Job Fair: October 26th and 27th

The site of a call-centre that left Chatham earlier this year, the building Transcom worked out of, is to be the location of a job fair on October 26th and 27th. HGS Canada Inc. is looking at the region to find the best location for a new call-centre.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Economic Development Services and HGS Canada announced the dates on Thursday. HGS Canada will evaluate the local employment market. The same company is holding a job fair in Sarnia in the following days, as they weigh the best options for their company. This is CK’s chance to land a lot of paying jobs and the turnout at the job fair will dictate what HGS Canada will do.

The event is part of the site selection process for the global company, which is looking at a potential new 500-employee site in the area. The site would provide hundreds of good quality new jobs in frontline, business support and management positions.

The Job Fair will be held at 745 Richmond Street in Chatham on October 26th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and October 27th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information and to apply now, visit

HGS Canada is looking for Customer Service Associates, Supervisors, Recruiters, HR specialists, IT support and site management. Once a market is chosen HGS Canada will launch with an initial 200 full-time jobs that will lead to additional positions as the company expands.

Mayor Randy Hope says he is not surprised that HGS Canada is considering Chatham-Kent for their next expansion. ”Our skilled workforce and growing contact centre industry in Chatham-Kent makes this community an attractive choice.”, said Hope. “The positions offered by HGS Canada require basic computer knowledge and communication skills. They will open many doors for citizens in this community and broaden our area’s economic diversity. A more diversified economy also means more opportunities for training and education.”

“I have heard nothing but great things about this company,” added Hope. ”A good turn-out by job seekers should help them decide in favour of Chatham-Kent.”

HGS Canada’s groundwork for this expansion into Ontario began earlier this year when the company held prospective talks with a number of potential locations. “The response we have received in the area so far has been very supportive,” said Ross Beattie, President & CEO of HGS Canada. “Our Team is looking to meet many skilled people to help us in our selection process. Although we are a global company we pride ourselves on being very open, honest and community minded. Anyone wanting to find out about us should visit our website to get a flavor of what we are about.”

Expansion is nothing new for HGS Canada, who have opened three sites in Ontario in the past 2 years. 2010 saw the opening of Thunder Bay and last year HGS opened their tenth operation in North Bay and their 11th earlier this year in Belleville.

“We are very excited that HGS Canada has selected Chatham-Kent as one of two communities to consider as expansion sites,” said Michael Burton, Director of Economic Development Services.  “HGS Canada began its site selection process earlier this year. In August, we learned Chatham was in the running.  It was difficult to contain our excitement. Preparations for the job fair began immediately and company officials gave us the go-ahead to share the exciting news.  ”

We are at crucial crossroads,” added Burton. “We encourage all job seekers to attend the job fair and apply for these exciting positions. ”

HGS Canada offers technical support, inbound sales, customer care and customer loyalty in English and French languages and employs over 2000 people at 11 sites in Canada.

HGS Canada is part of HGS Global Solutions with consolidated annual revenues of US $300 million. HGS now has a presence in 42 delivery centres across the USA, India, Philippines, Canada, Mauritius and the UK employing over 21,000 employees worldwide.