Join us for an exclusive online industry forum for construction and real estate executives. 

Where: Virtual online event - RSVP below for login link

When: Thursday January 21, 2021 - 9:00am-10:00am

Moderated by: Heather Bakken, Publisher & VP Business Development at iPolitics and QP Briefing

Hosted by: RBC, Algonquin College & Keynote Group 

Discussion Topic: Unique Trades Talent Challenges, Solutions and Considerations.

- Attracting Talent: appealing to existing and new generations, new demographics, women, out-of-province and foreign workers, compensation packages and more. 

- Retaining Talent: building loyalty, upskill laborers, competing with larger corporations, meeting the needs of a diverse workforce and more. 

- Other Influences: increased health and safety requirements, market trends, cannabis, unions, employer branding, planning for changes, and more.  



This exclusive 1 hour event includes: 

- Panel discussion with industry experts

- Interactive discussion on trades talent challenges

If you any questions please email [email protected] 

Introducing Your Forum Panel

Heather Bakken

Publisher & VP Business Development - iPolitics and QP Briefing

Prior to moving to Ottawa three years ago, Heather worked at CBC News for nearly two decades as an Anchor,  Reporter, Writer and Producer. She is passionate about many issues and does an extensive amount of volunteer work including: President of the Canadian Club of Ottawa, Vice Chair of the Canadian chapter of the Internet Society, Vice President of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, and a board member with Women in Communications and Technology, where she mentors other women on how to advance their careers.

Heather is also the Founder and President of the Ottawa Debating Society - which is the only public debating club in the capital.

Shaun Barr

Academic Chair - Construction Trades & Building Systems

Shaun is the Academic Chair of Construction Trades and Building Systems and the Head of Apprenticeship Training at Algonquin College with 14 combined years of Post-Secondary Management and Teaching experience in Adult Education.  He received a Masters of Education in Leadership and Learning from UPEI in 2017 and a Diploma from Algonquin College as a Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician in 1993 and also holds multiple Trades’ Certifications.  Shaun owned and operated his own business in the HRAC Industry completing a wide variety of projects in the residential/commercial sectors. 

James Baker

CEO, Keynote Search

James is an award-winning entrepreneur and the Co-founder of Keynote Search. With over a decade of experience in the executive search and recruitment industry he began Keynote to fix a broken industry through a Find, Fit, Perform approach.  

Since the company’s creation, Keynote has been highly awarded and recognized for its innovative approach to executive search and headhunting under James’ leadership. 

Mike Wood

Group Consultant, RBC Group Advantage

Mike helps organizations implement and enhance their Retirement Benefits & Employee Financial Wellness programs. He has spent the last 20+ years working with individuals and organizations to address their Financial Planning and Retirement Readiness needs. Prior to working in financial services, Mike had more than a decade of experience as an Economist & Policy Advisor with the Federal Government including Employment and Social Development Canada. He believes financial literacy is key to Canadians striking the balance between their present and future needs.

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