Lakeland College held a virtual Job Fair yesterday as a way for students to interact with industry professionals.
In separate chat rooms, students had the opportunity to learn about the companies and available positions as well as ask questions. Time blocks allowed participants to get some background information and choose which one-on-one or group sessions they wanted to be a part of.
A range of topics were covered including marketing, finance, construction, agriculture, animal science, environment, technology, and health.
Nearly 50 exhibitors were able to share information and encourage students who may be interested in getting into their field. Students were very appreciative because it helped them to see the possibilities of where they could work during the summer or after they graduate.
“We hire students for our summer positions because it works well with our harvest scheduling and gives students experience in the nursery/forestry/agriculture industries,” said Stephanie Popel Owner and Chief Financial Officer of Smokey Lake Forest Nursery Ltd.
Smokey Lake Forest Nursery grows nine million trees every year for oil and gas reclamation and forestry reforestation, making them Alberta’s largest producer of tree seedlings.
“Canada is a large exporter of lumber and it is essential that the forests are replanted to ensure we are meeting environmental considerations and not diminishing future supply,” said Popel.
They currently have summer work available for students returning to school including greenhouse positions and one for an accounting technician.
Representing Richardson Pioneer was Deirdre Dowd, a Human Resources Business Partner from Winnipeg. She said Richardson has locations all over western Canada, and they are looking for a few more summer students as well as a few full time students.
“Richardson is a global leader in food processing and agribusiness. We have approximately 3,000 employees worldwide, and are a handler of all major Canadian grown grain and oil seeds,” said Dowd.
With over 100 years of experience in the agriculture industry, she said they are involved in every stage of the Ag cycle.
She said they work with agronomy, seed fertilizer and grain merchandising in Canada, the United States and England. They have port terminals, oat milling facilities, as well as canola seed crushing/refining/packaged product facilities.
She also said they are committed to their communities, and that the Vermilion location donated $55,000 to the Vermilion Fire & Rescue Society in 2019.