Kelly Hoey has been the Executive Director of the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) for the past 12 years. HIEC, which has been in existence since 1989, is one of 15 industry education councils in the Province of Ontario that are committed to advancing cooperation between business and education in support of workforce and economic development.
Kelly is passionate about extending learning beyond the classroom and has been a champion for helping business see the benefit of becoming actively involved in helping youth make informed career decisions through experiential learning. Throughout her 22 years at HIEC, Kelly has designed, developed and implemented career education programs for more than 100,000 elementary and secondary students in Halton.
Kelly and her team at HIEC have most recently been involved in the creation of the EmployerRegistry.ca – an online community connecting employers and tomorrow’s workforce through experiential learning. Developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education, this innovative initiative provides a central place for employers to express their interest in experiential learning and provides the assistance employers need to welcome students into their workplace.
Kelly takes great pride in working in partnership with employers, community agencies and all levels of government. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Yves Landry Foundation and on the Board for The Centre for Skills Development & Training. Kelly is the author of the textbook Careers 10 for the Grade 10 Career Studies Course, a compulsory course for all Ontario Secondary School Students. In recent years, Kelly’s focus has been on harnessing technology to connect stakeholders and build community capacity.