JOCBE 2016 Conferences & Exhibition


Press Release
For immediate release


RDÉE TNL announces the 5th Edition Bilingual Post-Secondary Career & Entrepreneurship Day

St. John’s (NL), Friday, October 28, 2016 – The Francophone Employment and Economic Development Network of Newfoundland & Labrador (RDÉE TNL), in collaboration with its partners, is pleased to announce the 5th edition of the Bilingual Post-Secondary Career & Entrepreneurship Day (JOCBE), Monday, November 7th, 2016 at the Jack Byrne Arena (7 Kennedys Brook Drive, Torbay, NL A1K 1K8). French Immersion secondary students from the Eastern region of the province, as well as the public, are invited to attend this one-day event between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm.

The objective of JOCBE is to educate bilingual students in grades 11 and 12 on the importance of bilingualism by showcasing career opportunities in both official languages and by promoting entrepreneurship as a career choice. This job fair also aims to advance bilingualism in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The job fair will include forty information booths, staffed by professionals from within the provincial and federal governments, as well as the community and private sectors. Over 550 French immersion students are expected to visit the fair and learn from the bilingual professionals in attendance.

In addition, conferences on the topic of entrepreneurship will be offered to students and the general public. Speakers will discuss their career paths and take questions from participants. These conferences will also be presented to students at schools on the West Coast at a later date. The speakers presenting these sessions are:

  • Mr. Nicolas Duvernois, PUR Entrepreneur, founder and CEO of PUR Vodka
  • Mr. John Buck, Director General of the CEDEC
  • Mr. Remzi Cej, Manager, Skills and Training Policy, Department of Advanced Education and Skills

Media Presence
Media are invited to attend and cover this event. We ask you to be present from 9 am, Monday, November 7th, 2016 at the Jack Byrne Arena (7 Kennedys Brook Drive, Torbay, NL A1K 1K8).

The JOCBE is jointly funded by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development and the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour), the Government of Quebec (Secretariat for Canadian intergovernmental Affairs) and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

For more information about the JOCBE, contact us:

RDÉE TNL provides expertise in economic development for Francophones who wish to use the French language as an added value in order to strengthen the position of the Francophone community within the Newfoundland and Labrador economy. RDÉE TNL aims to enhance the labor market and diversify the economy by supporting business and entrepreneurship, in addition to promoting Newfoundland and Labrador as a tourist destination in francophone markets.


Source: Dominique Poirier
Communications Officer, RDÉE TNL |
               (709) 757-2855