Minister Blackburn to recognize the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council for excellence in promoting immigrants in the workplace

    TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of
Labour will be in Toronto on Thursday, July 10, 2008 to recognize the Toronto
Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) for its successful work with
employers in promoting the inclusion of immigrants in the workplace.

    What:     Minister Blackburn to recognize TRIEC
    When:     Thursday, July 10, 2008
              1:30 to 2:30 pm
    Where:    Manulife Financial
              200 Bloor Street East, 12th floor dining room

    The event will be hosted by Manulife at their global headquarters in
Toronto. Manulife has actively supported TRIEC since 2003, with President and
CEO, Dominic D'Alessandro, and Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and
Human Resources, Diane Bean acting as council co-chairs. Manulife is also a
strong supporter and funder of TRIEC's Mentoring Partnership program.
    "TRIEC is committed to finding solutions to immigrant underemployment
that benefit both employers and immigrants," said Elizabeth McIsaac, executive
director of TRIEC. "TRIEC encourages employers to look at the benefits and
value of international experience. We work to foster collaboration across all
sectors on this issue, and we are pleased to see the federal government
recognizing the value of this work."
    "Immigrants are needed to sustain our economy and stay competitive, both
locally and globally," said Jennifer Rowe, Manulife's vice-president of
corporate affairs, who will be present at the recognition ceremony. "This is
why Manulife's leadership has encouraged governments and other employers to
think hard about how we can better include immigrants."

    TRIEC is working to find solutions to better include skilled immigrants
in the labour market, while at the same time helping organizations benefit
from the skills and talents immigrants bring with them to Canada. Since 2003,
TRIEC has facilitated collaboration among a diverse group of stakeholders
including employers, post-secondary institutions, employment service
providers, immigrants, regulatory bodies and all three levels of government.
    For more information on the work of TRIEC visit

For further information:

For further information: (media only): Lillian Manea, TRIEC, (416)
944-1946; Michael Winterburn, Office of Minister Blackburn, (819) 953-5646;
Media Relations, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, (819)

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