The Northwest Connector Program is a formalized community networking initiative designed to broaden a job seeker’s network through connections with established business leaders in the community. It’s a simple, effective, no cost referral process putting newcomers to Northwestern Ontario and recent graduates in touch with highly networked individuals to better connect to our workforce and settle more successfully in our community.
The Connector Program matches professional trained newcomers to Northwestern Ontario and new graduates (Connectees) with successful local professionals (Connectors) who have well-established professional networks. They are matched based on industry experience, professional backgrounds, or the Connectee’s interest in a specific sector. Once the match has been made, the Program Coordinator sends an introduction email to the Connector and the Connectee to set up a meeting.
The Connector and the Connectee meet virtually or face-to-face to discuss topics like:
After the meeting, Connectors are asked to refer the Connectee to three people in their network. These referrals may be potential employers, influential leaders within their industry or other people who will benefit from meeting the Connectee. The introductions and meetings continue, allowing the Connectee to begin building a local network of contacts.
As Connectees meet with business and community leaders in the region, they gain a better understanding of the local job market, learn about the community, and are exposed to business and career opportunities available in Northwestern Ontario. This simple, yet highly effective process significantly increases the Connectee’s chances of finding meaningful employment in their profession.
We are collecting data to better understand who is looking for work and what kind of opportunities jobseekers are searching for. This data is completely anonymous and non-personally identifiable.