Canadian Embassies in Paris and Dakar Encouraging international recruiting

In preparation for Destination Canada job fair

dinercauserie embassadelowresSUMMERSIDE – Sept. 30, 2014 – More than 54 Islanders – including entrepreneurs, business people, municipal leaders and government representatives – recently learned all about recruiting programs for qualified workers from French-speaking countries.

During lunch-and-learns held in Charlottetown Sept. 25 and in Summerside Sept. 29, representatives of the Canadian embassies in Paris and Dakar explained hiring procedures for immigrants, permanent or temporary workers and mobility program workers (such as the Working Holiday Program).

Louise Van Winkle from the Canadian Embassy in Paris, Angèle Tissot from the Canadian Embassy in Dakar and Hilde Theunken from Actiris International (a public agency in Belgium) conducted a tour of the Atlantic Provinces to encourage Canadians to take advantage of international recruiting opportunities that are available to them.

Robert Maddix, immigration development officer with RDÉE Prince Edward Island, was extremely satisfied with the attendance at both events. “The number and quality of participants indicates that international recruiting is of interest to more and more employer and managers in our province.”

The Embassy representatives also promoted the Destination Canada job fair, which will be held Nov. 18-20 in Paris, Nov. 22 in Brussels and Nov. 24-25 in Tunis.

Jacinthe Lemire, director of the Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É., will attend this overseas fair for a second year in a row. “My goal during this job fair is to provide essential information to future newcomers to Prince Edward Island, on such topics as our school system, our post-secondary education opportunities, lodging and transportation. I’ll also promote job offers given to us by Island employers who wish to hire staff but can’t make it to the fairs in Europe,” she said.

All employers wishing to post jobs at this job fair are urged to contact Robert Maddix at their earliest possible opportunity by calling 902-370-7333, ext. 403.



CUTLINE: Among the attendees at the Summerside lunch-and-learn on international recruiting were, from left, Jacinthe Lemire, director of the Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É.; Janice Sherry, Minister of Environment, Labour, Justice and Attorney General; Louise Van Winkle, in charge of francophone promotion for the Canadian Embassy’s Immigration Service in Paris; Robert Maddix, immigration development officer with RDÉE Prince Edward Island; and Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart.


For more information:

Jacinthe Lemire
Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É.
(902) 888-1687

Robert Maddix
Economic Development Office
Immigration Sector
RDÉE Prince Edward Island
(902) 370-7333, Ext. 403