2013 Career Fair
List of Employers
- BMO Financial Group
- Canadian Property Stars
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service
- Career Edge Organization
- CBM (Christian Blind Mission)
- The Co-operators
- Express Scripts
- Good Foot Delivery
- The Home Depot
- Investors Group
- Jazz Aviation (Air Canada)
- Mount Sinai Hospital
- Peel Regional Police
- One Voice Network
- ODSP Employment Supports
- RBC Royal Bank
- Ryerson University
- Service Canada
- Starwood Hotels and Resorts
- Stikeman Elliott
- TD Bank Financial Group
- Toronto Police
- York Regional Police
For 2013, JOIN, in partnership with Service Canada, organized two career fairs for people with disabilities: the first one in Toronto on March 15, 2013 and the second one in Richmond Hill on March 22, 2013.
The third annual JOIN Career Fair has become an event that job seekers with disabilities, their family members, employers and service providers look forward to attending. Word of mouth on the importance of the event has strengthened over the years within the disability community and the outreach lists continue to be strengthened resulting in a sold out employer booth area and large numbers of job seekers attending the event.
The numbers this year were a success, more than 2,000 job seekers with disabilities attended the JOIN Career Fairs: In Toronto over 476 job seekers with disabilities pre-registered and uploaded their resumes. An additional 1,038 attended the event without pre-registering as walk-ins, this created a total of 1,514. And for the first career fair in York Region over 169 job seekers with disabilities pre-registered and uploaded their resumes, and additional 514 attended the event without pre-registering as walk-ins, this created a total of 683.
These events brought the opportunity to network and develop relationships with corporate HR personnel and recruiters from the top Toronto employers. Openings included a wide variety of positions in finance, technology, consulting, marketing/sales, accounting, management, tourism, call centres and more.
In addition, throughout the day job seekers were invited to participate in several workshops delivered by Ontario's business leaders who provided great insights into securing employment for persons with disabilities. The workshops included:
- Applying Online: Manoeuvring today’s Web-Based Application Process - By Scotiabank
- Accommodation and Disclosure - By Jazz Aviation
- The Ontario JOIN Mentoring Connection - By Deloitte
- Luncheon Keynote and Entertainer - Adrien Breda
- Effective Networking – Are You Maximizing Your Contacts for Getting a Job and for Your Career Advancement? - By TD Bank Group
- Building Your Brand - By JOIN
- Being Job-Ready: Managing the Transition to the Workplace - By Scotiabank and Career Edge Organization
- PAYE and the City of Toronto - By Toronto Employment & Social Services
Scotiabank sponsored the Comfort Zone area where job seekers could relax, reflect, network and eat their lunch, have coffee or tea in a welcoming comfortable environment. In addition, a computer was set up where staff could walk job seekers through the on-line job application process.
Also this year TD Bank Group sponsored an area with three computers where job seekers could upload their resumes and apply on-line to various organizations at the Career Fair. Participants could be coached through the on-line application process.
The JOIN Career Fairs were the perfect opportunity to network and develop relationships with corporate executives and recruiters who are seeking to hire.