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Profession to Profession - Mentoring Immigrants Program

Are you an internationally trained professional living in Toronto who needs help finding work in your field/occupation? If your training and experience is in one of the fields below and you are interested in being mentored, please register at The Mentoring Partnership.

The City of Toronto’s Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program responds to employment barriers faced by skilled immigrants in Toronto by engaging City staff in mentoring new immigrants who have training in related fields/occupations. Over 1,175 skilled immigrants have been mentored by City staff since the program began in 2004.

The City of Toronto, along with other corporate partners, collaborates with The Mentoring Partnership and a consortium of community agencies to match professionals with skilled immigrants to mentor them for a period of four to six months. Mentors provide job search advice and support to help ease newcomers' transition into the Canadian job market.

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City recognized for mentoring leadership

The City of Toronto was recognized by Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) for being one of the leading contributors of mentors to The Mentoring Partnership. The City was also the first public sector partner to reach the 1,000 mentoring matches milestone since the program began in 2004. Out of the seven individual volunteers who were also recognized for mentoring ten or more skilled immigrants, four of them were members of the Toronto Public Service. The City of Toronto has the highest number of repeat mentors, and continues to lead the way in welcoming new immigrants and helping them to establish themselves professionally.

Manjit Singh (left), Vice Chair of TRIEC's Board of Directors presents the 1,000 Mentoring Matches Award to Bruce L. Anderson, Executive Director of Human Resources at the annual volunteer recognition reception.

The Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program supports several strategic actions including enhancing the city's capacity to serve Toronto's diverse communities and supporting the development and implementation of a workforce plan.

Mentors recognized for their efforts

Five members of the Toronto Public Service were recognized by The Mentoring Partnership in November 2012, for mentoring ten or more skilled immigrants as part of the City's Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program.

Ratna Omidvar (President of Maytree & chair of the Board of Directors of TRIEC); Alan Broadbent (Chairman of Maytree); Riaz Shaikh, Supervisor, Capital Projects, Long-Term Care Homes and Services; Ruby Chui, Senior Financial Analyst, Corporate Finance; Sam Samanta, Senior Financial Analyst, Business Investments & Finance; and Margaret Eaton (Executive Director, TRIEC); (absent: Grace Lopez, Project Manager, Project & Resource Management, Information & Technology; and Saleha Hussain, Building Engineer, Plan Review, Toronto Building)

Ratna Omidvar (President of Maytree & chair of the Board of Directors of TRIEC); Alan Broadbent (Chairman of Maytree); Riaz Shaikh, Supervisor, Capital Projects, Long-Term Care Homes and Services; Ruby Chui, Senior Financial Analyst, Corporate Finance; Sam Samanta, Senior Financial Analyst, Business Investments & Finance; and Margaret Eaton (Executive Director, TRIEC

Photo credit: Camilla Pucholt & The Mentoring Partnership/TRIEC

(absent: Grace Lopez, Project Manager, Project & Resource Management, Information & Technology/TRIEC and Saleha Hussain, Building Engineer, Plan Review, Toronto Building)


 

The City of Toronto was one of five corporate partners recognized for its leadership in mentor recruitment in 2011. The Mentoring Partnership, one of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council's (TRIEC) initiatives, has proven to be a successful strategy to get skilled immigrants closer to meaningful employment.

Top row, left to right: Deloitte's Yezdi Pavri, TRIEC executive director Elizabeth McIsaac, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Dr. Eric Hoskins, Scotiabank's Brian Toda, and City Manager Joe Pennachetti. Bottom row, left to right: KPMG's Michael Bach, TRIEC chair of the board Ratna Omidvar, and TD Bank Financial Group's Carrie Blair. photo credit: Mansa Photography

Top row, left to right: Deloitte's Yezdi Pavri, TRIEC executive director Elizabeth McIsaac, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Dr. Eric Hoskins, Scotiabank's Brian Toda, and City Manager Joe Pennachetti. Bottom row, left to right: KPMG's Michael Bach, TRIEC chair of the board Ratna Omidvar, and TD Bank Financial Group's Carrie Blair. photo credit: Mansa Photography


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