Nov.
23 2015

The Learning Partnership recognizes Canada’s Outstanding Employers for Helping Students with Early Career Exploration

November 23rd 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

15 Canadian employers chosen for exceptional efforts in providing Grade 9 students with an opportunity to experience a workplace through Take Our Kids to Work™ day.
 
November 23, 2015TORONTO, ON – The Learning Partnership has named 15 employers from across the country as the 2015 Canada’s Outstanding Employers for their investment in Canada’s future workforce. The awards follow The Learning Partnership’s Take Our Kids to Work day, on November 4. The winners are being recognized for their exceptional achievements in guiding and inspiring Grade 9 students to get an early start to thinking about life after school and education to career pathways.
 
2015 Award Recipients (see citations below):
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Winnipeg, Manitoba
Alberta Health Services, Ponoka, Alberta
Bell Canada, Montreal, Quebec
CBC/Radio-Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ontario
Greater Sudbury Police Service, Sudbury, Ontario
Horizon Utilities Corporation, Hamilton, Ontario
JNE Welding, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., Richmond, British Columbia
NB Power, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Nexen Cnooc Limited Company, Calgary, Alberta
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario
Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., Mississauga, Ontario
Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
WhiteWater West Industries Ltd., Richmond, British Columbia
 
 
Canada’s Outstanding Employers award winners were chosen based on four criteria:
  • Creativity and innovation in developing engaging and exciting activities for students on Take Our Kids to Work day
  • How they demonstrated the importance of career choices and the benefits of early career exploration to students
  • How they promoted the importance of staying in school and pursuing post-secondary studies to students
  • Feedback from participating students, parents/guardians and staff members about their Take Our Kids to Work day activities.
 
QUOTES:
“Students have told us that they want more experiential learning opportunities as part of their education. These employers are trailblazers who effectively provided their young visitors with real-life experiences that will help them make informed educational and career decisions.”
 
“The Learning Partnership was very impressed with the caliber of submissions and the tremendous efforts of workplaces across the country in creating valuable experience for students, as they helped them gain insights into today’s world of work.”
 
“Whether it is through a memorable Take Our Kids to Work day experience, co-op and internship opportunities or direct involvement with their school community, we congratulate each winner for their outstanding contributions to developing Canada’s future workforce.”
Akela Peoples
President & CEO, The Learning Partnership
 
QUICK FACTS:
  • Canada’s Outstanding Employers awards were established in 2011 as an extension of The Learning Partnership’s flagship program, Take Our Kids to Work™.
  • These awards are for employers who register with The Learning Partnership as Take Our Kids to Work™ day participants.
  • More than 250,000 students and 75,000 organizations participate in Take Our Kids to Work™ day each year, spanning every province and territory in Canada.
 
 
WINNER CITATIONS:
 
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • For giving students an exciting look into broadcasting, including experience in the news studio, working at the news desk, using the teleprompter and camera work. The students in APTN’s Ottawa Bureau were able to join the news team to view the swearing-in of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
 
Alberta Health Services, Ponoka, Alberta
  • For helping visiting students with early career exploration and providing them with a collaborative learning environment to explore health care careers. Alberta Health Services recognizes the importance of sustaining a healthy workforce.
 
 Bell Canada, Montreal, Quebec
  • For their comprehensive program with volunteers from all areas of the business across the country to ensure their events offered a wide variety of experiences to participating students, and for expanding their reach to a wider audience with resources and activities for parents and their children.
 
CBC/Radio-Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
  • For embedding Take Our Kids to Work in the culture of the organization. Participation spans several departments including news, radio, journalism, sales, marketing, digital and programming, offering students options from a list of over 40 activities.
 
Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ontario
  • For involving different professions in their Take Our Kids to Work day planning and for hands-on demonstrations in particular areas of work. Their energetic and exciting activities gave students exposure to real work experience and allowed them to recognize the vast array of careers in the hospitality industry.
 
Greater Sudbury Police Service, Sudbury, Ontario
  • For their program allowing students to discover different professions in the Service through hands-on exploration of the roles of various employees. The Chief of Police interacted with participants and "Provincial Crime Prevention Week" was incorporated into their event.
 
Horizon Utilities Corporation, Hamilton, Ontario
  • For their engaged and motivated staff that placed a priority on providing fun, educational, interactive hands-on activities, particularly the innovative True Colours Careers segment. This activity encouraged students to explore their personality traits, skills, and talents to help discover the kind of work that might suit them and the career they might enjoy.
 
JNE Welding, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • For the growth of their program to encompass a wide range of careers within their company and offering relevant activities for students that simulate the work the company engages in. Students were able to participate in hand-on demonstrations, including drafting, shipping, welding, estimating, project management, and accounting, and were delighted to take home a welded product they created.
 
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., Richmond, British Columbia
  • For creating a highly engaging, interactive day for participants. Activities included a mock “Mars Exploration” event where students were challenged to build “satellites” and pilot a remote controlled UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) facilitated by a former Canadian military pilot.
 
NB Power, Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • For offering a diverse learning experience in power generation. Students visited various New Brunswick Power locations and enjoyed demonstrations from employees on fire safety, welding, tree trimming and the role of Power Line Technicians. They also got a glimpse into the future by visiting the Smart Habits mobile unit and one of the electric vehicles.
 
Nexen Cnooc Limited Company, Calgary, Alberta
  • For designing a fully interactive program for students through engaging learning activities. Students were exposed to industry opportunities which helped generate interest in pursuing a future career in the Oil Industry.
 
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario
  • For giving students a behind-the-scenes look at careers with the museum. Students learned about the different professions in each department and also got the chance to see pieces of collections that are not currently on display to the public.
 
Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., Mississauga, Ontario
  • For their strong focus on preparing students for life after school and demonstrating the importance of early career exploration. From resume workshops, panel discussions, meeting YouTube stars from AsapSCIENCE, learning and playing with technology to working collaboratively with each other, Samsung was able to deliver a full range experience for visiting students.
 
Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • For their interactive approach to showcasing exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career possibilities for students to explore.  Students were able to test their DNA at the Biotech lab, learn about E.coli in the Environment lab, and work with an engineer to build mini engines out of wires, batteries and magnets.
 
WhiteWater West Industries Ltd., Richmond, British Columbia
  • For offering an extensive program to students that highlighted the range of professions in designing, engineering, manufacturing and installing water parks and attractions. Students participated in a demonstration on thematic painting, including a personalized name plate to take home. They also designed their own sculpture and used the hot wire to cut it.
 
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The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. We do this through five key deliverables - innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence and ongoing collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.1 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership's programs. For more information about The Learning Partnership, visit www.thelearningpartnership.ca.
 
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Fahad Pinto
Media and Communications Specialist              
Phone: 416-440-5124
Email: fpinto@thelearningpartnership.ca