Population Growth Secretariat

New Brunswick companies to participate in Halifax Career Fair (08/09/29)

NB 1415

Sept. 29, 2008

HALIFAX (CNB) - A group of 12 employers from a variety of sectors will accompany the Population Growth Secretariat on a recruitment mission to the student-focused Halifax Career Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to promote New Brunswick opportunities to job seekers.

"With 1,200 students, many of whom are New Brunswickers, attending from five universities, this career fair will offer us an opportunity to bring our talented young people back to New Brunswick, and attract newcomers as well," said Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne, who is also minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat.

The participating employers include Ambir (information and communications technology); Chalk Media (mobile communications software); Mariner Partners (information technology); Professional Quality Assurance (business technology outsourcing); SkillSoft (e-learning and performance support); Speilo (gaming technology); SwiftRadius (information technology); Atlantic Lotto; Career Beacon/NBjobs.ca; Medavie Blue Cross; and Health Region B.

"Many opportunities exist in New Brunswick, and we want to make sure we take advantage of every opportunity to support our companies in their efforts to find the skilled people our province will need to achieve self-sufficiency," said Byrne.

Members of the Population Growth Secretariat will accept resumes on behalf of employers who couldn't attend, discuss the benefits of being in New Brunswick, and promote www.nbjobs.ca, an online job database offered by the provincial government.

This is the fourth recruitment mission undertaken by the Population Growth Secretariat, and the first to Nova Scotia. Previous missions targeted workers in the information and technology sector in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. These missions were among the commitments made in New Brunswick's population growth strategy, which is central to reaching the government's goal of achieving self-sufficiency by 2026.

The Halifax Career Fair, established in 1997, takes place every September, and features over 100 organizations, hundreds of recruiters, and over 1,000 students from Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent, Saint Mary's, Acadia, and St. Francis Xavier universities. The all-day event will take place at the Cunard Centre on the Halifax waterfront.

For more information about the Halifax Career Fair, visit www.halifaxcareerfairs.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Brendan Langille, Communications New Brunswick, 506-471-3264.

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