Five-Year Strategic Plan
Local 793, International Union of
Prism Economics facilitated a three-day workshop involving more than 70 elected leaders, staff and membership activists from Local 793. The workshop began by considering the economic, technology, social and political trends affecting the environment in which the union operates and the needs of the Local’s members. A consensus was then developed on priorities for the next five years. Following completion of the workshop, Prism Economics prepared a final report and a draft strategic plan for ratification by the Local. The strategic plan will support Local 793 in expanding its membership, strengthening the skill base of its members and pursuing public policy goals to improve the economic opportunities and working conditions of the members.
Steel Industry Corporate Restructurings
Prism is providing strategic advice to the USW on a variety of matters related to the challenges currently faced by the steel industry in Canada. Falling steel prices and an increase in low cost imports is creating a very difficult business environment for steel makers in Canada, and Prism is assisting the USW in its effort to ensure that Canada maintains its steelmaking capacity during this challenging period.
Strategic Advisory Services
Automotive Policy Research Centre
Prism assisted McMaster University’s Faculty of Social Science in launching the Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC) and continues to provide advisory services. McMaster’s Industrial Partners in the APRC are Ford, Toyota, Unifor and the Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association. Ken Delaney, a Partner at Prism, continues to serves as the APRC’s Industry Liaison and Special Advisor. The APRC is examining the role that public policy plays in ensuring a competitive automotive industry. It is committed to convening representatives of industry, labour, government and academia in policy discussions, and it is conducting research on subjects ranging from innovation policy to labour market trends, and from the role of policy in encouraging electrification of the automobile to trends in automotive trade.
Senior Management Services
Canadian Skills Training & Employment
Prism provides senior management services to CSTEC, including management oversight of CSTEC projects and operations, and the development of strategic plans and new business opportunities. Ken Delaney, a Partner at Prism, serves as CSTEC’s Executive Director. Working primarily on behalf of stakeholders in the manufacturing sector, and collaborating on several projects with the CME, CSTEC conducts projects funded by government and related to apprenticeship, essential skills training, the collection and dissemination of labour market information, the transition of youth into the workplace, and labour adjustment.
Prism also provides analytical and program management services to CSTEC and the CME. Prism is currently building regional labour market models of the labour market for skilled employees in the manufacturing sector and is providing forecasts of the supply and demand of key manufacturing occupations.