Toronto, ON (May 15, 2019) – Leaders of major professional immigrant associations in the Greater Toronto Area are convening with employers this evening at the Beeton Hall, Toronto Public Library at 789 Yonge Street, Toronto Ontario. The purpose of the gathering is to address how Canadian newcomers can better find employment commensurate with their skills and expertise, and how employers can find the best talent through tapping into the huge pool of international professionals that come to the GTA every year.

The associations are a part of Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) – a program of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) that is made up of 78 associations with a total membership of over 50,000 skilled immigrant professionals in a variety of occupations and industries. PINs associations are volunteer-led, member-based organization with an employment focus, run by and for immigrant professionals.

Association leaders are volunteers who are giving back in their spare time – most of them have separate day jobs. Their passion for sharing knowledge and tools to new immigrants in finding meaningful employment and adjusting to life in a new country is what moves them to act. These associations offer alternative ways for newcomers to build their networks when they lack professional connections in their respective fields.

The gathering is being hosted by TRIEC and is intended to bring together PINs leaders, employers, and employment service providers for an evening of knowledge sharing and networking. It will be attended by associations active in and around the Greater Toronto Area, including Black Female Accountants Network, Canadian Hispanic Bar Association, and Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architects (Mohandes). The agenda includes personal success stories from immigrant professionals who overcame employment barriers, networking opportunities between employers and newcomers, and a panel discussion on addressing employer challenges when it comes to hiring needs and how best to connect with immigrant talent pools. All activities will tie into the event theme: Talent Sourcing.

The full event will serve as a platform for immigrant professionals to leverage their skills and connections to find employment opportunities in the labour market, and collaborate with employers, employment service providers, and community leaders.


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Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) champions the talent and experience that immigrants bring to the Greater Toronto Area. We support organizations to become more inclusive, and help newcomers expand their professional networks and understand the local labour market. We collaborate with leaders and organizations to build a GTA where immigrant professionals can contribute to their fullest potential.