Career Edge Organization

Career Edge Organization

March 03, 2011 12:08 ET

Changing Demographic Demands Leading Canadian Employers to Evaluate Talent With a New Lens

Career Edge Organization Recognizes Innovative Public, Private and Non-Profit Sector Organizations for Embracing Untapped Canadian Knowledge Workers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) -

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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.

At Issue

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.

The Solution

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.

Success stories with a human touch

Fenella Chiu

Fenella Chiu, a recent graduate with a disability from Queen's University, was hired by Loblaw Companies Limited through the Ability Edge Program. Not only did Ms. Chiu win an Intern of the Year award this year, Loblaw offered her a full-time position as Promotion Coordinator, Central Data Management after completing just 6 months of her 12-month internship. Fenella demonstrated outstanding technical expertise by developing an automated report for the team, resulting in improved response rates for the business.

Beatrice Reitano

Beatrice Reitano, a multi-lingual (English, French, Spanish and Italian) communications professional and the recipient of an Intern of the Year award, moved to Canada from Geneva, Switzerland in 2009. After completing a 6-month paid internship through the Career Bridge Program at the Ministry of Community and Social Services, her contract was extended by the Government of Ontario on a 6-month contract. Ms. Reitano's manager describes her as, "…the full package: intelligent, competent and dedicated." Beatrice is now a Senior Business Consultant with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.

The 2010/11 Achievement Award winners

Career Edge Organization Leadership Award

Bell Canada -

Career Edge Organization Program Awards

Career Edge Program Awards:

Ability Edge Program Award:

Career Bridge Program Awards:

Most Valued Internship Experience (MoVIE) Award:

Winner: OPS Internship for Internationally Trained Individuals, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Ontario

Intern and Mentor Awards (with links to their video stories):

For a complete list of finalists, photos, videos and additional information about the Career Edge Organization Achievement Awards, visit

Event Sponsors

Award Category Sponsors:

- TD Bank Financial Group

- Scotiabank


- Manulife Financial,

Partnering Sponsor:

Bell Canada

Supporting Sponsor:

Loblaw Companies Limited.


Anne Lamont, President and CEO, Career Edge Organization

"Career Edge Organization applauds Canadian employers for embracing the diverse talent that is available in Canada. Our 15 years of success gives us the insight into the evolving demographic and helps us provide our host employers with access to diverse, qualified talent who possess not only the right skills and attitude, but the right fit with their organizations."

"In recognizing these outstanding Canadian employers, we also take the opportunity to recognize the future leaders whose careers were kick-started through the Career Edge, Ability Edge and Career Bridge paid internship programs."

"By taking a retrospective look at our talent over the past 15 years, we're demonstrating to employers across Canada the impact of their business decisions today. With a growing skills shortage and an aging workforce, more employers are choosing to harness the potential of recent graduates, graduates with disabilities and internationally qualified professionals to meet their business objectives."

Heather Tulk, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales – Bell Residential Services, Bell Canada

"I am delighted to accept this Leadership Award on Bell's behalf. Our partnership with Career Edge has supported the development of talented young professionals through internships and mentoring programs that have helped launch thousands of successful careers within Bell and across the Canadian business community."

Fenella Chiu's nominator: Lucy Postma, Senior Manager of Promo and Data Integrity, Loblaw Companies Limited

"Fenella has quickly adapted to her role and immediately started to use her system knowledge to implement and develop tools for the business. Fenella has gained the respect of all colleagues and has defined herself as the 'go to' expert. Her talent for simplifying and documenting processes, patience and gift to train and transfer knowledge has been and will continue to be a big part of our team's success."

Beatrice Reitano's nominator: Dominique Guillaumant, Education and Community Services FLS Cluster, Ministry of Community and Social Services, Government of Ontario

"Beatrice is creative, flexible and able to consult and engage all parties to build consensus on her projects. Following her internship, I was very pleased to offer Beatrice a six-month contract to promote her among my colleagues and superiors. Now Beatrice has been hired by one of my colleagues and I know that her skills, knowledge and professionalism are very much appreciated."

About Career Edge Organization

Since 1996, Career Edge Organization, a national not-for-profit service provider, 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 graduates, graduates with disabilities and internationally qualified professionals.

Career Edge Organization participating host employers have access to a wide network of diverse, qualified talent for both entry-level and professional-level roles, through three unique paid internship programs or on a direct-hire basis.

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Contact Information

  • Career Edge Organization
    Janice Rudkowski
    Director of Marketing & Communications
    (416) 977-3343 ext. 251
    Toll free: 1-888-507-3343