Policy and Research Coordinator,
Phone: 905-273-6151 ext. 38
Address: Mississauga Board of Trade
701-77 City Centre Drive,
L5B 1M5 Canada
Business without Borders, Diversity Knocks - October 25, 2010
Paul Beamish hired Gigi Wong because of her answer to a simple question: how would she react if a Chinese businessman belched after his meal? It was a difference in cultural etiquette he'd observed hosting Asian clients and wanted to know how a prospective employee would handle the situation. A Canadian-born job candidate said she'd politely tell the person to stop, but Wong had the correct response. "I would ignore it," she said. "It's a sign they are enjoying themselves."
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Contact The Mentoring Partnership
“The Mentoring Partnership brings together recent skilled immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. This partnership involves corporate partners, who promote the mentoring opportunity internally to staff and identify suitable, qualified volunteer mentors, as well as community partners that deliver the program by matching mentors with skilled immigrants and supporting the mentoring relationship over four months.
Not only does The Mentoring Partnership provide employers with volunteer opportunities for staff, it is also an effective way to deliver professional development that enhances leadership and coaching competencies, while developing cross-cultural skills – necessary elements for any successful organizational leader in our diversifying workforce.”
The Mentoring Partnership
A program of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), The Mentoring Partnership brings together recent skilled immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships.
Skilled immigrants entering the program have the education, experience, and language skills they need to succeed in the labour market. What they need are the local insights and access to professional networks that only a one-to-one professional connection with a mentor can offer.
Now operating for over five years in the Greater Toronto Region, The Mentoring Partnership has facilitated over 5,800 mentoring relationships between skilled immigrants and established Canadian professionals. Since the launch of the program, over 50 organizations have offered The Mentoring Partnership to their staff as an opportunity to enhance their leadership and coaching competencies, and develop their cross-cultural skills.
The ALLIES National Mentoring Initiative, in partnership with TD Bank Financial Group, is bringing mentoring programs for skilled immigrants to other cities in Canada. If you are a national employer, you can roll out mentoring for skilled immigrants across your various Canadian branches where mentoring programs are active. Contact ALLIES to support you through this process.
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