GAME CHANGERS: 2017 Best Super Connector

December 14, 2017

Chris O’Shea, Business Development Bank of Canada


ChrisOShea1The Game Changers Awards Gala recognizes exceptional Halifax businesses and Connectors who hire youth, provide meaningful experiential learning opportunities and inspire others to take action in retaining youth. This year’s gala took place on October 30. Nine awards were presented, and Chris O’Shea was a recipient of the Best Super Connector Award.

Since joining the Connector Program in 2013, Chris has met with eight Connectees, including four in the past year. Chris consistently finds the time to meet with Connectees and provides quality referrals. Chris is dedicated, enthusiastic and truly embodies what it means to be a Connector.




Why are you a Connector? Why are you so involved in the Connector Program? 

I am aware of the importance of retaining our young people and new Canadians in this economy. Our aging population represents a significant risk to our overall well-being as a society and these groups will help mitigate that risk. We collectively need youth to succeed here in order to see our city thrive. I really want to give back to this community in honour of those who took a chance on me when I was a new grad and as a returning professional who moved home to Halifax after living in the United States in the mid-2000’s. It is an amazing feeling to help someone find meaningful employment in their chosen field here in Halifax.

Can you share a specific success story or talk about one of your standout Connector/Connectee relationships/experiences? 

I have had plenty of great encounters with Connectees, but my current Connectee, Davielle, embodies what I see as the right attitude toward a program like this. She is very engaged and motivated to move herself into a new position in her field and she uses our relationship to ask questions, keep me updated, and at the same time promote herself in the market. She is out there actively trying to get herself hired. I am just trying to keep up with her but it’s only a matter of time before that happens.

What advice do you have for recent graduates?

For recent graduates, I would say that your personal brand needs to be part of your action plan. As important as your skillset and training are, your ability to present yourself as someone who is competent and capable is just as important. In a competitive job market, being able to position yourself as someone who can get the job done for prospective employers has never been easier. Use tools like LinkedIn and other social media channels to express to employers why they should choose you. Today….it matters.



CLICK HERE to learn more about the Game Changers Youth Retention Action Plan.