Pathways Speakers Summit an Overwhelming Success

Niagara Catholic held its second-annual Pathways Speakers Summit – Truths Revealed, at Club Italia May 1. Approximately 250 students and families attended the event, which brought together business and industry leaders with Brock University and Niagara College, Leadership Niagara and local governments to talk to students about future pathways.

The evening began with addresses to partners from Mario De Divitiis, CEO of the Niagara Workforce Planning Board who also served as facilitator for the panel discussion, Director of Education John Crocco, James Mandigo, Vice-Provost, Enrollment Management and International at Brock University, and Steve Hudson, Vice-president, Academic and Learner Services at Niagara College.

Adam Durrant, Operations and Research Manager with the Niagara Workforce Planning Board provided some background information and facts on current and future employment opportunities in Niagara and beyond, before the two panel discussions took place.

The first panel focused on the importance of students taking a look at their skills and finding the right fit for them in the workplace; with anecdotes and advice offered by Jessica Kemp, President of Kemp Financial Group, Shawna Derksen, Recruitment Coordinator for Vintage Hotels, Jessica Perrotta, Assistant Manager of Fleet Personnel for Algoma, and Shane Malcom, Executive Director of Leadership Niagara.

The second panel focused on industry, with Aaron Tisdelle, President of Girotti Machine, Rob Meilleur, Owner of the Kennedy School of Aviation, Marco Marino from the Economic Development department at the City of St. Catharines, and Ken Scholtens, Manager of Expedited Services with Niagara Region Economic Development.

Read Niagara This Week’s coverage of the event here.



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