African-Canadian Careers in Finance 2016 - Partner Info

Event: African-Canadian Careers in Finance // Saturday, November 5th, 2016, starting at 2pm // @ Hôtel Omni Mont-Royal

// Why “African-Canadian Careers in Finance?”
When companies work in collaboration with employees from diverse backgrounds, they unlock an astounding level of dynamism fueled by an extraordinary richness of perspective. It's a well-known fact: businesses that employ authentically diverse perspectives are far better equipped to achieve new heights of organizational agility and performance. However, even the world's greatest companies know that it is not always easy to attract employees who will increase this core diversity.

Yet, one of the most effective ways to enhance the uptake of employees from diverse backgrounds is to strengthen links with the communities from which they spring. By connecting forward-thinking businesses with this unique talent pool - composed of extremely talented, yet hard-to-reach potential employees - the ACSION Network helps companies to gain key competitive advantages in their pursuit of excellence and the triple bottom line.

// What is it?
The ACSION Network is organizing a career event which will showcase a select group of leading companies from the financial sector. In particular, we seek the participation of innovative companies who are interested in building a dynamic, talented and diverse workforce.

// The key
A maximum of 6 companies will be invited to the spotlight at this event, each of which will be featured at its own specially-reserved space. These featured companies will have the chance to distinguish themselves and their commitment to diversity while meeting with potential candidates in a more intimate setting, and building closer links with the best applicants from the African diaspora.

More than 100 young professionals and students of African descent will be on hand to discover the best job opportunities in the financial sector here in Montreal. The majority of these professionals have already demonstrated leadership abilities at university, at work, and elsewhere, and they will also be pre-sorted by their interest level in each company.

More than your average career fair, this event will allow some of the best employers in the Greater Montreal area to find unique and extraordinary candidates who will directly contribute to the strength of their companies' diversity.

Expected number of participants: 100+

// How to get involved
The ACSION Network is currently evaluating the list of companies who will be participating in this event. We invite each company to send 1 to 3 staff members - ideally hiring managers, HR sourcers, and/or talent management specialists, who will be able to:

1.) Give a brief 3-5 minute presentation about their company, highlighting its commitment to diversity among employees.

2.) Present opportunities for growth at their company in general, and present specific roles which are currently available at the company.

3.) Connect on-site with potential candidates for these roles.

Please note that admission to this event is currently free of charge for companies which are able to meet the above criteria. If you are a company representative, we invite you to tell us how you would like to be involved and what accommodations you might prefer.
For any questions/comments regarding the event, or to register your company at this event, please contact: Dwight BEST at (514) 612-0125, or via email at

// Background
Currently in its 11th year of operation, the ACSION Network is a non-profit organization bringing together students and young professionals of African descent. Through its concentration upon academic, professional and sociocultural excellence, the ACSION Network engages its members in contributing to the well-being of their communities and that of society at large. As part of its ongoing professional development programs, the ACSION Network seeks to connect this dynamic community with the labour market both locally here in Montreal and at the national level.

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