NOMINATION HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE UPCOMING
2016 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Our real success stories are best told through the nominations that have been submitted. Below are selections from our pool of nominations. Please note that not all of the nominations received are showcased below as space is limited and some prefer to keep their submissions private.

Mentors:

Alan Sweeney

Infoplicity Inc.

“Alan gives me accurate and fair feedback and tolerates my honest mistakes as learning experience. He helped me in developing my career path in Business Intelligence, and recognized my contributions and ideas. “

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Alice Lee

Western Union

“My mentor Alice Lee was dedicated and always available to guide me throughout my internship program. She ensures that I am very comfortable working with her and that I understand every assignment that is given to me by asking me questions and monitoring my progressions. My coach was not just a mentor that just hired me as an intern. She helped me in so many ways with regards to my internship program; she was very supportive, caring in a sense that she wanted to ensure that the assignments that she gave me were still manageable. She’s also very considerate, giving me advice and coaching me for my professional development. After my internship program, Alice become more than just a mentor to me; we became friends which I consider a great opportunity and reward following this internship program at Career Edge. Thank you.”

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Amr Merdan

City of Mississauga

“My mentor, Amr Merdan, was not only dedicated to my development, he did so graciously. He was always available if I had a question, and he always answered with a smile. I'm very appreciative that he supported and encouraged me take initiative. He also provided me with the greatest support of all; he gave me invaluable confidence. Through his constructive criticism, suggestions, insights and compliments, I gained validation. Because of his support I am now in a new role with the host organization, the City of Mississauga. “

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Angielee Prescott-Brown

Bell Canada

“Angielee has always trusted me, given me opportunities, respected my past experience, and always shown interest in my professional development.”

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Arlene Dean

RBC

“Very encouraging and always motivating. “

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Ashley Robbins

AMR Process Inc.

"My Coach/Mentor (Mr Ashley Robbins) pro-actively dedicated his time and attention to my professional development throughout my internship program. He gave me the opportunity to learn and grow with the organization. He personally trained me to use the organization's proprietary software, despite his tight schedule. He gave me instant appraisals and rewards for work done; he told me I am the first to learn all the company’s software within the shortest time ever – this was a major motivation for me to achieve more. My Mentor/Coach is such an awesome Leader and motivator. Ashley is a great mentor and coach; he provided feedbacks/recommendations on area of development instantly. He leads by example and sets a friendly atmosphere for work. I am proud of my experience at AMR Process and I can only say a big thank you to my Mentor/Coach for providing me with a positive and rewarding internship experience; and also to Career Edge for the Support"

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Atiq Rahman

City of Markham

“Atiq was the person who patiently coached me and explained me the deliverables in every step of the way. Even in his extremely busy schedule, he never showed any sign of unwillingness ever and always responded positively to my queries. He always offered attention and time, giving me the opportunity to learn and grow and ask more questions. This is a remarkable trait of him and deserves high admiration. I have many years of international experience and worked with many supervisors before – surely he ranks among the top few. He spent many hours in explaining the functions of the department and the organization as a whole, as well as teaching me Canadian office culture, communication practices and specific report writing techniques. Often inquiring about my job search, he provided career counseling and guidelines as to what should be the right approach when job searching or writing resumes/cover letters. He even helped me to connect with one of his friends who is also a civil engineer and get advice from him. Facing the reality of getting frustrated by not getting a job, Atiq even allowed me to share my personal feelings with him and he never stopped encouraging me. Atiq himself started to work for City of Markham through Career Edge many years back and he inspired me by sharing his own past experiences. A true mentor in every form, I firmly believe that he deserves to be nominated I would not hesitate a bit but to nominate him as ‘Mentor of the Year’ and wish for his continued success in future.”

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Avery Chin

TD Bank Group

“My coach/ mentor gave me opportunities to advance my career in the right path.”

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Barbara Duroselle

ManuLife Financial

“My coach raised my profile within the organization and gave me opportunities to present so that my skills could be heard and seen.”

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Carolyn Paton

City of Mississauga

“Carolyn was a great mentor for me. She provided all the necessary information regarding my work and the people I was working with so that I won’t feel like a stranger. She was always ready to help me with her advice, but at the same time she provided me with space for self-development which helped me grow professionally. She is a high-class professional.”

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Carrie Connelly

Ontario Public Service (OPS)

“Prior to my internship start date, Carrie contacted me and welcomed me to the organization/unit. From day one, although being new to the Government industry and Canada, Carrie recognized and highly regarded my professional experience and aligned my training and on-boarding accordingly; this immediately made me feel engaged and part of the team. Carrie was committed to the internship program and ensured that she coached me to enhance my performance. She showed genuine respect to me and truly cared about my success in the unit. Carrie was able to create a fun, collaborative and effective environment for me to flourish. With her ongoing support I was successful on landing a full-time position with the OPS 3 months into my internship. Thank you Carrie! She is truly the BEST!”

