Networking Opportunities and Programs

Lakehead Connect- Ten Thousand Coffees Program

Lakehead Connect is an online networking program powered by the Ten Thousand Coffees platform, matching alumni with students and recent grads, based on your career-specific interests and goals for inspiring conversation. You can schedule and set up a coffee chat in-person or online!

You'll have access to alumni and industry partners with valuable life and career advice to share. With 85% of jobs being filled via networking and 2.4 million jobs available over the next four years, the time to build your network is now.

How does LakeheadConnect work?

  • You’ll receive monthly introductions each year to a fellow student or alumni based on your career interests and goals.
  • Suggest a time to chat, in-person at a coffee shop or online from the comfort of your home, to share your advice and experience
  • Receive an official LinkedIn certification to recognize your commitment to continuous learning and career advancement.
  • Once you join, all introductions are sent directly to your preferred inbox, schedule a time, and get an invite directly to your Gmail/Outlook calendar
  • Click here to sign up for the Lakehead Connect platform
Riipen Program

Riipen is North America’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to helping connect students with industry and community partners to complete short-term class projects, virtual internships, and co-operative education opportunities. This initiative is supported by the RBC Future Launch program.

Visit the Riipen Academy for resource guides available to educators and students.

*Full details are available on the Teaching Commons Riipen resource page.

Try the Level Up Program by Riipen! Students complete short-term projects from real organizations using skills they already have – and get paid to do it. Each project takes 80 hours per person, is worked on remotely, and has a flexible timeline to complete over 2-8 weeks. Projects can be completed individually or as part of a team, with each member earning a $1,400 stipend per project, whether it is in a group or solo.

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Connector Program

Connect to opportunities in Northwestern Ontario with the Northwest Connector Program! Despite the large geographic area of Northwestern Ontario, the people in our communities are very connected. Everyone knows everyone. As a result, employers often turn to their networks for referrals when looking to hire. Up to 80% of available jobs never get posted on a job board. That means new grads who have yet to establish a professional network may be missing opportunities to put their skills to work here.

The Northwest Connector Program is an intentional, pay it forward, networking program that works in 3 simple steps:

  1. New graduates can apply to the program as a Connectee, where they will be matched with a local business and community leader (or Connector) in their field of interest.
  2. The two connect and discuss things like industry trends, market demand and local opportunities.
  3. The Connector then provides the Connectee with referrals to others in their network to meet and the whole process happens all over again.

The experience provides valuable insight into the local job market and sets the Connectee on the path to create their own success. The Connector gets to help cultivate new local talent, making their industry and our community grow stronger, more inclusive, and welcoming. It’s a win – win! Find more information or apply to participate at

Indigenous Internship Program 2023

Indigenous Internship Program 

The IIP is a 12-month paid internship designed to provide recent Indigenous graduates with the opportunity to gain professional level work experience and a pathway through which they can build and develop transferable skills that can be used to gain sustained employment in their field of choice. 

To be eligible to participate in the IIP, individuals must meet the following criteria: 

  • Self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) 
  • Have graduated from a college or university with a diploma, degree or post-graduate certificate within the past five years 
  • Live in Ontario during their placement term 
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada 

Opportunities for the 2023 IIP can be accessed through the OPS career portal. Candidates can apply now and the application period will close June 21st, 2023! Please share the OPS cover letter and resume writing guide so students and recent graduates can apply OPS best practices to their submissions! 

CNIB Scholarship

KPMG in Canada is excited to announce that we will be collaborating with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) for a second year, to offer multiple scholarships, to people who are blind or partially sighted. This scholarship was created to alleviate financial barriers, promote access and inclusivity, and to ensure an equitable playing field in recognition of their educational aspirations and achievements. 


For eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit  

Applications are due on July 4th

This Way ONward -- YES Employment

Youth receive specialized retail specific training which may include: Retail Hard and Soft Skills, Stress Management, Work Life Balance, Personal Skills Development and Financial Literacy.

After completing pre-employment training, clients are connected with Old Navy stores throughout the GTHA and will soon be expanding into Thunder Bay. Learn more on their website.

Virtual Career Conference, March 2024
The application link can be found here! Applications are due March 13th, 2024.
We launched this conference last year as a free, one-day virtual Career Conference for 100 university and college students from across Canada facing one or more barriers* in the workforce, to provide professional skill development, real-word education from diverse industry professionals, and opportunities for students to network with companies they might not otherwise have the chance to!
*Our list of eligible barriers includes but is not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, and physical ability; a full list of eligibility can be found within the application.
The event was a huge success, with:
  • 100% of students reporting that the conference gave them access to new information and panelists they would not have had access to otherwise
  • 98% that the conference gave them access to organizations and companies that they would not have had access to otherwise
  • 86% that they felt more prepared for job searching, interviewing, and entering the workforce following the career conference
  • 98% that they would love to attend the conference again if given the opportunity
The full breakdown from last year, including student testimonials and feedback, last year's schedule, and photos of the different panels and sessions is attached!
This year promises to be even bigger and better!
What our Virtual Career Conference includes:
Morning: Professional skills-based workshops in the morning led by Deloitte, Executive Director of The Get REAL Movement Chris Studer, and globally recognized Career Strategy Coach & Former Fortune 500 Senior Director Tiffany Uman
  1. Prep Skills Workshop:
  • Resumes & Cover Letters
  • Personal Branding & LinkedIn
       2. Live Skills Workshop:
  • Crushing the interview
  • Network effectively
Afternoon: Five different educational panels with leading industry professionals from amazing companies and organizations! Last year's organizations included Kiehl's, Deloitte, Recipe Unlimited, Purdys Chocolatier, DDB, Peace Collective, Hackergal, LG2, Rainbow Railroad, and WealthSimple.
  1. Start-ups & Entrepreneurship
  2. DEI in the Corporate Space
  3. Non-Profits & Charities
  4. Recruiters and Hiring Managers
  5. Surprise Panel!
Attendees can look forward to a combination of fan-favorites from last year, along with new incredible new companies and organizations, as well as a new panel entirely!
The day will conclude with virtual breakout rooms where students will have the chance to meet recruiters at ten different companies and organizations, including Get REAL, to ask questions, get face-time, and hear about employment opportunities!
This event is completely free, completely virtual over zoom, and also includes lunch, T-Shirts, and prizes sent out to attendees!

Employer Sessions and Career Fairs: We often host employers both virtually and on-campus. Information can be found on the Events and Workshops page. Visit the calendar to find out when we are hosting our next Career and Networking Fair! 

Employer Information Sessions

Below are our recordings of Employer Information Sessions done in collaboration with Career Services and Employer Partners. Please take some time to learn more about their opportunities. 

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