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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2022 TalentEgg National Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference!

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2022 TalentEgg National Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference! We were beyond egg-cited to celebrate with you all and announce the winners at our VIRTUAL Awards and Conference that was held on July 13, 2022.  Attendees got the chance to hear about mental health in the workplace, the importance of soft skills, DEI initiatives and new workplace trends were discussed. 

The TalentEgg Awards applications were evaluated by our team of hand-picked, top student judges from across Canada, who give a student perspective and first-hand feedback on career development programs, employer branding, recruitment strategies and more.  It was a tight competition with so many egg-cellent applications by leading Canadian employers, educational institutions, and career centres to look at.

Congratulations to the winners and all the finalists of the TalentEgg Awards and a sincere thank you to all the professionals who participated in this event!

2022 TalentEgg National Recruitment Excellence Awards Winners

  • EMPLOYER AWARDS FINALISTS

    Best Grad Program

    Best Campus Career Website

    Best Internship/Co-Op Program – Sponsored by U of T Scarborough Management 

    Campus Recruiting Program of the Year

    Campus Recruiting Program of the Year for a Nonprofit

    Best Employer Branding and Outreach

    Best Social Media Presence

    Special Award for Diversity and Inclusion in Recruiting

    Special Award for Corporate Social Responsibility in Recruiting

    • Dejero

    Best Contribution to Student Career Development (Employers)

    Best Use of Student Competitions for Recruitment

    Special Award for Innovation by a Career Centre

    • Smith School of Business – Queen’s University

    Best Contribution to Mental Health in the Workspace

    Career Coach/Educator of the Year (Individual)

    • Brenda Okorogba (Momentswithbren Consulting Inc.)

Congratulations once more to the winners and thank you to all the applicants and finalists! A quick reminder: the 2022 TalentEgg Recruitment Guide is available to download here.

We want to thank our sponsors, exhibitors, panellists and everyone who attended the event. Thank you for supporting us; the conference would not be possible without you!

Meet Our New Director of Partnerships and Operations: Rachel Evans

We are delighted to welcome Rachel Evans to the TalentEgg team. As the Director of Partnerships and Operations, she brings a wealth of experience in talent acquisition, recruitment marketing and employer branding. We interviewed Rachel to learn more about her experience and how it can support emRachel Evans At TalentEggployers and career educators.

Q: Why did you decide to join TalentEgg?

What attracted me most was the critical role TalentEgg plays in connecting tomorrow’s workforce with great employers and the support TalentEgg offers employers to extend brand awareness, reach, and connection with students and those early in their careers.

I was also a previous client of TalentEgg, working as a recruitment marketing advisor with Shell Canada, where I led talent attraction for students and new graduates nationwide. My experience with the TalentEgg team was exceptional, and the company’s growth has been impressive. While TalentEgg started many years ago as a job board with digital advertising, the company has grown to offer comprehensive employer branding and talent attraction services, enabling employees to use TalentEgg as an extension of their campus recruitment teams.

Q: Can you tell us more about your background in employer branding, recruitment marketing and talent acquisition?

As mentioned, I led recruitment marketing for Shell Canada, and I have had the opportunity to participate in employer branding and talent acquisition throughout my career as a marketing professional. I recently came from the talent acquisition industry, where I led marketing and communications for a technology company that enabled talent pools. In that role, I was a speaker on employer branding best practices. I consider recruitment marketing no different than traditional B2C marketing, with the product being the career within the organization and the consumer being the student/new graduate. Applying tried and tested marketing principles to talent attraction is quantifiably better than not adopting these best practices.

Q: Why is employer branding important now more than ever?

Employer branding is essential as businesses recover from the pandemic. Many employers stopped or scaled down their employer brand and talent attraction spend, which has resulted in reduced brand awareness among students and new graduates. With Boomers leaving the workforce in unprecedented numbers, organizations have a significant gap to fill. In a hyper-competitive talent attraction landscape, the only way to differentiate your organization is with a strong employer brand and presence in the market, intersecting young people with where they are physically and digitally.  

Q: What are your plans to support TalentEgg’s partners?

I am excited to support employers with their talent attraction strategies and employer brand to help connect them with great students and new graduates. I see a significant opportunity to partner collaboratively to extend existing services, including co-marketing and branding initiatives during campus events that show institutions are committed to connecting their students and new grads with employment opportunities.