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Cathy Benevides

TD Bank Group

“My coach is very helpful, kind, and inspirational.”

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Chandra Vedantham

TD Bank Group

“Mr. Chandra Vedantham provided me with guidance on both my professional skills and long term career path. In this way, I did not only get professional knowledge and experience from the internship, but also had a clearer perspective of career in the future.”

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Cheng Yang

Access Employment

“She was very professional and I learned a lot while working with her.”

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Chris Gapski

Ontario Public Service (OPS) - Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

“During my internship, my mentor’s advice and guidance helped me progress within the government. I went from my internship position as eLearning Module Developer, to competing for and winning a 7-month contract, to competing and securing a permanent placement for the same position. I’m very excited and I am very happy to be a part of the Career Edge program as it helped me excel my professional experience as a new immigrant to Canada. My mentor Chris added huge value to my internship period by working side by side with me in building the e-learning module, invited me to lead and pilot the module, which I developed, allowing me to gain a vast amount of contacts and build an encouraging and supportive network. This opportunity also helped me gain significant confidence in presenting presentations to senior management, which helped me land a permanent position; one of the key roles in the interview was to do a presentation. Working with Chris made me realize that networking is truly the key to success.”

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David Bisbee

Bell Canada

“From my first day in Bell, my mentor, David, started to encourage me to take extra responsibilities outside my normal work scope. With his help, I had the opportunity to successfully contribute to the critical project done at the end of 2015. In the end, I was recognized with the Bell Wholesale 2015 Q4 Appreciation Award.”

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David Odigie

RBC

“David is a fantastic mentor, guide and friend. He is a perfect combination of not just deep professional skills and experience, but also the sheer enthusiasm and humaneness to help and nurture his mentee.”

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Doaa Mohsen

City of Toronto

“She provided different assignments that help me understand the business of my project. She is very helpful when I have difficulty doing my job. She is a great coach!”

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Duane Kathan

TD Bank Group

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Eric Ng

Scotiabank

“My coach Eric Ng has played a vital role in charting my course here at Scotiabank. From day one he has made sure I am comfortable with the team and the work assigned to me. He is very accessible and I have always been able to walk up to him and discuss anything. More specifically, he has ensured we have regular catch ups to answer queries, provide me with feedback on my progress with projects, and start conversations about my future at the bank. Incidentally, he has also provided me with the opportunity to visit other branches of the bank to job shadow financial advisors and customer representatives, in order to better understand how their job ties in to mine, as well as consider a future as an advisor at the bank. Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my internship so far and actually look forward to coming to work!”

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Farzaneh Ahmadizadeh

RBC

“The mentor was always there for support and encouragement.”

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Garry Lee

Chemtura Canada

“In Chamtura QA lab, the most important task in quality. Garry Lee always told me to put quality first and solved individual problem one by one.”

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Geoffrey Cardoza

TD Bank Group

“Geof was a very encouraging role model and mentor throughout my internship. He not only encouraged me to be my best, but he showed me every day, what it was to be your best at work. Geof gave me responsibilities that helped me learn about aspects of the department that were beyond my role description, which helped me build the foundation to grow from my position one day. Today I am an Analyst and I have no one to thank more than Geof and his genuine support for my career at the bank. “

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Glenn Jackson

RBC

“Thanks!”

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Irene Yang

GE Canada

“My Coach helped me understand my duties, responsibilities and the nature of my work, and stepped up whenever I required any kind of help to accomplish my tasks. We work in a very fast environment with immense workload, so making time to help someone in such environment is really hard, but my manager was able to find some time to help me learn and develop my abilities to be able to complete my tasks more efficiently.”

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Ivonne Gutierrez

TD Bank Group

“My coach Ivonne really helped and guided me throughout my internship. Her professional attitude and way of working always kept me motivated and increased my eagerness to learn. I feel that she brought the best out of me! With this knowledge, I was able to get a full time position within the Host Organization within 4 months of my internship. I would take this opportunity to thank Career Edge for providing me an opportunity to network and gain from such an exceptional Coach. Thanks!”

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Jan Carter

George Brown College

“Jan made sure we all worked as one team. She allowed us to participate in important decision making and planning sessions, and we executed the plans together. It was great working with Jan.”

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Janelle DeSouza

RBC

“…She is always willing to share her professional knowledge and expertise in the field at any time… As a person with a visual impairment, Janelle would always ensure that I have the accommodations that I require in place and will take any action possible to enable me to succeed. Despite my visual impairment, her confidence in me never diminished but further strengthened as she trusted me with sensitive tasks that can have significant impact on the organization. During my time at RBC, Janelle has made me feel very valued and would always recognize positive contributions. She has also provided me with feedback in a way that is helpful. Not only has she enabled me to grow but also thrive at the same time. Thank you for the time that you have invested in me."“…She is always willing to share her professional knowledge and expertise in the field at any time… As a person with a visual impairment, Janelle would always ensure that I have the accommodations that I require in place and will take any action possible to enable me to succeed. Despite my visual impairment, her confidence in me never diminished but further strengthened as she trusted me with sensitive tasks that can have significant impact on the organization. During my time at RBC, Janelle has made me feel very valued and would always recognize positive contributions. She has also provided me with feedback in a way that is helpful. Not only has she enabled me to grow but also thrive at the same time. Thank you for the time that you have invested in me."

