On May 11th, 2017, Ottawa’s business leaders, community stakeholders, government representatives, newcomer graduates of In-TAC’s bridging programs and 200 associated guests gathered at In-TAC’s 8th Annual Appreciation Gala at the Shaw Centre celebrating ten years of connecting international talent with Canadian businesses, as well as the 100th graduating cohort from the bridge-to-employment programs for new immigrants.
The gala, emceed by CBC’s Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco, kicked off with a networking reception. That was followed by dinner and a keynote speech delivered by Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC). The evening concluded with the presentation of eight achievement awards.
Employment, social prosperity and economic integration were the gala’s keywords. As parliamentary Secretary Cormier said, “We all know when we work together towards the successful integration of newcomers into Canada’s society, the country will benefit.” OCCSC’s Executive Director Sharon Kan reiterated Mr. Cormier’s message. In her speech, she shared concrete examples of the services In-TAC and OCCSC provide to newcomers, whose successes are the true measure of its worth.
In-TAC was also honoured to welcome MPs Mary Ng and Chandra Arya. Both offered thoughtful remarks that echoed the gala’s key message, that “International Talent Helps Businesses Thrive”.
The MPs, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, IRCC Minister Ahmed Hussen, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and immigration Laura Albanese, who sent letters of congratulations, all commended In-TAC for its dedication to helping internationally trained professionals achieve their full potential in Canada, and for its contributions towards strengthening Canada’s workforce and building a competitive economy.
Thanks to In-TAC and its 400 business partners in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver, over the past ten years, nearly 1,500 internationally educated professionals (IEPs) from over 100 countries have found work in their fields of expertise.
The gala was a chance for our clients and partners to create new connections, and to celebrate the contributions IEPs have made to our local economies and the successful relationships we have fostered over the last decade.
Awards were presented to eight outstanding individuals and organizations.
1. In-TAC Award: Huawei Canada
2. Capacity Builder Award: Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
3. Inspiring Mentor Award: Ms. Margaret Strysio
4. Award of Excellence: Ms. Lesley Chen
5. Valedictorian Award: Mr. Mofor Fualah
6. Community Builder Award: Mr. Andrés Navarro
7. Ambassador Award: Mr. David Ker of ZINation
8. Diversity Champion Award: Mr. Darrell Wellington of Syntronic
Senior Manager Ying Xie concluded the evening by thanking In-TAC’s supporters and stakeholders, including funders, employers, community partners, immigrant clients, volunteer mentors, OCCSC’s Board of Directors and staff. He stressed that immigrants bring immense opportunities to local businesses and to the Canadian economy, and that only by building strong collaborations and partnerships can we create stronger and more prosperous communities in Canada for decades to come.
In-TAC’s gala was made possible thanks to In-TAC’s generous sponsors:
1. Premier sponsor: Kivuto
2. Co-sponsor: Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario (CPA)
3. Sponsors: Canada Revenue Agency, Fortinet, Investors Group, Scotiabank, SmartCell Communications, St.Lawrence College, Syntronic, and ZINation.
We would also like to acknowledge our funders:
1. Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
2. Ontraio Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.