From this article in the G&M today:
Finance, engineering, maintenance planning, human resources and supply chain work could be moved from Fort McMurray ….
“We estimate that 40 to 60 per cent of all job titles and all work could be moved and be done remotely from Fort McMurray,” he said. “And maybe half of that could be moved offshore now.” Though he would not identify who, Mr. Denham said “there are a couple of clients we’re working with on this topic.”
You can be sure that Indian outsourcers are angling for this work and you can further bet that there is no effort at all to get this work to Atl. Canada.
We have sent metal bashers out west to look for supply chain work but maybe the better opportunity is around services and support.
The more I look at this stuff the more I am convinced we have to be smarter about opportunity identification and targeted efforts to attract investment.
There are jurisdictions that are very good at targeting geographically (zooming in on nich countries such as Israel, Chile, Finland, etc.) and there are those that are very good at targeting sectorally – I think we need to start thinking more deliberately about this.