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October 19, 2000

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High Flying High Tech Sector Faces Special Human Resources Issues

Finding and keeping employees in an industry where today's start-up business is tomorrow's NASDAQ star is not easy. High tech sector human resources professionals need special skills and knowledge to recruit, train and, often, retrain staff and maintain company loyalty. An upcoming Oct. 20 forum, sponsored by UVic's Co-operative Education Program, will address human resources issues specific to the high tech sector. UVic operates Canada's third-largest co-op program, giving students the opportunity to integrate their academic studies with relevant paid work experience.

UVic president Dr. Dave Turpin welcomes participants to the forum at Dunsmuir Lodge at 8:45 a.m. and Keith Elwood, CEO of The Lime Kiln Group Inc. discusses the human resources challenges facing Vancouver Island's high tech sector at 9 a.m. Tom O'Flaherty, president of Voice Mobility, delivers the opening address at 9:35 a.m.

A panel discussion at 10:20 a.m. focuses on the recruitment, training and motivation of high tech sector employees, discusses using the Internet to search for new employees and explains how co-op education programs can help in discovering new talent. Panel members will also examine the role universities, colleges and schools should play in preparing students for the digital workplace.

Panel members Peter Berrang, president, Epic Biosonics; Brad Forth, UVic grad and CEO, Power Measurement; Les Harris, president, Westech Information Systems; and Rena Konomis, vice-president manufacturing, SDL Optics will be moderated by Norah McRae, manager of UVic's business co-op program.

After lunch, Peter Ciceri, founding president of Rogers Telecom Inc., will deliver the forum's closing address at 1:15 p.m. Ciceri graduated from UVic in 1979 with a degree in economics. After working in the Asia Pacific region for 13 years in a variety of senior management positions with information technology firms, he joined Compaq Canada. He became the company's president and managing director before leaving Compaq earlier this year.

  Media Contacts:
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250)721-7656
MEDIA ADVISORY: Members of the media are invited to attend the speeches and the panel discussion. They are asked to identify themselves at the registration desk prior to the events. If possible, they are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with Barbara Fisher at 721-7628.

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