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Small Business Support Series: How Apprenticeship can Work for your Small Business

November 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Apprenticeship is a post-secondary option for our youth that leads to certification and a career in the skilled trades. Based on a combination of on-the-job training and periods of technical training, apprenticeship offers businesses in the construction, motive power, industrial/manufacturing and service sectors the opportunity to build a skilled and inclusive workforce, grow productivity and plan for succession.

The panel will provide an overview of how apprenticeship works, available supports and incentives, and growing diversity and inclusion in the skilled trade workforce.

Our Panelists


Marjorie Davison

Marjorie Davison completed her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.) and Dalhousie University (M.A.) and is the CEO of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. She has served two terms as Chair of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), the body responsible for the administration of the Red Seal Program. She served previously as the Executive Director, Corporate Policy and Services, Director of Policy, and Director of Apprenticeship Training and Skill Development for the NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

Marjorie currently chairs the Provincial/Territorial Apprentice Mobility Executive Group and participates actively as a member of the Atlantic Apprenticeship Council, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Board of Directors. In her current CEO role, she is committed to enabling women and diverse groups to share in the economic prosperity that careers in the skilled trades have to offer.

Marjorie has a focused interest in youth mental health, making learning more accessible and inclusive and encouraging greater industry and employer involvement in education and training.


Donna Karsten 

Donna Karsten has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS; a Bachelor of Education degree from Saint Thomas University in Fredericton, NB; a Master of Education degree from St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS; and a Master of Public Administration degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. Donna has been Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2017.

Donna has over 20 years of leadership in educational curriculum development and implementation. She started her career in the classroom and worked for twelve years as the provincial Mathematics Coordinator/Consultant in Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD). In 2012, she took on the role of Learning Management Project Coordinator. In 2015, Donna started at the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency in the role of Education Consultant and is now the Director, Standards and Examinations.

Donna has held multiple positions on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Through this organization, she has had the opportunity to work on international professional development for mathematics leaders, including serving as the Chair of the Coaching Committee. She currently sits on
the Board of the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Project Management Institute.


Kim Kennedy

After working in both the Corporate Policy and the Higher Education Branches of Labour and Advanced Education, Kim Kennedy joined the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency in 2015.

As the Chief Operating Officer, Kim and her team are primarily responsible for supporting clients in the apprenticeship system and the delivery of the technical training associated with the apprenticeship program.

Kim was born and raised as a proud Nova Scotian and currently lives in Halifax.

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