ITAC Online - The Talent Issue - January 2011

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Ensuring a strong ICT workforce requires activism

As an association of ICT companies, ITAC spends considerable energy and resources ensuring that the raw material that ICT converts into products and services is in ready supply. That raw material of course is the ingenuity and diligence of about 600,000 Canadian workers. And even though our labour pool is large, its size and quality are persistent concerns for ICT employers. We face a chronic shortage of skilled workers and as our sector expands, and as the baby boomer cadre of our workforce moves into retirement, concerns about business-critical shortages in the near future loom large.

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Keeping FIT

Sergio Mateus, President, Sapphire Technologies

Sergio Mateus, President, Sapphire Technologies

It’s a problem most industries will never face: too many jobs, not enough people to fill them. But it’s a reality in the Canadian ICT industry, and the consequences of not finding the talent to staff our growing ICT firms poses a grave threat to the Canadian economy.

Some industry leaders are doing what they can do solve the problem, like President of Sapphire Technologies, Sergio Mateus. He chairs the ICTC FIT (Information and Communications Technology Council, Focus on Information Techn0logy) Partnership Network – a network of private sector ICT companies and high schools, brought together by the ICTC, to address the shortage of Canadian students interested in technology.

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Board Member Profile: meet François Morin

Fran├žois Morin, Senior Director, Business Communications, Bell Canada

Fran├žois Morin, Senior Director, Business Communications, Bell Canada

As Senior Director of Business Communications for one of the largest employers in the Canadian economy, a healthy ICT talent pool for Canadian companies to select from is extremely important to François Morin. Bell Canada employs over 50,000 people, and the company devotes plenty of time resources to developing the talent it needs to keep itself, and its industry, operating on a globally competitive scale. But this task is not to be understated, as François explains.

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