The Punt was pleasantly surprised to see a stand proudly displaying the logo 'Saskatchewan – Real Growth. Real Opportunity' during a coffee visit to Dublin's Westin Hotel yesterday.
The pleasant pair of Canadians manning the desk informed the Punt that they're here as part of a weekend jobs fair at the RDS.
They said there are representatives from 13 companies from the Canadian province with them on the trip, with about 80 jobs to fill. Engineering and agricultural skills are in demand, it seems.
Nearly 300 families from Ireland went to live in the province last year, says Richelle Bourgoin of the Ministry of the Economy – a reasonable addition to Saskatchewan, which despite being almost as big as Texas, and twice as big as Japan, has a population of just 1.06 million.
It's also Canada's second-largest oil producer and one of the world's largest suppliers of uranium. The Punt also notices a piece on 'The Leader' newspaper, published in Saskatchewan's capital, Regina, yesterday.
It says that the recruiters here will also be visiting Cork next week, and then the UK. In fact, Regina is so short of heavy-equipment mechanics that the city's transport authority was forced to suspend three bus routes this week.
Unfortunately, the Punt knows that the wheels on buses go round and round but very little else about their mechanics.