Four days before last June’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft Halifax Mooseheads Majority Owner Bobby Smith and General Manager Cam Russell walked into a meeting in downtown Halifax. Predictably, they were at the meeting to talk about hockey players. Perhaps surprisingly the topic of conversation was not current members of the Halifax Mooseheads or young players the team would be looking to draft later in the week.
Awaiting the Mooseheads duo were Ian Sullivan and Chantal Brine. Sullivan is one of two founding partners of Venor and Brine is the leader of their Youth Employment business. Venor is an Atlantic Canadian talent firm that provides professional and executive search services to companies in the region and beyond. Venor also offers career management services and, of particular interest to Smith and Russell, Venor has developed expertise in early stage career services for young people.
Smith and Russell explained to their hosts that the Halifax Mooseheads devoted great energy to helping members of the team reach their potential as hockey players. Players who do not become professional players avail themselves to scholarships provided by the Mooseheads and the QMJHL. Smith and Russell wanted to explore how Venor could help former members of the Mooseheads begin rewarding professional careers off the ice after they had completed their studies.
The Mooseheads and Venor have entered into a partnership to benefit former members of the team. Chantal Brine will meet with former players as they approach university graduation to identify career options, assess aptitudes, help with resumé writing, networking and interview skills. The alumni will also participate in Venor’s proprietary Students2Mentors platform through which they will be paired with a mentor in the community and have access to a variety of other online career-development tools.
Chantal Brine commented, “We are thrilled to partner with the Halifax Mooseheads and support their alumni in starting meaningful careers. We founded this business to help young people connect their passion to making a living and lead careers they are excited about. To support these former players, who have already demonstrated such commitment and leadership, in doing just that is an honor.”
Cam Russell stated, “We are really excited to avail our former players to the services of a firm like Venor. Our club has always taken pride in our player development and post-career education programs. Our partnership with Venor puts us in a position where we can help former players start rewarding careers, hopefully right here in Halifax.”