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InspiRED Talks

April 8, 2016
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InspiRED Talks

(Ottawa, Ontario – April 8th, 2016)

In-TAC (The International Talent Acquisition Centre) is an initiative of the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre that matches international talent with Canadian businesses and helps internationally educated professionals find jobs in their field of expertise.

On Saturday, April 9th, 2016, In-TAC will launch its new social engagement series entitled InspiRED Talks. The series will feature presentations by exceptional immigrants who have demonstrated strength and resilience during their economic integration process as they settled in Canada. Their journeys of integration will be showcased through storytelling events narrated by In-TAC alumni. The element of RED represents the ‘spirit of empowerment’.

The first InspiRED Talk will feature the moving stories of seven internationally educated professional women, In-TAC alumnae, who have experienced and overcome challenging life/career transitions. Two In-TAC volunteers, currently helping newly arrived immigrants acquire the skills and confidence needed to enter the labour market, will offer insights on why it’s so important to find and connect with a mentor. Mara Taracievicz, a local business leader who has successfully established a thriving ICT business in Ottawa, will outline some of the business benefits of recruiting and hiring newcomer professionals and share the reasons why her company embraces diversity in workplace as one of its core values. In-TAC recognizes the significant role women play in growing the Canadian economy and building stronger communities, and it fully encourages its female clients to actively participate and engage in a variety of business sectors.

When: Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Where: Suite 2000, 400 Cooper Street, Ottawa
Time: 2:00PM to 4:00PM

In-TAC is dedicated to empowering global talent to achieve career success in Canada by creating a platform for continuous dialogue between non-profit employment assistance services and employers seeking local talent. Thanks to In-TAC, over 425 internationally educated professionals who made Canada their new home, found work last year in their field of expertise. 400 business partners in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver found the talent with the skills and expertise they were looking for.

For more information, please contact Carmen G. Muñoz, In-TAC Manager, at or by phone at (613) 220-9444.



The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC), established in 1975, is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization committed to advancing the full social and economic integration and participation of newcomers, immigrants and refugees in Ottawa. In 2015, it served newcomers from over 70 countries.

In-TAC (the International Talent Acquisition Centre), the employer services division of the OCCSC, provides seamless integration services that bring together internationally educated professionals (IEPs) and employers through its programs:

  NAVICAN IT and NAVICAN Accounting are bridge-to-work programs for internationally educated ICT and Accounting professionals. They connect IEPs with local employers, in particular small and medium enterprises.

  MAPLE 2.0 – Mentorship in Action is a national program that provides 3-12 week work-mentorship placements for IEP’s to gain Canadian work experience in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. It also provides communication and cultural competency training for employers to encourage successful recruitment, integration and retention of IEPs in the workplace.

  Job Search Workshop is a labour market orientation and job readiness preparation program for internationally trained professionals.

  The In-TAC Business Centre is a social enterprise initiative that provides entrepreneurs and SMEs with accounting and taxation services and other business supports. It also offers IEPs internship opportunities in the accounting field.

  In-TAC’s Mentorship Program connects job seekers with established Canadian professionals. It helps participants enhance their soft-skills, develop competencies, gain confidence and provide networking opportunities for both mentors and mentees.

  In-TAC’s Pre-Arrival Services connect internationally trained talent from China with local employers before they depart from their home countries.

Thanks to our employer partners and our employment support services, 75% of our clients find work commensurate with their professional backgrounds and experience, within a six-month period following their enrollment in our support services.

A crucial component of our successful placement track record is our growing and strengthening partnerships with employers. As a result of our employer outreach and engagement efforts, the total number of partnering employers has surpassed 400. In addition to this quantitative increase in the number of employer partners, a growing number of our employer partners repeatedly consider our employment services as a staffing solution for their hiring needs, further attesting to the success of our efforts.

In-TAC’s programs are partly funded by The Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For more information about our programs and our successes, please visit our website at