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Janet Hoadley-Redgwell

Manulife Financial

“She is the best!”

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Jasur Teshaev

Ontario Public Service (OPS) - Ministry Training, Colleges and Universities

“Jasur provided me with all the skills and networking required to be successful in the Ontario Public Services. He recommended relevant training programs that would help me develop my skills. In fact, he was very helpful during and after my internship.”

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Jennifer Tan

RBC

“My coach was very proactive in providing me with not only job-related information and significant insights in the operation of RBC and Capital Markets as a whole, but she also shared a wealth of valuable information relevant to newcomers to Canada, such as myself.”

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Jim Stewart

Activation Laboratories Ltd. (Actlabs)

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Joycelyn David

Western Union

“Mentor was dedicated to my professional development throughout the internship period, proactive in setting up regular meetings with me to provide orientation, support, feedback, and mentoring.”

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Krystal Abotossaway

RBC

“Krystal Abotossaway has showcased a strong dedication to providing me as an intern with the tools, resources, and direction required to persevere in my role. She exhibited strong commitment to ensuring regular follow-ups and rapport, enhancing my overall internship experience. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Krystal and I have to say she is the reason for where I am today!”

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Lora Nasim

Humber College

“I have sincerely enjoyed the time that I have spent with her at Humber. Given her very busy schedule, she always gave so very generously the time and knowledge I needed to perform my responsibilities. I have learnt a great deal from her, which has helped me to excel in my career. “

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Lyse Gionet

RBC

“I have been very fortunate throughout my career to have been managed and mentored by a number of outstanding leaders, and none more so than Lyse Gionet. As my direct line manager, Lyse made me feel incredibly valued and supported, making herself available to me on a regular basis, despite her heavy schedule. Lyse provided me with many opportunities to grow both personally and professionally, encouraging me to build upon my previous skills and experience to be successful in my new role. Lyse introduced me to key contacts within the organization, and provided advice and guidance that was invaluable in my orientation to the Canadian workforce. Lyse is an exceptional leader and an inspiring mentor.”

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Maria Di Mauro

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

“She suggested that I learn more about the job and provided me with her own training materials.... She shows me how to do every job patiently and praises me when I do a great job.”

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Maria Santos

Mohawk Shared Services

“Maria is a great and helpful mentor. She started supporting me before even starting my internship. She did her best to make me easily accommodate with new Canadian environment generally, and Mohawk environment specifically. I really don't have enough words to express and thank her for her assistance.”

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Marilyn McCausland

Ontario Public Services (OPS) - Ministry of Transportation

“My Coach provided great insight into the organization, such as the culture, decision making processes, and hierarchy. The insight was incredibly helpful, where it helped me succeed in my interview and secure a position within OPS. Additionally, my coach trusted my abilities and created an environment that allowed me to manage the project independently…”

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Maureen Murphy

RBC

"My mentor demonstrated her responsibility to build my career in Canada through her dedication. She introduced me to her colleagues and other functions that I worked with later. I learned about specific practices in banks, communications, dealing with customers and team work. She provided me with the opportunity to present reports, issues and analysis dashboards to different functional representatives every week. I was exposed to the multi-functional forums. She encouraged me to participate in company events, informed and shared invitations which helped me to know the organizational values and build a professional network. My mentor helped me to build relationship with the team and other functions by exposing me and my skills. I was given the orientations on values and client management styles which seem to have worked very well for me. Today I am back here in RBC right after the internship to coordinate a significant project. It is extremely difficult for a new immigrant to settle down in a new country and cultural environment. I struggled to manage a decent life and then I met her. She is the reason why I am here today, survived with family, working, happy! I am grateful to my mentor."

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Michelle Charbonneau

City of Mississauga
(2 Nominations)

“My coach, Michelle, created a positive and inclusive space to interact, ask questions, learn, and gain experience. She is an invaluable asset to the department and is continually finding new ways to contribute to my learning experience. As a result of her mentoring, I have been able to contribute to the success of my team in countless ways, from organizing outreach events and speaking to the public, to coordinating programs with external organizations. She is currently trying to acquire funding to extend my contract. I am very blessed to have been partnered up with such a warm-hearted, intelligent, and hard-working mentor.”

