On September 15, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario MPP Mike Colle joined Barrick’s President Kelvin Dushnisky to announce that Barrick is a Signature Sponsor of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Veterans Career Summit.
The Games, established by Prince Harry in 2014, is the only international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans.
“Through Invictus, veterans find the motivation to overcome their injuries while being recognized for their achievements,” Dushnisky said. “The Career Summit will build on this, helping veterans connect their unique and impressive skills with meaningful career opportunities back home.”
Mayor Tory remarked that the Career Summit is an “incredible fitting way” to celebrate the contributions and sacrifices made by veterans, and to help them transition to civilian life.
The Mayor, Colle, and Dushnisky also participated, along with Barrick employees, in a friendly game of wheelchair basketball at Toronto’s Ryerson University.
On September 28, the two-day Career Summit kicked off at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, with keynote speakers from the Canadian government, the Invictus Games, and Barrick. They underlined the importance of supporting veterans and the desirable skillsets veterans can bring to the civilian workforce.
Darian Rich, Barrick’s Executive Vice President of Talent Management, said the Company felt compelled to sponsor the Career Summit and to give back to those who have served their countries.
“For us, this sponsorship is really a natural extension of the Global Veterans Recruitment Program that Barrick launched last year,” Rich said.
Michael Burns, CEO of the Invictus Games Toronto, talked about the role all sectors in society can play in supporting veterans and active service members during their transition process.
They were joined by Canadian Minister of Veteran Affairs, Seamus O’Regan, who extolled the virtues and abilities of the athletes participating in the Games, and thanked Barrick for its support.
“Their unique experiences, their pressure-tested skillsets, and ingrained sense of teamwork, make these individuals an asset to any business. They’re adaptable, they’re dynamic, they’re resilient, and they come from a background of lifelong learning,” O’Regan said.
The Veterans Career Summit featured recruiters from more than 20 companies and two-days of presentations and career advising sessions.
His Royal Highness Prince Harry also made an appearance during a presentation by the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur, geared at helping Canadian Armed Forces members interested in launching their own business after the military.
During the week of the Games, we also profiled a number of our veterans, who shared their military experiences, the skills they’ve learned, and how their service has helped them in their roles at Barrick. Some also shared their thoughts on Barrick’s sponsorship of the Career Summit.
“This is a great way for Barrick to be able to provide our people and our resources to support a really great event,” said veteran Rob Neitzel, the digital project owner of the AuOps Center in Nevada.