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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Employer Awareness Programs/Websites
ACCES Employment: http://www.accestrain.com/
Employment services agency which focuses on connecting employers with employees from diverse backgrounds. Specializations include: job development follow up, mentoring programming and Post hire interventions.
Are You Ready? Workshops: http://collegeconnect.on.ca/areyouready/
One day workshop which provides employers with facilitated professional development to develop immigrant recruitment, cross –cultural competencies and selection skills.
Career Edge Organization: www.careeredge.ca/CEOblog
Career Edge Organization, a national not-for-profit, fosters inclusion and employability by connecting employers to diverse, quality talent through three career-launching paid internship programs: Career Edge for recent graduates, Ability Edge for recent graduates with self-declared disabilities, and Career Bridge for internationally qualified professionals. Since 1996 Career Edge Organization has worked with over 1000 reputable employers across Canada to provide more than 10,000 meaningful work opportunities through paid internships.
Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Center: http://www.dbncentre.com/
Hosts 4 Mentor Networking events and 2 job fairs a year connecting employers to skilled immigrants.
Online resource with information on recruiting and retention of skilled immigrants. Material includes: e-tips, webinars and employer success stories.
hireimmigrants.ca Roadmap: www.hireimmigrants.ca/roadmap
Online interactive strategies and tools to hiring and retaining skilled immigrants based on HR life cycle.
Newcomer Centre of Peel: www.ncpeel.ca
NCP is a leader in settlement and integration services within the Region of Peel supporting newcomer families in their settlement process, providing language support, labour market programs, business start up assistance, programs for youth and seniors and settlement support both in house and at schools. Newcomer Centre of Peel is dedicated to touching the lives of people by providing quality, customized and innovative settlement services in a safe, confidential and respectful environment. Our vision is to continue to evolve together as a community!
Peel Immigration Web Portal: http://www.immigrationpeel.ca/employers/
Website resource with employer information on the following: language training, government programs, foreign credential assessment, accessing skilled immigrant talent pool.
Peel Newcomer Strategy Group: www.peelnewcomer.org
Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG) is a multi-sectoral collaborative designed to enhance the social and economic integration and well-being of newcomers and immigrants in Peel. The collaborative (launched in January 2008) is comprised of 23 key stakeholders that include newcomer service organizations, community partners and four levels of government. It resulted from a growing recognition in the community for the need of improved settlement services to the newcomers
Website database designed to connect employers with pre-screened international educated professionals.
Skills for Change: http://www.skillsforchange.org/
Delivers Diversity @ Work training to employers, covers the following topics: business communication, cross cultural communication, workplace inclusion, relations building and body language. Provides mentoring and bridging programs.
The Mentoring Partnership: http://thementoringpartnership.com
Online website connecting employers looking to provide mentoring opportunities to job ready international trained clientele.
Created a number of How-To-Hr workshops designed to educate employers on the benefits and importance of attracting qualified skilled immigrants. Also provides a number of video and audio clip training material.
Torontojobs.ca is an online job bank designed exclusively for employment listings in the Greater Toronto Area. Their flexibility, local focus, and advanced features make the website a lively online asset for both Job Seekers and Employers.