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Michelle McCullough

City of Hamilton

“My mentor always proactively exposed me to the professional networks within the City of Hamilton, as well as other professional networking events outside of the City. Utilizing those networks, I became a member of the City of Hamilton Young Professionals (City HYP) group in the beginning of my internship and last October, I was elected as a Board of Directors to the group. I consider this one of my greatest achievements of this internship. My mentor not only provided me with project management learning materials/resources, she gave me the opportunity to learn new tools like “WebTrends” and “Site Improve”. This helped me contribute more to the organization, as well as allowed me to achieve my long-term professional development goals. My mentor regularly appreciated my contribution to the team and always valued my skills in meetings. In my 8 years of professional career, she is one of the best mentors I ever had. Thank you for the wonderful experience. "

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Misbah Irfan

City of Markham

“That was a wonderful experience which allowed me to achieve my career goals. I am so much happy to have secured a meaningful job right after my internship finished. Thank you! “

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Muhammad Usman Tahir

RBC
(2 Nominations)

“Muhammad has been an amazing manager since day 1! He is understanding, results driven and always encourages me to take ownership and to go above and beyond! Thank you Muhammad for providing valuable guidance and setting me up for success!”

“Muhammad is always there for help. He is approachable, kind, knowledgeable, sensitive and sensible with great leadership qualities”

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Nazim Zafor

V-Tac Accounting Services Inc

“I have not worked at the company for a long time, nearly four months at present, but I have already gained indispensable knowledge and experience since being here, and a tremendous amount of respect for my mentor as a result… My mentor has given me the opportunity to work directly with the clients who hire us for various corporate accounting and bookkeeping services. This was a great way for me to acquire substantial and dynamic on-the-job training… He is patient and always available for advice or to answer any questions I have. He wants me to become a well-rounded, and, therefore, a valuable member of the team. Moreover, my mentor is understanding and accommodating of my desire to educate myself outside of the workplace. He continually offers an appreciable amount of flexibility in my schedule… I have no doubt that my time at V-Tac will continue to allow to me advance in a positive way that is both educational and enjoyable”

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Nickolas Lysenko

City of Toronto
(3 Nominations)

“Nick provided me with learning and networking opportunities during my internship period by… including me in meetings, teleconferences, presentation and group discussions.”

“Nickolas is an excellent coach. He has provided me with the platform to show my talent. His encouragement was the force that made me try to push the envelope on every assignment that I was assigned. He has given me the opportunity to interact with distinguished professionals in the industry, hence growing my network. His expertise in the industry and his approach to work makes him a hands on Mentor. He has been one of the best Mentors that I have come across. “

“My mentor helped me to explore different work opportunities in City of Toronto. He gave me opportunity to meet different professionals in my field to share my experience and enhance my professional network… He shared his experience with me which was helpful in improving my skills and knowledge. I am really proud of having such wonderful mentor.”

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Nicole Maciuba

RBC

“Nicole consistently prioritized my professional development throughout my internship with RBC. She pushed me out of my comfort zone by allowing me to lead initiatives while providing beneficial guidance and support along the way. She expanded my wealth of knowledge and introduced me to various networking opportunities, which enabled me to gain valuable experience and relationships that will benefit me throughout my career. Nicole proves to be an invaluable Coach/Mentor, who has had a significant, positive impact on my internship and professional growth.”

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Norman Valdez

Canadian Research & Education Institute for Counselling (CERIC)

“What I really valued about my mentor Norman during my internship is the fact that he always gives me opportunities to learn, and he supports me whenever I have questions or concerns. As someone who just entered the workplace, I greatly value the professional experience I gain and the skills I acquire. Norman had provided me with the knowledge and guided me whenever I needed. He doesn't hesitate to give feedback on my work so that I can improve. We have mentor meetings not only monthly, but he is always flexible in terms of meeting up and checking-in with me. In general, CERIC is such a caring organization for my professional and personal growth. I'm lucky to be part of the team!”

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Omer Proothee

407 ETR Concession Company Ltd.

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Pamela Hooke

City of Mississauga

“In short, she had launched my career in Canada. I could not have asked for more. She understood the challenges and had an open mind, since I had to understand and adapt to the Canadian working atmosphere.”

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Patrick Schofield

Bell Canada

“My mentor provided me with overall support and mentorship to learn every aspect of the restaurant financing industry.”

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Paul Hayes

RBC

“I feel very lucky to have had a coach such as Paul Hayes. Since the beginning, he has taken the time to support me. What I appreciate the most is that he takes the time to make me feel comfortable with my superiors and coworkers, and advises me on how to be an active element during meetings. When I do a project, he appreciates my work which encourages me to want to do better. He takes the time to organize outings outside of work which gives us an opportunity to get to know one another. Paul is definitely a kind and positive person that always has a smile throughout the day; it gives me more confidence in myself and helps me to enjoy my work.”

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Peter Lewis

City of Toronto

“As a newcomer to Canada, I had faced challenges in several fronts, ranging from personal to professional sectors. Peter was very supportive in guiding me through various facets and hand-held me in integrating me to the Canadian job market. “

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Rohini Udayashankar

RBC

“Through her continuous support, patience, encouragement and leadership, Rohini has been a great help and mentor! Thank you for setting me up for success!”

