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2019 Walk of Fame Winners: Mentors Matter

Every year, ACCES Employment recognizes organizations and individuals who have made a significant impact to drive the ACCES mission forward. This year, through our Walk of Fame Awards, ACCES is pleased to profile the amazing success we have achieved in creating and facilitating important mentoring opportunities for our jobseekers using different mentoring models. These awards recognize mentors who have been exceptional in contributing their valuable time and expertise to the success of our clients.

Over 1700 mentors contributed their time through different types of mentoring at ACCES this past year. This includes ACCES’s Speed Mentoring program – both for English-speaking and bilingual clients, guest speaking and in-program mentoring, one-to-one mentoring through the TRIEC Mentoring partnership program at ACCES, and informal networking through The Connector Program.

Mentoring, in all forms, has contributed greatly to the success of our jobseekers. The advice, strategies, networking connections and introductions that jobseekers receive through mentoring provide invaluable support and we are grateful to all of our mentors and volunteers for their time and effort.

We are very excited to recognize 9 exemplary mentors this year:

Naila Inam, Senior Medical Advisor, Amgen

Nicole Jacksic, Program Manager & Team Lead, Diversity & Inclusion, TD Bank Group

Claudia Le Beau, Bilingual Acquisition Sales Representative

Wasseem Makhoul, Partner Manager, Chic Contracting Inc.

Abe Salam, Manager, Talent and Organization, Accenture Canada

Muhammad Shahzad Hafeez, AVP, Corporate Development, Finance, AVIVA Canada Inc.

Dr. Deepak Sharma, Professor

Michelle Way, Market Vice President, Richmond Hill, CIBC

Ryan Wilson, Senior Recruiter, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Click here to learn more about our winners and stay tuned to our social media channels for our mentor stories.

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Recent Media Coverage:

(February 25, 2019) Markham ACCES Employment Centre bolsters newcomers, immigrants seeking work

(February 22, 2019) ACCES Markham Location Supports Newcomers

(February 7, 2019) IKEA Canada Launches Refugee Employment Program Coast-to-Coast

(January 2, 2019) Clothing store Dress for Success helps women going back to work gain confidence

(December 30, 2018) Revue de l’année 2018 pour la francophonie torontoise

(October 24, 2018) TD propels 10 innovative solutions designed to prepare workers for an inclusive future

(September 10, 2018) ACCES Employment bridging programs see internationally trained professionals solve real-world problems for employers

(August 18, 2018) Des francophones valorisés au Marathon Speed Mentoring d’Acces Employment

(August 16, 2018) RBC and ACCES Prepare Immigrants for Employment and Financial Success in Canada

(June 10, 2018) Get dressed for the best – you!

(June 8, 2018) Des francophones valorisés au Marathon Speed Mentoring d'Acces Employment

(June 7, 2018) What happens at a Speed Mentoring event for new Canadians?

(February 21, 2018) Kingston Job Centre Hosts Speed Mentoring en Français

(February 9, 2018) Le Speed Mentoring en français: un bon moyen de trouver um emploi

(January 28, 2018) Underemployed immigrants a waste of potential

(December 5, 2017) Speed Mentoring Marathon – the fast track to mentorship

(November 10, 2017) Des francophones de Hamilton font l’expérience du Speed Mentoring

(November 3, 2017) Apprivoiser le marché du travail canadien une rencontre à la fois

(October 23, 2017) Supporting skilled newcomers’ transition into Canada’s workforce

(October 23, 2017) Government of Canada to announce employment support for newcomers

(October 22, 2017) Canadian Immigrant - On the job hunt: land your first job in Canada with these five tips

(June 20, 2017) BDC Internships: Breaking Down the Barriers to Refugee Employment

(June 20, 2017) [Interview] Construction Trades Program: Innovative Partnership for Refugee Employment

(June 7, 2017) Newcomer Job Fair hosted by ACCES Employment with TRIEC

(May 30, 2017) Toronto Career, Education and Settlement Immigrant Fair

(May 23, 2017) ACCES Employment Deploys Vlocity to Digitize and Accelerate Immigrant Hiring

(May 9, 2017) Speed mentoring marathon in Toronto by ACCES Employment

(April 25, 2017) ACCES Employment’s World of Difference campaign raising money for newcomer youth

(February 24, 2017) Spotlight on Success: Nathalie Zapata

(January 26, 2017) Spotlight on Success: Imane Sahir—Career Opportunities for a French-Speaking Newcomer in Canada

(January 4, 2017) How to Share Your Ideas in the Workplace

(October 6, 2016) Spotlight on Success: Hung Le—Showcasing Transferable Skills for Canadian Employment

(September 22, 2016) (French) Employment Opportunities for Francophone Job Seekers

(August 18, 2016) (Cantonese) ACCES Employment Services & Programs, OMNI TV

(August 7, 2016) Online Job Search Centre, Inside Toronto

(June 23, 2016) Premiers Highly Skilled Workforce – Final Report (Gov. of Ontario)

(May 18th, 2016) (Cantonese) 2016 Speed Mentoring Marathon – Virtual Mentoring

(May 18th, 2016) (Mandarin) 2016 Speed Mentoring Marathon – Virtual Mentoring

(May 17, 2016) Du Speed Mentoring® en français pour les nouveaux arrivants, L’Express

(May 16th, 2016) Speed Mentoring is Back, With New Virtual Speed Mentoring

(May 2, 2016) Business owners turn to Syrian refugees to fill job vacancies, Jason Tchir, The Globe and Mail

(March 21, 2016) Employment Summit aims to connect Syrian refugees to jobs, Dave Bennett, Newswire.ca

(March 11, 2016) February unemployment rate hit the highest in three years, OMNI Mandarin (ON)

(March 4, 2016) Canada’s best companies find strength in diversity Diane Jermyn, The Globe and Mail

(January 28, 2016) Accenture gives $1.4M grant to support ACCES Employment and help new Canadians secure jobs, Johnny Zhang, Canadian Immigrant

(June 2015) Newcomers have Places to Go for Support, Fannie Sunshine, Inside Toronto

(May 2015) ACCES' Speed Mentoring Marathon gives Newcomers Connections, Ali Amad, Canadian Immigrant Magazine

(January 2015) Give Smart: ACCES Employment, Katelyn Verstraten, Toronto Star

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