Brampton Board of Trade

Finding Solutions to Employment Challenges

The 2023 Workforce Solutions Summit helps employers tackle some of their biggest challenges related to workforce development and retention, with a focus on niche roles and emerging careers that are undergoing growing demand here in Brampton.

A blend of keynotes, showcases and panels let attendees hear from those working most directly with the emerging economy and the jobs of tomorrow, today. Experts from multiple sectors shared tips and best practices for finding the right fit for your business. Information on programs and policies, from both private and public sector sources, that can help to transform your existing workforce while building towards the workforce of the future was made available. Case studies in innovative solutions and partnerships that have helped solve employers retention barriers were shared.

Keynote: Ian Howcroft, Skills Ontario

Skills Ontario CEO Ian Howcroft started off the event with a keynote address that highlighted the work Skills Ontario is doing to make rewarding career paths in the skilled trades and emerging technologies accessible to all youth. Participants learned about initiatives that partner with business, labour, educational institutions and levels of government to ensure that preparation for the careers of tomorrow is happening in our backyard.

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Panel 1 – Upskilling and Supporting Your Existing Workforce: 

Our first panel of the day focused on how organizations have successfully leveraged a range of funding streams and grants to identify and train new talent as well as upskill their existing workforce.  Attendees learned about solutions to help fill both large and small talent gaps and came away with concrete examples of how these programs can help their business.

Panel resources:


Achev –Skilled newcomer incentive program

Algoma University 


Panel 2 – Modern solutions to Solve Hiring Challenges:

Experienced leaders shared tips and tricks that can help to solve the most pressing modern HR challenges. Attendees heard about how new technology that can be integrated into your hiring practices, the importance of properly drafted employment contracts and how to improve your organization’s retention.

CC Partners – Lawyers for Employers

Culture Up HR Solutions  Presentation

Nahanni Steel 

Case Study

Hop In Technologies is a data driven company that recognizes transportation as a vehicle to opportunity. Their mission is to identify commute barriers for all people in the workforce and furthermore develop an ecosystem that allows improved commutes to support retention, recruitment and work life balance. Boyd Reid, COO & Founder, shared how their innovative product has found solutions for companies like Maple Lodge Farms to get workers to the job site conveniently and in a way that makes commutes accessible and convenient. Blue Branch is a social enterprise that leverages a unique labour mobility model, Super-Commuting, to connect employers and skilled talent from across Canada. Matt Seniuk shared examples of how their hands-on approach to recruitment, working closely with each job seeker to manage relocation, community integration, housing, and transportation.

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Hopin Technologies


Maple Lodge Farms

Breakout: Hiring Resources

Participants learned about unique talent solution programs that are available to businesses in Brampton.
This breakout also covered the role that Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) should play in your hiring practices, and what resources are available to implement best practices.

Additional Resources:

WCG Presentation

DiscoverAbility Network Presentation

Achev DEI Resources

Peel Halton Workforce Development Group Presentation

Breakout: Funding & Post-Secondary Support

With Brampton’s downtown booming, this breakout focused on developments in our Innovation District and the role that post-secondary institutions are playing in supporting its growth. Panelists focused on the role of the Innovation District and post-secondary institutions in helping employers fill their workforce gaps. Attendees learned how they can build partnerships with academia to create a more innovative organization.

Additional Resources:

Sheridan College – Employer Information Presentation

Mitacs Presentation

BReady Talent Platform


Panel 3: Engaging Women in a Competitive Manufacturing Industry

Our day closed with a panel highlighting the important role for, and opportunities available to, women in the manufacturing sector.
We heard from post-secondary and industry about how these exciting career pathways are being made more accessible to women and the supportive role that all organizations can play.


City of Brampton Economic Development:

Algoma University – PACE Team (Professional and Continuing Education)

BReady Talent Platform – Usha Srinivasan –

Humber College – Pre-Apprentice Talent Pool – Rita White:

Ngen Tammy Smith at


Networking Opportunities

From our annual Business Excellence Awards to Overtime Goals, Brampton Board of Trade members gain access to various events and opportunities to network with other business professionals and community leaders.

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