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Sun Life Financial: Zoe Rakotomanga

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OCTOBER

Zoe Rakotomanga, Manager, Campus Recruiting, on intern Andrea Kedves

12 Days of Success

October | Mentor

“Andrea started working for Sun Life in July 2017 to support the campus recruiting team during our busy season. She was able to adapt well to the team and in no time was able to get things done quickly requiring very little guidance and supervision. After only a few weeks, she was already looking for better ways to get her work done. She still challenges the status quo daily and wants to ensure we are completing our work in the most efficient way. We received very positive feedback from her clients, thanking her for being always available and ready to help.

After her internship ended in December, we were happy to offer her a full-time position on our team. She continues to do excellent work, currently managing a few of her own projects and presenting some of her work to senior leaders. Her patience, energy and great attention to detail makes her a great asset! Our team is definitely lucky to have her!”

 

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RBC: Rick Merhai

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SEPTEMBER

Rick Merhai, Head of Payment Security, on intern Gurnita Chandhoke

September | Mentor

“Gurnita was brought in to support my team on enterprise wide initiatives. She has been instrumental in preparing business requirements, training material and process documentation. Her eagerness to learn and ability to quickly pick things up allowed her to move into a process owner role supporting our enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance tool. She is a shining example of a team player and never says no any ask. Gurnita has proved and continues to prove to be an asset to the team and has exceeded expectations.”

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Virgin Mobile: Alison Bishop

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AUGUST

Alison Bishop, Senior Manager Training and Communications, on intern Craig Sargent

Alison Bishop joined by her intern Craig Sargent

“Craig has done an OUTSTANDING job as a member of the Virgin Mobile comms team. He independently worked to develop and execute projects like the new hardware grid, Apple launch, Black Friday and Holiday competitive responses in 2017, and is off to an awesome start for 2018.

He’s eager to learn, works well as a part of a team, and on his own.”

 

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Tjene: Sophia Tsang

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JULY

Sophia Tsang (HR Manager) on intern Ian Kroetsch

Ian Kroetsch (right) joined by team member Calvin Yoa

“Ian was one of our first interns from Career Edge and his skills were outside what we would usually consider. For example, he graduated from Bachelor of Arts in History and we are an IT firm and usually looking for hires that either have an engineering or computer science degree.

Ian surpassed our expectations, he not only was able to pick up the technical skills, his soft skills are excellent. He’s now helping us build the culture of our company.”

 

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OLG: David Tan

By Employer, Success Story

JUNE

June | Mentor

David Tan, Director, Corporate Project Governance, on former intern Jovita Shetty

“Jovita is an incredible individual with passion, energy, dedication and commitment.  She very quickly got up to speed in her immediate responsibilities, and she jumped in and took on additional work in two other projects.

She has an infectious positive attitude and is an individual that anyone will want on their team.”

 

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RBC: Vivian Li

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MAY

Vivian Li, Senior Manager, Inclusive Recruitment, on intern Alelie Ocampo

Vivian Li (left) & Alelie Ocampo

“When initially onboarding the role, Alelie received limited training due to the sudden departure of the previous program manager and at the same time there was a big volume increase from RBC hiring managers. Under great pressure, Alelie not only took the initiative to learn the process, but also identified opportunities to streamline the existing process and created easy-to-follow job aids / FAQs for hiring managers, which received great feedback from the businesses we support.

In Spring 2017, RBC Procurement implemented new invoicing process for programs like Career Edge. It is a huge change management for both our vendor Career Edge Organization and our hiring managers. In order to create a seamless experience for hiring managers, Alelie took it on herself to partner with RBC’s procurement colleagues and learned about the new invoicing process so that she can direct hiring managers to the right steps when they have questions. This huge undertaking on Alelie’s part saved the hiring managers a lot of time navigating the non-user-friendly system and moved the payment steps forward.

Due to our successful promotion of program to internal hiring managers, our hiring volume increased 60% in 2017 ( 68 new interns in 2016 and 110 new interns in 2017). Alelie took the full accountability and delivered great quality services to our hiring managers.  She also took every opportunity to promote the program to both internal hiring managers and external candidates who could potentially benefit the program.

RBC helped 110 interns who traditionally face employment barriers (new grads, grads with disabilities, newcomer professionals and reservists) gain valuable work experience, which is 60% more than last year. We are the first organization that exceeded 100 intern hires in Career Edge’s history in the last 15 years!

Alelie’s great work directly contributed to the great social impact RBC is able to create through this internship program.”

 

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The Canadian Press: Esther Bye

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APRIL

April | Mentor

Esther Bye, HR Advisor, on intern Brendan McGeagh

“Brendan is exceptionally smart and genuinely kind. He helped us with a great deal of new initiatives, policy writing and cleaning up our files and creating consistent templates. We were able to train him on our payroll system and gave him many opportunities to learn in as many areas as he could.

His competence and quiet communication style put people at ease and helped to calm some heated debates.

He was working for us on a contract but has since moved on to something new. He is much missed, and I hope to be able to work with him again in the future.”

 

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TTC: Joanna Raimondo

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MARCH

March | Mentor

Joanna Raimondo, Project Coordinator, on intern Lisa Chang

“Lisa not only learned quickly her role within our Section, but she has offered suggestions for process improvements and continues to contribute ideas for improvements.

When assigned tasks Lisa works very well independently and asks for assistance if needed but is able to solve problems independently.

In addition, Lisa works well with others and provides excellent customer service to not only our internal staff but external customers.”

 

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York Region: Paul Bottomley

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FEBRUARY

Paul Bottomley, Manager Policy Research and Forecasting, on intern Chhavi Narula

February | Mentor

“I was very impressed with Chhavi’s contribution to our organization. She hit the ground running with a strong, positive and collaborative approach to team projects. She acted on opportunities to improve herself, the team and the organization.

She was very resourceful in offering solutions to complex problems on a continuous improvement initiative looking at efficiencies and improvements for the organization’s data collection, quality control and reporting mechanisms for building permits.

Her productivity far exceeded what I was anticipating. Her success led to the organization offering Chhavi a full-time position when the opportunity arose.”

 

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Bell Canada: Fernando Salas

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JANUARY

Fernando Salas, Senior Manager, Supply Chain, on intern Chetanraj Sangam

January | Mentor

“Raj (Chetanraj) was initially hired to perform the inventory planning role for Bell’s wireless accessories category.

He not only learned at an amazing pace the business and our platforms, but also while executing efficiently using the current process, he devised significant improvements on process and platforms.

He smoothly transitioned from CMO to FMO, elevating the function on data visualization, reporting and forecasting, while keeping the business running. He also developed strong relationships with internal stakeholders and vendors and is recognized by his peers as an exceptional team member.”

 

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