Lime Connect Canada (Lime Canada) is a not for profit organization founded in 2009 with the support of IBM Canada following a series of extremely successful pilot recruitment events. We use our fresh, results-oriented approach to connect people with disabilities and global corporations as an untapped source of talent. Our initial focus was on working with campuses where our corporate partners have proven hiring success to connect them with talented students who happen to have disabilities - students they would likely not have access to otherwise - for summer, coop, internship and full time positions.
Building on the success of our campus recruitment focus, and with the full understanding that lateral recruiting is a key talent acquisition component for our partners, Lime Canada added a successful program to target experienced, talented people with disabilities who are seeking career advancement. Lime Connect Canada partners BMO Financial Group, IBM Canada, RBC and TD Bank Group realized the value of our focus early on, and global partners PepsiCo and Google participate in Lime Connect Canada programs as a result of their level of partnership. All have worked with Lime Canada to integrate disability as a full component of their overall diversity strategy, and value the intellectual capital that is found in people with disabilities.
In addition to our corporate recruitment reception events, we also offer a number of scholarship and internship programs with our partners, and candidates with disabilities from throughout the provinces are encouraged to take advantage of The Lime Network.
Athena Goodfellow and part of Lime Connect Canada's marketing strategies team from Schulich.
By the way, we know that one in five people globally has a disability, and that 90% of disabilities on campus and 70% of disabilities in general are invisible - including ADD, dyslexia, depression, medical conditions and many others - and all individuals with disabilities are encouraged to register with The Lime Network to take advantage of opportunities with Lime Connect Canada.