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The Official Launch of the Military Employment Transition Spouse (METSpouse) Program in Petawawa

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Photo Credit: The Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre

On Friday, the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre accepted $10,000 from Canada Company, to pay for the launch and operating the METSpouse job program for Garrison Petawawa. In the photo are, starting from left, Garrison Petawawa Chief Warrant Officer CWO Bill Richards; Todd Stride, Senior Manager and Community Development, Military Family Services; Claudia Beswick, Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre executive director; Kerry Wheelehan, METSpouse director (Canada Company); Louise Anderson, PMFRC employment services co-ordinator, and Col. Mark Misener, Garrison Petawawa and 4CDSG commander.

The Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre Employment Service is the eighth MFRC location to launch METSpouse across Canada since METSpouse debuted in April, with the entire program set to go national in the spring of 2017.

Claudia Beswick, PMFRC executive director, said currently there are 60,000 spouses in the Canadian military, many of whom have trouble getting jobs despite their qualifications. She said one of the biggest challenges identified by military families is employment, and the METSpouse program is designed to meet that challenge.

Col. Mark Misener, Garrison Petawawa commander, thanked those business and institutional representatives gathered for the breakfast meeting for their support of the garrison and its people.

“This is an amazing program,” he said, which will be of benefit to the partners and spouses of the 6,000 soldiers they have based here in Petawawa.

“The military spouse is the strength behind the uniform,” Misener said, and METSpouse gives them the opportunity to apply their own skill sets to the local job market.

Kerry Wheelehan, METSpouse director, said since the program was launched in April, she has been travelling the country talking to everyone about the value of military spouses as employees, and trying to dispel the myths about them as being underskilled and unreliable.

“I would hire a military spouse before I would hire a civilian,” she said. Military spouses are loyal to their organization, with more than 64 per cent possessing post-secondary degrees, and of that group, 37 per cent are professionals such as engineers, doctors or lawyers.

Changes to the way the military works means most postings are for three years of duration at any one location, and Wheelehan said the average time anyone stays on the job these days is 18 months. When one combines that with the loyalty military spouses have shown to groups they are a part of, not to mention the military and their country, it indicates they are a very good prospect for employment.

“That hits home with people,” she said, adding she believes every business in this country has a level of corporate responsibility to the men and women who defend and protect it, and to a certain extent they are recognizing it.

“There is a lot of people who want to hire military spouses,” Wheelehan said. The key is connecting the two groups together.

METSpouse gives businesses an opportunity to give back. The program is free of charge, she said, and those qualified to do so can sign up. This includes military spouses, ex-spouses, partners, veterans, those soldiers currently serving and reservists.

It also includes those employers who want to be a part of this program.

Wheelehan said all this information is on an interactive website which is more than just a job bank, but includes items like instructional videos on how to be interviewed for jobs, places where one can get one’s skills upgraded as so forth.

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IBM i2 Training

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services and CAF Transition Services are pleased to announce a partnership with IBM Canada to offer training and certification in the  i2 Analyst’s Notebook software, IBM’s i2 Training Program has been delivered in the US, UK and recently in Canada. It is being offered to transitioning CAF members and honourably released Veterans.  i2 certification presents an advanced analytical skillset that is in growing demand across the country.

Included in the i2 training:

  • 5 Days of training at IBM’s offices in Halifax (Bedford area) 14 November to 18 November 2016
  • Notebook Essentials provides the critical skills required to use IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook; while focusing on analytical search, analyze, data dissemination, and link analysis Advanced Importing, & Analysis provides a deeper understanding of the Analyst's Notebook importing and analysis tools; while concentrating on association, timeline charts, and analysis tools
  • Each student will take the certification exam at the conclusion of the training
  • Certificates to be awarded to passing students. 

Review the information for the Ideal i2 candidate HERE and if you think this is for you, send an email to DND.Transition.MDN@forces.gc.ca .  Write IBM’s i2 Training Program in the subject line. Include your Full name, Service Number and a civilian email address. Your information will be verified and used for selection.  Online assessments maybe used during the selection process.  Note that spaces are limited for each session. Please apply by 24 October 2016.

Edmonton MET Career Workshop & Mini-Career Connect

Date: October 5-6, 2016

Join Canada Company on the evenings of Wednesday, October 5th, and Thursday, October 6th at the Edmonton Military Family Resource Center for an engaging career search workshop and CareerConnect job fair featuring local employers.

