Ulnooweg initiated a Major Projects Portfolio in order to monitor, evaluate and implement a strategy to increase both business and employment opportunities.
A key component of the Major Projects Portfolio is to establish solid working relationship with the various stakeholders, requiring solid communication and networking channels. To achieve the desired outcomes, a stakeholder representative advisory committee is being created to interact with industry groups and associations and with key government agencies.
The Major Projects section of Ulnooweg works closely with other members of the Ulnooweg team and associated organizations to identify and capitalize on opportunities.
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The world is on the cusp of a global, technology-driven industrial revolution. And the youngest as well as fastest growing demographic in Canada is an Indigenous one representing 4% of the Canadian population.
According to the most recent technology report in 2016, just 10,300 (1.2% of the Canadian Indigenous population) were employed in the sector. And while it continues to improve, increasing the level of sophistication, diversity and capacities of digital skills has become a major strategic priority for Ulnooweg.
This strategic commitment of our leadership to partner in underwriting this project will change the paradigm in our communities by providing better access to high-quality, high paying, sustainable and ongoing entrepreneurial opportunities for a whole new generation throughout the Maritimes.
Ulnooweg is poised to begin working with over 1000 students in the fall of 2017 to support advanced learning opportunities, exposure and connectivity for skill development in areas such as robotics, 3D printing, web design, account management, interactive media, and others crucial to new frontiers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The projects strategy originated with the announced shipbuilding initiative of the government of Canada. The National Shipbuilding Program presents a great opportunity in terms of the shipbuilding jobs, subcontracts and the jobs that will need to be filled for those companies who lose skilled workers to shipbuilding.
The scope of the initiative has been extended and now encompasses major projects throughout all of Atlantic Canada. These include the frigate program, the Energy East Pipeline, the Maritime Link Project, mining, offshore oil and gas, port development and others.
The return to mining, particularly at Donkin Mine in Unama’ki, is generating interest and work with an expectation of additional spin-off business opportunities. The offshore Sable Project is expected to wind down and decommissioning could begin in the near future. This work will take 3 – 4 years to complete and will require specific skilled labour. There are three LNG projects in various stages of planning for the region and, if they proceed, the impact on jobs and business needs will be significant. An LNG facility will be constructed in New Brunswick as well and will provide opportunities for skilled Aboriginal labour and business.
There are great expectations around port development in the region potentially leading to additional opportunities for Aboriginal business and workers. Another sector that will see growth and expanding needs is the health care sector. There are opportunities in several categories including medical administration, pharmacy tech and information management, as well as basic up-skilling, safety training and business services.
For more information, please contact Paul Langdon, Major Projects Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.