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The Town of Innisfil has received a $450,000 grant from the Ontario government to provide in-depth business operations training to town staff, affiliated organizations, and key community partners in partnership with the Schulich Executive Education Centre.

“This grant is a tremendous opportunity for the Town of Innisfil and community partners to further enhance their skills under the guidance of Canada’s leading business school and act as a tool to recruit and retain employees,” says Oliver Jerschow, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Innisfil. “Innisfil thrives on innovation and encouraging our team to think differently and creatively. This program will enhance those skills and ultimately foster positive, effective change for the community.”

The training, which begins for the first participants in May, includes project management, Lean Six Sigma, strategic planning as well as personal growth and wellness support. In addition to Town of Innisfil staff, affiliated organizations and community partners participating include InnPower, South Simcoe Police, InnServices, ideaLAB & Library as well as community partners that can benefit from training as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic which include community members from various organizations that the Town works closely and collaboratively with. 

“Schulich ExecEd is proud to partner with the Town of Innisfil, in collaboration with the Skills Development Fund of Ontario, to offer training to upskill and reskill internal staff and external community members on core skills necessary to move business initiatives forward,” says Rami Mayer, Executive Director. “Schulich ExecEd has partnered with over 100 governments and municipalities over the last two decades and we understand the immense pressure the public sector is facing right now. We believe a program such as the Certificate in Business Operations for Public and Non-Profit is critical to helping close the skill gap identified by the Town. We are thrilled to once again partner with the Town and we are confident that we can continue to help provide public sector employees and community members with the knowledge, insights and tools to help to position the Town for success.”

 “Our government launched the Skills Development fund to support ground-breaking training projects that upskill workers and help businesses scale in their communities,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “This program, in partnership with Schulich Executive Education Centre, will help drive economic growth in the Town of Innisfil now and for years to come.”