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Launching careers through paid internships.


Launching careers for Canadian Armed Forces Reservists.



Career Edge is a self-sustaining social enterprise that connects leading Canadian employers with diverse, qualified talent through paid internships.


We help candidates launch their careers by partnering with businesses to develop or enhance their diversity recruitment and inclusion strategies.


Interns have the opportunity to overcome employment barriers and jump-start their careers, while employers ensure their workforce progression now, and for years to come.


Our vision is to put diverse,
qualified talent to work.


It is our mission to reduce barriers to employment that have both social and economic impact.



The inspiration for our logo is the concept of a kaleidoscope, which symbolizes movement, change, and a diversity of elements that come together in new ways to make something great.

With such a wide array of talent within our paid internship programs, we believe a kaleidoscope’s characteristics are reflective of our value proposition and outlook on our business moving forward.


Our team is made up of diverse, enthusiastic, and results-driven individuals who each play an integral role in Career Edge’s success. Over half of our staff members are current interns or alumni from one of our paid internship program.


Anne MacPhee

Acting President & Chief Operating Officer

Jay Yakabowich

Senior Vice President


Jumana Baker

Marketing & Communications Coordinator | Career Edge Alumna

Ibiyemi Balogun, CHRP

Talent Manager | Career Edge Alumna

David Calconi C.D.

Senior Recruitment Officer

Priya Dinesan

Web Developer | Career Edge Intern

Hansel Cyril Eslabon

C# ASP.Net Web Developer | Career Edge Intern

Patricia Evans

Director, Client Services

Jimmy Huynh

Digital Marketing Assistant Intern | Career Edge Intern

Jeff Lazenby

Jeff Lazenby

Senior Director, Client Services

Candice Leung

Recruiter | Career Edge Alumna

Leo Luk

Senior Recruiter | Career Edge Alumnus

Dewey Mai

Manager, Information Technology

Sami Mandalawi

Director, Client Services

Tabatha McIntyre

Director, Marketing & Partnerships

Michelle McNabb

Recruiter | Career Edge Alumna

Tom Nguyen

Payroll Specialist

Udhayarani Sathiyavelu

C# ASP.Net Web Developer | Career Edge Intern

Aziz Smailagic

Marketing Assistant | Career Edge Intern

Rahim Vadsarya

Senior Financial Analyst | Career Edge Alumnus

Sadie Wynter

Recruitment Coordinator

Ollie Zaydik

Manager, Recruitment / PFC Advisor


Mark Appleton

Vice President, Commercial Credit, RBC

Trevor Campbell

Senior Associate, The iPR Group

Magdy ElDakiky

Government of Ontario Public Servant

Matthew Holland

President, Holland Management

J. Urban Joseph

Honorary Board Chair Emeritus

Michael Lank

MD Operations & Strategy, Omers Private Equity

Kelly McDougald

Executive Advisor- High Impact Firms, BDC

Atanaska Novakova

CFO & VP Finance, Wealth Management, TD Bank Group

Jesse Ryan

Managing Director, AugmentHR

James (Jim) Smith

Senior Vice President, End-to-End Voice/Data Services, Rogers Cable Communications Inc

Joan Stark

Principal, The Stark Group


An internship model 20 years in the making.

In 1996, a group of business leaders from some of Canada’s largest organizations made a commitment to helping young people start their careers after learning that more than 600,000 Canadian graduates were unemployed or under-employed. They founded a private-sector initiative called First Jobs, later changed to Career Edge, which was not only a unique and innovative paid internship program, but also Canada’s first online job posting board.

Career Edge’s founding organizations have since been joined by over 1,000 employers that have launched over 12,000 careers through paid internships.

Careers launched