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Romas Keliacius

City of Hamilton

“Romas, my mentor, has helped me overcome major professional development weaknesses in no time. He was always supportive and reasonable at the same time, giving much of attention the projects I was auditing. He made sure that I benefit and improve from this program, as much as they benefit from the work I completed for the City. The best experience I had in my 11 years of experience was in the City of Hamilton, Recreation Division, working with all auditees, management, and, above all, with Romas who always guided and supported me throughout this 6-month journey. “

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Sabrina Cioffi

Moneris Solutions

“My mentor is very dedicated to my professional development throughout my time here at Moneris. We have weekly check-ins where I'm able to debrief on my progress, ask for feedback on projects I'm working on, and get direction for next steps. I ask questions without fear and get regular feedback. I've learned a lot about the industry and workplace dynamics from Sabrina. She is approachable and understanding. She doesn't doubt my abilities, which has made me more confident in my skills and more excited to excel in this role. My on-the-job training is like a dream come true. After graduating from my undergrad and not getting a position related to my skills, I felt lost. That's all changed at my internship here. I am given the chance to apply the skills that I learned in the classroom every day. Sabrina has also given me plenty networking opportunities so far and provided suggestions into how to look for internal opportunities that match my interests and skill set, as well as tips on how to broaden my search. Sabrina is the first professional mentor I've ever had. She is supportive but provides constructive criticism as well. She is there when I need her but believes in my skills enough to not be over my shoulder watching me. She is the perfect balance for me. I am very glad I met her and thank Career Edge for the opportunity to work alongside her and be mentored by her.”

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Sandeep Grover

GE Healthcare
(2 Nominations)

“Best Mentor/coach I ever had, because of his help and support I could learn a lot and now I am able to succeed as a business analyst at other companies.”

“My former manager, mentor & coach always made it a point to provide recognition for a job well done, and encouraged me to take breaks when he knew that I was over-working myself. Many managers underestimate how much of an impact this makes to the morale of an intern. As a new entrant to the workforce, it’s so easy to lose yourself in work in an attempt to “make your mark.” Importantly, Sandeep’s ongoing support during my time as intern and his reminders to me to take breaks helped protect my mental health (something that – judging from my peer group’s experiences – is often overlooked). Although Sandeep is no longer my manager, he continues to be my mentor and coach at GE Healthcare. He is always available with invaluable career advice and opportunities at work (through passion projects) that not only help me grow my skill set, but also help me grow as a person. And it’s not just me he mentors! Sandeep truly cares for people and wants his team and other members of this organization to succeed. As Director of IT, he doesn’t have a lot of (read: any) free time but always, always, always makes time for anyone who knocks on his door looking for advice/direction. I cannot imagine there being a better candidate for this award. I truly hope you will consider him for this award.”

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Scott McAthey

Scotiabank
(2 Nominations)

“I am really fortunate to have a mentor like Scott McAthey. I know there are some unsung heroes in this society who silently contribute for the betterment of Society. I believe Scott is one of them. He has contributed towards my life. He taught me soft skills which are pertinent to integrating in the Canadian workplace culture. Through his sharp guidelines and inspiration, I have been able to express myself and present before management. Therefore, I was offered for an internship extension; a 6-month contract as "Business Analyst" and finally I have received full time job from Scotiabank. Also, he always provided the multiple solutions to an issue and allowed me to make the decision myself. I am really proud of being a mentee of Scott and strongly support for Scott McAthey as the "Mentor of the Year". Also thanks to Scott for his steadfast support.”

“Scott offered additional responsibilities which added to my experience; he allowed me to innovate and discover better ways of doing things and granted me the power to replace the old operational model of my team and apply my new IT solutions which resulted in significant efficiency “

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Sean Kilpatrick

Manulife Financial

“Sean positively impacted my internship in a lot of ways.”

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Sharon S. Singh

RBC
(4 Nominations)

“Through her continuous support, patience, encouragement and leadership, Rohini has been a great help and mentor! Thank you for setting me up for success!”

“Sharon is absolutely incredible! Capturing her contribution to my success in 250 words is one of the most challenging things I've ever have to do. All I can say is that I wouldn't be at RBC if I hadn't met Sharon. She went absolutely above and beyond in making sure all my accommodations were in place and by making sure that I could talk to her at any time. She embodies the RBC Values of Diversity & Inclusion and Collaboration. Most importantly, she provided me with honest and genuine feedback that helped me grow personally and professionally.”

“As a Diversity Sourcing Specialist, Sharon Singh has worked tirelessly to make the Career Edge internship program a close partner for global staffing needs at RBC. She has brought several talented and diverse individuals who have continued to contribute to the RBC culture and vision - even after their internships have come to an end. As a former Career Edge PWD intern, I have developed my skills and knowledge beyond what I knew was possible; and I am grateful to have been given an opportunity to be exposed to an experience that many people (regardless of ability) dream of. Sharon's impact has created a lasting relationship between RBC and Career Edge that will continue to contribute to what makes RBC such a great place to work!”

