Understanding Your Rural Workforce and Maximizing Employment
COVID has forced communities to better understand the occupations that support and build its economy. Now, more than ever, a comprehensive approach to workforce development is essential. The proposed presentation discusses key principles to consider when addressing workforce challenges in rural communities, including understanding how different roles support your economy, working with employers, and how to address persistent skills shortages.
About the Speaker
Lynn Despatie, Ec.D.
Lynn Despatie, Ec.D.
In her role as Business Development Officer with the City of Greater Sudbury, Lynn works towards improving the economic well-being and quality of life of City of Greater Sudbury citizens by working with companies to create and retain jobs, support educational attainment, inclusion, and income growth. Prior to joining the City of Greater Sudbury in 2016, Lynn worked for the Province of Ontario as a Research Assistant, contributing to the development of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, spent a summer as a literary councilor in a fly-in Indigenous community in Northeastern Ontario, and worked as a Senior Social Researcher with the Social Planning Council of Sudbury. Lynn’s past experiences in both the public and private sectors makes her uniquely qualified to contribute to addressing Northern Ontario’s workforce challenges.
More recently, she has held a Part-Time Faculty position in the International Business Program at Cambrian College. In 2014, Lynn was elected as a school board trustee to the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario, a position she still holds today.
Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree from Laurentian University in Sciences politiques and a Master’s degree in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. In 2018, Lynn obtained her Economic Developer designation (Ec.D) from the Economic Developer’s Association of Canada.
As a mother to 2 fierce daughters and 2 schnauzers, Lynn is also a certified chaos coordinator. Lynn est aussi fière Franco-Ontarienne.