TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - While attending Canada Company's
inaugural Military Employment Transition (MET) Program Conference, the
Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, congratulated
Bob Hakeem, Senior Vice President (People) of Walmart Canada, on the
launch of the company's Ex-Military Hiring Program, a new partnership
with Veterans' organizations to identify retired junior and senior
Canadian Armed Forces officers who could be recruited into leadership
positions within Walmart Canada.
Walmart Canada is recognized as having a longstanding history of
supporting and honouring Canadian Veterans. Over the past 12 years, the
company has raised more than $7.5 million for the Juno Beach Centre
Association, which owns and operates an educational museum located in
Normandy, France, that honours Canadian heroes from the Second World
"I commend Walmart Canada for partnering with Veterans' organizations
and for opening the door to new leadership opportunities for Canada's
Veterans. Through the launch of its new program, Walmart is joining
other corporate partners in recognizing the incredible skills,
experience and expertise of Canada's former military personnel," said
Minister Fantino. "Walmart's initiative will help to offer Veterans new
and interesting opportunities to make a successful transition from
military to civilian life."
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Walmart Canada operates a growing
network of 329 stores and has one of the strongest community
involvement programs in Canada.
"Our Veterans are an important human resource for all of Canada," said
Bob Hakeem of Walmart Canada. "Walmart is proud to be part of the Hire
a Veteran program because Canada's service men and women are renowned
for their excellent leadership skills, and we believe they are an asset
to any organization."
"Canada's Veterans are exceptionally well-trained and accomplished
individuals. They have extensive knowledge and valuable skills to offer
the private sector, and we continue to work to ensure they will have
options to apply their extensive capabilities after their time in
uniform," added Minister Fantino. "To that end, we have brought forward
new legislation that would allow Canadian Armed Forces personnel who
were injured in service to have priority access to positions within the
public service. It's the right thing to do, and reflects our ongoing
support for those who have given so much in service to Canada."
The Government of Canada's recently tabled bill, the Priority Hiring for Injured Veterans Act, will allow medically released Canadian Armed Forces personnel who were
injured through their service to have priority access to job
opportunities in the public service.
Minister Fantino also took the opportunity at the conference to promote
the new Veterans Affairs Canada Hire a Veteran web section which has
information on employment initiatives designed to assist transitioning
Canadian Armed Forces personnel and Veterans in finding employment.
Minister Fantino also commended Canada Company for its commitment to
supporting Canadian Armed Forces personnel in their transition to
civilian employment. Canada Company is a non-partisan charitable
organization that serves to build a bridge between business and
community leaders and the Canadian military.
Veterans Affairs Canada's supports and services offer the right care at
the right time to achieve the best results for Veterans and their
families. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs