TRIEC recognizes TD for mentoring over 1,000 skilled immigrants
TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Toronto Region Immigrant
Employment Council (TRIEC) is recognizing outstanding corporate leaders
and individual volunteers at The Mentoring Partnership annual
recognition reception hosted at KPMG. TRIEC is celebrating TD Bank
Group, a founding employer partner of The Mentoring Partnership, and
its employees for mentoring 1,000 skilled immigrants.
"The Mentoring Partnership has made over 7,000 mentoring matches and has
proven to be a successful strategy to help skilled immigrants find
meaningful employment," says Margaret Eaton, Executive Director, TRIEC.
"TD is a corporate leader in mentoring skilled immigrants and using
that experience to build the cultural competency of its employees and
strengthen the inclusiveness of the workplace."
The Mentoring Partnership brings together recent skilled immigrants and
established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring
relationships. Mentors share job search tips, industry insights and
professional contacts, helping skilled immigrant mentees establish a
professional network in Canada. The program is funded by the
Governments of Canada and Ontario, Manulife Financial and ALLIES, a
project funded by Maytree and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
TD is the leading contributor of mentors to The Mentoring Partnership
and the first employer partner to reach the 1,000 mentoring matches
milestone since the program began in 2004.
"At TD, mentoring skilled immigrants is a key part of our developing
leaders," says Manjit Singh, Senior Vice President, Finance, TD Canada
Trust and a TRIEC board member. "We are involved with The Mentoring
Partnership Program because it delivers the proverbial "win-win-win".
It connects newcomers with productive employment, it develops leaders
and it builds understanding."
Other achievements recognized at The Mentoring Partnership's 2012
Leadership in mentor recruitment
In addition to recognizing TD, TRIEC recognized CGI Group Inc. and
Mackenzie Investments for reaching the 100 mentoring matches milestone
this year. Both companies have been dedicated employer partners and see
significant benefits from their involvement in the program.
"Mackenzie is proud to associate with TRIEC and The Mentoring
Partnership," said David McCullum, Executive Vice President of Client
Services Operations at Mackenzie Investments and an active supporter of
the mentoring program. "Helping recent immigrants assimilate into the
workforce is gratifying for employees who become mentors. They also
develop leadership, coaching and communication skills, which further
enriches their mentoring experience."
"There is no downside to being a mentor," said Michael Grahlman,
Director, Business Systems Analysis at CGI and a mentor with the
program. "From a business perspective CGI was able to tap into new
talent pools and skillsets. And from a personal perspective, it forces
you to look at the work environment and the norms, boundaries and
expectations in a different way and think about the implications of
these in your business."
CGI and Mackenzie Investments join the ranks of other corporate partners
who have passed the 100 matches milestone and are leaders in mentor
recruitment: TD, City of Toronto, CIBC, Deloitte, KMPG and Scotiabank.
Staff from employer partners account for eighty per cent of mentoring
matches in the program. The other twenty per cent of matches come from
individual mentors not employed by partners.
Mentors who have mentored ten or more skilled immigrants
Mentors say they gain as much as they give by mentoring skilled
immigrants. This year, The Mentoring Partnership recognized seven
mentors who see so much value in the program that they have mentored
more than ten times.
"I enjoy mentoring. It not only helps me to be a better listener, but
also to be a better person and to appreciate the challenges a newcomer,
which I was once, has to go through," says Sam Samanta, Senior
Financial Analyst at the City of Toronto and a ten-time mentor. "I
learn a lot. I learn about other countries, culture and education
systems. And it's an eye-opener."
Sam is one of fourteen mentors who have gone above and beyond to mentor
ten or more skilled immigrants.
Mentees who have become mentors
A strong testament to the success of The Mentoring Partnership are the
former mentees who go on to find professional success and become
mentors for a new immigrant themselves. This year, The Mentoring
Partnership recognized thirteen former mentees who are now mentors.
"My mentor was able to help me build my network in the industry here in
Canada," says Tim Tabassum Iqbal, Executive Director of Blue Green
Systems and a former mentee. Now a mentor, Tim is helping other new
immigrants like himself. "Newcomers come with such passion for their
new country and for finding success. All they need is some help
channelling that passion and I knew that I could help with that."
Tim is one of thirteen former mentees being recognized for returning to
the program to become mentors. The mentors originate from countries
including Pakistan, Iran, Nepal and China.
About The Mentoring Partnership Program:
The Mentoring Partnership is a collaboration of corporate and community
partners, and operates as a program of TRIEC. TRIEC creates and
champions solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the
Greater Toronto Region labour market. Learn more at www.thementoringpartnership.com
SOURCE: Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
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