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How International Recruitment Makes a Difference for Local Communities

With skilled workers in short supply everywhere, companies need innovative ideas to boost recruitment and maintain operations. The issue hits hard in outlying regions, where recruitment challenges can threaten the vitality of entire communities. Resolute’s solution? Support skilled workers from around the world in choosing rewarding, long-term careers in the forest products industry, filling critical gaps while creating a more diverse and sustainable workforce. 

In 2021, building on the success of an initiative launched in 2018 at our Forest Products Mauricie sawmill in La Tuque (Quebec), Resolute created the Mosaica program to welcome new arrivals into our workplaces and help them build promising futures. The program has been hugely successful, recently earning recognition at Paper Excellence Group’s annual Continuous Excellence Conference, in the mill cross-sharing category.

Today, Resolute’s Quebec and Ontario operations employ over 300 workers from Morocco, the Philippines, Ukraine, France and numerous other countries. Their arrival has allowed several facilities to add shifts or prevent costly stoppages.

Co-directed by Janic Gaudreault, manager, Talent Acquisition for Quebec and Craig Batten, regional manager, Human Resources for Ontario, the Mosaica program combines the efforts of employees in human resources, operations, logistics, legal and public affairs with the contributions of external partners and local communities. The Mosaica process involves building relationships with value-aligned recruitment organizations, carefully selecting candidates, training management teams and deploying relevant communications.

But the program’s most important purpose is supporting newcomers in various ways as they begin a new life in Canada. The program supports new relationships and helps strengthen the social fabric of local communities. Local leaders are following suit, expanding the social safety net, building housing and strengthening the education system. Residents, too, are embracing diversity and mobilizing to support their new neighbors.

Every Resolute employee can expect a safe and positive work environment with many opportunities to learn and develop their skills. Our employees are integral to our success, and our organization is stronger when we invest in helping our people achieve their full potential. 

Kudos to all involved in the Mosaica program for contributing to the diversity, economic growth and long-term prosperity of our operating communities!

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