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TRIEC's Immigrant Success (IS) Awards

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CBC Toronto is proud to be a partner of the TRIEC Immigrant Success Awards as a media partner and for the contribution of our own award, the CBC Toronto Vision Award for Immigrant Inclusion.

CBC Toronto is committed to sharing and telling stories that are important and relevant to Toronto and GTA communities. Being a part of the Immigrant Success Awards exemplifies that commitment. This week you have heard more about the award winners and the issues and opportunities surrounding the integration of skilled immigrants on CBC Radio One 99.1's Metro Morning and Here and Now and on CBC News Toronto.

The Fourth Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards

Get a more in-depth look at each award and winner below and watch our video profiles (runs 10:57).

Toronto Star

The Toronto Star is a media partner of the IS Awards and will publish a special section online, called New Workers, New Skills on March 25 that provides key insight into skilled immigrants and employment issues. Find out what hiring practices companies are embracing to get ahead. And visit The Toronto Star web site to read about the challenges facing new Canadians looking for suitable work, watch videos on companies making the most of the skills newcomers have to offer, and find useful employment resources.

TRIEC's Immigrant Success (IS) Awards recognize leadership and innovation in recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants. The awards fall into the four categories below and are presented to the winners on the evening of Thursday March 25, 2010 at a ceremony emceed by Matt Galloway, the new host of CBC Radio One 99.1's Metro Morning.

CBC Toronto Vision Award for Immigrant Inclusion
Recipient: Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

Amrit Soar
Amrit Soar, formal legal intern at
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

Attracting the best people to our firm is important," says Chris Pinnington, CEO, FMC. It's that kind of global thinking that distinguishes the law firm of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC). They are breaking ground by being the first to develop a legal bridging program for immigrant lawyers.

This six-month paid legal professional internship program is aimed at bridging the gap for internationally-trained lawyers seeking professional employment in Canada. It is designed to launch candidates' Canadian legal careers by providing them with Canadian work experience. FMC is currently in the process of interviewing for its 2010 legal internship program with the successful candidate scheduled to begin in April 2010.

Toronto Star Award for Excellence in Workplace Integration
Recipient: St. Michael's Hospital

Patricia Simeons
Patricia Simeons, project manager at
St. Michael's Hospital

For six years, St. Michael's Hospital has opened its doors to Toronto's new Canadians. Working with Career Bridge's paid internship program, they have offered 32 skilled immigrants paid internships.

"At first our goal was to reflect the diverse urban community that we serve," says Exec. V.P. and CEO, John King but, "Now, with all that interns have contributed, Career Bridge is an important partner in finding new talent..."

The program has now spread to eight different hospital departments. And it includes formal orientation guides so managers and coaches can learn to appreciate the intern's perspective.

RBC Immigrant Advantage Award
Recipent: Samtack

Chris Chen
Chris Chen, purchasing manager
at Samtack

At Samtack Company, diversity is considered a serious asset. The company sources, packages and distributes technologies to the Canadian marketplace. And they are proud to boast that out of 100 employees, more than 90 per cent are internationally trained.

Samtack recognizes the advantage of having team members who can speak different languages and understand different cultures. TRIEC, and the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs help identify potential employees for all aspects of Samtack's operations. And it's paying off... 130 million dollars in revenue last year; a total 27 per cent of the Canadian market share. An asset indeed!

RBC Immigrant Advantage Award
Recipient: Pitney Bowes Canada

Rola Hodeib
Rola Hodeib, business analyst
at Pitney Bowes Canada

At Pitney Bowes Canada, they call it, "Talent and Inclusion." It's their innovative plan to maximize opportunities for diverse and skilled talent in all areas of their company. The company is known as a world leader in providing products and services in mail and document management.

"Attracting new talent is integral to the success and competitiveness of our company, and in future, we see a workforce that is increasingly comprised of skilled immigrants." says Deepak Chopra, President Pitney Bowes Canada and Latin America. And in their current talent pool? More than half of the company's directors and one third of senior leaders are diverse.

Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award
Recipient: Michael Bach, KPMG

Michael Bach
Michael Bach, National Director, Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion at KPMG

He has a reputation for being the company's agent of change. Michael Bach initiated a program within his company designed to embrace diversity and all it had to offer. Mr. Bach is now the National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KPMG, one of Canada's leading professional services firms. With Bach as the driving force, the company offers a broad range of initiatives and programs designed to find, attract and develop diverse talent.

KPMG is one of the largest partners in TRIEC's Mentoring Partnership. And, Michael Bach is one of its most inspiring and supportive mentors. To date, 40 percent of KPMG's workforce was born outside of Canada.