Photo Credit: JSpitfire
I signed the written offer over the weekend, so can now, finally, publicly discuss my new job!
The one that’s taking me from Vancouver to Yellowknife!
I will be working for the Government of the Northwest Territories, in their Corp. HR Recruitment dept.
My role will be to create and implement strategies to attract professionals to the north, as well as enhance and create strategies to develop a northern workforce.
The north, more than the rest of Canada, needs healthcare professionals: physicians, nurses, lab technicians, and social workers. In fact, some of the north has a suicide rate multiple times the national average, in part because we need more people in supportive roles. If I can help fill those roles and make a difference, well… that’s what I’m doing this for.
And in the immediate term, the Federal Gov’t budget included significant funding for Infrastructure/Social Housing Investment = we’ll need Engineers! any Civil, Structural, Geo-tech engineers reading this, contact me! Some of this may include alternative energy infrastructure so that may be of real interest to some readers.
And last, if any of my finance friends – accountants, eg. – from Vancity are looking for a change, find me!
Here are a couple other areas I see on the horizon that I find extremely interesting:
1. Cdn. Sovereignty over the Arctic Ocean, with its mineral and gas deposits is increasingly fragile. By 2013 Canada needs to submit its “pitch” for extended sovereignty to the U.N. China, the US, and Russia are also more than a little interested in the area – geopolitics in action! The Cdn gov’t will be embarking on an ambitious ocean-mapping project , building a high-arctic research station, and I would imagine investing in infrastructure like ports and airstrips (I’m just surmising).
2. Another development that I’ll be monitoring closely are the pipelines: The Arctic Pipeline signed off on by Sarah Palin, and Obama (a few days ago), and the ongoing discussions re: Mackenzie Pipeline.
All of these will have significant HR implications.
So, that’s it as I understand it. Awesome, huh? To be a part of something good, of finding the right people to join the public service, I am uncharacteristically humbled. And excited.
Oh, and my many social-media pals, you can believe social media will be a significant part of strategies I/we develop – in fact, I’m completely serious, it was the photos on Flickr and the Yellowknife Facebook Groups that ultimately convinced me to move up there.
I imagine Linked In will be a much bigger part of my life. If you’d like to connect there, simply as a contact, or because you may be up for a northern adventure yourself, please link with me!
Vancouver-based pals: the lovely MJ aka “Urbanista” is organizing a meet & greet & goodbye for me at the Irish Heather, Sunday the 15th (I leave on the 20th) at 4pm. Please contact her to RSVP (ha! almost wrote RRSP!) and drop by. Would love to say hi & bye 🙂
ps: this was my 400th post!