Career Edge, Canada's Internship Organization

Since 1996, Career Edge Organization has provided thoughtful results-driven leadership in connecting multi-sector businesses with diverse, qualified talent through innovative paid internship programs to fulfill talent strategies for recent grads, graduates with disabilities, and internationally qualified professionals.  Click here to visit our website!

 

With the new year in full swing, we are doubling our efforts to break down employment barriers for those facing challenges in joining the Canadian workforce. With that in mind, we are asking business leaders, community partners, and alumni ambassadors to join our efforts by:

  1. Becoming an advocate for Career Edge
    Share our story with as many people as possible; word of mouth will help us gain more host employers, helping to launch even more careers.
  1. Following and supporting our social media activities
      
    Are you a Career Edge alum? Join our LinkedIn and Facebook Alumni Network groups to connect with other Alumni, and to stay informed about networking events and advocacy opportunities.
  1. Hosting a breakfast event at your organization
    We’ll provide the breakfast; you introduce us to your organization by inviting key stakeholders and leaders to a breakfast meeting where we can present who we are, what we do, and why it matters.
  1. Introducing us to a key influencer in your personal directory
    Know someone that would be interested in working with Career Edge? Help connect us to them by completing the influencer referral form
  1. Hiring an intern
    You can post a job and hire an intern directly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with us directly at 416.977.3343, or sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to stay in the know of our latest news and updates.

 

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We are proud to be celebrating 20 years of helping candidates overcome barriers to employment and launch their careers through paid internships.

Founded in 1996, Career Edge was conceived by a group of private sector business leaders, gathered by the late civic visionary David Pecaut, who is well-known for the creation of Career Edge, CivicAction, and Luminato. Urban Joseph, former Vice-Chairman of the Toronto Dominion Bank, worked closely with Pecaut when designing Career Edge as a way to help young graduates successfully transition into the workforce, and improve the youth unemployment crisis of the mid-1990’s.

As Canada’s first online job posting board, Career Edge quickly gained endorsements from members of the federal government including Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, and Frank McKenna who would become Honorary Chair of Career Edge in 1998.

Jean Chrétien and Urban Joseph shake hands in 1997, symbolizing the partnership between Career Edge and the federal government.

“With the support of the Chrétien government, Canadian business leaders, and the vision of David Pecaut, Career Edge was born. Career Edge’s mandate was to reduce youth unemployment, which it did and continues to do, but we need to do more,” said Urban Joseph, who is now Honorary Board Chair Emeritus for Career Edge.

Since 1996, Career Edge has helped launch close to 13,000 careers and continues to help people find experiential learning opportunities that lead to meaningful employment, having expanded our internship program to serve graduates with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, and Canadian Armed Forces Reservists.

Last year alone, 70% of Career Edge interns secured full-time positions following their internship, generating over $7,000,000 in new permanent wages for the Canadian economy. “We are proud of the success we’ve achieved over the years,” says Anne MacPhee, Acting President and Chief Operating Officer of Career Edge. “Our socio-economic impact is significant, but we know our work isn’t done yet. Youth, people with disabilities, new immigrants, and members of Canada’s military still face employment challenges, and we’re committed to helping them succeed.”

We will formally celebrate our 20th Anniversary at the Delta Hotel in Toronto on Monday December 5, 2016. Featuring Toronto Mayor John Tory as Keynote Speaker, the gala will reunite business executives from our founding and charter member organizations, while bringing together other employer, government, and community champions who have partnered with us to help launch careers in Canada.

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We know that Career Edge candidates are dedicated and motivated individuals who are always looking to add great value to their employers and host organizations. For this issue, we are thrilled to showcase the success stories of two such candidates.

