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Congratulations to John Tory

The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) offers many congratulations to the incoming mayor of Toronto, John Tory, today. John is a former board member of TRIEC and has been a public advocate for the importance of workplace diversity and inclusion, and the vital contribution that Toronto’s skilled immigrants can make to the region. We’re […]

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My Reflections on the movie Dr. Cabbie

What happens when you see your experiences portrayed in a movie?   Dr Cabbie, released last week, tells the story of an Indian immigrant to Canada who struggles to find work as a doctor because his qualifications aren’t recognized. (view more)

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Ratna Omidvar becomes TRIEC’s first Emeritus Chair, TD’s Manjit Singh becomes Chair of the Board

Ratna Omidvar becomes TRIEC’s first Emeritus Chair this week.   This specially created role acknowledges Ratna’s continued connection to TRIEC, as well as her outstanding contribution in the field of immigrant employment. As Emeritus Chair, she remains a voting member of the board.

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Prospects not entirely rosy for foreign-trained MDs, says fairness commissioner

Things are anything but rosy for foreign-trained doctors trying to break into Ontario, says Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner Jean Augustine in this interview with Richard J Brennan.  Source: Toronto Star  View more 

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Ontario now the worst place for educated immigrants looking for work: Global News

“A national program that does what TRIEC does – matching immigrants with employers or other mentors and helping employers become more inclusive recruiters -would help, (the immigrant unemployment situation), says Ratna Omidvar, Chair of TRIEC Board in this article by Anna Mehler Paperny . Source: Global News  

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Toronto is diverse but not as inclusive as it could be: Goar

“Having diversity is interesting,” said Zabeen Hirji, chief human resources officer for the Royal Bank non-commitally. “It’s when you do something with it that it becomes powerful.” Read Carol Goar’s opinion piece in Toronto Star here. Source: Toronto Star  

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HBR Blog: Learning to Speak Up When You’re from a Culture of Deference

How does one cope while communicating outside one’s cultural comfort zone? How do you support employees from a culture of “deference?” Good piece by Andy Molinsky. Source: HBR Blog Network

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HBR – One Reason Cross-Cultural Small Talk is So Tricky

Interesting analogy  for different cultures: Coconut or peach? And it is not about how hard it is to crack or soft it is to eat. Read on to understand the rules of what is appropriate and what is not to ask and share in a new culture. By Erin Meyer It was my first dinner party […]

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A 10-year record of immigrant success: Hepburn

The organization has had great success over the last 10 years in helping immigrants find work upon arriving in Canada…says Bob Hepburn “Ten years ago the landscape facing skilled immigrants was pretty dim,” (Ratna) Omidvar said at a recent event in Toronto celebrating the 10th anniversary of TRIEC….“Today, we’ve made much progress, but we’ve a […]

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Thank you RBC and Gordon M Nixon

RBC has been a pillar of support for TRIEC since its inception  RBC have demonstrated their support to TRIEC in many ways. Since 2009, Gordon M. Nixon and Zabeen Hirji have served as ambassadors of immigrant integration as chair and co-chair of TRIEC. In the Fall, 2014, Nixon will retire from RBC and step down […]

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