Busi­ness com­mu­nity comes out for cock­tail

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The Stanstead Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Com­mit­tee held its third annual “Busi­ness Com­mu­nity Cock­tail” last night in the VIP lounge of the Pat Burns Arena. The event was in full swing soon af­ter it started be­cause of a spe­cial game or­ga­nized for the oc­ca­sion. The al­most fifty busi­ness peo­ple at­tend­ing had to move from ta­ble to ta­ble in a sort of ‘speed­dat­ing’ for­mat to dis­cuss spe­cific ques­tions re­lated to em­ploy­ment. “The ques- tions asked were re­lated to the needs that we de­ter­mined af­ter send­ing sur­veys out to the busi­ness com­mu­nity,” ex­plained com­mit­tee mem­ber Deb­bie Bishop.

“Why did you choose Stanstead to op­er­ate a busi­ness?” was the first ques­tion that the par­tic­i­pants took turns dis­cussing in groups of about six or seven. The other ques­tions had the par­tic­i­pants dis­cussing tricks to hire per­son­nel, em­ployee train­ing, keep­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing per­son­nel, and es­sen­tial qual­i­ties in per­son­nel.

Mayor Philippe Du­til, who is on the com­mit­tee, was very pleased with the turnout and was look­ing for­ward to hear the guest speaker of the event: renowned busi­ness woman from Ma­gog, Renelle Anc­til. “Mrs. Anc­til wanted to take a tour of the town be­fore speak­ing so our de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Mrs. La­je­unesse McKay, brought her around,” said the mayor.

Stanstead de­vel­oper Ali Et­te­hadieh was at­tend­ing the event for the first time. “I’m amazed at the num­ber of peo­ple here. It’s very en­cour­ag­ing and it gives me hope that we’ll get there. It’s a very good ini­tia­tive,” com­mented Mr. Et­te­hadieh.

The owner of the groupe Deziel, Daniel Varin, was also a new­comer to the event. “It’s nice to get to know other busi­ness peo­ple. The ques­tions were very in­ter­est­ing and there have been good dis­cus­sions. There is al­ways give and take in busi­ness but if they en­cour­age us like this, we’ll come,” he said.

Stanstead De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Ms. La­je­unesse McKay in­tro­duced the guest

speaker, Ms. Anc­til, once all the ques­tions had been dealt with. “She is only the fourth woman in the last twenty-five years to win the Merite Estrien,” said Ms. La­je­unesse McKay in her lengthy and well-de­served in­tro­duc­tion. “It’s a shame there’s noth­ing left to say,” joked Ms. Anc­til when she got up to speak. Ms. Anc­til went on to tell the fas­ci­nat­ing story of her fam­ily’s chal­leng­ing rise in the field of hard­ware (she owns sev­eral Rona fran­chises), shar­ing her tricks for success along the way.

“The goal of the night is for busi­ness peo­ple and ser­vice providers to con­nect and then stay in con­tact,” said Helene Hamel who was an­i­mat­ing the event. To make that eas­ier the Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Com­mit­tee now has a new web­site for local busi­ness peo­ple at www.wix.com/comem­stanstead/em­ploi. “Our hope is that the busi­ness peo­ple will get to know who the ser­vice peo­ple are that can help them with em­ploy­ment is­sues, like the mem­bers of the com­mit­tee from the CLD or the CJE. And they might re­al­ize that they’re not alone when it comes to th­ese is­sues,” added Ms. Bishop.

Rona store owner and Fire Chief Jean Fluet (who has hair for now, see ar­ti­cle Fire­fight­ers go bald) lis­ten­ing to Ms. Anc­til speak at the event.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Award-win­ning busi­ness woman, Renelle Anc­til, was the guest speaker at the Busi­ness Com­mu­nity cock­tail last night.

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