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Champions for immigrant employment honoured

May 9, 2014

A headhunting firm that goes out of its way to validate immigrants’ foreign credentials. A Mexican newcomer who founded a networking group for Latin American graduates. A training program for immigrant entrepreneurs.

These Greater Toronto initiatives are the winners of the 2014 Immigrant Success Awards to be presented Thursday by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

“Immigrants have a lot to offer. What is missing is confidence and somebody to give them customized attention to help them present themselves in the best way,” said Aneela Zaib, who founded emergiTEL in 2006 to match immigrant talents with employers looking for IT workers.

“We are not doing immigrants favours by validating their skills and knowledge. They deserve the jobs,” Zaib said. “Our goal is to bring out immigrants’ passion to be successful at their new home and to be the go-to platform for employers to connect with all the talents out there.”

Now into its eighth year, the awards, sponsored by the Star, recognize best practices and inspiring stories in newcomer hiring.

Zaib came to Canada from Pakistan in 1998 as a student, enrolled in the University of Toronto’s postgraduate engineering program.

During her early career in telecommunications, Zaib met many immigrant job seekers and saw a mismatch of skills.

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Reference: The Toronto Star

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