Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) launches online platform

February 7th, 2012. TORONTO. The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), the Government of Canada and Scotiabank are hosting the launch of a new online network of networks that connects professional immigrant networks with immigrants, employers and community agencies – all with the goal of advancing immigrant employment. The website is a first, designed to put dozens of professional immigrant networks on the map. The new website will create opportunities for the networks to learn from each other and offer a pipeline to employers seeking internationally-experienced, multi-lingual top talent. Presentation to include testimonials showcasing program successes from network leaders and will be followed by a marketplace featuring professional immigrant networks and associations.


Mary Barr, Director, Ontario, Settlement, Intergovernmental Affairs and Multiculturalism, Citizenship & Immigration Canada

Pankaj Mehra, Director, India and South Asia Markets Multicultural Banking, Scotiabank

Gabriel Leiva von Bovet, HispanoTech

Elizabeth McIsaac & Racquel Sevilla, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council

Testimonials from: Immigrant networks – Paula Calderon, Canadian Colombian Professional Association; Surbhi Guleria-Joshi, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce;  Fabiola Sicard, Latin American MBA Alumni Network, HOLA Scotiabank; Sophie Duan, M-Bridge Culture Integration Society for Professionals; Community agency – Beth Clarke, JVS Toronto; Employer – Aviva Stiavnicky, Robert Half


Thursday, February 9, 2012
5:30 pm: Registration and Networking
6:00 pm: Website Launch
6:45 – 7:30 pm: Marketplace and Networking


Toronto Board of Trade
77 Adelaide Street West (First Canadian Place)
Toronto, ON

About the Professional Immigrant Networks initiative (PINs):

In keeping with its core mission – to create solutions that better integrate skilled immigrants into the labour market – TRIEC launched the Professional Immigrant Networks initiative in 2009. Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and sponsored by Scotiabank, the goal of this initiative is to work collaboratively with immigrant networks to increase their capacity, so they can achieve more success in connecting their skilled immigrant members to meaningful employment.

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To set up interviews and/or get more information please contact:
Julia Howell, (416) 402-4274, / Kim Galvez, (416) 359-0380,