Lloyd Longfield Introduces Magnet - Campus Connect Program to Guelph

May 16, 2019

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On April 17, 2019 Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, along with Magnet,  Orbis Communications and Future Skills Canada officially launched the future of Canada’s workforce skills matching platform.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, along with the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, recently announced that Ryerson University will lead the Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF) consortium.  The April 17th event in Guelph brought together the business owners, colleges and universities as well as employment resource workers to learn about the ways this forward thinking research centre will prepare Canadians for the workforce opportunities of the future.

Together with Magnet and Orbis Communications, The Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences Futures will test and rigorously measure innovative approaches to identify emerging in-demand skills, and help Canadians develop the skills they need to take full advantage of and succeed in the new economy. Funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program, the Future Skills Centre is a forward-thinking research centre with a focus on how best to prepare Canadians today for workforce opportunities of the future.

Joining MP Longfield for a panel discussion were Devin Grady, Managing Partner, Orbis Communications Inc., JP Giroux, National Director, Skills and Talent Development, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), Melanie Wright, Interim Executive Director, Future Skills Centre, Roxanne Rose, Vice President of Global Human Resources, Linamar and was moderated by Mark Patterson, Executive Director, Magnet.

With Guelph having the lowest unemployment rate in the country it was especially important for business and academia alike to have the knowledge and tools available to them to fill the jobs of today and the future in order to build the local and national economy.

The government of Canada is working to make it easier for you to hire the people you need – with the talent you need – through the Global Skills Strategy; through programs that allow Canadians to upgrade their skills; and by leveraging immigration to ensure that there are enough skilled workers to fill the job vacancies created by the retirement wave.


“The world of work is changing and Canadians need to be equipped to seize the opportunities this presents. Future Skills is part of the Government’s plan to build an agile workforce that can find and keep good, well-paying jobs, and strengthen the middle class so that everyone has a fair chance at success – today and tomorrow.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“After working through several stages of development it is really exciting to see Magnet launching nationally with the skills matching program for business.  It has been exciting to have been working with this Canadian innovation since its start up almost 8 years ago.”

-Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

“Magnet is pleased to be part of Ryerson’s contribution to the Future Skills Centre, providing its advanced technology and deep expertise in harnessing the potential that disruptive and emerging technologies are bringing to Canada’s workforce. We look forward to bringing together stakeholders, bridging fragmentation and matching job seekers with employers and further addressing the unemployment and underemployment of youth, newcomers to Canada, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and other individuals facing barriers to sustainable employment.”

-Mark Patterson, Executive Director of Magnet

Key Facts:

The Government of Canada is investing $225 million over four years, and $75 million per year thereafter, in Future Skills.

The Future Skills Centre will be a pan-Canadian research centre that will operate in both official languages, at arm’s length from the Government of Canada.


Future Skills Centre: https://fsc-ccf.ca/

Magnet: https://magnet.today/


Lianne Cassidy

Executive Assistant to Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph