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Bell, others form coalition to combat IT staff shortage

Bell Canada has formed a coalition to ensure the development of a future generation of information technology (IT) experts will be able to meet the needs of Canadian companies.


January 1, 2008  


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Bell Canada has formed a coalition to ensure the development of a future generation of information technology (IT) experts will be able to meet the needs of Canadian companies.

The Canadian Coalition for IT Succession will strive to consolidate and ensure the long-term sustainability of IT know-how in Canada, given the rapidly emerging shortage of professional workers in this sector.

The organization will be comprised of Canadian organizations active in the IT sector and those in which information technology is critical to their operations.

Numerous companies have already signed on including Hydro-Quebec, Desjardins Group, CGI, Gaz Metro, Nortel Networks, Rogers Communications, Canadian National Railway Co., TD Meloche Monnex, IBM Canada and Avaya Canada.

Mario Belanger, president of Avaya Canada, described the pending staff shortage as something that could turn into an acute problem if it is not addressed soon.

“Upwards of 90,000 IT professional will be required in the next three to five years, however, the market is producing a much lower rate than that,” he said.

“You need people in high school or college who want to embark on an IT career as opposed to something else.”

Jason Potter, technical services manager with Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, said that while his company has been fortunate in terms of the longevity of the people who are there, a shortage will come up at some point.

In order to minimize the problem, Chubb is currently looking at ways to maintain staffing levels and targeting colleges, universities and job fairs to attract good talent.