Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council announces winners of the 2007 Immigrant Success (IS) Awards

    GTA leaders celebrated for hiring and inspiring skilled immigrants

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
(TRIEC) and RBC are pleased to host the 2nd annual IS Awards to recognize
innovative employers and outstanding individuals that have demonstrated
leadership by bringing skilled immigrants into the labour market. The event
takes place at 5:00 p.m. today in downtown Toronto.
    "The IS Awards are a wonderful opportunity to highlight the value of
skilled immigrants and the wealth of experience and education they bring to
the workforce," says Elizabeth McIsaac, executive director of TRIEC. "This
year's winners clearly understand the benefits of bringing diverse talent into
their workplaces."
    Four organizations will be recognized for their success and promotion of
skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area. Two individuals will also be
honoured for their accomplishments in promoting the career advancement of
skilled immigrants. The 2007 IS Award recipients include:

    -   Small Employer Award: Steam Whistle Brewing
    -   Mid-size Employer Award: Xerox Research Centre of Canada
    -   Large Employer Award: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
    -   Influencer Award: George Brown College
    -   Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award: Sischa Maharaj
    -   Toronto Star People's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in
        Immigrant Success: Alan Rego

    A panel of senior human resource professionals judged the IS Award
submissions on their inclusive HR practices and policies.
    "Our goal is to raise the bar in how employers work with and include
skilled immigrants - it's important for immigrants and it's important for our
competitiveness and prosperity as a city region," says McIsaac. "TRIEC looks
forward to honouring the 2007 IS Award winners and celebrating the future
success of other innovative and forward thinking employers."

    The IS Awards are funded by the Government of Canada's Foreign Credential
Recognition Program and sponsored by RBC, with media partners Canadian HR
Reporter and The Toronto Star.
    For complete details about the 2007 IS Awards, visit

    About TRIEC

    An initiative of the Toronto City Summit Alliance and the Maytree
Foundation, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) was
created to address an urgent need of the Toronto Region - effective
integration of immigrants into the labour market. Established in September
2003, TRIEC is a multi-stakeholder council comprised of employers, labour,
occupational regulatory bodies, post-secondary institutions, assessment
service providers, community organizations, and all three levels of
government. TRIEC programs include The Mentoring Partnership,, and the IS Awards. TRIEC also works in partnership with the
Career Edge Organization and CASIP agencies that deliver direct services to
skilled immigrants. Website:

For further information:

For further information: Emily Mills at (416) 944-1946 ext. 282 or; Stephen Wilson at (416) 944-1946 ext. 239 or; Norma Tombari at (416) 955-5814 or

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