Ontario Die International Inc. first connected with Career Edge in the fall of 2015 through the RBC Associate Host Program; a program that helps RBC’s small and medium-sized business clients connect with exceptional internationally qualified talent, while leveraging RBC’s contribution towards the cost of facilitating a 6-month internship. An organization located in the industrial area of Kitchener, Ontario Die International was facing challenges in finding qualified IT talent to fill their key technology role. In comes Anila Pathak. Anila, who registered for the Career Edge program earlier in September 2015, applied to the organization’s IT role. Due to her advanced technical background and skill-set, as well as her willingness and dedication to commute to Kitchener, she successfully secured the 6-month internship. During her internship, Anila became such a strong asset to the organization, where not only was her placement extended an additional 6 months, but she was hired permanently at Ontario Die International!

Another employer who experienced our candidates’ drive first-hand is North Bay-based Ontario Northland. Karen Chamberlain, HR Business Partner at Ontario Northland, was looking to backfill a year-long HR role. With a limited budget, tight timelines, and a non-metropolitan location, finding the right talent proved challenging — until Karen, who also proctors for the HRPA Comprehensive Knowledge Exams, connected with Maureen Alexander following a recent exam writing session. Maureen expressed how difficult it was to find employment opportunities with her limited HR experience. She also shared her involvement with the HRPA Edge program, which allows employers to connect with and recruit quality HR graduates cost-effectively, without adding to their organization’s headcount. Enticed by HRPA Edge’s flexible, low-risk internship model, Karen connected with us to learn more about the program. We are delighted to share that Karen not only signed-up for our program, but also posted the role on our board, interviewed Maureen, and hired her for the role in only 3 days. Maureen starts her internship today.

If you want to share your success story with a Career Edge intern or employer partner, or you wish to connect with exceptional, dedicated, and motivated talent like Anila and Maureen, contact us or your Career Edge representative today!

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September was a busy month for Career Edge. We had the privilege of attending many events hosted by our partners in the business community, and explored new ways to achieve our shared mandate of putting diverse, qualified talent to work.

We showed our support at ACCES Employment’s Annual General Meeting, as they celebrated 30 years of helping newcomers successfully integrate into the Canadian job market.
The Career Edge team out and about in September.
 
At Treble Victor Group’s Veterans On Bay Streetevent, we made new connections with employers looking to build or strengthen their military recruitment initiatives through our Canadian Armed Forces Reservists’ Paid Internship Program.
 
We joined RBC as they hosted a recruiting/ networking event where over 80 candidates with disabilities met with RBC recruiters and hiring managers, learned about RBC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, accommodations and the Pursue your Potential (PyP)program, as well as explored the opportunities available through Career Edge.
 
At Planning for Canada‘s Consultative Conference, we discussed ways to advance the effectiveness of pre-arrival services for prospective immigrants, with Career Edge internships playing an important role in enabling internationally qualified professionals to secure jobs before, or shortly after arriving in Canada.
 
Our partnership with Planning for Canada (formerly the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program and Canadian Orientation Abroad) has enabled us to build a solid pipeline to amazing global talent, and support their settlement in various locations across Canada.
 
If you are looking for newcomers – or candidates from our other talent groups – to join your organization, or if you are interested in discussing a strategic partnership, contact us today.
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Since launching the Canadian Armed Forces Reservists Paid Internship Program, we have had the opportunity to visit Reservists at the companies where they are completing their internships, and have heard nothing but good things, from the Reservists and their employers alike.

Some of the reservists who have secured sustainable internship opportunities through Career Edge’s CAF Reservists’ Paid Internship Program. From left: Roy L., Craig S., Andres L.

Our employer partners have shared with us how impressed they are with their interns’ performance, and are looking for other opportunities to have more Reservists join their teams. The good news is, September is one of the best months to start hiring Reservists.

Many Primary reservists attend training courses through the summer months, and after spending a few weeks away at Canadian Forces training centres, Reservists return in September, ready to work in corporate civilian occupations that allow them to leverage the portable skills they have augmented through their training, such as leadership, communications, teamwork, and time management.