Location of all activities:

Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC), Building 161, Mons Ave, Lancaster Park

Details:

Evening 1 – Career Search Workshop exclusively for CAF Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses

Evening 2 – Employer Education Session followed by a Mini-Career Connect Job Fair dedicated to CAF Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses

Canada Company Announces the Official Launch of the Military Employment Transition Spouse (METSpouse) Program

METSpouse Launch

On April 1st, Canada Company, the leader in military employment transition, in partnership with Military Family Services, launched the METSpouse Program – a pilot program connecting the spouses of Active, Reserve and Retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces with vibrant, transportable careers.

METSpouse will focus on providing this untapped resource of highly skilled, adaptable and motivated employees with career training, mentorship opportunities and a database of mobile, portable and “telecommutable” jobs that fit the realities of being a military spouse.

“The METSpouse Program recognizes that the spouses of our military and Veterans face unique employment realities and challenges,” said Canada Company President, Angela Mondou. “For Canada Company, METSpouse is a chance to put our expertise to work for the whole military family, and to create more opportunities for Canadian businesses to benefit from our remarkable military.”

"The METSpouse Program will help military spouses find gainful and meaningful opportunities through an already established network of national employers.  The Canadian Armed Forces applauds Canada Company's initiative in this area, given that spousal employment is a known challenge that needs focussed attention and innovative solutions,” said Major-General Derek Joyce, Deputy Commander Military Personnel Command.

“As a METSpouse Program employer partner, we not only benefit from the unique skill set and experiences military spouses can bring to our organization, but also from the training and resources designed to help us better understand their employment realities,” said Kevin Ford, President and CEO of Calian. “Through METSpouse we are able to tap into a group of potential employees that are motivated to succeed and are very adaptable to workplace situations.”

The METSpouse pilot program was launched on April 1st, 2016, at The Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) of the National Capital Region in Ottawa, 330 Croil Private, Ottawa, ON, at 10:00 a.m. where spouses had the opportunity to register for the program and participate in a Career Connect job fair.

As part of the pilot, METSpouse is now available at select Military Family Resource Centres in seven regions across Canada, including Ottawa, Halifax, Montreal, Shilo, Toronto, Valcartier and Winnipeg.

Canada Company Atlantic Canada MET Conference and Chapter Launch

Canada Company's Inaugural MET Atlantic Conference May 31st - June 1st, Halifax

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On Tuesday, May 31st, and Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, Canada Company's MET Program hosted its first Atlantic MET Conference. On May 31st, Canada Company's Dwayne Cormier, Director of Transition Services, and Kerry Wheelehan, Director, METSpouse Program, presented to over 150 transitioning military members and military spouses.

On Wednesday, June 1st, the main conference was held at the Halifax World Trade and Convention Center, and included educational seminars in the morning, and a CareerConnect session featuring local and national Employer Partners in the afternoon. Over 170 military members and 40 Employer Partners participated in this great event. 

Canada Company would also like to thank the distinguished keynote speakers who joined us for the conference, Brigadier-General Carl Turenne, Commander 5th Canadian Division, and Captain (N) Chris Sutherland, Base Commander, Canadian Forces Base Halifax. 

Canada Company Inaugural National Transition Symposium

The mandate of the MET Program is to establish, foster, and drive the connection and relationship between Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans, and the leaders in the public and private sector who will offer employment opportunities. The Morning Session at our First Annual National Transition Symposium certainly lived up to these goals.

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.

Our MET Program Director, Kevin Cameron, also joined 10 business and human resources leaders for a pair of interactive educational labs. These labs provided MET program members with the opportunity to engage the speakers in a more personal setting, where they were able to ask questions and receive feedback regarding suggestions for transitioning military personnel, as well as what employers are looking for in the recruitment process.

Finally, 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. 

Be sure to check out our facebook page for pictures of the event.

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Canadian Forces Recruitment Day in Kingston

Lafarge, one of our valued Employer Partners in the MET Program held a job fair on May 14th for veterans and transitioning military members in Kingston.

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MET Victoria Conference: "All Hands on Deck"

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Our first Western Canada MET conference took place April 15 and 16 in Victoria, British Columbia in Esquimalt at the Chief and Petty Officers’ Mess and the Pacific Fleet Club.

We were pleased to host over 150 Veterans and transitioning members at a CareerConnect from noon to 3PM at the Chief and Petty Officers’ Mess. With approximately 25 Employer Partner booths, there was a great deal of activity in that room with a phenomenal view.

A first time lab/working session featuring Ami Vyas from our Platinum Sponsor Edward Jones was attended by 35 military folks and very well-received! Ami conducted a 90 minute session that imparted valuable information to assist our transitioning members in finding their next civilian career.

