Success Stories

PINs leaders have made many contributions to the community. Get inspired by reading their stories of success below.

The Power of Networking

March 14, 2017

A diverse professional network can be very helpful for newcomers looking for meaningful employment. But how does it work in practice? Marcela Chein, President, EXATEC Ontario, a Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) association, talks about how joining a professional association helped her build her network and find employment in Canada.

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Building a Professional Network as a Platform for Empowerment

March 14, 2017

Networking is an essential part of an individual’s professional development. A professional network is a great resource for professionals to connect, collaborate and share their knowledge with each other. That was Jenny Okonkwo’s vision in founding the Black Female Accountants Network (BFAN). She tells us how she went about it.

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Alternative careers: Taking a different path to meaningful employment

June 28, 2016

Most skilled immigrants arrive in Canada hoping to find employment in occupations in line with their education and experience prior to coming to Canada. Yet for many, this process can be challenging. Often, that means coming up with a back-up plan. Alternative careers can serve as an option for immigrants to use their skills and experience to gain meaningful employment. For some, the transition becomes their new career path. For others, it’s the back-up plan while still pursuing their original career goals.

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Newcomer Start-Ups event hears from experts and immigrant entrepreneurs on how to be successful

April 21, 2016

On March 22, the Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) program organized an information and networking event, hosted by MaRS Discovery District, to support immigrants seeking to become entrepreneurs. The event, ‘Newcomer Start-ups: Building a successful business,’ featured four successful immigrant entrepreneurs sharing their journey and information on programs, services and supports to help immigrants start their business.

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LNBB Annual Networking Event – November 11, 2015

November 24, 2015

On November 11, 2015 Latin Networking Beyond Boundaries (LNBB) hosted the fourth Annual Meeting. Over 130 participants attended representing 11 Latin professional groups. The event was hosted by KPMG and the keynote speaker was the Mayor of Toronto, John Tory. LNBB brings together five Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) associations – Canadian Colombian Professional Association (CCPA), […]

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