When Peter Hawkins and Arnon Melo first began hiring at their Mississauga-based international shipping company, their limited budget meant most applicants were immigrants.
That was 2002. Since then, Mellohawk Logistics has grown and become successful, shipping goods around the globe. Its budget has increased and the company now offers more competitive salaries and benefit packages. But about 80 per cent of its staff members are immigrants. This is not a coincidence.
“We didn’t go out intentionally looking to hire immigrants,” says Hawkins, vice-president and managing director of Mellohawk. “But our business is international, so in the process of looking for people, we looked at their (immigrants’) resumes and we found that often their abilities were a better fit for what we needed than some of the Canadian-born applicants.”
Reference: Toronto Star