Military Spousal Employment Network – Official Launch

Submitted The Spirit of the Military Families Coin presented to Cameron Fowler and Matthew Lombardi for BMOs ongoing support to the military community.  Left to Right: Colonel Dan Harris - DMFS, Matthew Lombardi – Head of External Talent BMO, Cameron Fowler – President of North American Personal & Business Banking BMO, Michael Levitt - MP for York Centre, and Commodore Sean Cantelon, CEO CFMWS.

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The Spirit of the Military Families Coin presented to Cameron Fowler and Matthew Lombardi for BMOs ongoing support to the military community. Left to Right: Colonel Dan Harris – DMFS, Matthew Lombardi – Head of External Talent BMO, Cameron Fowler – President of North American Personal & Business Banking BMO, Michael Levitt – MP for York Centre, and Commodore Sean Cantelon, CEO CFMWS.

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On November 30, 2018, Commodore Sean Cantelon and Colonel Dan Harris were present as Michael Levitt MP for York Centre announced the launch of the Military Spousal Employment Network and Initiative to enable employment opportunities for military spouses and common-law partners, both within and outside of the federal public service. The launch event was hosted by BMO, one of the founding employment partners of the Network with a long history of support to the military community.

The Military Spousal Employment Network is made up of over a dozen national employers, including Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), who have a footprint across multiple communities in Canada and/or virtual employment opportunities that may appeal to military spouses of currently serving CAF members. The Network makes use of a self-directed online resource where military spouses can directly access employers and their employment opportunities. Some of the tools available include an online job board and virtual career fairs with participating employers located in multiple locations across Canada.

Since the launch, 770 spouses have registered, 165 job postings have been posted and over 100 spouses have participated in the first virtual career and networking fair.

This Network complements the Military Spouse Employment Initiative – Casual Inventory, which was recently launched by the Department of National Defence (DND). This Initiative supports a casual inventory open exclusively to spouses of serving (CAF) members and gives them an opportunity to attain meaningful casual employment at DND.

Spousal employment has been repeatedly identified as a stressor for military families, and often contributes to members leaving the (CAF). Providing professional support to CAF families by addressing and alleviating employment challenges that they face when relocating is in support of many of the objectives outlined in Canada’s defence policy: Strong, secure, engaged. (SSE).