Alberta’s loss is B.C.’s gain, as Seaspan says its now having no problem finding skilled labour as it works on its long term $8-billion Federal shipbuilding contracts.
Seaspan President Brian Carter, who a few years ago was looking abroad to find highly skilled workers, says that is no longer an issue, thanks in part to the worsening situation in the oil patch.
“Certainly the downturn in Alberta has freed up some resources for us and that has been fantastic. So we are getting very good people out of there and very applicable to our work. So very good stuff happening there. Long term, that will recover in Alberta and we have to make sure we can demonstrate that we have fantastic careers available over 20 and 30 years while we build ships.”
Carter says Seaspan continues to ramp up its workforce among tradespeople, but he says they also continue to attract the best and brightest on there management team as well.