TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister
of Veterans Affairs, together with Helena Gottschling, Senior
Vice-President, Leadership and Organizational Development, Royal Bank
of Canada, joined the True Patriot Love Foundation and the Treble
Victor Group in their third annual Veterans on Bay Street event today.
This unique event, highlighting post-military careers, provides an
opportunity for former military professionals to network with one
another and to connect with community business leaders.
"Our Government wants to ensure that Canada's heroes have the care and
support they need after serving our country," said Minister Blaney.
"Veterans Affairs Canada assists Canadian Veterans in transitioning
from military to civilian life. I applaud the Treble Victor Group, the
True Patriot Love Foundation, and the Royal Bank of Canada for
demonstrating their commitment to Veterans as well as men and women in
uniform of the Canadian Forces."
Minister Blaney spoke about how the numerous programs available through
the New Veterans Charter, implemented in 2006, that responds to a range
of transition challenges—from vocational rehabilitation to assistance
with career transition. "As a government, we are continually exploring
opportunities to work with private and public sector organizations to
help Veterans become successful in the civilian workforce" said
"True Patriot Love is proud to be working with Veterans Affairs in
leading this initiative which will engage Canadian corporate leaders to
provide solutions to the systemic barriers that prevent Veterans from
making a smooth transition to civilian employment," said Shaun Francis,
Founder and Chair, True Patriot Love. "Today in Canada, the tremendous
skills developed over the course of a military career, such as the
ability to think on your feet, loyalty, teamwork and leadership, are
often overlooked or misunderstood by employers. We owe it to the men
and women who have put themselves in harm's way in the name of freedom
and democracy to solve this problem, and this can only be accomplished
if government, charities and the private sector work together."
The True Patriot Love Foundation and the Treble Victor Group are true
leaders at bringing awareness to the transition of military to post
military careers for men and women in uniform of the Canadian Forces.
"The true impact of war is finally being addressed at home and
unemployment must continue to be on our radar if we truly want to help
Veterans in their transition from military to the work force," said Don
Ludlow, Vice President, Royal Bank of Canada and Founding Member of
Treble Victor Group. "Having left the Forces myself, I know firsthand
the value that initiatives like the Battlefield to Boardroom career
conference have in combating the challenges that exist in the
transition process. Clearly, getting understanding and support from
those who have successfully transitioned from the military ensures that
our soldiers can reach their full potential in their second careers and
continue to make great contributions to Canadian society."
"Over the course of their careers, men and women in uniforms of the
Canadian Forces develop highly transferable skills. A military resume
should not limit or be a barrier to working in corporate Canada as many
skills are applicable, such as leadership, human resource management,
team work, excelling under stress and project management, to name a
few," said Helena Gottschling, Senior Vice-President, Leadership and
Organizational Development, Royal Bank of Canada. "There are many
talents and skills acquired through one's military career that often
get overlooked and we're endeavouring to jump over that hurdle."
This annual event brings awareness to employment-related issues Veterans
face when transitioning from military to civilian life. Another event,
a career conference for Veterans, will be hosted by the True Patriot
Love Foundation and the Treble Victor Group on January 29, 2013, in
For more information on the True Patriot Love Foundation, please visit www.truepatriotlove.com; the Treble Victor Group, please visit www.treblevictor.org; and Veterans Affairs Canada's programs and services, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs