With resumes in hand, 1007 motivated job seekers attended In-TAC’s 3rd Annual Career Expo, led by the MAPLE 2.0 program on November 10th, 2016. The event, Ottawa’s largest career expo for IT and finance professionals, ran from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Ottawa’s premier venue – The Shaw Centre.
Forty private and public sector companies and organizations actively participated in this year’s event. They included innovative companies such as Shopify, You.i TV, CIBC, Scotia Bank, Kivuto Solutions Inc., Bank of Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, Robert Half, Desjardins, Canadian Armed Forces, S.i Systems, TD Bank Group, Renaissance Repair and Supply and many more, ready to meet with prospective new hires and eligible students for co-op placements.
As part of In-TAC’s commitment to provide employers with exceptional staffing services, our team featured two new components to expand the recruitment reach of participating employers even further. MAPLE 2.0 teams out west hosted ‘satellite expos’ on the same day as the Ottawa based expo, recruiting potential candidates from Calgary and Vancouver willing to relocate to Ottawa.
In-TAC’s Pre-Arrival team promoted participating companies and job postings through In-TAC’s first “Virtual Career Expo” targeting highly skilled professionals in over 40 cities in China.
The 21 participating employers such as ThreeDify Inc., Fortinet, Hi-Flyer Food Inc. and Syntronic just to name a few, really enjoyed In-TAC’s Virtual Career Expo’s concept and experience. Over 305 job seekers registered applying to over 180 jobs. Employers liked the interaction with clients, the chat feature where they were able to provide links to job postings, social media and videos, as well as the user friendly format.
Canada needs to double its efforts to keep internationally trained professionals. An overwhelming number of skilled professionals are choosing to re-emigrate south after experiencing frustration and disillusionment in trying to find jobs in their field of expertise in Canada. The problem isn’t attracting newcomers to Canada, it’s keeping them.
Events such as In-TAC’s Career Expo and Virtual Career Expo are playing a significant role in helping newcomer talent connect directly with hiring employers and integrate into Canadian society. Our employer partners in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver are accessing qualified skilled talent that expands their capacity – often filling positions they were unable to fill locally.
Employers were very satisfied not only with the number of candidates who attended the expos, but the quality of the job seekers they met. Several hiring managers mentioned that even though they didn’t have a position currently available for certain candidates, they were so impressed with the level of talent, that they would certainly be keeping their resumes on file or seeing whether an interim position could be created for them.
“We enjoyed the fair, attendance was good and we are in process of interviewing 4 candidates that came from the job fair. We would definitely attend again in the future!” – Syntronic
“Very well organized, lots of candidates of interest.” – Kivuto Solutions Inc.
“The event was organized very professionally and delivery was very smooth, staff were very attentive and pleasant to deal with. This is one of the best career fairs I’ve ever attended.” – St-Lawrence College
In-TAC would like to thank everyone who came out to make In-TAC’s 3rd annual Career Expo and In-TAC’s 1st Virtual Career Expo such a success! Special thanks to the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and all of our partner employers who worked tirelessly interviewing and networking with motivated job seekers – both in person and online.