It’s important that business owners, managers and leaders stay on top of the changing dynamics in business to ensure their long term success.

The Canadian Career Academy and Employment Ontario along with the Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Carleton Place BIA and Valley Heartland are local organizations that want to ensure businesses succeed, and have partnered on a one-day Employer Symposium to support the local business community.

“We understand the challenges that businesses are facing, as we have worked closely with many local companies and these challenges are shared with us regularly,” commented Laura Bennett of the Canadian Career Academy.  “Our Job Developers have put together a day to address these challenges.  We’ve brought together experts, accomplished business owners, and community professionals to focus on these key issues. ”

The event is a full day of learning and is being held at The Grand Hotel in Carleton Place.  Not only will business owners enjoy the gorgeous surroundings and the sumptuous food, there is a great opportunity to meet and learn from other business professionals and attend breakout sessions on topics that are of key concern to business.

“We know that local business owners are stretched right now, especially with the new labour legislation that has just come into effect” notes Chamber General Manager Jackie Kavanagh, “but we want to help them navigate these changes and support them with the information that they need to remain competitive in the changing workplace.”

Bill 148 is just one of the topics that will be discussed at the symposium. HR specialist Rebecca Sosna of Cavanagh Construction will share best practices on implementation of strategies to meet the obligations of the bill and labour lawyer Andrew Howard of Howard Kelford Dixon will be on hand to answer questions from a legal perspective.

Other items on the agenda include Key Strategies for Workplace Safety, WSIB, and Chronic Mental Stress in the workplace; Labour Market Trends and Bridging the Gap between Skills Sets and Skill requirement;  Millennials – Practical Strategies for Today’s Workforce; and Employee Retention – Strategies to Reduce High Turnover Costs.

The keynote speakers of the day are Arlene Anderson, President of local bat manufacturer Sam Bat and Toby Shannan, Senior Vice President of Support at Shopify. Both will touch on the topic of employee engagement and how you can create a collaborative Dynamic Culture to grow your business.

“We are more than excited to be hosting this day, and hearing from each speaker.  It promises to be a very informative day,” stated Laura Bennett. “We look forward to seeing our business leaders there.”

Registration for the event is $50.00 and includes the full day of learning, a continental breakfast, lunch and coffee and snacks.

We encourage all business owners, managers and leaders in the community to invest in this one day of learning to focus on the key issues that are impacting their businesses today.

Participants can register in person through the Canadian Career Academy by emailing ,  by calling 613-257-3237, or by going into the Canadian Career Academy at 92 Bridge Street in Carleton Place. Payment is due at registration by cheque or cash. Registration is also available by credit card through Eventbrite at ($4.16 processing fee applies)