Sept/Oct 2012

A fresh take on HR solutions at Québec Mines 2012

By Luc Charbonneau

Photo: Rock Théroux 

The 2012 Québec Mines conference, which will take place at the Quebec City Convention Centre from November 26 to 29, is innovating with a module on an important issue for the mining sector: the current and projected shortage of skilled labour. The module Networking, Recruitment, and Human Resources aims to help companies find solutions to make up for this shortage. It will help participants better identify job market issues, find concrete solutions to their recruitment problems and meet potential candidates for recruitment.

The various activities are spread out over the four days of the conference. On the menu are networking activities, including a job and career fair, a business fair, workshops and lectures.

Networking activities

The networking activities will facilitate interactions between decision-makers in the mining industry, job seekers and support organizations that serve the mining industry. The Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre de l’industrie des mines, Quebec’s Institut national des mines and Québec International are organizing a job and career fair for job seekers and potential employers. The Quebec City Chamber of Commerce and Industry will organize a business fair to facilitate communication between businesses from Quebec City and surrounding areas, and businesses in the mining sector.

Job and career fair

The job and career fair will bring together over a dozen institutions of learning (school boards, general and vocational colleges and universities) that offer training in various trades and professions of the mining sector, under one roof. An application drop-off centre will be available on site throughout the conference. CVs dropped off at the centre will be distributed to companies interested in this service. Lectures on topics like how to write an effective CV, and a summary of the most in-demand trades and professions in the sector of the geosciences and the mining industry will be presented.

Business fair

The Québec Mines business fair will bring public and private markets together with companies providing goods and services in the region. Following a model of “express networking,” the business fair will offer participating regional businesses the opportunity to sign on as potential suppliers to those awarding major contracts as a part of Plan Nord and other major mining projects in the province. The event will also provide contractors an opportunity to discover new ­suppliers.

Workshops and lectures

The module also includes a score of workshops and lectures on recruitment and human resources that will focus on finding solutions to the industry’s human resource problems. The content, presented by expert speakers, will address the realities of the mining sector from diverse perspectives.

Interactive presentations and lectures will draw a portrait of the labour force now and in the near future, including providing a summary of newly qualified Quebecers who will soon be entering the job market. Other presentations will detail a wide array of training programs adapted to the needs of the mining industry.

One lecture and two workshops will provide answers for businesses concerned with the problem of how to attract and retain qualified candidates. On the program is the use of new technologies and strategies to attract and communicate with future employees. Methods for attracting and retaining candidates from generations X, Y, and C, as well as baby boomers, will also be examined.

In addition, international speakers will describe the current state of labour pools available worldwide and will present sophisticated tools to help mining industry representatives find experienced workers.

Luc Charbonneau is director of the Department of Geological Information at Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife.

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