The Financial Services Connections™ in a Digital World program provides internationally trained financial services professionals with practical job search information and connections to employers in the financial sector. Program participants will learn how to integrate into the Canadian workplace and effectively communicate with colleagues and clients within the sector.

To be eligible for the program, clients must reside in Ontario. See program full eligibility criteria for details.

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Program Components

  • 6-week program 
  • Business and workplace communication training in a Canadian context 
  • Orientation to the financial services sector in Canada 
  • Job search support and preparation 
  • One-to-one support from an employment consultant who is knowledgeable about the sector 

Financial Services Connections™ is funded by the Government of Ontario, and is offered in partnership with Toronto Metropolitan University and Moody’s Analytics.   

Program Benefits

  • Referrals to Speed Mentoring® and The Mentoring Partnership™
  • Effective job search strategies including market research techniques, resume development, interview skills and targeting your job search to companies that require your specific skills and experience
  • Referrals to job openings and connections to employers
  • Access to mentors who are professionals in your field
  • Invitations to attend recruitment and networking events
  • Industry certification
  • Post-hire support – job retention, business communication/language coaching

Program Eligibility

  • CLB Level 8 or higher preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee or Refugee Claimant with a one-year Canadian work permit, Naturalized Canadian Citizen
  • One year experience in the financial services sector outside of Canada. No relevant Canadian work experience
  • No relevant Canadian Work Experience
  • Must reside in Ontario

Program Dates

  • May 6 – June 14, 2024
  • May 13 – June 7, 2024
  • July 29 – September 6, 2024
  • August 5 – September 13, 2024
  • October 28 – December 6, 2024
  • November 4-December 13, 2024

Program Fees

The fee for this program is $500. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program. 

Advisory Committee


  • Assunta Tutino, Assistant Director – Business Development & Client Management, Moody’s Analytics 
  • Diana Caldi, Senior Recruitment Consultant, RBC Insurance 
  • Nicole Jacksic, Senior Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition, TD Bank 
  • Katerina Belazelkoska, Program Manager, Workplace Communication in Canada (WCC) Program, Ryerson University 
  • Shehzad Valliani, Senior Product Manager, Cards Solutions & Fraud Management, Everlink 
  • Silvia Caibota, Senior FSR, CIBC 
  • Moutushi Esha, Project Manager, Marketing Analytics, BMO 
  • Domingoes Queiroz, Business Architect, System Strategy 
  • Olivia Weir, Advisor, Inclusion & Diversity (US P& C), BMO 
  • Ankush Chawla, Manager – Artifical Intelligence COE, BMO
  • Annie Mburu, Senior Accountant, Financial Institutions and Real Estate, KPMG LLP