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Workopolis Announces Winner of Exclusive Job Opportunity
at Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
Montreal finalist named Workopolis Ambassador

January 12, 2009 – With a month to go until the 2010 Winter Games, one lucky Canadian is getting ready to pack her bags for the job of a lifetime in Vancouver – as Workopolis Ambassador, assisting with the hospitality program. Like many of the athletes competing in February, Chantal Beaudoin of Montreal overcame stiff competition to garner the most votes and claim the coveted title.

Since the search for the Workopolis Ambassador began three months ago, hundreds of applications from candidates across the country were narrowed down to ten, and from them three finalists from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal were selected. The finalists called upon their networks to garner votes for their online video submissions. Over 73,000 votes were registered at www.ambassador.workopolis.com between December 1st and 15th, with Chantal’s winning video receiving more than 40,000 votes.

“Throughout the application and voting process, Chantal has proven that she can multi-task like a biathlete, take on new challenges with the fearlessness of a skeleton competitor, and excel under pressure like our country’s ice hockey team,” said Mario Bottone, VP of Marketing, Workopolis.  “This is exactly what we were looking for of our Workopolis Ambassador and we are very pleased she will be joining us in Vancouver next month.”

Thirty-nine-year-old Chantal is trilingual, has extensive hospitality experience and proven creative talents which will be demonstrated in her ongoing behind-the-scenes commentary via a blog on www.ambassador.workopolis.com during the 2010 Winter Games. Following this experience, she will be returning to her concierge position at the Hilton Bonaventure in Montreal.

“I’m so honoured to have been chosen for such an amazing job opportunity by my fellow Canadians,” said Workopolis Ambassador, Chantal Beaudoin. “The experience will undoubtedly enhance my professional development in ways never previously imagined while also giving me the opportunity to see the world from my own backyard.”

Chantal’s excitement about finding out she was selected as Workopolis Ambassador was caught on video and can be viewed at www.ambassador.workopolis.com.

In addition to the exceptional work experience she will receive, Chantal will also earn a salary of $7,000 for the three-week job plus receive free accommodation, transportation and meals, as well as access to at least 18 sporting events and ceremonies and other Games related sites such as Canada Olympic House and Hockey House (valued at approx $15,000 CDN).

Each of the three finalists presented a unique take on how the position would change their lives, making it difficult for Canadians to choose just one person for the job. Chantal’s fellow competitors included:

  • Eric Lutley from Vancouver, who has a passion for winter sports, is bilingual and equipped with years of hospitality experience as a hotel concierge.
  • Kimberlee Regan from Toronto, who is an athlete who possesses a fierce sense of national pride and a passion for serving others.

“I would also like to congratulate our other finalists for taking the road less travelled and applying for this unique position,” said Bottone. “The race came right down to the wire and all three candidates definitely have what it takes to be a winner on the job.”

About Workopolis:
Workopolis (www.workopolis.com) is the best resource for Canadians considering job transition and for employers seeking qualified job candidates.

Workopolis provides a fully bilingual suite of industry-leading products and solutions including:

  • Tools to help job seekers find the right next job, including career alerts, newsletters, and Resume Rescue consultation services;
  • Tools to help currently employed individuals, considering a mid-term career move make a better decision; including expert career advice and an online salary calculator;
  • NicheNetwork: Canada’s largest network of trade- and sector-specific job boards; ideal for accessing hard-to-find highly skilled candidates;
  • A powerful resume database including user-friendly search functions and intuitive screening tools which are ideal to reach not only highly engaged job-seekers but also those casually interested in a mid-term job change.

Workopolis has 160 staff in 9 offices across Canada.  Workopolis is an equal partnership of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Square Victoria Digital Properties Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada.

Workopolis is the exclusive Official Supplier of Online Recruitment Services for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

For more information:
Amy Davidson or Sheryl So
Environics Communications
416-969-2830 or 416-969-2725