University of Calgary

Summer jobs program launched

UToday HomeJanuary 11, 2013

By Sarah McGinnis

(Right to left) Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance),  University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon and Adam Rousselle, Graduate Student, VP Finance and Services Graduate Students’ Association officially launch Canada Summer Jobs 2013.(R to L) Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon and Adam Rousselle, Graduate Student, VP Finance & Services for the Graduate Students’ Association officially launch Canada Summer Jobs 2013. Photo by Riley BrandtWhile completing his undergraduate degree in New Brunswick, University of Calgary masters student Adam Rousselle worked a series of jobs to help pay for school.

His time spent tree planting or as a ball retriever at a local golf course taught him the value of hard work. But it was a government-sponsored summer job at the Saint John Board of Trade that gave Rousselle his first taste of policy research.

Now, as he works to complete his masters of political science in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts, Rousselle researches energy policy in countries around the world. He looks back on that experience as being invaluable to his personal and professional growth.

On Thursday, the Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance) and Member of Parliament for Macleod, came to the University of Calgary to launch the federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs 2013 program.

The initiative will create up to 36,000 job opportunities for students across the country similar to the grant position Rousselle worked in a few years ago.

“Our government’s top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Menzies. “Our continued investment in Canada Summer Jobs will create thousands of jobs for students this summer, strengthening the local economies of communities right across Canada.”

Through the program, funding will be available for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to create high-quality summer job opportunities for young people from 15 to 30 years of age who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, so by investing in them we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity,” added Menzies.

President Elizabeth Cannon welcomed Menzies back to the University of Calgary and thanked him for making this important announcement on campus.

“This program will directly affect and benefit our students at the University of Calgary and, of course, students throughout Canada,” Cannon said.

“For many students, summer jobs are an essential and necessary part of their student experience. A summer job could play a huge role in establishing one’s career,” she added.

Rousselle, who is now VP Finance & Services for the Graduate Students’ Association, also thanked Menzies for the continuation of a program that has become so vital to students across the country.

“Programs like these are essential to Canada’s young people,” said Rousselle.