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TalentEgg announces the winners of 2014 National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards


TORONTO, ON, May 15, 2014 – Canadian employers were recognized in 8 unique categories of campus recruitment excellence at TalentEgg’s third annual employer conference in Toronto on May 14.

The TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards celebrates employer achievements in attracting and recruiting post-secondary students and recent graduates.

“Canadian employers invest a significant amount of time and energy to attract and recruit top students and grads,” said Lauren Friese, founder of TalentEgg Inc.

“The landscape is highly competitive and demands constant innovation.”

Employers submitted applications for the awards early in 2014. The winning campaigns were selected by a panel of more than 200 top students from across Canada during a two-week judging period in March.

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Pictured: Guests of the #TEAwards during a break for discussion.

Members of TalentEgg’s elite student judging panel also provided qualitative feedback on employer recruitment activities: feedback that identifies some of the latest recruitment best practices for engaging with Gen Y.

Lauren shared the judges’ feedback and best practices with an audience of campus recruiters, human resources professionals and career services staff during an awards ceremony at the end of TalentEgg’s conference, held at 2nd Floor Events in downtown Toronto.

This presentation was accompanied by a companion guide to campus recruitment, containing the key points of information from the student feedback, which will be published in a digital format on (a resource hub and online community for campus recruitment professionals) in the near future.

“The employers who participate in the awards are at the forefront of recruiting and hiring in Canada,” said Lauren. “Whether its as a winner, a finalist or an entrant, these are parties who are actively committed to helping connect top talent with top-tier jobs.”

The 2014 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards winners are:

Best Campus Career Website
PwC (
Best Campus Recruitment Brochure
RSA Canada
Best Online Presence
Best Grad Program
Best Internship Program
Best Contribution to Student Career Development
Campus Recruiter of the Year
Nikki Simone – Manager, Campus Recruitment, RBC
Campus Recruiting Program of the Year

ABOUT TALENTEGG is Canada’s most popular job board and online career resource for college and university students and recent graduates. Launched in 2008 by Queen’s University graduate Lauren Friese after her own experience transitioning from school to work, TalentEgg works with hundreds of employers and will be visited by more than 4 million students and recent graduates in 2014.

For more information about the Awards or TalentEgg, please contact:

Steph Morgan


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Announcing the 2014 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards Finalists

Today, celebrates its 6th year as Canada’s leading job board and online career resource for students and grads.

It’s appropriate that on this day, we celebrate excellence in our industry by announcing the finalists of the TalentEgg Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards. These Awards recognize employers and individuals that have gone above and beyond to recruit the best and the brightest.

The finalists are listed below in alphabetical order: Congratulations!

Applications were reviewed and scored by qualified student judges from across the country, who were asked to provide qualitative feedback along with quantitative rankings.

Winners will be announced at the 2014 TalentEgg Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards & Conference. The event will also feature a variety of presentations from campus recruitment and Gen Y experts, sharing their insights and identifying the major trends and challenges of student and grad recruitment for the coming year.

Ready to learn about and celebrate this year’s leaders in campus recruitment? Don’t miss the 2014 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference.

Learn more and register today!


2014 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards Finalists

Please note: Finalists are listed alphabetically.

Best Campus Career Website

Best Campus Recruitment Brochure

  • Bell
  • ConocoPhillips
  • RSA Canada

Best Online Presence

Best Grad Program

Best Internship/Co-op Program

Best Contribution to Student Career Development

Campus Recruiter of the Year

  • Corrine Bell – Campus Recruitment Lead – Devon Canada Corporation
  • James Davidson – Senior Manager – Campus Talent Acquisition – PwC
  • Melanie Ayer – Talent Acquisition Advisor – CPP Investment Board
  • Nikki Simone – Manager, Campus Recruitment – RBC

Campus Recruiting Program of the Year

Thank you to all of the employers who applied and student judges who participated in our Awards program this year.

TalentEgg’s new platform a youth employment revolution: Challenges helps students and grads showcase their skills to employers, gain experience, find jobs

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Today, Canada’s leading job board and online career resource for students and recent grads,, has launched an innovative new platform to help Canadian youth gain the experience they need to find meaningful employment.

TalentEgg Challenges gives young people the opportunity to demonstrate and verify their skills – helping them prove to employers that they have what it takes to be a valuable employee.

Students and grads tackle relevant online Challenges presented in partnership with innovative brands, organizations and employers.

After completing a Challenge, participants receive a review of the skills and experiences gained, which can easily be added directly to their resume and LinkedIn profile. Top performers in each Challenge will also be eligible for a range of prizes, including employment opportunities, cash and career-related experiences.

Almost 75% of recent post-secondary graduates surveyed say that a lack of experience is a barrier to securing their first job, and with the national Canadian youth unemployment rate doubling that of the general population, it is clear that the job market poses unique challenges for this generation of students and grads.

By providing an opportunity to demonstrate their potential, TalentEgg Challenges gives students and grads the opportunity to overcome the often lamented catch-22: “It’s hard to get a job without experience, and it’s hard to get experience without a job.”

As a launch partner, Purolator is presenting the first Challenge – and offering a cash prize along with an internship opportunity for the best solutions. For innovative companies like Purolator, Challenges offers a unique opportunity to unlock the intellectual capital of Canadian youth, crowd-sourcing innovative ideas and solutions.

For other organizations, TalentEgg Challenges allows them to reach Generation Y in a relevant, meaningful and impactful way.

“Historically, acquiring meaningful work experience has been very difficult, especially for the 96% of students not enrolled in co-op programs,” said Lauren Friese, founder of

“With TalentEgg Challenges, students and grads – no matter where they’re located or what they’re studying – can use the platform to prove their skills and aptitude to employers and stand out in a challenging, competitive job market.”

See TalentEgg Challenges in action here!

TalentEgg = Heart (and what’s in store for 2014)

I was thinking about the holidays recently while reviewing notes for a presentation I was giving to employers on how to best recruit Generation Y.

Looking over my notes and reflecting on the many presentations I’ve given over the last few years, and the countless conversations that Steph has had with top employers across the country, it occurred to me that there is a common theme in the suggestions, advice and information we’ve offered: true success requires heart.

Like the holiday feeling in the air, it’s hard to define just what heart is. It’s intangible, but incredibly important and part of what makes TalentEgg different. It isn’t just hard work and determination, although often fuel for it – it really is so much more.

When talking about the success of TalentEgg and our ongoing goal of connecting employers to Gen Y and Gen Y to employers, we often cite metrics.

Of course, numbers are always a great way of quantifying our success. TalentEgg is the most popular job board for students and grads in Canada. We work with hundreds of leading employers and attract an ever-growing audience of top Gen Y talent.. More than 3 million students and recent grads used in the last year, visiting not just to research employers and view job opportunities, but also to read and share our thousands of career-focused content and resources.

But above and beyond all of these metrics – and perhaps a major source of them – is the heart that’s within everything we do and have done at TalentEgg over the past 5+ years. The passionate, authentic, purposeful, relentless, and truly caring way that our team has approached and executed the building and nurturing of and its community.

2013 was our best year yet! Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite memories of 2013.

Getting comfortable in our new, beautiful office space:


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Hosting multiple successful open houses and networking events for employers:


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Fighting to improve youth employment in Canada through the DocZone documentary “Generation Jobless” and sharing our opinions on campus recruiting and youth employment in countless other media appearances:


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Our National Conference and Awards:


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Launching the most innovative re-design of TalentEgg yet (mobile-ready and optimized for a better egg-sperience for students and employers):


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“Congrats @TalentEgg on launching TalentEgg 8.0! Loving the mobile experience!”

– @y_johnkim, TalentEgg follower

“We love the new look of @TalentEgg – a great resource for students and new grads!”

– @JobsInEdu, TalentEgg follower

And of course, getting quality time in with the office dogs:


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So what can you expect from TalentEgg in 2014?

In short, more heart.

We truly care about hatching graduate careers and will continue to provide top students and grads with the most useful and relevant resources, access to the best employer information and more jobs.

Our community can look forward to new innovations that will change the way that Gen Y prepares for their careers, and the way that employers identify true top talent.

As always, you can expect that we will continue to work harder and innovate more than ever to create the tools and resources that we wish we had when we were graduating. The result for employers will be a more engaged, better prepared pool of candidates.

To our entire community – employers, students, recent graduates, career services professionals and all those who take an active interest in helping to fix the school-to-work transition in Canada: we look forward to working with you more than we ever have before, and as a community, continuing to truly make a positive impact on the school-to-work transition and campus recruitment in Canada.

Join us:

Students, recent graduates, and career professionals: Register here, and follow us here.

Employers: To learn more about building a presence on TalentEgg, click here.

TalentEgg’s Rachel Thiessen on planning a wedding around the workday

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This October, we experienced a change that was new for everyone on the TalentEgg team: a name change!

Don’t worry – we’re still called TalentEgg.