TalentEgg also has a suite of e-learning courses that may be of interest to all of our partners. These professionally produced courses teach soft skills needed in the workplace that are often lacking in young people. These courses are incredibly cost-effective and could be an excellent addition to the services already offered by post-secondary institutions and employers struggling to close this gap within their workplace.

Q: How can TalentEgg’s partners (employers, career centers, career educators) get in touch with you?

Reach out anytime by email at: rachel@talentegg.ca connect with me on LinkedIn! I look forward to working together!

A People First Approach At Evolution Mining

Evolution Mining is leading the way with a hands-on approach to learning and success for the company’s graduate program. We at TalentEgg had the chance to hear from Bianca Baghdassar, an Advisor for Organisational Development at Evolution Mining. Bianca shared what trends the company believes are important moving into the future. She also explains how its graduate program prepares students and graduates for future success within the mining sector. Lastly, Bianca goes over how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives help create a more supportive workplace within the company and its new Inclusion Awareness Committee.

Keep reading to learn how Evolution Mining measures success in the industry and how they balance the company’s world-class graduate program in Canada and Australia!

People & Relationships at Evolution Mining

“My experience working as an Advisor at Evolution Mining has been extremely rewarding and positive. From the moment you step foot on an Evolution site, you get a sense of a people-centric and relationship-driven workplace that welcomes everybody, which (in my experience) you don’t just find at any company.” Bianca told us. The company is full of opportunities, especially for those who want to excel, push themselves out of their comfort zone and be agile, backed by Evolution Mining’s leadership team and fully supported. 

Graduate Success In The Mining Industry

The company’s graduate program aims to support the growth and development of the future workforce of Evolution Mining, in addition to addressing hard-to-fill and hard-to-retain roles. Graduates have the opportunity to develop personal, technical and commercial skills throughout a two-year program. The graduate program has been in full swing since 2013, and they still have representation in their business from every cohort, which is a massive achievement for Evolution Mining. In addition to their grad program, the company offers students opportunities for summer vacation work while completing their studies. This benefit is to give students a taste of what the mining industry looks like and hopefully gives them an experience which will persuade them to apply for the graduate program when they’re ready to do so.

Success in the mining industry is tough to narrow down. Still, success at Evolution means a high-performing culture where people are clear about the types of behaviours that we want to see and hear, in line with the company’s values. As part of its strategy, Evolution Mining aims to be a business that prospers through the cycle by generating superior returns from the company assets. It also is building a reputation for sustainability, reliability and transparency, embedding financial discipline across the business, maintaining an active pipeline of quality exploration and development projects and being open to all quality gold, silver and copper-gold investments.

Connected Across Borders

We at TalentEgg asked if there was a difference between The Canadian and Australian Graduate programs and how they are run. “The Red Lake Alberta and Australian Graduate programs are the same. We bring our graduates in for a structured two-year development program with opportunities for regular coaching, mentoring and support from leaders at our sites. The only real difference is one time, meaning we’re dialling in pretty early in the morning from Australia to connect with our Red Lake colleagues. Still, it’s all worth interacting with such awesome grads!” Bianca told us enthusiastically! 

Career Path With Evolution

Evolution Mining operates off a very successful 70:20:10 model of learning, recognizing that about 70% of a graduate’s learning is done daily by providing the graduate with meaningful and value-adding project work. 20% of learning is done through other people in a formal and informal mentoring and coaching capacity. The final 10% of learning is done through formal learning by offering opportunities for graduates performing well to complete certifications or attend external conferences, in addition to their quarterly internal workshops hosted by Evolution to develop their soft skills.

Post Pandemic Recruiiting

Evolution Mining saw the post-pandemic lifestyle as an opportunity to leverage technology in more innovative and interactive ways while recruiting new graduates. Although they had to shift to a virtual approach, the company could work with external providers to launch video interviews, psychometric assessments and host assessment centres using breakout room functions on MS Teams. Even though the process was virtual, Evolution still found ways to increase its levels of interactivity and provide candidates with an approach which was not only fun but efficient.

