A theme of this and past elections has been the need to retain and attract young professionals to our region. SHIFT (Young Professionals Network) has indicated their concerns about the lack of clear ideas and plans from our political leaders. As your Member of Parliament, I will continue to work with young professional organizations to develop plans and create opportunities to enable full-participation of young professionals and entrepeneurs in job creation and business development.
Many professionals are already returning to our region with the desire to make a difference in the future of our region. The focus of this discussion should be on prospects and job opportunities; the strengths and weaknesses of the region and country; what can the government do (or needs to do) to retain or attract back its youth, and how can these professionals participate.
Within this context, there are specific areas of opportunities that we can focus on. Some of these are summarized below:
- Promote and facilitate the return of professionals for business succession planning (ageing baby boomers and retirements, not enough entrepreneurs ready to take over);
- Matching of human resources with future business and job opportunities in emerging sectors like Green Economy, Bio-Economy; Clean Technology, etc.
- The emergence of the creative class (research and innovation, arts and culture, etc. are bringing a new paradigm shift).
The need to re-position our region and country for the future should be a primary goal of the federal government. As your Member of Parliament, I will continue to support young professionals and help pave the way for a new generation of leaders.