RBC Foundation supports Greater Halifax Partnership initiative to help businesses looking to hire

For immediate release

October 31, 2012 – Halifax, NS – The Greater Halifax Partnership’s idea to connect local businesses with new talent through speed-interviewing has been fast tracked thanks to $50,000 in funding from RBC Foundation.

Recent results from the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) predict a need for an additional 74,700 workers in Nova Scotia from 2011-2016. This speed-interview initiative will expose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to a large number of applicants at one time maximizing their chance of hiring qualified candidates.

“We are proud RBC is joining us on this project. As Canada’s leading financial institution for small business, they know the needs of this sector,” said Fred Morley, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist at the Partnership. “Since the demand for skilled workers continues among small and medium size enterprises, connecting them with Halifax’s talented professionals is essential to supporting business and economic growth in our community.”

Delivered as part of the Partnership’s Connector Program, the initiative will consist of four speed-interviewing sessions taking place over the next nine months. Through these sessions local businesses in several sectors - including life sciences; high-end manufacturing aerospace and defence; ICT, gaming and interactive media; and financial services - will have access to skilled and prequalified immigrants and international students looking to build a career in Halifax.

“Small to medium size enterprises are critical to our economy – they represent 97% of all businesses in the province and they employ 29% of our workforce,” said Kim Mason, Regional President, RBC, Atlantic Provinces. “We are pleased to be working with the Partnership to support the growth of this important sector, and couldn’t think of a better time to do it than as we wrap up Small Business Month.” 

The first RBC supported speed interviewing session will be held late fall 2012.

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About the Greater Halifax Partnership
The Greater Halifax Partnership is the lead economic development organization for Halifax. The Partnership works to keep and grow business, attract new investment, strengthen the community and help people succeed. More than 130 businesses and all three levels of government invest in the Partnership to support economic growth in Halifax. The Partnership’s Halifax Connector Program is a simple but effective referral process that helps immigrants, international students and young and emerging talentbuild a professional network, connect with career opportunities and settle successfully in Halifax.  www.greaterhalifax.com

About RBC Foundation

RBC is committed to making a lasting social impact through inspired, responsible giving and by building strong partnerships with the charitable sector. In 2011, RBC contributed more than $98 million to community causes worldwide, through donations of more than $64 million, and an additional $34 million in sponsorship of community events and national organizations.  RBC Foundation gave more than $1,475,000 to charities throughout Nova Scotia in 2012.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Greater Halifax Partnership
(902) 490-7105