Some of Nova Scotia’s largest employers are hitting the road with provincial government representatives in an effort to bring ex-patriates back to work at home. Halifax Regional Municipality, Maritime Forces Atlantic, EastLink, Dexter Construction, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Capital District Health Authority and the Public Service Commission are among the employers that will connect with job-seekers at a series of Opportunities Nova Scotia events in major cities across Canada. The initiative is being organized by the provincial government and builds on a series of similar events that were held within the province last spring. The local events connected 95 employers with more than 4,500 job seekers. “This initiative is in keeping with the province’s 4R strategy aimed at recruiting, repatriating, retaining and retraining Nova Scotia’s workforce,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “This initiative will give ex-patriates and others the chance to live and work in the best province in Canada.” Opportunities Nova Scotia will take place in Ottawa, Toronto, Mississauga, Calgary, and Edmonton between Nov. 5 and Nov. 15. A virtual recruitment campaign has been created to accompany the networking events, giving ex-patriates living across the country the chance to connect with employers through on-line job postings. “There are many great opportunities right here in Nova Scotia, and we want to get out there and tell Canadians about them,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “By bringing together some of Nova Scotia”s top businesses, who are prepared to win employees in a very competitive climate, we can demonstrate the strength of our economy and show that there are high quality jobs available right now in Nova Scotia.” The Department of Education has hired human resources consultants The People Bank to facilitate the events and run the online recruitment campaign. The People Bank will host Opportunities Nova Scotia offices in each city for five months around the events, enabling employers and job seekers to connect over the longer term. The province plans to promote Opportunities Nova Scotia phase II with Nova Scotia and city-specific advertising and publicity. Promotion will also include virtual postcards for Nova Scotians who want to notify their friends and family about the events, and e-mails targeting ex-patriates. Advertising in the province will kick off Saturday, Oct. 6. “Businesses are growing, and there are excellent positions here at home,” said Donald Rankin, director of human resources for EastLink. “We are pleased to join government and other progressive employers in connecting with ex-patriots and other interested Canadians about the exciting career possibilities in our province.” For more information on Opportunities Nova Scotia, see the website at www.opportunitiesns.ca .