“Sharon was very helpful in ensuring that my internship at RBC translated into a full time opportunity. She periodically kept in touch and ensured that I was comfortable in the role and throughout the hiring process. We try to keep in touch regularly and I look up to her as a mentor figure for guidance.”

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Shawn Riley

RBC

“Shawn's direct involvement in my career progression, both during my time working in his team and thereafter, have been fundamental to my development as a new graduate and employee at RBC. An example of his dedication was recognizing my skillset and creating a rotational for me by fitting me within a team where my skills are better aligned. Furthermore, he agreed to meet with me regularly as a senior mentor figure within the bank. Shawn's dedication and direct influence in my career trajectory is much appreciated. “

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Sheila Vanderlinde

City of Toronto
(2 Nominations)

“I have found Sheila one of the best Mentor I ever had in my professional career. She is the kind of person who involves, motivates and engages her team at all levels. The best quality that I felt in Sheila is that she has a lot of trust and confidence in me; she has allowed me to write business process documents, conduct ML&S operational staff training, system testing, and live implementation of a zoning project. This all happened because of Sheila's trust and confidence. I am very glad that I got an opportunity from Career Edge to work for the great City of Toronto and my wonderful Manager Sheila!”

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Sheldon Rodriguez

RBC

“My mentor provided me with learning experience, both with regards to office culture and networking, and on how to deal with issues within the organization, especially in relation to customers and users. In my opinion, my mentor needs to be recognized for his valuable contribution to my career.”

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Sinduja Sivakumaran

First National Financial LP

“Sinduja was a key person in exposing me to the mortgage industry – with her support I became a licensed mortgage agent. Her positive attitude made me happy to come in to work every day. She provided me with opportunities to do work for other teams and for management, and encouraged me to apply for permanent positions within the company. Any intern placed with Sinduja can look forward to a rewarding experience.”

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Stacey Martin

TD Bank Group

“Stacey worked tirelessly to support my development, by assigning me special projects, providing me with job shadowing and coaching from other colleagues in addition to her own.”

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Stephen Lam

RBC

“My mentor sat down patiently with me to review my resume and practice interview questions. The little things he does in spite of his busy schedule made the difference. It is not who the mentor introduces you to that matters, but rather equipping you with all the knowledge and techniques from your mentor’s own experience, and giving you the opportunity to advantage from that knowledge is what counts. “

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Steve Zucker

Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Corporation

“Mr. Steve is a man with amicable personality and vast work experience in various senior level positions within different sectors in North America. He always emphasized my professional development by engaging me in different important projects at different units/verticals, to help further enhance my resume and be able to utilize it, whether in OLG or any other organization. I am deeply thankful to him and getting a mentor or coach like him is one of my great achievements during this internship.”

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Traci Sherritt

RBC

“Traci not only provided me the opportunity to work in one of the best Canadian Work Places, but was also integral in making me comfortable with the culture and the environment of a new country. She is by far the best manager I ever had in my career. Although I am now working within a different department, I will latch on to any opportunity to work with her again.”

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Venkata Mullapudi

City of Markham
(2 Nominations)

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Victoria Georgiou

City of Markham

“Victoria has been very supportive of me since the day I joined the City of Markham via a Career Edge internship. I'm currently working with the City of Markham thanks to the confidence she put in me. Victoria has an amazing way of motivating me and encouraging me to do my best. I feel lucky to have her as my mentor as she continues to be the go-to person whenever I need professional assistance.”

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Vincent Mathias

Ontario Public Service (OPS) - Ministry of Education

“Mr. Mathias was a great mentor. He is willing to share his knowledge and expertise. He helped me to develop my skills and expertise. He gave me the chance to work in different projects and introduced me to different roles which helped me define my goals and the path that I would like to take in my career. He introduced me to other managers and other teams, as well as informed me about available opportunities in the cluster. He helped me to reach out to the hiring manager, where I was able to secure a job. I’m lucky to have Vincent Mathias as a mentor during my internship; knowing him was a turning point in my professional life.”

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Vivek Varma

Bell Canada

“Vivek involved me in important projects that put me on par with full-time employees”

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Wayne Chu

City of Toronto

“Wayne is a very inspirational mentor in sharing his previous experiences and career lessons learned. Whenever I present my interests in specific areas to him, he always offers good suggestions in what directions I can look into in order to gain more technical skills. When I was offered a new career opportunity, Wayne provided great support; he offered me good tips and shares his experiences with the private and consulting sector. Wayne is also a very patient coach. Without an extensive engineering background, I sometimes found certain projects a bit challenging (for example, electrical design and layout in solar projects). Wayne always took the time to sit down with me and explain all the technical points with very simple knowledge. This really helped me to learn the technical terms and processes in the renewable energy industry.”

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Wesley Anderson

City of Mississauga

“My manager is also a mentor and constantly encourages me to strive for more. He gave me a lot of opportunities to learn skills which are really helping me now. I’m very happy to be in his team and have him as a mentor.”

