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Trudy Parsons

Trudy Parsons

Trudy leads the Workforce Development Division within Millier Dickinson Blais. With over 25 years of demonstrated leadership in career management, labour market planning and strategy development, Trudy has worked with communities, organizations and individuals. Her career path has spanned employment in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, giving her a solid understanding of the roles each play in creating strong and vibrant communities. Prior to joining Millier Dickinson Blais, Trudy spent 10 years as Executive Director for the Niagara Workforce Planning Board (NWPB), positioning it as one of Ontario’s leading labour market planning and research organizations. Trudy recognizes that a community’s competitiveness is about linking economic and workforce development, for a community’s greatest asset is its people. She helps organizations and communities leverage common interests, answer the tough questions, and create a strategic direction that utilizes their strengths, addresses their challenges and results in positive change. Her extensive expertise includes community development, stakeholder engagement, sector-specific labour market strategy development, audience-specific workforce development strategies (planning for youth, older workers, internationally trained professionals and immigrants) and corporate strategic planning. She has authored numerous articles and reports, and delivers presentations on workforce development to audiences across Canada and internationally. Trudy holds her MBA, and designations in Certified in Management (C.I.M.) and Professional Manager (P.Mgr.). She is a long standing member of the Canadian Institute of Management, and was elected to the Board for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario in 2011 where she continues to serve as Chair of the Professional Development committee.

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Articles Posted by Trudy Parsons

Create win-win-win results with employer engagement

There’s no universal solution to bringing job seekers and employers together. It’s not simply a relationship between labour supply and labour demand; it requires the More...

Getting down to the nitty-gritty on local labour market data

Recent weeks have seen much discussion around informing hiring demand by analyzing online job ads.  While this is not a new practice, it is important to recognize More...

Shaping the framework for an Ontario labour force strategy

A report completed by McKinsey Global Institute (The world at work: Jobs, pay and skills for 3.5 billion people, McKinsey Global Institute, June 2012, p.2-3) More...

The WEF ranks countries on human capital development

The impact of workforce development is highlighted in a recent report released by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Mercer.  The first-ever World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Human More...

Leveraging employee engagement in economic and workforce development

A recent publication by Maclean’s Magazine focused on Canada’s skilled-jobs crisis. With over 120 pages of content, the publication highlights the challenge facing many sectors, employers More...

Making Makers: Transforming skills development, igniting creativity, and building our future

Perhaps you’ve heard about the dilemma facing many communities, local businesses and job seekers. Termed theskills mismatch,  thousands of jobs are going unfilled and thousands More...

The iceberg dilemma

I’ve often had colleagues tell me that I am passionate about workforce issues. I can’t argue with them, especially when I find myself thinking about More...

Santa Inc would be a multi-million dollar operation

In the spirit of the holiday season, I found this to be very enlightening, and I was particularly interested because it is related to the More...

Collaboration

This past week I tuned into the Country Music Awards – who would have thought that watching the CMA’s would have brought my thinking to More...

Where are the answers?

Knowledge Exchange on Workforce and the Economy – Building Collaboration through Conversation Monday morning begins a very exciting week. Since late spring I have been More...

Canada needs a national workforce strategy

I’ve been searching the web to see what provinces in Canada have a national workforce strategy. I found that Canadian provinces have been very proactive More...

Review: The Coming Jobs War

Whether it is politicians, educators, business owners, union leaders, or neighbours talking over the fence, conversations about people and employment tend to make the top More...