Talent Tuesdays

Recruitment and retention are commonly identified as the #1 challenge facing the building materials industry today.

The Alberta economy is moving in a positive direction, employment outlook remains strong, and the members of our Concrete Wins allied associations are predicted to see continued labour and talent shortages in certain areas of the industry across Canada.

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Join us for a Recruiting and Retention Winter Webinar Series presented by Concrete Wins Alberta. Free for Canadian Concrete, Aggregate, Cement & Masonry Association Member Employees.  Running from November 2022 to March 2023.

Learn about why it's equally as important to invest in our businesses' abilities to retain people as much as we invest in our abilities to make and sell products. 

The cost of turnover isn't just about money spent on recruitment.  When an employee leaves, they take about 70% of their knowledge with them. 

The seminars will strive to bring relevant and valuable information for all members of Concrete Wins allied associations, regardless of employee numbers – from small business operations to corporate operations.

2023 Webinars


Tuesday, February 7, 2023

11:00am MT

Shelley Walker, Founder / CEO
Women's Trucking Federation of Canada

Anna Gordon MIRHR CHRL, Founder
Focused Ambition

Raji Ramanan, Adj. Faculty / Advisory Board
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

About The Panel

Shelley Walker is the CEO of non-profit Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada.  She has 30 years of experience supporting the Transportation/Trucking industry as an award-winning reputable and respected leader, spokesperson and professional driver.

Anna Gordon has over a decade of experience in HR at large organizations and in private career coaching.  She helps companies identify strategic human resources challenges and implement real improvements from the employee to the organizational level.

Raji Ramanan is an award-winning and certified HR Executive and Leadership Coach.  She has 23 years of career experience across 17 countries, 4 continents, and multiple industries including concrete & construction, Raji is a sought-after Global Human Resources Expert in Organization, Talent & Leadership Development, Coaching & Career Development, Diversity & Inclusion, among others.

What You'll Learn

All are welcome parts of teams in the aggregate, concrete, cement & masonry teams. But how do we ensure that our recruiting, hiring, & retention approaches are truly supportive of diversity and inclusion? And how do we change the perception of the employee face of our collective industries?

Our "Recruiting for Diversity" panelists will share their knowledge from leading HR best practices to boots-on-the-ground experiences and perspectives from multiple industries to help you address these critically-important questions in your own business.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

11:00am MT

Jamie McMillan, Founder
Kick Ass Careers

About Jamie

Jamie is the founder of KickAss Careers, Motivational Speaker, Author, Visionary & Advocate for Skilled Trades.

Jamie became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the struggles and challenges of working in a male-dominated workforce and is on a mission to break down the negative misconceptions and stereotypes.

Through KickAss Careers Jamies travels approximately 30 weeks a year providing engaging keynote presentations and workshops to more than 50,000 students, parents, educators and employers each year across North America. Her efforts have gained international notoriety for opening doors and minds to the possibilities of well-paid careers in skilled trades and technology sectors.

Over the years Jamie has received the Top 20 Under 40 Award for making an impact in the metal trades, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Champion Award and the District School Board of Niagara Technology Education Partnership Award for her commitment to youth in schools across the province of Ontario. In 2018 she received the Hamilton YWCA Women of Distinction Award for being a trailblazer excelling in her field promoting leadership and equal advancement opportunities. In 2019 Jamie was named a co-chair of a National Skilled Trades Advisory Committee to create a campaign to promote careers in skilled trades as first choice pathways for youth for the Canadian Federal Government by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

What You'll Learn

Jaime will talk about ways to Engage, Educate and Encourage students of all ages to consider the vast opportunities for sustainable careers in skilled trades and technology through apprenticeship, technical programs and the armed forces.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

11:00am MT

Emeric Zanetto, Project Manager
Canada Job Bank’s partnership team at Employment and Social Development Canada

James Meronyk, Grant Program Advisor
Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Northern Development of the Government of Alberta

About Emeric

Emeric Zanetto has been a Project Manager with the Job Bank’s partnership team at Employment and Social Development Canada for over 6 years. He is responsible for collaborating with internal and external partners of Job Bank and optimizing the user experience for employers and job seekers.

About James

James Meronyk is a Grant Program Advisor in the Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Northern Development of the Government of Alberta (GOA).  In his current role, James helps to deliver the Canada-Alberta Job Grant program.  James has over fifteen years of experience working in grant programs related to educational training.

What You'll Learn

Emeric Zanetto, Project Manager with Canada Job Bank’s partnership team at Employment and Social Development Canada will highlight the benefits of Job Bank for employers and highlight features such as job matching with qualified job seekers and how ads are available across other job boards like Indeed. There will also be a review of labour market information and support pages to help with recruiting.

James Meronyk, Grant Program Advisor in the Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Northern Development of the Government of Alberta will provide an overview of the Canada Alberta Job Grant and offer guidance on the program’s intent, eligibility criteria and application process including an overview the application for unemployed trainees.

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