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National Transition exCHANGE

Canada Company 2016 National Transition exCHANGE

Aviation Museum

Canada Company's second annual National Transition Exchange, which took place on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa was a great success.

The event brought together 70 Employer Partners, and over 200 members of the military community for a full day of educational sessions, panel discussions, and a CareerConnect job fair.

For pictures from the 2016 National Transition Exchange, visit our Facebook page or click here.

We would like to thank all of our participants and attendees for making the event the success it was. In particular, Canada Company would like to thank our keynote speakers for the day:

  • The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
  • Karen McCrimmon, MP (Kanata-Carleton) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
  • David Allan, Founder of the Chris Allan Legacy Fund
  • Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross, Chief of Military Personnel

The conference also included the second annual MET Top Employer Award ceremony, which was created in order to recognize the outstanding efforts of our Military Friendly Certified Employer Partners. We would like to thank Geoff Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto who was the Master of Ceremonies, as well as Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, and Karen McCrimmon, MP (Kanata – Carleton) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, who presented the medals and awards. This year’s top five MET Top Employer Award recipients were:

  • Aerotek
  • belairdirect
  • Bell Canada
  • Calian Ltd.
  • United Rentals
Awarded Employers

Congratulations to these five companies, who have shown their dedication to serving our men and women in uniform, and the families that support them. We look forward to another year working alongside out MET Award winners!

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We would also like to thank our sponsors for their contributions and continued support:

Sponsors

2015 National Transition Symposium

In keeping with our commitment to Veterans, reservists, serving members, and military families, the 1st Annual National Transition Symposium brought together over 30 speakers and panelists with expertise or first-hand experience in transitioning to civilian careers. The day also featured 70 Military Friendly Employer Partners connecting with nearly 200 Veterans and transitioning service members during the morning CareerConnect Session, making it our largest yet. We are proud to say that thanks to our committed MET Program Members and Employer Partners, the inaugural National Transition Symposium was a great success.

For an overview of the day, please see our Detailed Event Agenda, and Speaker List. For pictures from the day, please visit our Facebook page

2015 National Transition Symposium
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Changing the Game: Hangar Party and MET Top Employer Award

The MET Top Employer Award was created to recognize the outstanding contributions our Canada Company Certified Military Friendly Employer Partners have made in hiring transitioning Veterans. The inaugural award ceremony recognized five companies who have shown an outstanding commitment to the MET Program:

Bell Canada

Calian Ltd.

General Electric

Shell Canada

United Rentals

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff awarded the MET Top Employer winners with a custom designed glass trophy and pinned on each company representative a personal Military Style Top Employer Award Medal.

Morning Session, 7:30 am – 12:00 pm:

The Morning Session, held at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto, was a huge success. Opening Remarks by Canada Company Founder Blake C. Goldring and Canada Company President Angela Mondou kicked off the day, and were followed by a special address from Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas, Commander, 4th Canadian Division. The morning also featured an engaging panel of Veterans-turned-CEOs, who spoke to a capacity crowd about the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from a military to a civilian career.

The morning concluded with our largest CareerConnect ever, featuring over 70 military friendly Employer Partners, service providers, educational institutions, and government partners. Nearly 200 Veterans and transitioning members took the opportunity to join us for the Morning Session, coming from as far as North Bay and Trenton. 

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Afternoon Session, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm:

Hangar party 1During the Afternoon Session, Employer Partners and Veterans were joined by dozens of business leaders from Toronto. Attendees took in two excellent special addresses, the first of which was from the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance. The second address of the afternoon was given by Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Vice Chair of the Toronto Argonauts, who received a standing ovation for his message of support for the men and women who serve in Canada's Armed Forces. 

The afternoon also featured three discussion panels, From War Rooms to Boardrooms: Why Business Needs to Get Engaged, Innovation in Transition: Influencing a Nation through Strategic Partnerships, and Building a Better Nation: Private and Public Sector Collaboration. These panels provided Business Leaders, Employer Partners, and transitioning members with an opportunity to hear about the latest developments in military employment transition.

Sponsors:

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support.