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For Immediate Release – October 3, 2007

Building our workforce future together at second annual FutureForce Summit

Keynote Don Tapscott to speak on collaboration in our changing workforce on Oct 30

Halton, ON - In the face of new technology, changing workforce demographics and an increasingly globalized landscape for business, collaboration has taken on a new role as the driving force behind corporate and community success. That message will serve as the theme of the second annual FutureForce Summit, kicking off October 30, 2007 at the Burlington Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Centre and featuring Don Tapscott, author of the best-selling Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. Building on the success of last year’s event, FutureForce Summit 2007 is an opportunity for businesses both local and global to consider the current business and economic landscape and develop strategies to answer the question “Who will work for you in 2010 and beyond?”

Anchored by keynotes Don Tapscott and Linda Duxbury,  professor at Carlton University’s Sprott School of Business and an expert on workforce demographics, the event has been structured around the results of a recent workforce development survey distributed to over 500 businesses in Halton Region. Response from the business community, cross-referenced with recent census and regional data, revealed that Halton is a fast-growing community that will soon be faced with a workforce shortage, especially in key knowledge- and skill-based occupations.

“The issues identified through our survey results are not just local issues, they’re also shared globally” says Cindy Napper, Project Manager for FutureForce Halton, the Employment Ontario program behind the Summit.

“This year’s Summit is about coming together to look at why these challenges are occurring, and working to develop solutions through collaborative thinking” says Mike Carberry of Affiliated Insurance Management and co-chair of the Halton Industry Education Council’s board of directors. “Partnerships built through this event will be valuable not just for individual businesses and organizations, but also for the whole community.”

In addition to the two keynotes and a further look at the survey results, this year’s event also features a range of workshops, covering such topics as corporate culture, succession planning, and the skilled trades, which will allow those in attendance to focus on the issues that really matter to them. Each workshop has been structured to allow for open discussion and will be facilitated by an expert in a related field.

FutureForce Summit 2007 will see representation from business, industry, education and government. All are welcome to attend. Registration can be found online at or by calling 905-634-2575 ext. 19. Attendance costs $245 – with a special discount rate for Chamber of Commerce members, not-for-profit organizations and educators --, and includes breakfast, lunch, both keynote presentations, your selection of two workshops, and a copy of Don Tapscott’s Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything.

About FutureForce Halton

Led by the Halton Industry Education Council, FutureForce Halton is an Employment Ontario program dedicated to bringing together business, industry, education and government to build strategies surrounding workforce development issues. Over the past two years, FutureForce Halton has worked to hold conference events, collect data and build enduring relationships with community partners and create strategies to address local and global workforce issues. Learn more at


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