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August 21, 2019

A Hard Look at Soft Skills

By Kelly Boutillier Examining the return on investment A quick online search of the term “soft skills” and you will find yourself inundated with articles. These broadly understood skills have become a buzz word in recent years as the economy changes and the skills needed for workplace success evolve. While we can only guess at [...]
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August 19, 2019

Grit and Commitment Pay Off for Young Indigenous Entrepreneur

When Gavin Decontie was just 16 years old, he didn’t know that he'd become a role model in his community as a young Indigenous entrepreneur. When helping out his mother with her small unofficial cleaning business it would lead him to launch his own enterprise one day.  But it took him awhile to fully appreciate the [...]
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July 23, 2019

5 ways to find your ideal customer

The foundation of a successful business is based on a single important element: knowing your customer. After all, if there’s no one to sell to, there’s no profit – and you won’t be in business for long without income. When planning to start a business or expand to new markets, you need to figure out [...]
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July 23, 2019

How to make your tourism business stand out

In Canada, tourism generates $102 billion in annual economic activity, 1.8 million jobs, and contributes as much to our country’s wealth as agriculture, fisheries and forestry combined. Over half (56%) of tourism jobs are in rural areas and tend to be filled by young people and new Canadians. And increasingly, seniors are taking jobs in [...]
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June 18, 2019

Essential skills vs. Employability Skills

Understanding how they work together and link to workforce development By Kelly Boutilier As a curriculum designer, I was astonished to learn recently that I have been confusing Essential Skills with Employability Skills – and a quick internet search revealed I was not alone. These two equally important, yet distinctly different skillsets, get confused all [...]
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