On October 11, TalentEgg’s Rachel McKee married Brodie Thiessen at the Berkeley Church in Toronto – and now she’s Rachel Thiessen!

Rachel learned a lot about balancing the work day against the wedding day and she took the time to share a little of that new knowledge with those of you who plan to hear wedding bells in your future!

It’s no surprise that Rachel was engaged when she joined our team – as this conversation shows, she’s pretty engaging.

TalentEgg: You just got married! Congrats!

Rachel: Yep, on Thanksgiving weekend! We thought it was the perfect time to get hitched. Not only is Toronto beautiful in the Fall, but we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our wedding and this special holiday than with the people we were most thankful for.

It was an unforgettable day. Truly, the best day of my life. We danced (like crazy!), laughed, told stories and ate delicious food with the most important people in our lives. The weather was perfect – blue skies and warm – great for pictures! It was the perfect day and the party of the century.

TE: How developed were your wedding plans when you arrived at TalentEgg?

Rachel: My husband, Brodie, and I got engaged over Easter weekend.

When I started working for TalentEgg, I was four months into planning our wedding.

When you first start planning, you need to choose the “big” things: your date, venue, entertainment, photographer and florist, and of course, a dress! With a short engagement, I didn’t have much time to make these decisions.

By the time I started at TalentEgg, all of these big picture choices had been made. Next up, were the smaller things: colour scheme, flowers, food tasting, song choices, hair styles and wedding bands.

September was probably the most hectic time for me – a month before your wedding, everyone needs to have their final meetings with you: the ceremony officiant, venue coordinator, photographer, florist and the band/DJ.

It’s super hectic and keeping my schedule straight was a challenge.

TE: Was it hard adjusting to a new job, while managing the start of a new chapter in your life?

Rachel: To be honest, yes – a little.

I think the most stressful (and exciting!) experiences in your life are starting a new job, getting married, buying a home and starting a family. I don’t know that I’d recommend doing two at once if you can help it! It’s nice to be able to enjoy all of these memorable life stages individually.

I am fortunate to have an understanding boss and supportive team here at TalentEgg that understood the busy schedule that comes with planning a wedding. So, while it was certainly hectic, knowing they understood was definitely a huge help.

TE: How did you plan for taking time off and decide how much time you’d need?

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“I’m really excited to start this new chapter in my life with my best friend.”

Rachel: We decided we didn’t want to go on a honeymoon immediately following our wedding. We thought it would be more fun to have a vacation to look forward to once our good ol’ Canadian winter sets in.

I took the week before my wedding off, which allowed me to rest up in advance of the big day and take care of any last minute errands, tasks, crafts or meetings. This way, I had less to worry about while I was still working because I knew I had a whole, uninterrupted week to get everything done.

Not going on a honeymoon made for a bit of an abrupt return to the office, but I’m glad I chose to save vacation time for a trip to Costa Rica later in the year!

TE: Were you worried about work?

Rachel: No way! Haha! It was a very enjoyable, memorable week. A lot of my husband’s family and friends flew in from Morden, Manitoba, so we got to spend quality time with them. And I spent a LOT of time at the spa, so as to not become the “bridezilla” we all dread. Massages, facials and manicures do wonders.

TE: How is life different as a married person?

Rachel: I think my favourite part of this whole journey was realizing that getting married didn’t mean everything was going to change.

Brodie and I both work downtown – he’s a producer and editor in the sports broadcasting industry. We commuted home together as an engaged couple and now we commute home as a married couple! We share in each other’s successes, support each other through tough times, go running and watch football…just like before.

And it’s nice to have someone around to make me dinner and do my laundry!

TE: Do you have any advice for people who will need to balance work with planning a wedding?

Rachel: Where possible, I scheduled my meetings with florists, venue coordinators, musicians and our officiant on the weekends. I found having to rush out of the office, sit in traffic and actively participate in meetings to be exhausting.  Be prepared for the meetings to get more frequent about a month before your wedding.

Also, we tried our best to make Saturdays our day for wedding errands. It helped start our week feeling like everything was under control and we were on the ball.

Wedding planning is stressful. Enjoy the process as much as possible. If you’re like me, you don’t have time to do all the DIY projects you find on Pinterest. Don’t worry about perfecting the small details – people don’t remember this stuff, anyways. What they do remember is the venue, the food, the band and your smiling face!

Rachel Thiessen is a Content, Marketing and Community Specialist at TalentEgg. She’s currently settling into married life and doing her best not to share wedding photos with her coworkers on a daily basis.

Photo credit: LN Photography


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