Getting to Work: Investigating Labour Market Challenges in Saugeen Shores
The Getting To Work: Investigating Labour Market Challenges in Saugeen Shores Project was created in partnership with Bruce Power, The Town of Saugeen Shores, and University of Guelph PhD candidate Ashleigh Weeden who successfully secured a Mitacs Accelerate Internship to conduct this six month study of the labour market dynamics in Saugeen Shores, from July to December 2020. Through a series of interviews (those looking for work, employees, and employers) several top concerns emerged from each group. The report also provided recommendations to ease some of the most common challenges faced by participants.
About the Speakers
Heather brings collaborative thinking and creativity to the role of Economic Development Officer with the Town of Saugeen Shores. As the EDO in the fastest growing community in the region, Heather facilitates business attraction and expansion initiatives. Her strong roots in the community, combined with her passion for strategic marketing assist in leveraging local assets through innovative solutions.
Ryan Gibson is a rural researcher interested in rural economic development, governance, philanthropy, place-based development, and public policy. Ryan holds the Libro Professorship of Regional Economic Development at the University of Guelph.
John is responsible for managing the company’s community and media relations and economic development strategy with a goal to enhance Bruce Power’s reputation and build strong relationships in the community.
He joined Bruce Power in 2002 and previously served as Director of Corporate Communications and Manager of Investor and Media Relations. John is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Prior to joining Bruce Power he worked as a journalist for 12 years most recently as an Editor at the Sun Times in Owen Sound. His work as a journalist earned him both provincial and national awards as a photographer, editorial writer and humour columnist.
As a volunteer, he is a past member of the Port Elgin Rotary Club, Port Elgin and District Chamber of Commerce Executive, Port Elgin Downtown BIA Board of Management and the Saugeen Shores Hall of Fame Committee.
S. Ashleigh Weeden is an award-winning rural futurist, feminist, and researcher whose work focuses on the way people, place, and power dynamics are reflected in and affected by policymaking, particularly in rural contexts. A long-time advocate for community-engaged, place-based approaches to public policy, Ashleigh has spent her career championing community-led innovation. Ashleigh holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Development (Political Economy and Administrative Change) (University of Guelph) and a Master of Public Administration (University of Victoria). She is currently completing her PhD in Rural Studies at the University of Guelph. Recognized as an emerging thought leader on rural renewal and ‘the right to be rural,’ policy foresight, and public sector innovation, Ashleigh has provided expert commentary to outlets like Buzzfeed News, CBC News, and CTV News. Her work can be read in publications like The Conversation Canada, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Policy Options, and Municipal World.