HRMATT Continues The Conversation on Business Innovation
June 12th, 2023 | Related To: Human Resource Management of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT)
HRMATT continued its C-Suite series of discussions recently held at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, with a panel discussion on “Innovation”. The panel consisted of a number of C-Suite executives from various sectors, all with impressive track records in leadership and innovation.
The panel was expertly moderated by respected broadcaster Jessie May Ventour who invited the panelists to share stories on how the companies and industries they represented were able to innovate to survive the devastating economic impact of the recent pandemic. Many topics were explored. One which attracted much attention was the implications of the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by companies and industries. The need to align school education objectives with the skills needs of the business sector was another topic emergent in the healthy discussion, as was the need to look earnestly at avenues for both technological and non-technological innovation. One common theme threading through the entire conversation was the need to pay attention to developing the human capital in organizations.
Earlier, HRMATT President Cavelle Joseph St Omer, set the tone for what was to follow, after PRO Desmond Lawrence underscored HRMATT’s significant role in promoting national development through people, in his welcome remarks. In her opening remarks, the HRMATT President urged the importance of empowering human resources in fostering a culture of innovation. She stressed that one of the key ingredients of innovation is the training of human capital to strengthen the capacity of firms to absorb and develop new knowledge.
The Minister of Public Utilities, Honorable Marvin Gonzales delivered the event’s feature address and shared his perspectives on innovation, keenly sharing some initiatives his ministry was undertaking to foster innovation. Darvin Jagassar, Assistant Program Coordinator, European Development Fund Unit, delivered the perspective of the Ministry of Planning and Development on behalf of the line minister, the Honorable Pennelope Beckles Robinson.
The Q & A session succeeding the panel conversation proved to be a rich source of discussion on innovation, with questions being posed to the panel by representatives of various business subsectors. Another key highlight at the event was the exciting video presentation to launch HRMATT’s Biennial Conference in November, “HR: Into the Metaverse.”
Everyone had the opportunity to network and chat with the panelists and specially invited guests. The event was very well attended and participants were greeted by members of HRMATT’s hardworking board members and escorted to their seats. Everyone enjoyed the morning.
HRMATT thanks everyone who attended on Wednesday and invites you to keep checking its social media platforms (FB, Ig, LinkedIn, Twitter) as we share details about our upcoming Biennial Conference in November as well as other exciting initiatives.