Mentoring proven to drive value for newcomers and the Toronto Region

The Mentoring Partnership’s 2015 Recognition Reception celebrates leaders who make it possible

TMP TRIECNovember 30, 2015, Toronto (TRIEC) – The Mentoring Partnership, a program that pairs skilled immigrants with established professionals in their field as mentors, has been proven to drive value for both newcomers and broader society in the Toronto Region, announced the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), the organization that coordinates the program. The announcement was made at the program’s Annual Recognition Reception hosted by TELUS in Toronto. The event also honoured the outstanding work of the program’s mentors and employer partners in 2015.

Since 2004, The Mentoring Partnership has paired over 11,500 newcomers with mentors in their field in the Toronto region. A partnership between TRIEC and LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact, a venture philanthropy organization which scales organizations with quantifiable impact, recently concluded an impact assessment conducted by the Boston Consulting Group. The evaluation found that for the $1,700 the program invests per mentee, The Mentoring Partnership returns approximately $15,000 in benefits associated to taxes and another $2,000 in potential network affects to society. That works out to a return of $10.50 in benefits to society for every $1 invested. The evaluation also determined that the initial investment per mentee is paid back within two years.

“We have always known that The Mentoring Partnership has a big impact both for the individual immigrant and for the economy,” said Margaret Eaton, Executive Director at TRIEC. “This evaluation is just more proof of our core belief: when immigrants prosper, we all do.”

The program yields additional benefits to society not quantified in the assessment, such as decreased social assistance due to securing gainful employment. Similarly, there are benefits from improved psychological well-being for mentee participants: Studies have shown that immigrants who are unemployed or underemployed score more poorly on mental health assessments.

The Mentoring Partnership’s success is driven by its service delivery and employer partners. Employer partners also see significant benefits from their participation in the program. One such partner is Scotiabank whose employees have mentored more than 1000 immigrant professionals through the program. The company was recognized today at the Annual Recognition Reception for reaching the 1,000 mentor-mentee partnership milestone.

“As Canada’s international bank, we believe inclusion makes us stronger,” says Rania Llewellyn, Senior Vice President of Cash Management and Payment Services, Global Transaction Banking, at Scotiabank – and a past mentor in the program. “The Mentoring Partnership is an opportunity to give back to our communities while helping to build a diverse and inclusive workplace and providing professional development opportunities for our employees.”

“The Mentoring Partnership is an opportunity to give back to our communities while helping to build a diverse and inclusive workplace and providing professional development opportunities for our employees.” – Rania Llewellyn, Scotiabank

Dentons Canada LLP, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and TELUS were also recognized during the event for their employees having mentored more than 100 skilled immigrants each.

Individual volunteers recognized

The Mentoring Partnership also honoured individual mentors who have made a difference in the lives of 10 or more skilled immigrants and mentees-turned-mentors in the program. Individuals like Pradeep Mathur who has mentored over 11 times in just 4 years.

“For me, being a mentor is a passion but it is also something that I benefit and learn from,” says Mathur. “As a mentor I now have a better appreciation of different cultures and have broadened my perspective.”

For more information on TRIEC and The Mentoring Partnership, please visit, or @TRIEC.

Canadian regulators launch new application process for internationally educated nurses

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Polylicious 2015

…an evening of food, flavours, and fun from around the world!

Saturday, June 13th, 2015, 5:30 – 11:00 pm

Swagat Banquet Hall, 6991 Millcreek Dr, Mississauga, ON L5N 6B9

For tickets: 1-844-493-5839

Polylicious, now in it’s 5th year, will give attendees an opportunity to savour traditional cuisine and enjoy entertainment from our feature country – India.

See the event flyer.

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Nonita Mole’s story mirrors the stories of so many immigrants. A landed immigrant in Canada on June 20, 2013, Nonita was nominated by a distant relative and she landed in Winnipeg City with 2 pieces of baggage Continue reading

Winners of the 8th annual Immigrant Success Awards announced

TRIEC IS AwardsToronto, May 8, 2014 (TRIEC) – The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of the most culturally diverse regions in North America, a significant advantage in today’s global marketplace. GTA employers need to tap into the diverse talent pool here to build the economy and remain competitive on a worldwide scale. Today, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and RBC are recognizing the winners of Continue reading

CPAC Professionals Day to inspire and connect internationally educated professionals

Toronto, May 7, 2014 (CPAC) – CPAC Professionals Day 2014, a career development conference and job fair for immigrant professionals in the GTA, will be held on May 31 at Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel, announced Ms. Margaret Yang, President of CPAC at the press conference held today in the CPAC Conference Hall. Continue reading