Future Hiring Trends & Workplace Bias

With an industry as large and expansive as mining, Bianca shared what the team at Evolution Mining believes to be at the forefront of the company’s hiring process’ moving forward.

  • Increased female representation within the industry
  • Larger graduate cohorts entering the business to further build on its approach to hiring the future leaders of Evolution
  • Increased use of virtual recruitment tools
  • Candidates looking for a workplace that will offer flexibility
  • Candidates who are open to international secondments and opportunities across all our operations

Evolution works diligently to ensure its hiring process is fair for all applicants by providing multiple data points to assess candidates and their suitability for the role. This process includes resumes and cover letters, video interviews, psychometric assessments, and face-to-face interviews with a diverse panel of hiring staff.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Evolution Mining

Evolution is passionate about creating a workplace that’s inclusive and supportive, a place where everyone can indeed be themselves. In 2021, the company’s Inclusion Awareness committee was formed to play an essential role in connecting, informing and educating their employees about inclusion and diversity, including the benefits, barriers, mindsets, and conscious and unconscious biases. It is vital for Evolution Mining to constantly improve Inclusion and Diversity as they’re committed to creating more accountability and ownership as a business and from their employees. This improvement is to support the company goals for greater collaboration, more innovation and ideas, greater productivity, more revenue, more profit, and greater shareholder returns. A diverse and inclusive company is a stronger, more successful company.


Check out Evolution Mining’s profile on TalentEgg! You’ll be able to watch an overview video of the Red Lake site and learn about the company culture at Evolution and the company’s graduate program here in Canada and Australia!

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2021 TalentEgg National Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference!

This is our 10th year hosting the annual TalentEgg National Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference, and we gotta say — it might have been our best one yet!

On June 16th, several top campus recruitment professionals from across Canada joined us on our virtual journey to discuss, share and reveal how COVID-19 has impacted the recruitment sector temporarily and in some cases, for good. Attendees got the chance to hear about new virtual on-boarding methods, and new virtual strategies to attract the next generation of the workforce. 

We also shared some incredible findings from the TalentEgg COVID-19 survey and our annual student and new grad recruitment guide. 

Finally after weeks of anticipation, we also revealed the winners of the 2021 TalentEgg National Recruitment Excellence Awards at the event. It was a tight competition with so many egg-cellent applications by leading Canadian employers, educational institutions, and career centres to look at. However, a select few stood out to our Student Judges for their egg-ceptional work and creativity.

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the TalentEgg Awards and a sincere thank you to all the professionals who participated in this event!

2021 TalentEgg National Recruitment Excellence Awards Winners

EMPLOYER AWARDS: 

BEST CAREER WEBSITE

BEST EMPLOYER BRANDING AND OUTREACH

BEST RECRUITMENT BRANDING STRATEGY BY A PROFESSIONAL OR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

CAMPUS RECRUITER OF THE YEAR (INDIVIDUAL)

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

CAREER COACH OF THE YEAR (INDIVIDUAL)

  • Ken Lee – Ryerson University

BEST CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT CAREER DEVELOPMENT (EMPLOYERS)

  • American Express

BEST CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT CAREER DEVELOPMENT (SCHOOLS)

  • Red River College

BEST USE OF STUDENT COMPETITIONS FOR RECRUITMENT 

SPECIAL AWARD FOR INNOVATION BY A CAREER CENTRE 

  • Cambrian College

SPECIAL AWARD FOR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN RECRUITING

SPECIAL AWARD FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN RECRUITING 

BEST INTERNSHIP/CO-OP PROGRAM

  • CIBC

BEST GRAD PROGRAM

  • FDM Group

RECRUITING PROGRAM OF THE YEAR FOR A NON-PROFIT

CAMPUS RECRUITING PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

Congratulations once more to the winners and thank you to all the applicants and finalists! A quick reminder: the 2021 TalentEgg Recruitment Guide is available to download here.

We want to thank our sponsors and exhibitors: American Express, University of Toronto Scarborough, and Chick-Fil-A . We also wanted to thank our panellists and everyone who attended the event. Thank you for supporting us, the conference would not be possible without you!

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We hope to welcome you next year in person for the 11th Annual TalentEgg Recruitment Awards and Conference. Have a safe summer and fall recruitment season!

 

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