Priority to be given to qualified Canadian Veterans in hiring across
Bell's commitment builds on a century of support for our nation's
MONTREAL, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced that it has
joined the federal government's Hire a Veteran initiative and will give
qualified Canadian Veterans priority in hiring across Bell operations.
"Bell has a long and proud tradition of support for Canada's military
men and women. With many Veterans already working at Bell, we know
firsthand that they bring skills, focus and discipline to the table,"
said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE Inc. "We're
pleased to join with Minister Fantino and Veterans Affairs Canada in
assisting those who have so proudly served Canada."
"I applaud Bell Canada for recognizing the value of giving priority to
Canada's Veterans when they are hiring new employees," said the
Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs. "By joining
our Hire a Veteran initiative, they are affirming what we already
know—Canada's men and women in uniform are well-trained and
accomplished individuals with the skills and experience to be a real
asset to any organization."
The first communications company to join the Hire a Veteran program,
Bell employs more than 55,000 people in every province and territory
and hires thousands of new team members each year. Many of the
technical and other skills Veterans acquire during their service are an
asset to Bell. For instance, a number of Veterans are part of the
growing team of Bell employees rolling out the next-generation Fibe TV
Hire a Veteran is a partnership between Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC),
corporate Canada and local businesses that assists Veterans of the CAF
transitioning from military careers to civilian careers in the private
sector. For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada's programs and
services, please visit Veterans.gc.ca.
Bell will observe a traditional 2 minutes of silence at 11am today in
Bell office buildings across Canada. More than 3,000 Bell employees
served Canada in wartime and 188 made the supreme sacrifice. Thousands
of Veterans found work at Bell on returning home after the World Wars;
by 1946 more than 40% of Bell employees had served in the military.
Bell Let's Talk and the True Patriot Love Foundation have created the
$1-million Bell True Patriot Love Fund to support programs delivered
through Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) that improve access to
mental health care for Canadian military families. For more
information, please visit www.truepatriotlovefoundation.com.
Headquartered in Montréal since our founding in 1880, Bell is Canada's
largest communications company, providing consumers, business and
government customers with leading TV, Internet, wireless, home phone
and business communications solutions. Bell Media is Canada's premier
multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital
media. Bell is wholly owned by Montréal's BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE).
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a national charitable
and awareness program promoting mental health across Canada with the
Bell Let's Talk Day anti-stigma campaign and significant Bell funding
of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To
learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
SOURCE: Bell Canada
For further information:
1 855 785-1427
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
1 613 608-2179