Katie Brogan, a Dalhousie Social Work grad, collaborates with partners and engages with vulnerable youth.

As we face labour shortages and shift into a digitized economy, a new graduate with new energy and the most updated skills could be exactly what your organization needs to stay in motion.

For the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning (MCCL), tapping into young talent was a no-brainer.

They hired Katie Brogan, a graduate of Dalhousie’s Social Work program to collaborate with key partners and engage vulnerable youth in programs. Tucked in downtown Dartmouth, MCCL acts as a community hub for youth, and helps them reach their passion and purpose through the magic of the arts.

Hiring Katie was made…


Dennis Prendergast, founder Prendergast Surveys Limited, with recent grad and employee Rory Roach.

Tucked in the midst of Cape Breton’s former mining communities, a land surveying firm from the ’80s is finding new and better ways to use its technology.

A key player in the equation? A new grad with the most updated skills.

“Our new grad is up on the latest technology and showed us more efficient ways of using our equipment,” says Dennis Prendergast, Founder and Land Surveyor at Prendergast Surveys Limited. “He showed us a better way to use our controller tech when collecting field data, and this is increasing our business efficiency.”

Hiring Rory Roach, a recent geomatics engineering…


Acadia University graduate Senewa Sena says she has always felt entrepreneurial, and now she is able to further develop her interpersonal skills and start-up mentality with great coaching support.

This year, the Halifax-based start-up known for inventing the world’s first bionic knee brace, shifted gears completely to equip Nova Scotia’s front-line workers during the pandemic

Spring Loaded Technology hired more than 40 contractors and pumped out a whopping 50,000 face shields over the summer to protect nurses, food producers and vulnerable Nova Scotians from COVID 19.

A key to this quick success lay in the minds of young talent, who helped manage the transition.

“There really is no challenge that is insurmountable to young hires,” says Katie Arsenault, Director of Operations and Controller, Spring Loaded Technology. …


This year, youth have been an integral part of helping companies adapt to new ways of working during a pandemic

In April, Margaret Dron, founder of Electric Owl, welcomed multiple co-op students to her team, focused on agricultural research, software engineering and computer science.

Electric Owl is a small, Halifax-based tech start-up that combines plant and computer science to help people grow food.

Margaret Dron, Founder of Electric Owl, a small, Halifax-based tech start-up that combines plant and computer science to help people grow food.

Dron’s team was thankful for co-op funding, access to the talent being fostered in local universities, and the incredible energy that innovative youth bring to the table.

“Co-op has helped open my eyes to the…


David MacNeil is a recent graduate working at a tech company in Membertou

The pandemic has forced small companies in every corner of the province to find new ways of doing business — much of it online. And young people are proving best equipped to help employers make the leap. “Virtual tech skills and adaptability are traits that I feel I possess,” says David MacNeil, a recent university graduate, now Marketing Officer at Orenda Software Solutions, a tech company in Membertou that helps businesses measure the social impact of their brand. “Since we have a team of bright young minds, we’ve not experienced the same disruption from COVID-19 as others. …


Maggie Archibald, a recent Public Relations grad from Mount Saint Vincent University, joined the Foundation Marketing as a Content Marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist, with the support of GTO.

Six years ago in a move that may seem risky to most, Ross Simmonds launched a fully remote content marketing agency, Foundation Marketing. Today, they serve some of the fastest growing start-ups and largest Fortune 500 brands in the world.

He attributes much of their global success to the young and innovative graduates they hire and says that the pandemic has not hindered their ability to work. In fact, the increased need for digital marketing as a result of COVID-19’s impact on businesses has allowed the company to make new hires at the peak of the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has had…


As Nova Scotia’s economy starts to open up, businesses large and small, are figuring out how they’re going to operate in a world impacted by COVID-19.

Some businesses are rebuilding their workforce after being forced to lay off staff, and many are adapting to new ways of reaching clients and delivering services.

A woman works on a computer, wearing a head set
A woman works on a computer, wearing a head set
Mental Health Coach and recent King’s College graduate, Breanne Wilson, is quickly customizing her coaching arrangements with families who are facing more stressors than ever before.

Halifax-based organization, Strongest Families Institute (SFI), provides evidence-based mental health services to children and families everywhere, and are tapping into new skillsets as remote work and building connections become more important than ever.

“Our team has quickly adapted our offerings so we can provide more flexible mental health supports to families in need during the pandemic,” says Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie, CEO and President of SFI. “And much of this revolutionary work is championed by…


Statement from Minister Labi Kousoulis, Department of Labour and Advanced Education

Several Nova Scotia flags in front of wreaths.
Several Nova Scotia flags in front of wreaths.
Nova Scotia flags and wreaths marked the Day of Mourning in prior years.

Every year on April 28 we honour those who have died because of a workplace injury or illness. The National Day of Mourning is a much-needed moment to remember and recognize the lives lost.

Nova Scotians lost twenty-two people because of workplace injury and illness in 2019.

Each individual tragedy is felt deeply by families, communities and our province.

Any workplace can result in a fatality, including the traditional fishing industry. Now more than ever, we are mindful of the risks our emergency responders face daily — and of the challenges our frontline workers face as they keep…


Recent NSCC grad Boris Spacek is working full-time in Digby for marine electronic company Atlantic Electronics.

Nova Scotia’s GTO program helps inject new ideas to fill gaps in businesses

A Dartmouth-based marine electronics company is building a strong and reliable reputation, thanks to the talented young technicians who serve their clients across the province every day.

Many of those techs are recent graduates.

“The grads we hire are flourishing and it has been fantastic for business,” says Ashley Collins, Human Resources Manager, Atlantic Electronics. “They are demonstrating a keen interest in marine electronics and strong leadership qualities that will help them grow in the company.”

Atlantic Electronics recently hired three Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) grads…


Kayla Brown: “It was so gratifying to walk into full-time work as an accountant, right out of university.”

Planning for the future of his company has never been so important to Anthony Fielding.

Fielding, the Senior Partner of Bluenose Accounting, launched his firm in Nova Scotia nearly two decades ago. Today, his team has grown to 15 employees in two locations, and Fielding is already thinking ahead about who might take over when he’s ready to retire.

“I need to know that we have professional and skilled people that can become responsible successors one day,” says Fielding.

“That’s why I was confident hiring Kayla Brown, a recent grad who possesses not only the research skills and logic required…

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