Help wanted: KNBA launches virtual showcase in bid to attract top grads

Kanata North tech park
The Kanata North tech park contains more than 540 businesses. File photo

The Kanata business district that represents Canada’s largest tech park is taking its show on the road ​– virtually ​– in a bid to convince Ontario’s best and brightest STEM grads to bring their talents to local firms.

The Kanata North Business Association opened registration for the free online career showcase, dubbed the Discover Technata Career Roadshow, on Tuesday. 

The platform is aimed at informing students and recent graduates from six Ontario colleges and universities about career opportunities and job openings at the business association’s member companies, which include major tech firms such as Cisco, Ericsson, Mitel and Huawei.

“This is a unique opportunity for students to meet with 540-plus companies in one place, and we believe it’s a great way to get an entry-level job and start networking at an early stage,” KNBA director of partnerships Julia Frame said in an email to OBJ. 

“We have over 600 open roles at these companies, and we expect this number to double over the coming months.”

The online event will be open to students from the following schools:

  • University of Ottawa (March 23)
  • Queen’s University (March 24)
  • University of Waterloo (March 25)
  • Carleton University (March 30)
  • Algonquin College (March 31)
  • University of Toronto (April 1)

The KNBA says it hopes to expand the virtual showcase next year to as many as 30 post-secondary institutions across Canada and beyond.

For more information and to register, check out the website here.