Growing Through Adversity in the County of Brant – The Creation of Conestoga’s Agricultural Equipment Operator Pilot
In Partnership with Conestoga College, the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, and SCOR Economic Development, we would like to present on the creation of Conestoga’s Agriculture Equipment Operator Pilot Program. The program is meant to help alleviate the labour shortage in the agriculture sector which was exasperated by COVID-19. So far the pilot has been successful and the partners are actively working to expand the pilot into a full time program and offer additional training.
About the Speakers
Zach is the Senior Economic Development Officer with the County of Brant. Zach is certified by the Economic Developers Association of Canada and has a degree in Economics and Political Science from Western University and a Masters in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. Zach has a variety of experience in implementing economic develop programs including community improvement plans, agricultural economic development activities and workforce develop projects.
Danette has a passion for community building and workforce development. She has held a series of planning, economic development and community building roles throughout her career, where she worked closely on residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional projects in conjunction with many community agencies and skilled trades. Danette has a BES in Planning from the University of Waterloo, is a Registered Professional Planner and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners
Kimberly is the Executive Director for SCOR EDC, a municipally owned regional economic development corporation. She has head the privilege to lead the corporation through a number of large regional projects including SCOR FoodHub and Southwest Community Transit.
Before joining SCOR EDC Kimberly worked for a number of municipalities and organizations in the region in economic development related positions. Throughout her career Kimberly has participated in the local business community and sat as an industry stakeholder on numerous Provincial and Municipal Advisory Boards
Prior to her work in the public sector Kim was owner and partner in a successful regional construction and masonry business with her husband.
Kimberly is a community builder, advocacy specialist and is passionate about the work she does.
With 15 years of experience with local school boards, Brenda has extensive experience as a Career Development Practitioner assisting women, youth, adults, and new Canadians in a broad range of settings. Skilled in employment services and recruitment, program development, and career and employment counselling, Brenda is an advocate for skilled trades and technology. Since 2006, Brenda has had a variety of responsibilities in the School of Trades and Apprenticeship at Conestoga College including the coordination of special projects such as government sponsored pre-apprenticeship programs and Women in Skilled Trades projects. She has worked closely with local school boards as a member of the School College Work Initiative and has been a member of local, provincial, and national boards related to women in skilled trades, workforce development and skilled trades training.
At present, Brenda is overseeing trades training at the Brantford Aviation campus in construction and motive power trades where the college has been developing new programming in the agriculture sector in Brant County. To address industry needs, Brenda has collaborated with the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, County of Brant and South-Central Ontario Economic Development Corporation in the development and implementation of the Agricultural Equipment Operator pilot program.