2022 Workforce Conference & Job Fair

Join Venture Kamloops, Work BC – Kamloops – Thompson, and the Kamloops & District Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural Workforce Conference and Job Fair!

The intention of this event is to showcase local, provincial, national, and international resources to help employers with their recruitment efforts in addition to providing meaningful learning opportunities to support employee retention. This event will feature lively, knowledgeable panels, opportunities for questions and networking, and insights about our local workforce region.

On-site employers include:

  • Acres Enterprises LTD
  • Activation Laboratories
  • Active Care Services
  • ALS Metallurgy
  • ASK Wellness Society
  • Axis Family Resources Ltd.
  • BC Metis Federation
  • BC Public Service
  • BCIB
  • Canadian National Railway Company
  • City of Kamloops
  • Connective Support Society Kamloops
  • Cutting Edge Consulting 
  • Dawson Group
  • Delta Hotels by Marriott
  • H&R Block
  • Interior Community Services
  • Its My Life Kamloops Society
  • Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA
  • NRB Modular Solutions, Dexterra group of companies
  • Paladin Security
  • Savona Specialty Plywood
  • School District No. 73
  • SMART Options
  • Sun Ridge Contracting Ltd.
  • Thompson Okanagan Community Services Cooperative
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • and more!

Full itinerary:

7:45 am – 8:30am – Registration & Breakfast
8:30 am – Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, Overview of Day, Instructions
9:00 am – PANEL – Using Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Indigenous Inclusion to address recruitment challenges
9:45 am – Networking Break and Resource Sharing Break
10:00 am – PANEL – Local resources and programs to support YOUR recruitment efforts
10:45 am – Networking and Resource Sharing Break
11:00 am – PANEL – International programs and opportunities to support your business
11:45 am – Networking and Resource Sharing Break
12:00 pm KEYNOTE – Labour Market Outlook and what that means for the Kamloops region
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Job Fair presented by TRU Career and Experiential Learning


Panel 1 – Using Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Indigenous Inclusion to address recruitment challenges
Trish Kelly
Open Door Group
Spencer Toth
Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)
Jordann Hazelwood
Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation – SSN
Paolo Bigit
Kamloops Immigrant Services
Terri Mindel
Tk’emlups te Secwepemc
Christine Buchanan 
WorkBC Kamloops – Thompson
Panel 2 – Local resources and programs to support YOUR recruitment efforts
Shawn Read
Thompson Rivers University Career and Experiential Learning
Vongai Mundiya
Kamloops Immigrant Services
Juanita Soles
SNTC – ASETS Aboriginal Training & Employment Centre 
Devon Mah
WorkBC Kamloops – Thompson
Nicole Bruce
Venture Kamloops
Dwayne Geiger
Thompson Rivers University Trades and Technology
Afra Nazeer
Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP)
Panel 3 – International programs and opportunities to support your business
Darcy Bromley
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Natalie Durham
British Columbia Construction Association
Eduardo Bananal
Immigrant Employment Council of BC
Aireen Luney
Immigration Programs Branch, BC Provincial Nominee Program
Nicole Bruce
Venture Kamloops
Keynote Speaker – Labour Market Outlook

Over twenty years, Christian Saint Cyr has established himself as a leading labour market expert. As publisher of the BC Labour Market Report and the Ontario Labour Market Report, Christian advises thousands of career professionals throughout both provinces and across
the country and regularly works with representatives of business, education and government. He’s delivered hundreds of workshops for more than 10,000 individuals on topics which include labour market information, employment standards, unconventional job search, yearly overviews of the labour market and workshops which have looked specifically at trends in the construction, technology, tourism and health
care sectors.

As an established employment and labour market expert, Christian is often called upon to provide commentary on television, in print and on radio; including regular segments examining the labour market for CBC Radio, national broadcasts for CORUS Radio and broadcasts for AM640 Toronto, 900 CHML Hamilton, 980 CFPL London, the CBC’s BC Almanac and weekly segments called ‘Working on the West Coast’ on CKNW 980. Christian hosts annual labour market conferences in both Vancouver and Toronto which bring leading industry experts together to speak about how the labour market is being transformed in sectors such as technology, health care, business, education, hospitality and the natural resources including agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas.

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The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is situated on the traditional and unceded lands of the Tk'emlups Te Secwepemc within Secwepemc'ulucw, the traditional territory of the Secwepemc people. We are honored to live and work and play on this land and acknowledge the complicated history and humbly move forward in a spirit of collaboration and gratitude.