Join GT Hiring Solutions
and The Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce for an informative and educational morning as we hear from 4 local leaders in our community regarding their key strategies surrounding Recruiting and Retaining Employees.
Here are the bio's of just a couple of our confirmed speakers;
Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO)
Brian was chosen as the Director of Tourism and Business Development for the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) when it was created in 1998. CEPCO is an economic development corporation owned by the City of Chilliwack that is responsible for the community’s economic growth and marketing. Brian’s responsibilities included developing and implementing a wide range of programs to help strengthen the economy of the city of Chilliwack, including the management of Tourism Chilliwack, a CEPCO subsidiary.
In 2006 Tourism Chilliwack was incorporated following the same model as CEPCO. Brian then moved into the position of Executive Director and worked closely with a private sector Board of Directors to develop and strengthen the tourism industry in Chilliwack.
In December 2013 Brian returned to CEPCO when he was selected as the new President. Working alongside a Board of Directors that reflects CEPCO’s public-private sector make-up, Brian leads a staff team responsible for implementing a range of successful programs and partnerships that have helped CEPCO attract and facilitate economic growth in the city of Chilliwack. Successful projects include Canada Education Park, a 200 acre redevelopment of former CFB Chilliwack lands, and also the new Molson Coors British Columbia brewery, the largest private sector investment in Chilliwack’s history.
Mike has been responsible for building and leading organizations ranging from 20 to over 3,000 employees during a 25 year career that has led him across Canada. His experience includes a fast growth startup in New Brunswick (Star Choice Satellite TV), overseeing global Quality Assurance for Electronic Arts (including a commute from Chilliwack to Burnaby), and delivering customer support for some of the world’s best known brands as the leader of Convergys in Chilliwack (currently 400 employees).
Mike and his family chose to settle in Chilliwack in 2002. He has seen the community grow and change and has been actively involved in many community activities that have provided a strong understanding of the unique challenges facing employers in the Fraser Valley.
Christian St. Cyr
Community Engagement, GT Hiring Solutions
Over the past twenty years Christian Saint Cyr has established himself as a leading British Columbia expert on job search and the province’s labour market. As publisher of the BC Labour Market Report
, Christian advises thousands of career professionals province-wide and regularly works with representatives of business, education and government on developing proactive solutions to labour market challenges. As director of the BC Employment Network
and author of the BC Job Search Guide
, Christian has developed a dynamic understanding of effective job search and the varied needs of local employers. This unique experience has established Christian as a well respected public speaker and media commentator on employment and labour market related topics.
Lawyer, Baker Newby
Mr. Zacharias grew up in Chilliwack. He graduated from the University College of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Arts in 1999. He attended law school at the University of British Columbia and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 2002.
Mr. Zacharias worked as a summer student and an articled student at the law firm of Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP and joined them as an associate upon being called to the British Columbia Bar in September 2003. Mr. Zacharias joined Baker Newby LLP as an associate in May of 2005 and became a partner in January 2007.
Mr. Zacharias’ practice primarily focuses on personal injury, commercial and civil litigation. He has appeared in proceedings before the Residential Tenancy Board, Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Canada.
Owner Frankie's Italian Kitchen and Bar
Owner Earl's Chilliwack