Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council announces winners of the 2008 Immigrant Success Awards

    GTA leaders celebrated for hiring and inspiring skilled immigrants

    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
(TRIEC) and RBC are pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd annual
Immigrant Success (IS) Awards, recognizing innovative employers and
outstanding individuals that have demonstrated leadership by bringing skilled
immigrants into the Toronto Region labour market.
    "In today's challenging economic times, companies are more than ever
looking for the best and brightest employees - wherever they are from. Since
the Toronto Region is rich with talent from all over the world, we have a
tremendous opportunity to leverage this diversity to our competitive
advantage," said Elizabeth McIsaac, executive director of TRIEC. "This year's
IS Award winners clearly understand the benefits of bringing diverse talent
into their workplaces, and why this is so important for the continued economic
prosperity of our city region. They are the success stories of today and the
trailblazers of tomorrow."
    Two organizations will be recognized for their success and promotion of
skilled immigrants in the Toronto Region. Three individuals will also be
honoured for their accomplishments in promoting the career advancement of
skilled immigrants. By showcasing the success of the IS Award winners TRIEC
hopes to inspire more employers to consider how to better recruit, retain and
promote skilled immigrants.

    2008 IS Award Recipients

    RBC Best Immigrant Employer Awards: Nytric Limited and CH2M HILL Canada
    Toronto Star Immigrant Champion Award: Patricia O'Connor, Coordinator of
Field Programming, Internationally Educated Social Work Professionals (IESW)
Program, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson
    Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award: Jane Lewis, Country
Human Resources Manager, Procter & Gamble
    CBC Toronto Business Leadership Award: Fiona Macfarlane, Americas Chief
Operating Officer, Tax, Ernst & Young

    The winners, all profiled at, will be celebrated at a
reception on Monday, January 19, 2009, hosted by RBC.

    Where:   RBC, Royal Bank Plaza, Toronto
             200 Bay Street, South Tower, 40th Floor

    When:    Monday, January 19, 2009
             5:00pm to 7:00pm

    MC:      Diana Swain, Host, CBC News at Six

    Keynote: Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer, RBC

    The IS Awards are presented by TRIEC and sponsored by RBC, with media
partners Canadian HR Reporter, CBC Toronto and the Toronto Star. For complete
details about the IS Awards and to view profiles of the winners visit

    About TRIEC

    The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is working to
find solutions to better include skilled immigrants in the local 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,
community organizations, regulatory bodies and all three levels of government.
TRIEC is finding solutions, ensuring action, and connecting partners in new
and unique ways. For more information on the work of TRIEC visit

For further information:

For further information: and to RSVP for the award reception, please
contact: Emily Mills at (416) 944-1946 x 282, or; Lillian
Manea at (416) 944-1946 x 240, or

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