City of Waterloo to Host Job Centre in October for Laid-off RIM Employees

by Techvibes NewsDesk

The City of Waterloo will host a job centre for laid-off Research In Motion employees at City Hall starting in mid-October should city councillors approve the plan. Local organization Communitech will use space in the hall for its Tech Jobs Connex Centre to assist RIM workers who have been laid off.

RIM's headquarters are in Waterloo, where it once employed well over 10,000 people. But more than 3,000 workers in RIM's Waterloo offices alone have lost their jobs in the past year as the company attempts to shave $1 billion in costs for 2012.

“RIM has employed some of the best and brightest people in the industry,” Mayor Brenda Halloran said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to get these people back to work so they can continue doing what they do best: creating, inventing and contributing to the local and global economy.”

“RIM is grateful for the support that is being offered by government and community partners to provide resources for affected employees,” the BlackBerry maker stated.

“There are almost 1,000 technology firms including over 400 technology startups in Waterloo Region who are looking for excellent candidates to join their teams,” Karen Gallant, Communitech’s senior director of talent networks, said. “Part of what we do is to connect talented professionals with these organizations.”

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 1997, Communitech is an industry-led innovation centre in Waterloo Region, supporting a tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies. Communitech supports tech companies at all stages of their growth and development – from startups to rapidly growing mid-sized companies and large global players. A member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, Communitech... more

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