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By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/25/2011

In early 2010, Heidi Flynn was faced with a considerable HR challenge. Her employer of more than four years, software development company TV Works Canada in London, Ont., was being shut down. While the Philadelphia-based parent company Comcast was providing an outplacement service, it would not be available until the company closed. So, faced with no funding, Flynn took several initiatives to help workers before the closure.

“If 127 people had hit the end date and just had to flounder and find their own way, I would have carried that for a really long time,” she said. “I’d gone through downsizing and mass layoffs but not the official close of a company where ‘This is it.’ It’s not something I would wish on anybody.”

Flynn held roundtable discussions to hear workers’ concerns and brought in a career coach, an image consultant and financial institutions who held one-on-one appointments or gave presentations. She also invited companies to come on-site and recruit and, for two months, more than 30 employers, such as RIM and Canada Trust, came in every day of the week, supplying lunch, holding presentations and recruiting.