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Interns:

Abraham Ngabiirwe

Bell Canada

“Abe came into the role with no knowledge of our Team Survey or Recognition programs and in the span of one year has become the go-to person…. Abe has produced presentations of a professional caliber which shows excellent work quality. Abe has also demonstrated strong analytical skills which is a critical component of the role. He has acquired extensive job knowledge and continues to produce excellent work. Abe is a tremendous asset to our team! I have been a manager at Bell Canada for almost 23 years and have never seen an employee demonstrate such a willingness to learn, professionalism, a positive attitude and a strong work ethic. I feel Abe is very deserving of this award!”

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Ahmed Abukar

RBC

“Ahmed displays positive team spirit and is always willing to help out his team members in any way possible. He is dedicated to the team’s goals and works consistently to allow us to meet our client and organizational objectives. He is a fast learner and his positive “can do” attitude allows him to succeed at multiple tasks and deliverables assigned to him. He often completes his work much ahead of time to ensure that he has ample time to factor in any changes or last minute requests. He has a good sense of urgency and can be relied on by the team. He is also often called on by other teams for his expertise. He is always well within his targets and deadlines, providing prompt updates. This allows all stakeholders to effectively manage their expectations. Ahmed is both resourceful and determined. He finds innovative ways around any problems that he faces, and independently tries to solve issues before escalating them. Ahmad has been a valuable asset to our team and our department in the past year.”

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Alisha Bridge

Loblaw Companies Limited

“Alisha –
• Proactively & professionally managed coordination of interview scheduling for our most
challenging BU
• Frequently looked for efficiencies to improve quality or reporting & internal communication
• Frequently went above & beyond what was asked of her and of her roles
• Is a key member of project team for new HRIS & ATS implementation.”

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Anssa Haq

407 ETR

“Anssa brought experience with her along with her post-secondary education which articulated her dedication to the Human Resources field. Anssa started off as an HR intern in March 2014. She quickly adapted to her surroundings understanding the importance of confidentiality, dedication and an above average sense of urgency in the day-to-day tasks within the Human Resources Department. During her internship she was given tasks that required her to negotiate and discuss sensitive topics with employees at all levels, including Senior Management. She has since been promoted to an HR Generalist on a full time basis, where she continues to evolve and gain the knowledge required to be successful in her role… She has excelled and found her passion in dealing with the union… and is a valued Human Resources Professional essentially representing the Human Resources Professional Association in an ethical, responsible and dedicated way.”

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Aracelys Sunico

City of Toronto

“Aracelys quickly learned the business and her strong analytical skills identified her value to both the team and client management as a strong asset. She quickly gained respect, took on whatever she was asked to do and did it with the highest quality. As a result, Aracelys was successful in obtaining a temporary assignment as a Sr. Business Analyst in our organization. She is a force to be reckoned with! “

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Baya Benrachi

ELS (Empty Lot Software) Inc.

“Baya, has been more proactive than ever anticipated and is already mentoring other staff. A gift to our organization.”

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Chris Daw

High Tech Performance Systems

“Chris developed and opened our west coast offices remotely connecting us to those offices. His knowledge and development continue to expand on a daily basis and we are incredibly lucky to have him.”

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Edward Hanson

Western Union

“Our entire Canada team is very pleased with Eddie's performance during the last 10+ months. We are so happy with his work that we've extended his contract and expanded his scope of work, adding on additional responsibilities which he has embraced. Our Caribbean team heard about all the good work he does and he now also does some work for them. Eddie is always eager to learn and evolve and we couldn't be happier with our choice. He isn't just an intern; he is part of our team. “

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Faisal Ahmad

TD Bank

“Faisal has been truly an asset to the IT Business Analysts Team and provided valuable support to 2 projects he was involved with. He was able to automate data preparation last November/December 2015 for the Attestation Service and contributed to its successful launch in January 2016. Further, his analysis of a large volume of data for the TD Access Gateway project, a separate initiative, has helped the team obtain clarifications relative to the system processes needed to support the various use cases as part of our requirements gathering last year.”

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Jenny Wang

City of Toronto

“Jenny has been an asset to our team, learning not only about our business but how to interact with our customers and provide a great experience for them with our brand."

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Mercedes Sharpe

City of Toronto

“Mercedes took a proactive role in developing a strategy to promote the use of Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) to address disinvestment and inequality in the City's neighbourhood improvement areas (NIAs). Her work led to a report which was adopted by City Council. A pilot of the program was recently launched in two NIAs.”

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Mohan Jayakar

RBC

“You will never meet a more engaging, kind individual than Mohan. His quest for excellence shines through in everything he touches. He is active in our team meetings adding positive suggestions and always willing to provide assistance to all. He is also our "official" team photographer capturing great pictures at team events. Our team is better with Mohan on it! In Mohan's short time with us, he has shown his dedication to our organization by displaying the behaviors that we look for. It is evident in everything he does from his relationships with peers, management and stakeholders. Feedback received to date has been positive from all. I think what stands out the most is their comments around attention to detail, his ability to level set those involved and his ability to understand the business that his project is associated with. Mohan is an individual who completely immersed himself in our culture using all the tools and templates made available to him. His willingness to share his previous experiences and adapt to his surroundings and culture has been such an awesome experience for our department and myself. Please consider Mohan for this award, he is most deserving.”

