Ten Profiles for Fusion’s 10th Year: #2 – Robyn Webb, Halifax Partnership
“Fusion Halifax has made businesses more intentional when hiring to consider young people.”
That’s the tangible impact Robyn Webb, Director of Labour Market Development at the Halifax Partnership, has seen Fusion Halifax make on the City in its first 10 years. She sees Halifax as a unique city – perceived as both very young and at the same time as a more traditional, older city. Webb believes the “magic is building on the young perception” and “providing an opportunity [for youth] to have a voice in how the city grows and what it looks like 10 years from now.”
Fusion builds on this magic by offering opportunities for “young professionals to get together, learn about different careers, opportunities and businesses across the city,” says Webb.
Webb would understand the importance of this magic. As the Director of Labour Market Development at the Halifax Partnership, she leads the Partnership’s talent attraction and retention initiatives, including the popular and very successful Connector Program. To her, “there’s nothing more important” than the “attraction and retention of young people” and credits Fusion with promoting the possibility of success for young professionals in Halifax.
Ten years ago, research from the Halifax Partnership showed that “Halifax had some work to do and one of the things that was missing was a place where young people could get together and decide what THEY want the city to look like and how they want to influence policy change.”
Ten years later, Fusion continues to fill that role by bringing groups of influential and passionate young professionals together and creating events and working on projects that drive change within the city. To Webb, this is exciting and she’s so pleased “to see Fusion – an organized and goal driven organization – front and center at different events and consultations that request public input.”
She sees young professionals influencing changes around public transit, urban planning and economic development. Fusion and the caliber of people it attracts have played an important role in this Webb says, proving that “there’s a place for young people in our city” and that their voices and opinions are critical to the development of Halifax both currently and as we move into the future.
For all the young people in Halifax who want to stay and build both their lives and careers in this city, Webb offers this advice – “you need the networking – it moves you light years ahead.” Youth, in part due to the influence of Fusion, know that networking opens doors, builds strong professional networks and offers opportunities to seek valuable advice. Gone are the days of applying to countless jobs online says Webb. “Young people are out there getting jobs, creating jobs and hiring other young professionals.”