New Canadians Are Welcomed and Respected at KPMG

TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - KPMG has been recognized by Mediacorp as among the 35 Best Employers for New Canadians for 2010. KPMG shares this honour with employers across the country, and is proud to lead its peers in creating a workplace that welcomes new Canadians, respects and celebrates diverse backgrounds, and provides new employees with the opportunity to make the most of their skills, education, and individual talents.

"We are pleased to have been chosen again as one of the best employers for new Canadians," said Michael Bach, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, KPMG. "This recognition is no accident, as we work hard to continually incorporate new programs at KPMG to assist and support new Canadians on our staff, and to encourage those who are potential new hires."

Launched in 2007, the Best Employers for New Canadians competition recognizes the nation's best employers for recent immigrants. Each employer is evaluated on the types of programs they offer new employees who are recent immigrants to Canada, and on the work they've done to reduce employment barriers.

Some recent initiatives at KPMG are as follows:

    
    -   Recruitment strategies - KPMG is working to recruit more new
        Canadians through a partnership with the Consortium of Agencies
        Serving Internationally-trained Persons (CASIP), a network of
        agencies in the Greater Toronto Area that provides employment
        services to recent immigrants.

    -   Accounting credentials - KPMG supports new Canadians with
        international accounting or financial services credentials through a
        partnership with ACCESS Employment's Financial Services Connections
        program.

    -   Mentoring - KPMG enthusiastically supports The Mentoring Partnership,
        a program of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC),
        providing more than 100 mentorships to new Canadian job seekers. Upon
        program completion, nearly half of the program's mentees have found
        employment in their field of expertise.

    -   Initiatives in Western Canada - KPMG is helping to improve immigrant
        employment opportunities in Western Canada through partnerships with
        the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) and the BC
        Immigrant Employment Council (BCIEC), with managing partners as board
        members of each organization.
    

"We see this as a win-win proposition," said Mario Paron, Chief Human Resources Officer at KPMG. "By striving to be an inclusive employer, we believe it helps attract top quality candidates who also have a greater chance to succeed with us. Recognition such as this confirms that what we are doing makes good business sense."

About KPMG

KPMG LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm affiliated with KPMG International, a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. Member firms operate in 144 countries and have more than 137,000 professionals working around the world.

The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International, a Swiss cooperative. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity, and describes itself as such.

SOURCE KPMG LLP

For further information: For further information: or to arrange a media interview, please contact: Mark Klein, Manager, Media Relations, KPMG, mklein3@kpmg.ca, (416) 777-3895; Julie Bannerjea, Head of Media Relations, KPMG, jbannerjea@kpmg.ca, (416) 777-3243


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