HIEC Focuses on changing industry at Breakfast with the Mayors

Breakfast 2009 Photo
Addressing the breakfast audience

Looking ahead to this November, HIEC will be celebrating 20 years of helping students make informed career decisions. HIEC is hosting a 20th anniversary gala on November 17th, 2009. HIEC is excited to announce that American urban studies theorist Richard Florida, author of the global best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class and Who's Your City will be the keynote speaker at the gala. Richard Florida is one of the world's leading public theorists on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. Richard is very interested in the industry education council model in Ontario. He is enthusiastic to share his perspective on harnessing the full talent of everyone as the real key to sustainable prosperity for individuals and communities.

HIEC will also be celebrating their Flagship Grade 8 program which once again saw 7,000 grade 8 students visit their Career Centre. These lucky students also participated in the Real Game back at their schools for 10 weeks. HIEC is currently piloting an on-line version of the Real Game. Many of HIEC's events have reached maximum capacity such as the Women as Career Coaches event which topped its top attendance last year with 700 attendees! HIEC has also started up an incredibly well received Men as Career Coaches Advisory and hosted six truly excellent employers at the Halton Apprenticeship Advisory Council - Honour Roll Event. HIEC is now implementing many of their incubator projects like their provincial on-line community Employer Registry and Future Force Halton. Also announcing that to mark apprenticesearch.com's 10 year milestone, HIEC has expanded its services to cover the entire province of Ontario - which means increased apprenticeship opportunities and matches. The website is an empowering and highly resourceful tool in these fluctuating economic times, visit it today to start a new career path. HIEC continues to remain busy with a variety of events, programs and on-line communities.

HIEC is experiencing a new era of communication and connectivity through various new forms of social media. HIEC has added resources to help share information to all youth, parent, education, business, government and community stakeholders in Halton.


Breakfast 2009 Photo
Keynote Speaker Jesse Brown

The Keynote Speaker Jesse Brown spoke at the June 2009 Breakfast. He offered his timely insight regarding this new era. Jesse is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and humorist specializing in Social Media and Digital Rights issues. He is a regular contributor to CBC radio and television and as the host of TVO's internee affairs program Search Engine, he has become an influential observer and critic of online culture. He spoke to Halton of the changing industry.

Expanding their School to Career team, HIEC has continued to increase their connections with people who understand that innovation and partnership are the key to the future. HIEC continues to reach out to employers who understand how this collaboration is key to making the new educational approaches a success. HIEC stresses the importance of creating this knowledge base in elementary school and continuing it throughout high school. One of the primary goals is to support the development of a well prepared, work ready youth and a business community well positioned to hire them. Partnered with local schools and businesses, together we are making a difference in the short term and the long term in Halton.

This video was developed to illustrate challenges for todays youth entering the future industry.