EDMONTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister
of Veterans Affairs, along with representatives from the True Patriot
Love Foundation and the Canadian National Railway Company (CN), today
announced two new initiatives to further support Veterans as they
transition to civilian life. The first, the new Veterans Transition
Advisory Council, will bring together industry leaders and government
with the goal of helping Veterans transition into meaningful jobs in
the private sector.
"Our Government is proud to work with corporate Canada to help Veterans
successfully transition from military to civilian life," said
Minister Blaney. "This announcement demonstrates that our Government is
ensuring Canada's Veterans continue to prosper as they re-enter
civilian life. By implementing this initiative and working together, we
are ensuring that transitioning Veterans have opportunities for new and
rewarding second careers."
Led by the True Patriot Love Foundation, the council will include
representatives from leading national companies who will work to raise
awareness of the skill sets Veterans have to offer to the private
sector. The council will also provide strategic recommendations to the
Minister of Veterans Affairs and to the broader private sector to
improve the transition from military to civilian employment.
"True Patriot Love is proud to lead this important initiative for
Canada," said Bronwen Evans, Managing Director of the True Patriot Love
Foundation. "We have assembled a strong team of corporate champions who
are committed to removing the systemic barriers so often faced by our
Veterans in their transition to civilian employment."
True Patriot Love will host the inaugural meeting of the Veterans
Transition Advisory Council during the first-ever Battlefield to Boardroom Conference in Toronto on January 29, 2013. The conference will see HR executives
from corporate Canada gather to learn more about the value of military
Minister Blaney also announced that his department has created a new way
to connect Veterans with private sector job opportunities. Through the
Jobs-Emplois initiative, corporations who have the desire to hire
Veterans, like CN, will share employment opportunities with Veterans
Affairs Canada who will ensure that Veterans hear about these
CN has played an important leadership role in helping to bridge the gap
between transitioning Veterans and corporate Canada, including being a
member of the Veterans Transition Advisory Council, and expects to have
2,000 jobs available to Veterans in 2013.
"Veterans' commitment to teamwork, their feelings of pride and passion,
and their sense of accountability are precisely the qualities we look
for in prospective railroaders," said Keith Creel, Executive
Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at CN, who is a former U.S.
Army officer. "Rail is a backbone of the economy, moving the goods that
people use and the merchandise that companies produce every day. A
Veteran's ability to work in all types of conditions with a sense of
urgency and leadership are skills that successful railroaders need."
In addition to the council, the Jobs-Emplois initiative will allow
Veterans Affairs Canada to receive and distribute private sector job
opportunities for releasing CAF personnel and Veterans. The Department
will promote these opportunities to Veterans and releasing CAF
personnel through a number of channels, including VAC employees who
work with Veterans and transitioning CAF personnel, and through the
Canadian Armed Forces. Organizations interested in hiring recently
released Veterans are encouraged to e-mail employment opportunities to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This is another good step in helping Veterans find work after their
military career, along the same lines as Helmets to Hardhats," said
Gord Jenkins, President of the NATO Veterans' Organization Canada.
These new initiatives build upon other work the Harper Government has
undertaken to enhance opportunities for Veterans to transition to the
civilian workforce, including the Helmets to Hardhats Canada initiative
launched by Prime Minister Harper last January. They also complement
transition programs offered by Veterans Affairs Canada, including the
Rehabilitation Program and Career Transition Services. These programs
help Veterans further enhance the leadership and job skills gained
during their military career, and learn how to transfer these skills to
the civilian workforce.
They also build upon the Veterans Transition Action Plan, recently
launched by Minister Blaney, which consists of: new measures from the
Cutting Red Tape initiative; enhancements to the Department's delivery
of services; new opportunities for Veterans beginning post-military
careers; ground-breaking research into the real-life experiences and
needs of releasing Canadian Armed Forces personnel; and building
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