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For Immediate Release

Program Connects Employers with Job Seekers


St. John’s, NL The St. John’s Board of Trade has launched a program to help connect local businesses with immigrants, international students and recent graduates who are interested in starting their career in St. John’s. The St. John’s Connector Program is a simple yet effective referral process that puts job seekers in touch with business owners, managers, civil servants and community leaders, allowing them to build a solid network of contacts.

“One of the greatest issues facing our members is access to a talented workforce,” says Kim Keating, Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade.

“With an aging population, and more people set to retire than enter the workforce in the coming years, the Connector Program can help our members attract the employees they need and entice local students, and those from outside Newfoundland and Labrador, to stay and contribute to a vibrant private sector which is so crucial to this province’s economic future.”

The City of St. John’s recognizes the importance of building a diverse community and this is reflected in the City’s Economic Roadmap 2021.

“I am delighted that the St. John’s Board of Trade is taking the initiative to advance the Connector Program to provide a direct link between newcomers to our city and the business community,” stated Mayor Dennis O’Keefe. “I congratulate the St. John’s Board of Trade for the advancement of this program and we look forward to working with the Board on this very important element in welcoming immigrants to our city.”

To date, the St. John’s Board of Trade has had 20 members sign on as Connectors, including TD Commercial Banking. Jarrod Pettipas, Account Manager at TD Commercial Banking, was involved with the Connector Program as employer while living in Halifax, N.S. “I was proud to be the first St. John’s Connector, but I am only one of thousands of well-connected people who can help talented job seekers expand their business networks,” said Pettipas.

“It seems like a natural thing to do. If many people pitch in and share their connections, they’ll be helping not only the person seeking employment, but themselves and the economy as well.”

For more information about the St. John’s Board of Trade Connector Program, go to: http://stjohnsbot.ca/membership/connector-program/

Accredited nationally with distinction, the St. John’s Board of Trade is a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that is the principal voice of business for 900 members in the St. John’s area. Its mission is to improve the local business climate, enhancing its members’ ability to do business through advocacy and member services. http://stjohnsbot.ca/


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Media contacts:

Kristina George
Communications and Advocacy Specialist
St. John’s Board of Trade
(709) 726-2961, ext. 5; (709) 699-2044
Kelly Maguire
Media Relations
City of St. John’s
(709) 576-8491
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