Edward Keenan

Through its Mentoring Partnership program, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) has helped more than 5,300 skilled immigrants in Toronto get closer to meaningful employment since 2004. Last year, it announced an expanded range of services for Canadian newcomers with its Professional Immigrant Networks program, that will establish learning exchanges, an online learning platform, and a professional and social network for members, employers and other community members.

That effort got a major boost earlier this month when Scotiabank came on board as a corporate sponsor of the program.
Scotiabank VP of Multicultural Banking Ahmad Dajani said the bank makes helping newcomers a priority. “Our sponsorship of TRIEC’s Professional Immigrant Networks initiative is a natural extension of our focus on … programs and services that will help newcomers get a head start.” Dajani says the program will help give newcomers the “tools they need to build their lives in Canada.”

Both the provincial and federal governments recently recognized TRIEC’s Mentoring Partnership for its impact on the employment picture for immigrants. Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Eric Hoskins also gave credit to Scotiabank for its sponsorship, saying “we welcome the leadership role Scotiabank is taking with … supporting newcomers’ success in joining the workforce.” Federal MP Bob Dechert, on behalf of the federal Citizenship and Immigration ministry said, “The programs provided by TRIEC are instrumental in helping immigrants succeed in the Canadian economy.”


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