By mentoring newcomers, leaders prepare for Toronto's diverse workplace

By mentoring newcomers, leaders prepare for Toronto's diverse workplace 
TRIEC recognizes TD for mentoring over 1,000 skilled immigrants 
TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment 
Council (TRIEC) is recognizing outstanding corporate leaders and individual 
volunteers at The Mentoring Partnership annual recognition reception hosted at 
KPMG. TRIEC is celebrating TD Bank Group, a founding employer partner of The 
Mentoring Partnership, and its employees for mentoring 1,000 skilled 
"The Mentoring Partnership has made over 7,000 mentoring matches and has 
proven to be a successful strategy to help skilled immigrants find meaningful 
employment," says Margaret Eaton, Executive Director, TRIEC. "TD is a 
corporate leader in mentoring skilled immigrants and using that experience to 
build the cultural competency of its employees and strengthen the 
inclusiveness of the workplace." 
The Mentoring Partnership brings together recent skilled immigrants and 
established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. 
Mentors share job search tips, industry insights and professional contacts, 
helping skilled immigrant mentees establish a professional network in Canada. 
The program is funded by the Governments of Canada and Ontario, Manulife 
Financial and ALLIES, a project funded by Maytree and the J.W. McConnell 
Family Foundation. 
TD is the leading contributor of mentors to The Mentoring Partnership and the 
first employer partner to reach the 1,000 mentoring matches milestone since 
the program began in 2004. 
"At TD, mentoring skilled immigrants is a key part of our developing leaders," 
says Manjit Singh, Senior Vice President, Finance, TD Canada Trust and a TRIEC 
board member. "We are involved with The Mentoring Partnership Program because 
it delivers the proverbial "win-win-win". It connects newcomers with 
productive employment, it develops leaders and it builds understanding." 
Other achievements recognized at The Mentoring Partnership's 2012 Recognition 
Leadership in mentor recruitment
In addition to recognizing TD, TRIEC recognized CGI Group Inc. and Mackenzie 
Investments for reaching the 100 mentoring matches milestone this year. Both 
companies have been dedicated employer partners and see significant benefits 
from their involvement in the program. 
"Mackenzie is proud to associate with TRIEC and The Mentoring Partnership," 
said David McCullum, Executive Vice President of Client Services Operations at 
Mackenzie Investments and an active supporter of the mentoring program. 
"Helping recent immigrants assimilate into the workforce is gratifying for 
employees who become mentors. They also develop leadership, coaching and 
communication skills, which further enriches their mentoring experience." 
"There is no downside to being a mentor," said Michael Grahlman, Director, 
Business Systems Analysis at CGI and a mentor with the program. "From a 
business perspective CGI was able to tap into new talent pools and skillsets. 
And from a personal perspective, it forces you to look at the work environment 
and the norms, boundaries and expectations in a different way and think about 
the implications of these in your business." 
CGI and Mackenzie Investments join the ranks of other corporate partners who 
have passed the 100 matches milestone and are leaders in mentor recruitment: 
TD, City of Toronto, CIBC, Deloitte, KMPG and Scotiabank. Staff from employer 
partners account for eighty per cent of mentoring matches in the program. The 
other twenty per cent of matches come from individual mentors not employed by 
Mentors who have mentored ten or more skilled immigrants
Mentors say they gain as much as they give by mentoring skilled immigrants. 
This year, The Mentoring Partnership recognized seven mentors who see so much 
value in the program that they have mentored more than ten times. 
"I enjoy mentoring. It not only helps me to be a better listener, but also to 
be a better person and to appreciate the challenges a newcomer, which I was 
once, has to go through," says Sam Samanta, Senior Financial Analyst at the 
City of Toronto and a ten-time mentor. "I learn a lot. I learn about other 
countries, culture and education systems. And it's an eye-opener." 
Sam is one of fourteen mentors who have gone above and beyond to mentor ten or 
more skilled immigrants. 
Mentees who have become mentors
A strong testament to the success of The Mentoring Partnership are the former 
mentees who go on to find professional success and become mentors for a new 
immigrant themselves. This year, The Mentoring Partnership recognized thirteen 
former mentees who are now mentors. 
"My mentor was able to help me build my network in the industry here in 
Canada," says Tim Tabassum Iqbal, Executive Director of Blue Green Systems and 
a former mentee. Now a mentor, Tim is helping other new immigrants like 
himself. "Newcomers come with such passion for their new country and for 
finding success. All they need is some help channelling that passion and I 
knew that I could help with that." 
Tim is one of thirteen former mentees being recognized for returning to the 
program to become mentors. The mentors originate from countries including 
Pakistan, Iran, Nepal and China. 
About The Mentoring Partnership Program:  
The Mentoring Partnership is a collaboration of corporate and community 
partners, and operates as a program of TRIEC. TRIEC creates and champions 
solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto Region 
labour market. Learn more at 
Jessica Hume, Communications Manager, (416) 944-1946 ext. 271, 
Natalia Dobrynina, Communications Specialist, (416) 944-1946 ext. 
SOURCE: Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council 
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