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Mrinal Talukder

Scotiabank

“Mrinal has obtained exceptional knowledge of the various products that has provided the opportunity to thrive as a strong performer. Mrinal is committed to a high level of accuracy being thorough and attentive to detail which is a solid reflection of his work ethic.”

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Munther "Sami" ElKhaldi

City of Hamilton

“Sami was hired as an Intern to perform an operational audit on a specific unit within the Recreation Division at the City of Hamilton. He was able to utilize his international experience as an Auditor to learn the business and complete the assignment on schedule. He was required to work independently and meet with all of the unit’s stakeholders. He always conducted himself respectfully and professionally and took advantage of the opportunity to learn about a new sector and workplace culture. Sami holds himself to a very high standard of work and as a result was able to exceed our expectations and deliver a complex report with meaningful results. This report has provided the foundation to develop a meaningful work plan for the Division and will be utilized for years to come. During his time here he impressed many people within the organization. This resulted in a position with the City of Hamilton’s Auditing Division. Sami was a fabulous Intern and we could not have asked for anyone better. We are extremely pleased that he is continuing to utilize his skills with the City of Hamilton and will be contributing to the City’s future success.”

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Narinderjit Randhawa

Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Corporation

“Narin, was positioned in a starting role with OLG as a coordinator within our Corporate Project Governance Office. Narin quickly acquired the knowledge of the role and began providing assistance to other colleagues. Narin was asked to take on two projects which he managed including his existing role. Narin was subsequently promoted to a project manager because of his skills and abilities. Narin has also been recognized for his analytic ability and has been moved into a special program reporting area to provide analytics and reporting to the Senior Management Team. Narin has implemented mechanisms to identify and filter changes that affect the portfolio and allows his reporting area to ensure the Senior Management Team is receiving the most valuable information possible. The Organization has over 60 project and is in the process of modernizing its delivery system and approach on generating profit for the Province of Ontario. Narin is going to continue to do great and creative things in his future. We feel fortunate to have his skills and ambitions with OLG.”

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Nupur Khattar

City of Mississauga

“Nupur was quickly able to understand the data requirements of Parks Operations, and was able to quickly develop easy to understand performance measurement reports that drove decision making amongst our management team. Her work has allowed us to make better, fact based decisions and reduce the need for manual administrative report writing.”

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Peter Abraham

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

“Peter has helped to improve our service level during a very challenging period. He is efficient and detailed oriented. As a department, his contribution was positively received and felt by all the people he works with. He is an asset and will no doubt be a valuable asset to any organization that hires him.”

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Rim Bhattacharjee

City of Toronto

“Our organization emphasizes the importance of customer service. Over the past six months, Rim’s attention to customer satisfaction has not gone unnoticed. Rim works with our clients and participants until their problems are resolved. Her ability to maintain ongoing communication with her peers is an asset to our organization.”

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Stephanie Picco

RBC

“Stephanie was a huge asset to our team during her time with us as a Career Edge Intern. Not only did she happily throw herself into learning about her new role but her strong work ethic, large capacity for tasks and positive attitude were incredibly helpful during a very busy work period. And as Stephanie’s time with us went on, she moved from a supportive role to taking a more active role in managing projects herself, showing increasing maturity and confidence. Stephanie also showed her dedication to teamwork and endeared herself to other marketing colleagues by offering to help when her workload was slower and they needed support. She quickly developed a reputation for being a strong coordinator, able to adapt to multiple products and work efficiently with minimal oversight. We were so pleased with Stephanie that our team offered her an additional contract (after her Career Edge contract ended) to keep her with us while she continues to look for a full time position at RBC.”

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Tamima Ahmed

City of Toronto

“Over the last six months, Tamima has learned the protocols and procedures of our programs. She is dependable at meeting deadlines and significantly contributes to the overall successes of the programs and initiatives of the organization. She demonstrates a high level of competency in the skills and knowledge required. Tamima needs a minimal amount of supervision to fulfill her responsibilities.”

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Yasmin Parodi

City of Toronto

“A few months into her term with us, Yasmin was handed full responsibility for a major project. I supported her with regular check-ins, as-needed advice and feedback, and project management support. Yasmin quickly took the reins of the project and ran with it, to the point where the need for my support dwindled significantly (regular check-ins continued to ensure that all was on track.) Yasmin demonstrated exceptional initiative, project and people skills, and creative talent throughout this project, increasing our level of organization significantly. As her term came to an end, she created a thorough work plan and other transition documents for the person taking over her duties - all without being asked. Overall, she made a great contribution to our work here at the City. I was very sad to see her go.”