Days after the Oscars in Hollywood, Career Edge Organization (CEO) rolled out its red carpet to honour leading Canadian employers for their innovative approach to recruiting and hiring diverse and highly qualified but often untapped knowledge workers. Their partnerships with CEO have helped them uncover coveted talent to build diverse and inclusive workplaces that reflects Canada’s contemporary society.
Hundreds of senior executives, human resources professionals and former interns of CEO’s paid internship programs gathered at the Toronto Board of Trade last night (Tuesday, March 2) to celebrate the annual CEO Achievement Awards and the organization’s 15 years of success in connecting employers with diverse, qualified talent. At the core of the celebration were compelling human stories of struggle, opportunity and triumph.
Canada’s workforce is changing – an aging population, the arrival of skilled immigrants, and a new generation of university and college graduates, commonly known as Gen Y, entering the workforce – pushing Canadian employers to seek new ways to engage appropriate knowledge workers to meet the burgeoning skills shortage.
Leading employers understand that many of their traditional hiring practices no longer enable them to take full advantage of the evolving talent pool. They also know that to ensure business success they need a workforce that represents the diverse markets they serve.
Through CEO’s three highly innovative programs – Career Edge for recent college and university graduates, Ability Edge for graduates with disabilities and Career Bridge for internationally qualified professionals – employers can engage a diverse group of trained knowledge workers with different levels of skills and experience through paid internships to meet their short and long term hiring needs.
The results create an optimum situation. The paid internships provide opportunities for employers to engage career-minded candidates to bolster their existing workforces in exchange for the often demanded Canadian experience to help launch the careers of these individuals.
By 2011, more than 1,200 leading Canadian employers have partnered with CEO and provided meaningful work opportunities to over 10,000 paid interns. Many organizations continue to groom these interns after the completion of the program to become future managers of their organizations.
The 2010/11 Achievement Award winners
Career Edge Organization Leadership Award
Bell Canada: http://www.bell.ca/home/
Career Edge Organization Program Awards
Career Edge Program Awards: http://www.achievementawards.ca/video/
- Large Enterprise: Bell
- Medium Enterprise: First National Financial LP
- Small Enterprise: Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Ability Edge Program Award: http://www.achievementawards.ca/video/
Career Bridge Program Awards: http://www.achievementawards.ca/video/
- Private Sector: RBC
- Public Sector, Large Enterprise: Government of Ontario
- Public Sector, Small/Medium Enterprise: City of Toronto
Most Valued Internship Experience (MoVIE) Award: http://www.achievementawards.ca/video/
Winner: OPS Internship for Internationally Trained Individuals, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Ontario http://www.ontario.ca/en/your_government/009848.html
Intern and Mentor Awards (and videos!):
- Mentor of the Year (sponsored by Manulife Financial): Denise Sarazin, Bell Canada
- Intern of the Year – Career Edge Program (sponsored by TD Bank Financial Group): Ikram Ataullah, BMO Financial Group
- Intern of the Year – Ability Edge Program (sponsored by Scotiabank): Fenella Chiu, Loblaw Companies Limited
- Intern of the Year – Career Bridge Program (sponsored by RBC): Beatrice Reitano, Ministry of Community and Social Services, Government of Ontario
For a complete list of finalists, photos, videos and additional information about the Career Edge Organization Achievement Awards, visit www.achievementawards.ca.
Career Edge Organization would like to extend a HUGE thank you to our sponsors, vendors, host employers, alumni, interns, partner organizations, board members, staff and everyone who attended last night’s event. It was a spectacular event, all thanks to you.