The PICS Vancouver Mega Job Fair 2024, hosted by Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society, proved to be a success, drawing in a historic number of approximately 7,000 job aspirants and igniting hope for career opportunities. Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway, Don Davies commended PICS for its dynamic role in fostering community and economic growth by facilitating connections between businesses and aspiring talent.
The event featured a diverse array of companies, including prominent entities and sponsors like BC Corrections, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC); which conducted on-the-spot interviews. Over 140 representatives from employers, service providers and educational institutes were there to assist attendees with their career goals. There were a mix of private and public sector organizations engaged with a large pool of potential candidates.
Anticipation for the job fair was high, evident from the overwhelming response of around 5,000 online registrations and an additional 2,000 walk-ins on the day of the event. The venue reached its capacity early on, bustling with activity from the 10 am start time until the 3 pm closing.
Satbir Cheema, President and CEO of PICS Society, expressed pride in the evolution of the PICS Mega Job Fair since its inception in Surrey in 2005 and expansion to Vancouver in 2018. He emphasized its significance as a platform for job seekers to connect with numerous employers conveniently.
The sponsorship support from organizations like BC Corrections, RBC, Better at Home, PICS Career Service, University of Canada West, and Western Community College was lauded for contributing to the success of the Mega Job Fair.
Buoyed by the positive outcome, organizers are already looking ahead to the next Mega Job fair scheduled for July 25th in Surrey at the North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex (near Scott Road Skytrain) with expectations of an even higher turnout.