Seminar to Help Business Discover Untapped Workforce

January 23, 2019
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – An upcoming seminar seeks to help local companies find reliable employees.

Untapped Workforce

Entitled Untapped Workforce, the seminar will be held on Thursday February 28 at the Cornwall Civic Complex.  It is being organized by the Employability Network of the Social Development Council.

“With the changing job market, the Employability Network is here to help local employers explore our local untapped workforce, increase employee retention and create a more inclusive workplace,” says Carilyne Hebert, Executive Director of the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area. “Companies often shy away from hiring people with a criminal record, yet this stance is being questioned in light of record low unemployment levels.”

A number of online sources estimate that about 1 in 10 Canadians, (10% of the population), have a criminal record.

“We provide employment services to clients with criminal records and we’ve observed that many employers, who are open to hiring these individuals, have had success in keeping these individuals long term,”says Carine MacMillan,  an employment consultant with Job Zone d’empoi.

People attending the seminar will have the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of guest speakers will provide a local, global and legal perspective on hiring candidates with criminal backgrounds.  The panel includes:

  • Sandra Marleau from Olymel
  • Geoff Clarke from the City of Cornwall
  • Patti Carson from Clinique Juridique Roy McMurtry Legal Clinic SDG

“In our day and age, a focus must be the bottom line to be profitable, however we also need to pay attention to the means to get there,” notes Jason Jesmer with the local office of employment firm Drake International.  “X+Y does not always equal Z. Experience is always on the top of the list for most jobs. Why not put this experience to work and increase the bottom line?”

This is the first of a series of employer breakfast seminars being organized by the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area’s Employability Network, in partnership with Eastern Ontario Training Board and Cornwall Economic Development.


There is no cost to attend the seminar however seating is limited. The meeting starts at 7:30am and includes a breakfast. To register for your free ticket, click on the following link:

About the Employability Network

The Employability Network  consists of members from several community agencies and institutions representing a cross-section of social, economic, educational and training sectors in the Cornwall and SDG area. Its goal is to focus on bridging the gap to obtaining gainful and sustainable employment for the unemployed or working poor individuals and families in the community and surrounding areas.

About the Social Development Council

Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area was formed in 2006 to build and strengthen the local communities. Its mission focuses on the social and economic impact on individuals, families and communities at large.


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