Recognizing Human Capital in Rural Enterprises Through RPL - Opportunites and Challenges

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 14:00 to 17:00

Recognizing Human Capital in Rural Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Through RPL - Opportunities and Challenges

A panel presentation with group activity and Q & A session


DATE:  January 31, 2019

TIME:  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.



In-person:  In-person in the Louis Riel Room, Brandon University, Brandon, MB


Via Live Streaming Webinar:  Once your registration fees have been received and confirmed, we will email your unique live streaming link prior to the event for testing and viewing purposes.


Registration Fees*

On or before - January 21, 2019

Early Bird Flat Rate:  $35


After- January 21, 2019

MPLAN Members: $40

Non-Members: $45


*No invoicing available. For this event, early bird and live-streaming registrations will only be accepted by electronic payment (eTransfer, PayPal or a Credit Card over the phone).  Cash and cheques accepted at the door if you are attending in person.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

2:00 – 2:30          Registration and Networking

2:30 – 2:45          Introductions: from Brandon University and from MPLAN

2:45 – 3:30          Panel presentations

Hospitality Break

3:45 – 4:30          Group Workshop Session

4:30 – 4:45          Question & Answer Session

4:45 – 5:00          Event wrap-up


The Rural Development Institute at Brandon University is commencing a research project, Motivation of SMEs in Hiring Newcomers. It aims to understand employer perspectives and motivations in hiring newcomers in Canada, specifically rural businesses in the three Prairie Provinces. This issue is important since the growth and economic success of rural communities will increasingly depend on immigration, given these communities’ aging population and Canada’s declining natural population growth. Since Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the predominant businesses and job creators in rural Canada, their receptiveness to hiring newcomers is critical to successful settlement, business prosperity, and community development. Their receptiveness serves to recognize and enhance the human capital of their workforce.

In this context of filling rural labour needs, this workshop will explain Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) principles and practices and how they can be used by SMEs to recognize their employees’ human capital, that is, their knowledge, skills, and attitudes. This RPL toolkit may help to motivate SMEs to hire immigrants. Immigration Service Providers will have an opportunity to showcase their services offered to SMEs and immigrants as well as to discuss the applicability of RPL in their immigration and settlement programming. The workshop will close with a Q & A session.


Gary McNeely, PLAR Coordinator, Brandon University; MPLAN Board Member

  • Introduction to RPL principles and Practices
  • Applying RPL in SMEs


Don Walmsley, Executive Director, Neepawa and Area Immigrant Settlement Services, Inc.

  • Outline of Services for Immigrants and Refugees, and Services for Rural Employers
  • Developing a Skills Inventory for employee


Brandon University Temporary Parking Passes will be made available to participants on the morning of the event.

For more information contact: Gary McNeely, PLAR Coordinator, Brandon University / MPLAN Board member| T. 204-727-7300 | Email.