*5 REASONS WHY ORGANIZATIONS CHOOSE JOBSPARK

  1. Our online live synchronous learning program can accommodate all group sizes from all locations.

  2. We work with your organization to plan a schedule that works for your group.

  3. Our instructors are certified with the Ontario College of Teachers and have the experience and knowledge to work with students from all backgrounds.

  4. Attendance and Assessments are taken after each session and a JobSpark certificate is earned after each successful completion of the course.

  5. JobSpark can have an Indigenous focus. Modules can be customized (or adapted) to meet the needs of a particular group.

The JobSpark Advisory Council Members

Mahamud Elmi 
Ottawa Police Sergeant

Mahamud Elmi is a devoted husband and father of three who immigrated to Canada from Somalia as a young boy. After arriving in Canada he completed his high school education at Ridgemont High School and attended St. Lawrence College where he received his Police Foundation Diploma. He later completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology at Carleton University. Mahamud joined the Ottawa Police Service in 2003 and is currently Sergeant for the Community Safety Services and is the first Somali-Canadian Police Sergeant in Canada.
   Mahamud is very active in his community and has received many awards for his work, including Crime Prevention Ottawa, Community Safety Award, Intercultural Dialogue Institute -– Ottawa-Public Heroe, Queen’s Jubilee Medal, Ottawa Police Community Award, The Chief’s Coin, Human Rights and Race Relations Gold Medal Award, and the Global Community Alliance – Professional Achievement Award.

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Jennifer Young 
Co-Founder, Chief Marketing Officer | Outdoorsy

Jennifer Young is the driving force behind one of today’s most successful marketplaces in the U.S. She is the co-founder and chief marketing officer of Outdoorsy, the world’s fastest-growing, on-demand marketplace for recreational vehicles and experiential travel. Her professional accomplishments include a long career in top agencies at WPP, managing global brands like HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, DHL, and American Express. Most recently, she was recognized as Forbes Top 50 CMO; has more than 20 years of expertise in global consumer marketing brands and growth; and won the Fastest Growing Company, award in Silicon Valley’s top incubator, NFX Guild in Palo Alto, California.

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Greg Mullen 
Retired School Superintendent, Principal

Greg Mullen is a retired Superintendent of Schools from the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He has over 34 years of experience in education working with students, staff and support staff in the school board. During his time as superintendent, Greg was responsible for two Family of Schools and the human resources department, overseeing all staffing, leadership development and coaching. He was involved in all aspects of the collective bargaining process dealing with all union and non-unionized employment issues. Prior to this senior executive placement, Greg was a secondary principal in two high schools and a vice principal in two other high schools. As a secondary principal, he helped bring in a number of unique programs to help at-risk students achieve success.

   Greg was awarded the Director of Education Award for his work as a secondary principal in the system. He also has substantial school-level coaching experience helping student athletes develop the life skills needed for success. Greg is on the board of directors for Serenity House, which helps individuals with substance abuse issues.

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Russell Arthurs
Entrepreneur

Russell Arthurs and his wife Janet have been successful small business owners in the Ottawa area since 2005. They have been the proud owners of 5 Trade Secrets stores in Ottawa and currently own the Trade Secrets store in the Rideau Centre location since 2012. Together they are part owners of the Boston Pizza restaurant franchise in Barrhaven.

    Along with their four teenage children, they operate a small farm business between Richmond and Barrhaven raising sustainably grown meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables.