We were looking for a well skilled work force and Thunder Bay was hands down the place to be,” smiled John Gleason, President of Superior Propane. “The city was very open and friendly from the economic development group to training provided by Confederation College. In fact Confederation College actually ended up training across the country for us, so we were totally impressed with what we saw. To think that we went from nothing to 30 trained people in 90 days is amazing. Phenomenal! I still can’t believe what I saw this morning.”
Domtar, Dryden Operations
The Two Trades initiative was just completing its 3rd year of operation when Domtar took over the mill from Weyerhaeuser. There was some concern over the continued funding of the program. After a presentation to Ghislain Dinel, V.P. Operations from Domtar, the continued funding was approved. Mr. Dinel saw the advantages to a multi-skilled workforce and the competitive advantage that this cooperative venture had embraced. He was impressed with the quality of training and the commitment from both union an management. The program commenced its 4th year this September with apprenticeship programs in Welding, Instrumentation and Machining.
Abzac, Fort Frances Division
I commend your faculty on the Leadership course that two of my supervisory staff participated in this past spring-summer. Both individuals had come up through the ranks and are very knowledgeable on our business but lacked the leadership skills to excel, but have now greatly improved their on the job effectiveness in their current roles.
The excellent course content for Leadership in the Workplace, and the timely feedback, allowed for the successful execution of the principles learned in order to improve my effectiveness as a leader in our organization. I would strongly recommend this program for new supervisors or team leaders.
Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board
I am truly pleased with the new working relationship that we are building with Confederation College and expect it will only improve as time goes along.