Canada’s Largest Student Work Integrated Learning Digital Posting Platform Created

January 2, 2018, Toronto, ON:

Orbis Communications, the country’s expert in post-secondary student experiential learning placements and Ryerson University’s Magnet, the social innovation built to accelerate inclusive job matching between talent and employers, have partnered to create Canada’s largest student work integrated learning digital posting platform.

The new platform, called Campus Connect, streamlines the process of providing and posting work integrated learning opportunities to students and sourcing talent for businesses. Employers now only need to electronically post their experiential learning opportunities once and have it distributed to over 100 campus-based career centres, co-op or experiential learning programs. Previously, employers posted job placement opportunities one at a time at each post-secondary institution.

Launching in time for the busiest youth experiential learning and job placement period annually, employers can access Campus Connect and post their work integrated learning placements by visiting magnet.today/campus-connect.


Ian Hartlen and Ramana Rajasekaran, Location: Ryerson University

The matching between post-secondary students and employers’ work integrated learning placements will remain on campus with students continuing to draw upon the expertise and guidance of their campus-based career centres and their co-op or experiential learning programs. Campus Connect now offers a new technological tool to support universities and colleges as well as employers to advance the career skills of Canada’s youth and meet the demand by businesses for talent.

“Advancing the engagement and exploration for students to connect with employers is more important than ever in today’s fast-moving world of opportunities,” said Brien K. Convery, Director Early Talent Acquisition, RBC Canada. “It is imperative that recruiters and career services spend quality time together informing and educating each other on the ever-changing landscape and the skills of the future to prepare students for the future of work. With this shift from transactional recruitment to talent acquisition consultants, we at RBC are looking to technology to simplify and streamline our recruitment processes.  Campus Connect is one way we look to embrace the opportunity to streamline student job postings and spend our time with career services talking about what matters – the students.”

“One of the biggest barriers to growth that we hear about from employers, large or small, is finding people with the right skills to match their business needs,” said Mark Patterson, Executive Director, Magnet.  “Work integrated learning is a proven solution to this problem. We joined with Orbis to develop the national work integrated learning digital posting platform in an effort to break the systemic barriers which prevent effectively leveraging Canada’s wealth of diverse youth talent and make it easier for companies to access the future skills needed to be competitive and grow Canada’s economy.”

“In addition to facilitating the distribution of experiential learning opportunities, Campus Connect will also help operationalize and track the student’s experience based on each institution and program’s unique requirements, which should greatly contribute to enhancing the quality of Canada’s ever-expanding work integrated learning system,” said Devin Grady, Managing Partner, Orbis Communications.


Stephan Allen and Derek Lobo, Location: Ryerson University

Campus Connect will also support the efforts of post-secondary institutions in providing students improved transition from school to work ensuring that they can use their talents and skills to participate in learning, work and their communities.

As part of the Student Work Placement Program, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) supported the partnership of Magnet and Orbis Communications in building the new and bilingual online work integrated opportunity matching and job posting platform. Sarah Plouffe, Director, ESDC, said, “we are pleased to help broaden collaborations within the work integrated learning ecosystem. In some cases, the skills needed today aren’t the same needed even six months from now. Work integrated learning is a positive solution for this issue. Support for this innovative technological infrastructure is another way to encourage participation in work integrated learning and improve the facilitation between students and employers.”

For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Powderley, Responsible Communications, 416-803-5597, kathleen@responsiblecommunications.ca