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In-TAC’s 7th Annual Appreciation Gala 2016 – Opening Doors to Global Markets

In-TAC’s 7th Annual Appreciation Gala 2016 

Opening Doors to Global Markets

Ottawa, ON – May 10th, 2016

On May 10th, 2016, the International Talent Acquisition Centre gathered with 165 of their closest supporters to celebrate seven years of connecting international talent with Canadian businesses. Held at the National Arts Centre, guests were treated to a wonderful performance by The Cadenza Quartet as they mingled and networked during the reception.

Maria-Sophia Pera, Justin Azerrad, Ursa Meyer, Lili Potvin

Maria-Sophia Pera, Justin Azerrad, Ursa Meyer, Lili Potvin

The Honourable Minister John McCallum

The Honourable Minister John McCallum

The highlight of the evening was the keynote address delivered by the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, who throughout his speech made links with his work and the work of In-TAC stating, “What In-TAC does is very much in-line and at the heart of what I do – bring international talent to Canada so that they can help grow the economy. We’re in fierce competition with other countries. We need to find ways to make our immigration system more flexible and more aggressive. Just like In-TAC, we’re working to break down the barriers to economic integration for newcomers.” In-TAC also had the honour of welcoming Deputy Mayor Bob Monette who provided thoughtful opening remarks.

(left to right) Ying Xie, Deputy Mayor Bob Monette, Vivian Chan & Sharon Kan

(left to right) Ying Xie, Deputy Mayor Bob Monette, Vivian Chan & Sharon Kan

Thanks to In-TAC, last year over 325 internationally educated professionals who made Canada their new home found work in their field of expertise. 400 business partners in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver found the talent with the skills and expertise they had been looking for. The gala was an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment of over 100 graduates. The successful relationships developed with local and national employer partners, funders and community stakeholders were also acknowledged throughout the evening for their proactive hiring practices, excellent training, mentorship support and commitment to learning.

Inspiring employer partners like SmartCell Communication’s Nan Li, who received this year’s Ambassador Award for helping 12 recently arrived accounting professionals find work in their field of expertise through a strategic mentorship system he devised in which mentees learn by teaching each other. The evening also showcased inspiring mentors such as Eric Ling, a devoted volunteer mentor, training facilitator and  leader of the Share & Learn Group, who has offered strategic career search and development guidance to the mentorship program, as well as to four newly arrived immigrant professionals who thanks to Eric, successfully found employment in the finance sector.

Overall, eight outstanding individuals and organizations were presented with the following awards:

  1.  In-TAC Award presented to Scotia Bank (Somerset & Bronson Branch)
  2. Capacity Builder Award presented to Kivuto Solutions Inc.
  3. Inspiring Mentor Award presented to Mr. Eric Ling
  4. Award of Excellence presented to Mr. Bruce Collie
  5. Valedictorian Award presented to Ms. Sandra Hines
  6. Community Builder Award presented to Ms. Dana Borchewski of Invest Ottawa
  7. Ambassador Award presented to Mr. Nan Li
  8. Diversity Champion Award presented to Catherine Linois-Davidson of the Canadian Red Cross

Annual Appreciation Gala 2016

In-TAC Senior Manager, Ying Xie

In-TAC Senior Manager, Ying Xie

In-TAC’s Senior Manager, Ying Xie, introduced the OCCSC’s newest initiative, In-TAC Pre-Arrival Services, that are working directly with applicants in China, offering them settlement and employment support they need before departure, as well as a direct connection to post-arrival services across Canada. He also concluded the evening with a memorable rendition of  “You Raise Me Up”, acknowledging our supporters as the ones who “raise us up” so that we can do the work we do to help build stronger and more prosperous communities in Canada.

Our gala was made possible thanks to In-TAC’s generous sponsors: Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario (CPA), SmartCell Communications Inc., ACE, Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resources Centre, inBay Technologies, Kivuto Solutions Inc. Toronto Dominion Bank (TD), SunLife Finanacial- Christine Gibbard, S&L HR Innovations Inc., Peter Cameron & Associates Inc. and Reprodux.

We would also like to acknowledge our funders: Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

A special thanks to Ms. Karen Flanagan McCarthy, our fabulous emcee and host for the evening, and our wonderful volunteer photographers and media sponsors, Dingchang Xu, Haorong Wan and Raed Farhat.

Watch In-TAC’s 7th Annual Appreciation Gala Video here.

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