Palette Skills welcomes Janet Yale as new Chair of Board of Directors

On September 7, 2022 Palette Skills welcomed Janet Yale as its new Chair of the Board of Directors. Janet begins her term as Chair at a pivotal moment, as Canada’s economy makes progress following the COVID-19 pandemic, and as employers face unprecedented job vacancies amid one of the tightest labour markets the country has ever witnessed.

TORONTO, September 7, 2022 – Palette Skills is pleased to welcome Janet Yale as our new Chair of the Board of Directors.

Janet begins her term as Chair at a pivotal moment, as Canada’s economy makes progress following the COVID-19 pandemic and as employers face unprecedented job vacancies amid one of the tightest labour markets the country has ever witnessed.

In response to these labour market challenges, Palette Skills is growing our impact and footprint across the country. To date, Palette Skills has worked with over 120 industry partners and helped many mid-career workers transition into roles with high-growth firms. Palette Skills is well-placed to continue supporting Canadians to realize their full talent potential.

“Canada’s most bountiful resource is our talent, and I am excited to be working with an organization that is so committed to looking at talent in a new way and to ensuring that all of the untapped talent we have across the country is fully utilized,” Ms. Yale said.

“Not only is Palette Skills helping some of Canada’s highest growth firms access the talent they need to grow and scale, but we are also helping individuals – and especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups – achieve their highest potential.”

Janet Yale is a lawyer and economist, and has provided executive leadership in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She previously chaired the Government of Canada’s Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel, was President and CEO of the Arthritis Society and Executive Vice President at TELUS.

Ms. Yale succeeds Sean Speer, who is an assistant professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

“During Sean’s tenure as Chair, Palette Skills made an incredible impact on Canada’s workforce through the launch and delivery of programs like SalesCamp and the Automation and Digital Agriculture program. Sean was invaluable in helping to advance the way that policymakers think about skills, talent and the labour market, working to break long-held biases around hiring,” said Rhonda Barnet, Chief Executive Officer of Palette Skills.

“Under the leadership of Janet Yale, Palette Skills will continue to drive forward our mission of ensuring that all organizations and individuals thrive in Canada’s rapidly evolving knowledge economy.”

About Palette Skills:

Palette Skills is a national nonprofit funded in part by the Government of Canada. Palette Skills helps organizations access untapped labour markets and create pathways to career growth through industry-led rapid upskilling programs. We work with strategic partners across the country, including industry associations, economic development organizations, and post-secondary institutions to identify demand, recruit participants, and deliver programs to transition talented individuals into Canada’s fastest growing industries.

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