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April 13, 2016

Local Conference to Help Immigrants and Refugees Find Employment

Waterloo Region - The K-W Multicultural Centre presents the 8th Annual Global Skills Conference, taking place on Wednesday April 13th 2016 from 8:30-4:30 at Bingemans Conference Centre. This is a one day, free conference for Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs) to obtain resources and information on credential recognition, hiring processes, related professions, regulatory bodies and more!
This year’s conference, themed ‘Leveraging your Skills’, brings together policymakers, employers and ITPs committed to taking action to help Canada’s skilled immigrants transition into meaningful employment. ITPs will have an opportunity to enhance their skills, network and learn about resources to help them job search in their field of training or related-professions. The day concludes with a Networking Event for ITPs hosted by Immigration Partnership with approximately 30 local employers from 3:30-4:30.
In its 8th year, this conference is unique to Waterloo Region and represents an excellent model that promotes community development and capacity building, based on the principles of mutual trust and respect. “This day is designed to bring together ITPs, employers, entrepreneurs and community stakeholders” said Lucia Harrison, CEO of the K-W Multicultural Centre. “Meaningful employment is an integral part of the settlement process. This conference is also a great example of how local service providers work together effectively, towards a common goal.”
The keynote speaker, Kithio Mwanzia is the President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Kithio has spent several years in a variety of capacities as a communications, government relations and management professional. He has developed thorough knowledge of working with member driven organizations having served in various capacities with the St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. Prior to being named President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber, he served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. “Effective programs to connect Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) with the highly educated, skilled and experienced immigrant labour pool will have enormous positive impact on SMEs, skilled immigrants, and on the Canadian economy” Kithio stated. Furthermore, when discussing immigrant inclusion in the Canadian labour market, Kithio said that “effectively engaging global talent will be an important element of pursuing global opportunities”.
The 2016 Global Skills Conference Advisory Committee brings together the expertise of service providers including: Immigration Partnership, The Working Centre, Lutherwood, YMCA, Region of Waterloo, the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres, Conestoga College, Agilec and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre.

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