Employers and individuals invited to apply for the third annual Immigrant Success Awards

    GTA leaders celebrated for hiring and inspiring skilled immigrants

    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
(TRIEC) is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 3rd annual
Immigrant Success (IS) Awards, funded by RBC. Each year TRIEC presents the IS
Awards to recognize employers and individuals in the Toronto Region that are
leaders in recruiting, retaining and promoting skilled immigrants in the

    There are four IS Awards categories:

    RBC Best Immigrant Employer Award - For a small- and medium-sized
    employer with fewer than 500 employees that successfully recruits,
    retains and promotes immigrants.

    Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award - For an HR
    professional who goes beyond the requirements of their job to assist
    skilled immigrants in the workplace.

    CBC Toronto Business Leadership Award - For an owner, CEO or senior
    manager that demonstrates leadership, vision and a commitment to
    integrating skilled immigrants into the workplace.

    Toronto Star Immigrant Champion Award - For a local champion who makes a
    positive difference by assisting skilled immigrants with their entry and
    development in the workplace.

    The deadline for entries is November 14, 2008.

    "TRIEC is calling for employers and individuals to come forward and apply
for an Immigrant Success Award," says Elizabeth McIsaac, Executive Director of
TRIEC. "We want to hear about leaders whose stories will inspire others to
think carefully about opportunities they may be missing. IS Award winners
understand and value the contributions skilled immigrants make to our city
region, and the importance of including new immigrants in their workplace."
    A panel of senior human resource professionals and business executives
will judge the IS Award submissions. Winners will be recognized in the media
and by their peers as leaders in an area of increasing importance to the
Canadian economy. RBC will host a special ceremony and reception to honour the
winners in January 2009.
    "RBC's proud support of the IS Awards since its inception reflects our
strong belief that diversity is a competitive advantage for Canada. The more
Canadian employers tap the full range of capabilities of our workforce - to
innovate and adapt, develop new markets and foster new relationships - the
better we will compete in the global economy," says Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human
Resources Officer at RBC. "Given Canada's skilled labour challenges, it is
more important than ever to attract and fully engage a diverse workforce. To
put it simply - to serve the market you have to hire the market."
    Previous winners include Steam Whistle Brewing, Ernst & Young, i(3)DVR
International, St. Michael's Hospital, Family Service Association of Toronto,
Xerox Research Centre of Canada, George Brown College and the Toronto and
Region Conservation Authority. Individual award winners include staff from TD
Bank, Procter & Gamble, CIBC and the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care.
    For full details, entry forms and profiles of previous winners, visit

    The IS Awards are a program of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment
Council with funding by RBC and media partners Canadian HR Reporter, The
Toronto Star and CBC Toronto.

    About TRIEC

    The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is working to
remove the barriers immigrants face when entering the labour market, while at
the same time helping organizations benefit from the talents and skills
immigrants bring with them to Canada. Since 2003, TRIEC has collaborated with
a diverse group of stakeholders to find and implement local, practical
solutions that lead to meaningful employment for skilled immigrants in the
Toronto Region. www.triec.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Lillian Manea at (416) 944-1946 ext. 240,
lmanea@triec.ca; Emily Mills at (416) 944-1946 ext. 282, emills@triec.ca;
Jackie Braden at (416) 974-2124, Jackie.braden@rbc.com

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