Over the past 20 years manufacturing has changed dramatically. Natural resource industries continue to have cycles of boom and bust and globalization has changed the way in which manufacturing is done. Given these changing dynamics, how do regions better understand the extent of skill shortages in manufacturing in Renfrew County and how do we address struggles that manufacturers in Renfrew County have expressed finding the skilled workforce they need? Manufacturers, community leaders, and community organizations gathered in Pembroke to discuss these issues.

During the Future of Manufacturing in Renfrew County event, held on October 26, 2017, Dr. Gibson shared information on the changing state of rural Canada and manufacturing. Details of the presentation delivered can be found below. The Future of Manufacturing in Renfrew County event was hosted by the Labour Market Group of Renfrew and Lanark.

 Embracing Opportunities: The Future of Rural and Manufacturing