PERCÉ internship program to again be presented as national best practice

At Economic Action Forum in Montreal

stephane et perceMONTREAL – May 5, 2016 – The PERCÉ summer internship program, which has been helping to reverse the “brain-drain” of PEI youth for more than 12 years, will once again be presented as a national best practice, this time during the Economic Action Forum in Montreal, QC, which runs May 17-18.

Stéphane Blanchard, economic development officer – youth sector with RDÉE Prince Edward Island, will discuss the how the program operates and succeeds on PEI during a workshop entitled “Effective Strategies for Developing, Attracting and Using Skills in Official Language Minority Communities”. He will of course mention the program’s highly enviable 82 per cent retention rate.

Over the past decade or so, the RDÉE has had the opportunity to present PERCÉ as a best practice before several national conferences.

More than 200 business and community leaders from across the country will gather at for this forum to network and share best practices. Guest speakers from both the federal and provincial governments and from the private sector will share their vision of economic development during plenary sessions on tourism and green economy, or in our workshops on skills training and supporting small businesses.

The Economic Action Forum will provide attendees with the tools they need to navigate emerging topics facing small and medium-sized enterprises, such as greening businesses, supporting skills development, promoting travel and tourism, enabling entrepreneurship and more.

The forum organizer is the Economic Action Network, formed of RDÉE Canada, CEDEC and the principal federal departments and agencies that work in economic development, under the leadership of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

The forum kicks off May 17 with an opening reception in the early evening. Workshops and conferences are held the following day.



CUTLINE: Stéphane Blanchard will present the PERCÉ internship program as a best practice during the Economic Action Forum in Montreal May 18.


For more information:

Stéphane Blanchard
Economic Development Officer – youth sector
RDÉE Prince Edward Island
(902) 370-7333, Ext. 402