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TD and ACCES Collaborate to Create Success
August 5, 2020

Innovative and committed partners help ACCES create momentum and success in the lives of newcomers. Through generous support, contributions to programs and services, volunteering and mentoring, and the recruitment of newcomer talent, ACCES and TD have contributed to the success of thousands of newcomers as they start their lives in Canada.

By working together, ACCES and TD are making a difference in the lives of newcomer jobseekers in a variety of innovative and targeted ways. With TD’s support, ACCES has been able to address greater income stability for newcomers through future-skills development, much-needed STEM training for underrepresented groups, reducing and removing the barriers facing women jobseekers and helping to curb unemployment and underemployment among internationally trained professionals new to Canada. Specifically, TD’s recent support and sponsorship has enhanced ACCES’s Women in Technology, Empowering Women, Cybersecurity Connections and Talk English Café programming. The collaboration also created an innovative workshop series introducing refugees to TD’s own control functions and compliancy training.

Women in Technology Program

The TD Ready Challenge, created and funded by TD, is a key component of the Bank's overall corporate citizenship platform, the TD Ready Commitment. The annual North American initiative provides financial support to organizations tackling community issues. ACCES's Women in Technology (WiT) initiative was a recipient of a $1 million CDN TD Ready Challenge grant in 2018. The initiative provides women with training and employer connections to secure and retain competitive employment in the IT field with a focus on emerging high growth areas in STEM. Participants have direct contact with hiring employers through a range of mentoring initiatives and guest-speaker events.

Empowering Women

ACCES’s Empowering Women Program, sponsored by TD, is a one-week intensive program focused on helping newcomer women realize their leadership potential through customized workshops, coaching, and business communication training. Each cohort includes a volunteer commitment from TD executives and leaders to individually mentor participants, providing participants with the opportunity to meet with women already in leadership roles. The program is highly successful with an 84% employment rate among graduates, with 36% of the graduates being hired directly by TD. Over 250 women have benefitted from the program to date, with 15 different cohorts.

Cybersecurity Connections

TD generously supported the delivery of the Cybersecurity Connections cohort offered last month. The program connects internationally trained IT professionals to the increasingly high-demand Canadian job market in Cybersecurity. In partnership with IBM, the last cohort received unique mentoring support from TD executives and customized cybersecurity training from IBM’s SkillsBuild platform. TD has also hired past graduates from the program in roles such as Senior Security Analyst, Business Technology Risk Management and Information Security Analysts.

TD Control Function Workshop Series for Refugees

TD and ACCES recently collaborated on a Control Functions Workshop series for refugees. Many of the refugee participants had previously worked in control functions in their countries of origin, including Nigeria, Iran, Pakistan, St. Lucia and Zimbabwe. TD leaders taught refugees about specific control functions at TD, how to understand and manage risk and how to accomplish this within the TD framework. Participants also learned about TD’s hiring practices and how to engage with professionals in the TD network. As one refugee reflected, “The collaboration between ACCES and TD Bank Group is such an amazing one. Every individual who represented both organizations exhibited a high level of expertise and professionalism.” Jan Grofe, Senior Manager with the TD Compliance Academy, explained that the ACCES-TD collaboration on this Compliance Series has helped to “further the impact of the TD Ready Commitment by giving back to a vulnerable population in our community: refugees searching for employment during COVID.”

Personal Success Story: ACCES and TD's Growing Impact on Diversity and Inclusion

Sisan Adidi migrated to Canada from Nigeria in April 2019. It was a difficult decision to make, leaving behind a successful 12-year career in a leading financial services franchise in Africa.

In his words, “the Financial Services Connections Program at ACCES was a good place to learn about the Canadian financial landscape and how best to leverage my skills. The program gave me an opportunity to attend speed mentoring and career sessions with various financial institutions. Through one of these sessions, I was able to interview for my current position as Manager, Customer Experience at TD Bank.” Joining TD in Etobicoke enabled Sisan to leverage his experiences coupled with structured and deliberate rotations within the district to learn and apply his skills in a meaningful and purposeful way.

“TD Bank was a perfect fit for me as a newcomer; the diverse, customer-centric and people-oriented work environment helped me settle in quickly and thrive. Most importantly, I was able to bring my whole self to work and to just be me.”

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Recent Media Coverage:

(February 3, 2020) Bridging the Talent Gap, tapping into a North Carolina experiment

(February 1, 2020) Healthcare Connections program alumni Hardik Patel achieves success

(January 20, 2020) TD recognized as one of Canada's best diversity employer, ACCES mentioned under TDs recruitment initiative

(January 16, 2020) Accenture gives $1.1 Million grant to ACCES employment to help newcomers

(December 12, 2019)) There Was a Women in Technology Event Last Month

(December 10, 2019) Hoy se realizará gran feria de empleo para refugiados en Toronto

(December 9, 2019) There's a refugee hiring event happening outside of Toronto this week

(December 6, 2019) Media Inquiry Scarborough Location regarding Unemployment Rate

(November 16, 2019) Newcomers receive relief in their struggle to find work

(November 13, 2019) Refugees Coming To Canada Want To Contribute, Toronto Job Fair Shows

(November 5, 2019) BMO, United Way and City of Toronto Announce Greater Golden Mile Neighbourhoods are First for Economic Opportunity Program

(October 31, 2019) Starbucks Canada Leads Top Canadian Companies in First-of-its-Kind Refugee Hiring Event with Tent Partnership for Refugees

(October 31, 2019) Toronto Refugee Hiring Event

(October 31, 2019) Toronto Refugee Hiring Event

(October 31, 2019) Job fair specifically for refugees gives hope to those having trouble finding work

(June 7, 2019) WES Pilot Program for Refugees. ACCES referred clients to pilot program.

(April 11, 2019) Speed Mentoring program partnership with GTAA and ACCES Employment in Brampton

(March 7, 2019) Rede de agências ajuda a achar trabalho antes da chegada ao Canadá

(April 10, 2019) Toronto Pearson and ACCES Employment Announce $100,000 Partnership to Connect Hundreds of Skilled Newcomers to Local Employers

(March 6, 2019) Accenture Appoints Piyush Bhatnagar Office Managing Director for Toronto

(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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