Metasoft Systems, a software services firm based in Vancouver, B.C., will tap into Nova Scotia’s talented labour force by bringing its client sales operations to Halifax. The move was announced today, Aug. 25, by Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage; Metasoft president Trevor Skillen; Metasoft general sales manager Cornelia Butler; and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). “Metasoft’s arrival in Nova Scotia is another example of the effort underway to create new opportunities to retain our well-trained and highly skilled workers,” said Mr. Fage. “I am pleased to note that Metasoft’s management team members have indicated that they believe the sales positions will be an especially good fit for mature, female sales professionals who may be looking to return to the workforce.” NSBI will provide Metasoft with a performance-based payroll rebate of up to $440,000, over five years, for up to 75 new full-time positions at the company’s Halifax location. The company’s earned rebate will be paid out annually once the jobs have been put in place. NSBI’s CEO said Metasoft’s growing presence in Nova Scotia is another endorsement of the province’s strong business case for companies seeking a model environment for software development and service operations. “Metasoft joins a growing list of software solution-based companies that have recognized the strength of a Nova Scotia operation,” said Mr. Lund. “In addition to the new job opportunities that will result for Nova Scotians, Metasoft’s Halifax operation helps encourage other firms to look at the compelling value of this location.” “Nova Scotia has a wealth of educated, highly skilled sales professionals. Our goal is to attract those quality people,” said Ms. Butler. “Nova Scotia’s competitive business climate is exactly the right environment to meet our needs. We believe that Nova Scotia is an ideal location from which to serve both our North American and European markets.” Founded in 1988, Metasoft is a software development firm that has been recognized by the Financial Post as a Top 300 Canadian independent software company, growing at a rate of 40 per cent per year. Its fundraising division, BIG Online, provides an online, searchable database of corporate, foundation, and government grant-making information to non-profit fundraisers throughout North America, the UK and Australia. Metasoft’s many customers include Doctors Without Borders, World Vision, the United Nations, and the World Wildlife Fund. Metasoft donates five per cent of its pre-tax profits — in the form of money, time and other resources — to further good causes. “Metasoft’s core mission,” said Mr. Skillen, “is to help non-profit organizations worldwide efficiently identify, attract and manage the relationships and resources vital to the fulfilment of their philanthropic goals.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the business development agency for Nova Scotia. Led by a private-sector board of directors, it is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financing services. Nova Scotians interested in applying for jobs should contact Cornelia Butler at 1-888-638-2763 (toll-free) or, by e-mail, at [email protected] .
Sabrina Parrotta, student co-ordinator in Student and Community Outreach, shows off the T-shirt Brock students will be wearing for a day of community service this weekend.More than 150 Brock students will participate in community service projects this weekend for not-for-profit agencies across Niagara.This Saturday, Oct. 1, is the fourth annual fall Brock Cares Day of Service. The full-day event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 13 project sites, gives students the opportunity to give back to the communities in which they live.The day of service helps students feel connected to Brock and Niagara, which is one of the most important goals to achieve as a student, said Sabrina Parrotta, student co-ordinator in Student and Community Outreach.“Brock is an amazing school because although academics are the primary concern, there is a bigger focus and an emphasis on community engagement that I feel other schools don’t offer,” she said. “Brock Cares Day of Service demonstrates Brock’s commitment to community involvement perfectly.”The Brock Cares Day of Service exposes students to various charitable and community agencies in Niagara and the important work they do locally. Service projects will take place in Welland, St. Catharines, Port Colborne, and Niagara Falls.“Although this is only a one day initiative,” said Kristen Smith, manager of Student and Community Outreach, “it is our hope that students will become interested in volunteering and that they will be compelled to give more of their time to help these and other local agencies in the future.”Projects include:Wellandpreparing and serving meals at the Hope Housesorting furniture and organizing household items at the Hope Furniture Bankassisting with the Niagara Food FestivalSt. Catharinespreparing and serving meals at Start Me Up Niagara’s weekend meal programassisting with Start Me Up Niagara’s Harvest Festival at Centennial Parkco-ordinating games for children at Big Brothers-Big Sisters programsarchiving artifacts with the Mayholme FoundationPort Colbornepainting a classroom at the newly-renovated Port Cares Reach Out Food CentreNiagara Fallsgeneral cleaning and maintenance at the YWCA Family Shelterassisting with collection of items during Environment Day hosted by the Region