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Former Aveos workers hosting their own job fairs

April 2, 2012, Montreal - Former Aveos employees are hosting their own employment fairs in Montreal for aircraft maintenance workers who lost their jobs when the company suddenly ceased operations.


April 2, 2012
By The Canadian Press

The first of the two job fairs with more than 22 recruiting agencies was scheduled to run until early afternoon at an airport hotel on Monday.

The second event, with some 18 prospective employers, including several in the aerospace industry, will follow on April 12.

The initiative was championed by a few former Aveos employees who were also terminated March 20 when the Montreal-based company announced plans to liquidate under creditor protection.

Employees began to line up before 8:30 a.m. to ensure they were among the first to meet with recruiters, said spokeswoman Pascale Lambert, who had worked in marketing for Aveos.

Former employees will also be able to benefit from the professional advice of consultants in their job search.

Aveos Fleet Performance has shut down three main plants in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal, as well as other facilities in Edmonton, Calgary and Trenton and Mississauga, Ont.

More than 2,600 Aveos employees lost their jobs.

Aveos was formed after Air Canada spun off its technical services division in 2007.

The company did most of the repair and heavy maintenance work on Air Canada planes, but decided to cease operations because it was no longer getting sufficient work from the airline.