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Regional Workforce Development: Addressing Rural Realities

Aileen Murray, Ec.D.(F)
Mellor Murray Consulting & EDAC Past President
Kate Burns Gallagher
Executive Director of Economic Development, Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus
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Aileen Murray, Ec.D.(F)
Mellor Murray Consulting & EDAC Past President
Kate Burns Gallagher
Executive Director of Economic Development, Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus
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COVID-19 has amplified the workforce development trends and challenges facing employers and municipalities. In this presentation, Kate Burns Gallagher and Aileen Murray will share insights gained through the development of the regional workforce strategy for the Western Ontario Wardens Caucus (WOWC) 15 upper and single tier municipalities.

The presentation will address preliminary insights into rural workforce challenges and opportunities including labour supply and demand, people attraction and retention and the relationship between workforce development and housing.

About the Speakers

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Aileen Murray, Ec.D.(F)

Mellor Murray Consulting & EDAC Past President
Aileen is Past President of the Economic Developers Association of Canada (2019-2020). Aileen established Mellor Murray Consulting in 2009 after a distinguished career as an economic development practitioner. A trusted advisor and coach, Aileen has assisted municipalities, non-profit organizations and business, combining experience in economic development, tourism, strategic planning,...
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Live Session

Aileen Murray, Ec.D.(F)

Mellor Murray Consulting & EDAC Past President

Aileen is Past President of the Economic Developers Association of Canada (2019-2020). Aileen established Mellor Murray Consulting in 2009 after a distinguished career as an economic development practitioner. A trusted advisor and coach, Aileen has assisted municipalities, non-profit organizations and business, combining experience in economic development, tourism, strategic planning, governance and community engagement to provide thorough analysis, practical solutions and achievable strategies and programs.

Aileen is a Past President of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario and a Director of the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation. She is a Certified Economic Development Professional (Ec.D.) and Fellow.

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Kate Burns Gallagher

Executive Director of Economic Development, Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus
Kate Burns Gallagher is the Executive Director of Economic Development for the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus. Kate is currently on secondment to the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus from Elgin County. Prior to her work in the municipal sector, Kate served as an Executive Assistant to a Member of Parliament. Kate...
Speaker Bio
Live Session

Kate Burns Gallagher

Executive Director of Economic Development, Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus

Kate Burns Gallagher is the Executive Director of Economic Development for the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus. Kate is currently on secondment to the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus from Elgin County. Prior to her work in the municipal sector, Kate served as an Executive Assistant to a Member of Parliament.

Kate has her BA in Communications from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Post Graduate in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Fanshawe College.

Kate has been part of the Economic Development profession for over ten years helping to successfully develop and launch an award-winning culinary program as well as a Community Improvement Plan. Kate believes the key to success in Economic Development is building relationships; with council, staff, the business community and other economic development professionals.

Volunteerism is a passion of Kate’s, as she serves on Elgin-Middlesex United Way’s Board of Directors and is a Director with the Economic Development Council of Ontario.

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