2001-2006, an estimated 78% of SMEs did not hire a new immigrant
  5. 5. Early results: focused approach • Nearly 1 million SMEs across Canada with paid employees. Where do you begin? – Vancouver: Engineering Services 1,010 SMEs, 1 large enterprise – Montreal: ICTs 5,000 enterprises; Aerospace 235 enterprises – Calgary: Mining, Oil and Gas Extraction 1,700 SMEs, 47,000 employed; Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting, 2,500 SMEs – Halifax: Skilled trades, Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, as well as Electrical Contractors, 310 SMEs: Legal Services, 190 SMEs – Toronto: Computer Systems Design and Services, 7,900 SMEs; Accounting and related services, 2,400 SMEs;
  6. 6. Ways forward • What investments have been made and what has worked? • Regional consultations • Sharing of good ideas
  7. 7. Contact information Peter Paul Project Leader - ALLIES Maytree ppaul@maytree.com

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