|MONTREAL BOARD OF TRADE PRESIDENT ADDRESSES ANNUAL EMSB CAREER FAIR|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 28, 2005- Isabelle Hudon, the president and chief executive officer of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies of the sixth annual English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Career Fair, which took place October 25 to 27 at St. Pius X Adult Centre (9955 Papineau North) in Ahuntsic. More than 3,000 Secondary V and VI students attended over the three days.
Ms. Hudon kicked things off on Tuesday morning as she addressed a capacity crowd at the St. Pius X auditorium, which was made up of students, EMSB administrators and management, as well as members of the local media. A product of the public school system – also, both her parents were teachers – Ms. Hudon urged students to choose the kind of training that will best suit their career choices and to do their best to remain in Montreal to pursue their futures, in light of a recent report by the Conference Board of Canada, which stated that the Montreal and Quebec economies show signs of improvement. "Montreal and Quebec needs you. Without you, our capital will go nowhere," she said. "Everything is possible in life. Find your dream and get the ideal job that will make you want to wake up every morning."
After her speech, Ms. Hudon conducted a brief question and answer session. Afterwards, she met with students in the kiosk area. Throughout the fair, the students were given a handbook published by the Board of Trade, which aids them in analyzing their personalities and evaluating their abilities in order to help them find the right kind of job in their chosen fields.
Ms. Hudon has worked in the field of public affairs, communications, and strategic positioning for more than 16 years. She has developed solid expertise in the areas of company reorganization, strategic counseling, communications, crisis management and government relations in both the public and private sectors. Her stops included senior communications roles with the federal government in Ottawa, Bell Global Solutions (a subsidiary of Bell Canada), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Bombardier Aerospace, BCE Media and the Montreal Transition Committee. She joined the Board of Trade in January 2002, first as communications director, then vice-president, strategies and communications and executive vice-president. Last year she was promoted to the title of president and chief executive officer.
This year’s Career Fair theme was once again "Focus on Tomorrow." The event’s principal sponsor was Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies. Mr. Dym, a successful Montreal businessman and philanthropist, is a product of the public system. RBC Royal Bank and Tony Ruccolo (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Industrial Alliance Insurance were also sponsors.
The Student Services and Adult Education and Vocational Services Departments of the EMSB coordinated this program, Chairman Tina Stoupakis, the guidance counselor at Vincent Massey Collegiate, notes that the main objective of the Career Fair was to provide Secondary V and senior adult education students with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them. The final day was devoted to Secondary IV students, which provided them with an opportunity to start charting their respective futures two years in advance of graduation.
Mr. Ruccolo met with students over the course of the three days and discussed potential employment opportunities.
Each participating Secondary V high school and adult education student took part in a general session of 30 minutes in the St. Pius X auditorium, during which time presentations included information with respect to CEGEP and vocational educational programs, as well as admission requirements. There were also testimonials from EMSB vocational education students who are presently finishing their programs. The dynamic Hugh Adams, former guidance counselor at Lester B. Pearson High School, served as the moderator on stage. Students then had the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centers, CEGEPS, universities, the Canadian Armed Forces and others such as this year’s new edition, the Montreal Radio and TV School. Secondary IV students were only exposed to the latter part of the program, since this is only an introduction for them.
Michael J. Cohen