Reception Assistant

Human Resources & Office Mgmt.InternToronto, ON

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Canadian National Exhibition Association - Toronto, Ontario

Contract Position: July - September 5, 2022

About Us:

Looking for a paid summer internship that’s fun, by the waterfront and gets you access to one of Toronto’s most iconic events? Come join our team at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)!

The CNE, often affectionately referred to as The Ex, is one of the top ten agricultural fairs in North America. Learn what it takes to run Canada’s largest community event. Get hands on experience and a behind-the-scenes look at some of our event attractions and interactive entertainment experiences including: concerts, midway rides and games, shopping, exhibits, tech and gaming hubs, food and wacky treats!

The CNE fair is a cherished tradition, attracting approximately 1.5 million visitors annually over the course of its 18-day run. Be a part of this summer tradition and help us inspire Canadians and create memories.


Reporting to the Manager, HR & Business Operations, the Reception Assistant’s role will be to answer telephone calls, screen calls, take messages and direct calls to appropriate personnel. Other responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Greet visitors and guests arriving at the office
  • Handle inquiries and requests for information from the general public regarding shows, events and other related items and direct individuals as appropriate
  • Maintain a high degree of discretion and confidentiality in regards to telephone calls and scheduled guest appointments
  • Assist with the email address by providing answers to inquiries or referring inquiries to the appropriate individuals, divisions, or departments across the organization as required
  • Sort and distribute internal and external mail, and incoming facsimiles
  • Call, arrange and prepare documentation for courier services
  • Ensure the reception area, common areas and board rooms are presentable at all times
  • Ensure the availability of drinking water, coffee, and tea for CNE staff and visitors
  • Assist with maintaining accurate inventory and control of all office supplies
  • Other administrative tasks such as filing, photocopying, scanning, mailing and printing as required
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Special Conditions:

  • Willingness to work in areas that may contain bright lights, loud noises and crowds of people

Qualifications & Educational Requirements:

  • You are self-motivated and detail-oriented, with strong customer service skills.
  • Proficient in email (MS Outlook), and MS Office (Word, Excel)
  • Organized, professional, friendly, and customer service oriented
  • Good multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Problem-solving skills and capacity to deal with ambiguity
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends is required

The CNE is committed to the learning and growth of its employees and works to provide opportunities for skill development. Some learned skills in this role may include:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Further develop interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Organization/Planning Skills
  • Multi-Tasking Skills
  • Time Management Skills
  • Technological Skills

History of the CNE:

The Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA) is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1879 for the purpose of fostering the development of agriculture, industry and the arts. The CNEA has a strong and long history of planning and executing the 18-day Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

Invitation to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and covering letter (optional) outlining related experience and qualifications to the attention of the CNE, Human Resources Department.

Please note only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted. At the CNE we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported.

The CNE offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities as part of its recruitment process. If you are contacted to arrange for an interview, please advise us if you require an accommodation.