Internationally Trained Professionals Networking Fair

Internationally Trained Professionals Networking Fair

Date(s) - 12/11/2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

On November 12, 2016 DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) hosted the Internationally Trained Professionals (ITP) Networking Fair at the KPU Surrey Campus’ Cedar Conference Room.

The morning Networking Fair highlighted newcomer ITPs from the Accounting, Engineering, and Nursing fields, along with the major associations from the matching sectors.

In the presence of industry leaders, established professionals, training experts, employment and other social service workers, newcomer ITPs in attendance will be given an opportunity to network, learn, and inquire about matters in career paths, credential upgrading & evaluation, bridging programs, and potential employment.

Leading provider of home care services Nurse Next Door, full-service chartered accountancy MNP (Meyers Norris Penny), and premiere design and manufacturing firm Unifiller will feature their services at the 2016 ITP event.

Regulatory bodies, namely, Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA), Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC (APEG-BC), and College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRN-BC) will lend a hand through exhibit booths. See program guide for full list.

Diversity and inclusions expert Alden Habacon of UBC & Schema Magazine provided the keynote address.

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Minister John MacCallum announced the number of economic immigrants welcomed into the country in 2017 will increase. Mostly falling under the Federal Skilled Worker program, Internationally Trained Professionals or ITPs are known to face hardships securing work in their professions.

From un-employment and under-employment due to un-recognized credentials or the lack of Canadian experience, ITPs carry much burden upon coming to Canada. Three successful and amazing ITPs from the featured professions shared their stories through a moderated panel discussion. They joined industry employers who provided their own testimonies. Employers addressed not only what it is they looked for in an ideal candidate, but also, what common mistakes, misunderstandings, or missteps that ITPs commit when applying for work which they are already qualified for.

Possessing training and experience in broadcast journalism, publishing, academe, and consulting, Alden Habacon brings a depth of understanding that has worked well in the spheres of public and private sector. “Maximizing the full potential of those who want and can contribute more is not only a human capital issue; it is the challenge of Canada’s economy today”, says inclusion and diversity expert, Alden Habacon.

“At the cusp of a historic shortage of labour, optimizing the careers of Internationally Trained Professionals is more urgent than ever. Our economy, community and Canadian society is depending on it. And for this reason, employers and Internationally Trained Professionals must find partnership to more prosperous outcomes.”

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2016 ITP Event Photos

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