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Our mission

CCAI partners with leading universities and local economic development organizations to match new graduates with full-time jobs in local companies through an apprenticeship model. Participating cities retain motivated, competent, and capable university graduates who might otherwise depart for bigger cities in search of work.

Our vision

We imagine a Canada where our youth, upon graduating from University, launch their careers immediately with full time employment - not in unskilled jobs or living in their parents’ basement.


We work towards a Canada in which mid-sized communities across the country are able to attract and retain young talent to continue being the best places in the world to live and work.

CCAI Advisory Board

Alan Rottenberg - Founder

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Alan is the creator of the 'Apprenticeship for Arts graduates’ concept and the initial funder of the CCAI. 


Alan is a distinguished business leader renowned for his track record of driving technology companies to become industry leaders, through innovation and growth.

Julie Pandeya - Fiduciary

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Julie is an experienced financial and operational leader with over 20 years experience in Accounting, Finance, M&A, Integrations, Sales and Services Operations.


Currently, Julie serves as Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer of Mercury Filmworks.

Jesse Rottenberg - General Counsel

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Jesse is a lawyer called to the bar of Ontario in 2016. He graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2015, following a BA from Carleton University.


Currently, Jesse works as a Research Lawyer for an AI-driven legal industry technology firm.

Thomas Hewitt - Community Advisor

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Thomas is a Founding Member of CCAI, having aided in the launch of its pilot program at Queen's University.


An accomplished fundraising executive and volunteer, Thomas focuses on advancing important community-based organizations and innovative enterprises

Justine Janssen - Strategic Advisor

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Justine Janssen is an active board member, advisor, and investor in various organizations that build and strengthen community.


Justine specializes in launching and growing new ventures. She has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100.

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