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The venue then changed to the Pacific Fleet Club right next door for a social Meet and Greet for all Employer Partner participants. We returned to the same venue the next day for a networking breakfast before being called to order by our EMCEE Throalf Gran-Ruaz, Edward Jones. Speaker Vince Fowler from Vested Interest Group was engaging as he delivered a powerful speech to our Employer Partners that encouraged them to hire people that shared their business values.

We were proud to have the base commander, Captain (N) Steve Wadell speak and explain the history of the phrase “All Hands on Deck”. Two break-out sessions followed to educate our Employer Partners on Military 101 and Military Culture (delivered by Major Jo-Anne Flawn-LaForge) and MOC2NOC (delivered by Dwayne Cormier).

Once all together again, Kelly French from ADP delivered a presentation that focused on best practices with tips and tricks to increase recruiters hires when attending military recruiting events. Over a catered lunch, Major Jo-Anne Flawn Laforge delivered a message from Colonel Gerry Blais of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Once lunch was completed, our Employer Partners were split in to two groups and bussed in luxury to the Experience of a Lifetime: a tour of the Naval Officers Training Centre which included taking control of the bridge simulator with a 360 degree display on the walls surrounding it. Then on to Collwood for a demonstration on flood control, firefighting, and nuclear, biological and chemical defence that each member of the Navy goes through.

The final highlight of the afternoon was meeting the five man crew of a CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue helicopter and having a chance to tour both inside and out.

As always, we are grateful for our sponsors, Employer Partners and Veterans and DND/VAC partners

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MET Montreal Conference: "The Sky is the Limit"

Canada Company hosted its first Quebec Conference for the Military Employment Transition (MET) program on 29-30 Oct in Montreal at the Regiment de Maisonneuve Cathcart Armoury and the Hyatt Regency Hotel Montreal. 
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Featuring an afternoon job fair which saw 125 veterans and transitioning members meet with more than 29 Employer Partners from across Quebec and Eastern Ontario, as well as a half day conference with two breakout sessions and an Employer Partner “Lessons Learned” panel, the Montreal Conference was an outstanding success for Canada Company and the MET program.
A great thank you to all those involved, including sponsors, speakers, partners, panelists as well as veterans and DND/VAC partners. Everyone in attendance made this a wonderful first Quebec conference, and we look forward to more in the future.
An extra-big thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, Target and our MC, the irreplaceable Gabriel Granatstein, who brought the day to life and guided us through the numerous events.
We would also especially like to thank our key-note speakers, Chief of Military Personnel Lieutenant-General David Millar, for highlighting the importance of the MET program, and the Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, for his inspirational insights on the benefits of employing former military personnel.
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A significant conference highlight was the formal announcement that Veterans Affairs Canada is now an equal partner in the MET program, along with the Department of National Defence. Canada Company is proud of our partnership with both departments, and the additional access to Veterans the partnership provides to our Employer Partners. 
Another conference highlight was a meeting of the MET Education Consortium, with discussion on next steps on the expansion, integration and planning for various educational opportunities for Canada’s current serving military members and Veterans.
As well, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) was announced as the MET program’s first partner association, which will highlight hundreds of potential employers for transitioning military members and Veterans.
In closing, we would like to draw your attention at our coalition’s results for the first 9 months of the year which has translated into 522 hires. This exceptional number of hires is the direct result of all our efforts and the “raison d’être” of Canada Company, the MET Program and the Employer Partner coalition. Thank you to everyone involved for helping move the yardstick towards our ultimate goal of “10,000 jobs by 2023”.

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Canada Company's first MET Calgary Conference

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With more than 120 individuals, including 26 different Employer Partners from across Canada, the event was a great success.Canada Company hosted its first Western Conference for the Military Employment Transition (MET) program on 29-30 May at the Calgary Petroleum Club.

Featuring three panels on employment transition in the morning, and an afternoon of one-on-one Veteran to Employer meet and greet sessions; the “Big Shift 10,000” was a great accomplishment for the MET program.

A great thank you to all who were involved, including sponsors, speakers, partners, panellists and Veterans as well! All who were in attendance made this a wonderful first Western conference, and we look forward to more in the future.

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An extra-big thank you to Edward Jones -our platinum Sponsor- and our MC from Edward Jones, Darryl “Mac” MacLeod, who brought the day to life.

We would also especially like to thank our key-note speaker, former Chief of Military Personnel Rear Admiral (ret’d)  Andy Smith for providing some history to the MET program.

Another conference highlight was the announcement of our MET Education Consortium, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the six participating national educational institutions.

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