The State of the Unemployed in Canada – Exclusive National Release of Harris Poll11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel, Austin Gallery - 1 King Street West, Toronto
Express Employment Professionals, one of the largest privately held staffing companies in North America, along with leading research firm Harris Interactive, have conducted a study of the unemployed in Canada.
This is the first of its kind research project on the unemployed, employment insurance and the job situation outlook. The survey gauges the unemployed’s willingness to work, understanding what motivates their job search, and how hopeful they are to find a job.
The survey was administered to 1,502 Canadian residents age 18 and older who are unemployed but are capable of working, whether they receive unemployment insurance or not.
The State of the Unemployed in Canada is the first in a series of news releases and research projects by Express called Canada Employed that explore different aspects of who gets hired and why. The series will provide valuable news and information from the ground level about employment and unemployment throughout the country.
Robert A. Funk
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Express Employment Professionals
Robert A. “Bob” Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. With international headquarters in Oklahoma City, the company has more than 700 franchises in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 5 million people to work worldwide. Sales for the international franchise company totaled more than $2.5 billion, with nearly 400,000 people employed in 2013.
Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve. He has been named to the Staffing 100 List of Influential People by Staffing Industry Review and his professional affiliations include International Franchising Association (IFA) and Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI). With the IFA, Mr. Funk served as a former board member, was inducted into the IFA Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named IFA Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000. He was a charter honoree, former board of trustees member and a Hall of Fame inductee with SMEI.
Mr. Funk earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Theology degrees, as well as his Master of Arts degree from Seattle Pacific University (SPU). He completed graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has three honorary degrees: Honorary Doctorate of Public Service, SPU; Honorary Doctorate of Law, Oklahoma Baptist University; Honorary Doctorate of Law, Southern Nazarene University.
“FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS, OFTEN THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, WE PROVIDE GREAT HOPE BY HELPING THEM FIND GOOD JOBS AND OUR CLIENT COMPANIES FIND GOOD EMPLOYEES.”
— Robert A. Funk