Upcoming Events

CME Stakeholders Forum


CME will be hosting the third in its series of Stakeholders Forums. Our guest is Shannon Baskerville, Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training provides leadership and direction for post-secondary education and skills training systems in British Columbia as well as labour market information and programs. The skills shortage has consistently been one of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers in British Columbia. The Deputy will provide an update on programming and strategy and in addition, this interactive forum will include a Q&A session.

Please note that CME has traditionally held its Stakeholders Dinner in March, allowing members to meet and share ideas with Deputy Ministers – the CEOs of government operations. This event was key to ensuring government’s key implementers understood the perspectives and challenges of the manufacturing industry. The advent of COVID forced the cancellation of this valuable event in 2020 and in 2021. This is the third of a series of forums meant to replace that event.

It is important that the Deputy Minister also hear key concerns from industry. The event will be hosted on zoom and questions will be accepted either in the chat or in advance. If you wish to submit a question in advance please send it to andrew.wynnwilliams@cme-mec.ca.


CME Member Invite Only Event

Shannon Baskerville, Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training

Shannon Baskerville was appointed the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training in July 2017.  Shannon is accountable for working with the post-secondary system and other partners to ensure all British Columbians have access to quality education and training opportunities for meaningful, good paying jobs, and that advancements in knowledge, skills, and innovation contribute to the social well-being and economic prosperity of our province. A future-focused, collaborative, and values-based team leader, Shannon’s accountability to the people of British Columbia is driven by the belief that a well-educated, highly skilled, and diverse workforce provides the foundation for a strong and sustainable society and economy, and that post-secondary education and skills training is the pathway to equity of opportunity for all British Columbians.

An executive with significant leadership, corporate governance, strategic policy and execution, change management and “solving the big problems” experience in the public sector, Shannon has over 25 years serving the Province of British Columbia. Prior to her current role, Shannon held Deputy Minister positions responsible for Jobs, Tourism, Skills Training, and Trade, and Assistant Deputy Minister positions responsible for Labour Market Development, Economic Competitiveness, and Economic Development.  Shannon is also currently a Board Director for the Forest Innovation Investment Crown Corporation.

Shannon has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, a Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Royal Roads University, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Queen’s University.  Outside of work, Shannon will try to recruit you for a hike with her dog Charlie and tries to keep up with her family on the latest BC coastal or mountain adventure.









Friday, October 29, 2021
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


CME Members only event