TORONTO, May 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Chartered Institute of Management
Accountants (CIMA) and Career Edge Organization have announced a
strategic Partnership that aims to facilitate and support
internationally qualified CIMA members looking to gain Canadian work
experience that is consistent with the skills and experience acquired
in their home country.
Since 1996, Career Edge Organization has provided leadership in
connecting multi-sector businesses with diverse, qualified talent
through innovative paid internship programs: Career Edge for recent
grads, Ability Edge for graduates with disabilities, and Career Bridge
for internationally qualified professionals. Having partnered with
nearly 1,000 organizations, Career Edge has successfully launched the
careers of over 11,000 interns.
As a leading membership body that offers a globally recognized
professional management accounting qualification, CIMA has partnered
with the Career Bridge paid internship program to launch a pilot
initiative, CIMA Edge, which connects Canadian employers with CIMA's
members who are new to Canada.
The Career Bridge program allows program participants to apply for paid
internship opportunities at leading private, public and non-profit
sector employers. "Career Bridge has helped nearly 2,000
internationally qualified professionals successfully integrate into
Canada's workforce since launching in 2003," says Naguib Gouda,
President of Career Edge Organization. "Working in their field of
expertise through a four to 12-month term, Career Bridge internships
give skilled newcomers the Canadian work experience needed to support
their professional and economic success in Canada."
For employers, the Career Bridge program provides a pipeline of highly
skilled, experienced, and motivated internationally qualified
professionals who are determined to invest and succeed in Canada.
CIMA, founded in 1919, is the world's leading and largest professional
body of Management Accountants, with over 203,000 members and students
operating in 173 countries, working at the heart of business. CIMA with
1,300 members and students in Canada has access to employers who have
internship opportunities or have the capacity to create these
opportunities. CIMA has also formed a joint venture with the American
Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to establish the Chartered Global Management
Accountant (CGMA) designation.
Leveraging Career Bridge's internship program infrastructure, CIMA
offers its foreign-designated members an optimum path to employment in
finance and business.
By supporting the integration of internationally qualified professionals
and fulfilling the talent needs of Canadian employers, CIMA and Career
Edge Organization's partnership has a positive impact, both socially
and economically. In anticipation of the successful fruition of CIMA
Edge, Amal Ratnayake, Chair of CIMA Canada stated, "I am very excited
with the prospects of this partnership. CIMA's primary goal is to help
both people and businesses succeed and this achieves both. Our members,
new to Canada, can leverage Career Bridge's internship program
infrastructure and be employed at their level of competence and thereby
make maximum contribution to their employers."
CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, the public sector
and not-for-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and
sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its qualification,
professional experience requirements and continuing professional
development to ensure it remains the employers' choice when recruiting
financially-trained business leaders. CGMA is the global quality
standard that further elevates the profession of management accounting.
For more information about CIMA, please visit www.cimaglobal.com and for information on CIMA in Canada www.cimacanada.org.
About Career Edge Organization:
Career Edge Organization is a self-sustaining social enterprise that
connects multi-sector businesses with diverse, qualified talent through
innovative paid internship programs for recent graduates, graduates
with disabilities, and internationally qualified professionals. For
more information about Career Edge, please visit www.careeredge.ca.
SOURCE: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
For further information:
36 Toronto Street, Suite 850
Tel: (905) 553-0346
Career Edge Organization
144 Front Street West, Suite 310
Tel: (416) 977-3343 x. 500