Helping Businesses Access Student Talent During Pandemic and Recovery, Burnaby Board of Trade Holds Unique Session with Three Post-Secondaries

The Burnaby Board of Trade is partnering with Douglas College, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Simon Fraser University, and Talent Forward, to provide critical insights into how businesses can access student talent to meet their business needs.

BURNABY, BC – On April 29th, 2021, the Burnaby Board of Trade is hosting the “Accessing Talent to Support Your Business” webinar for all Lower Mainland businesses to highlight the variety of innovative student talent programs available to support their business with short-term labour needs. As businesses seek to adapt, grow, and thrive in a changing business landscape, bringing a student into the workplace can provide an infusion of innovation, increased cost-saving, and expanded capacity, all while contributing to a stronger community and future skilled workforce.

In partnership with Douglas College, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Simon Fraser University, and Talent Forward the upcoming “Accessing Talent to Support Your Business” webinar will equip attendees with information about the various student talent programs being offered at local post-secondary schools such as co-op’s, apprenticeships, practicums, and projects. Attendees will hear about student talent success stories as Lower Mainland businesses who have benefited from using student talent will be featured. Participants will gain a clear understanding of how to recruit the right students for their organization as well as learn about funding incentives and subsidies offered for hiring student talent.

This webinar is sponsored by the Talent Forward program, a partnership between the BC Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning BC/Yukon (ACE-WIL BC) which seeks to facilitate the process of connecting the best and brightest student talent to businesses across British Columbia.

This free webinar is open to all businesses across the region and will be held on Thursday, April 29, 11:30am -1:00pm PST. Registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit:


“As our economy recovers, local businesses can really benefit from the increased capacity, innovation, and energy that comes from bringing student talent into the workplace.  Businesses can look to our post-secondaries to access great talent that will help their business in the short term, but also lead to more skilled and consistent labour force in the long run.”    – Paul Holden, President and CEO, Burnaby Board of Trade

“MNP has had a great experience with Douglas College Co-op students looking to pursue a career in accounting and obtain their CPA designations. The students bring with them a strong technical knowledge base from Douglas College and are motivated to apply their skills and continue their development. Many of the co-op students MNP has hired have turned into permanent full-time articling students once they graduate.”  –  Ryan Gorder, CPA, CA, MNP

“It continues to be a pleasure to share our workplace with bright, thoughtful and motivated SFU co-op students exploring their career paths. We appreciate the contributions they make here at our organization and hope they continue to gain valuable experience and skill-building during their placements.”  – Marney Godkin, Community Resources Manager, Burnaby Community Services

“Working with BCIT students through an Industry Sponsored Student Project (ISSP) in the School of Computing and Academic Studies was amazing.  We didn’t have the budget to develop this kind of software. This project was out of our realm of possibilities as an NGO so it wasn’t an option for us. We went from multiple spreadsheets to a single database – it’s such a vast improvement. No Salvation Army in BC has this software, and we can now share it BC-wide and beyond within our organization. It couldn’t have been better for us.” – Jeffrey Baergen, Program Manager, Salvation Army Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre (ARC)