If you’re looking for Reservists to join your team, contact us.

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Last time on InternSHIFT, we introduced our newest internship program for Canadian Armed Forces Reservists, speaking to various stakeholders who all share the common goal of helping Reservists launch their civilian careers in Canada.

For Episode 2, we were inspired to look at Generation Y from a few different angles after reading a 24 Hours Toronto article that upheld the perception that new grads have a weak work ethic, poor attendance, and are just not ready for the workforce.

For recent grads, these stereotypes can thwart their attempts to secure employment, as some employers – like those mentioned in the article – are less inclined to bring GenY/Millennial employees on board.

But this issue is not new. In fact, it’s the reason Career Edge exists. So we invited a few subject matter experts to join us for this episode to talk about the skills and benefits that GenY DOES bring to the workforce, and the ways employers can unlock talents that are often overshadowed by stereotypes:

  • Lisa Leitch: Sales Strategist, Trainer & Coach with Teneo Results helps us understand Millennials’ working style, and how new grads can be groomed for a career in sales
  • R. Brian Robson: Project Manager for Ryerson University’s ADaPT program speaks to the type of education and training that new grads are bringing to the digital economy
  • Our Intern of the Year Sunny Vykunthan – joined by his mentor Liz Carreiro – shares his experience as a new grad working at RBC, while outlining the aspects of his internship that contributed to his success

Tune in now…

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Our partner, ACCES Employment recently announced the launch of a new Online Job Search Centre that will provide job seekers with self-serve resources including webinars, articles, interactive games, and videos.  The resources draw from ACCES Employment’s experience helping jobseekers and newcomers to Canada to successfully find work in the current Canadian job market.  The Centre is organized into six topic areas including: Resumes, Interview Preparation, Networking, The Canadian Job Market, Career Self-Assessment, and Workplace Success.  The Centre is generously supported through a (CAD) $1.4 million grant from Accenture (2016) and contributes to the project’s larger goal which is to create an end-to-end online services platform at ACCES Employment that will provide job search services and programs to more than 56,000 new Canadians seeking employment over the next two years.

Click here to visit the Online Job Search Centre now!

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Career Edge’s Achievement Awards recognize the success of accomplished individuals and leading organizations that partner with us to provide meaningful employment opportunities, helping us to launch more careers in Canada. We also salute our interns and the people behind them – the mentors who help enhance the internship experience.

This year, we took a personalized approach and celebrated the Achievement Awards through various events held over the months of May and June, in partnership with the winners and finalists. We also recognized the organizations and individuals who have demonstrated leadership and cultivated innovative employment solutions, allowing more people to make an investment in their career.

Meet our winners and finalists in the July 2016 issue of the Career Edge E-Newsletter…

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Video-based talent screening has revolutionized how we review and assess candidates seeking access to paid internship opportunities. Many of our employer partners have also taken advantage of these pre-recorded video interviews, as a compliment to their existing recruitment best practices.

We’re happy to share that we have now made these videos on-demand. Previously, links to selected candidate videos would be sent via e-mail upon request, but now they are accessible directly from the list of applications, for every candidate.

We have also made it easier for you to meet candidates from our newest internship program for Canadian Armed Forces Reservists by launching the Career Edge Video Gallery Portal. Log in using the same account details that you use to access careeredge.ca and you can browse through our video gallery of Reservists seeking civilian employment opportunities within the community of their reserve unit. Don’t have an account yet? Register here.

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We have officially jumped on the podcasting bandwagon with InternSHIFT, a podcast hosted by Career Edge that aims to shift the way people think about internships.

For our very first episode, we dove into our newest paid internship program for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reservists. Speaking with Lieutenant Colonel Derek Cheff, Executive Director at the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, along with our internal CAF team, listeners will get a deep understanding of the program, and how it supports the Canadian Forces as a whole, subsequently building employers’ military-friendly recruitment strategies and national pride. Tune in now…

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