Ontario is recognizing the first ever recipients of the Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment, for their role in championing diversity and supporting jobs in their communities.
Five outstanding recipients from across the province were honoured during a ceremony at the 2013 Ontario Economic Summit at Niagara-on-the-Lake:
Champion Category: Small Organization
As Founder of Connect Legal in Toronto, the first legal services clinic of its kind in Canada, Marion has helped over 1,000 small business owners, including immigrants, get their companies off the ground through one-on-one legal advice and interactive workshops.
Champion Category: Large Organization
Since 1984, WIL Employment has been helping immigrants achieve success in London, Ontario, through finding newcomers career and training opportunities and assisting them in adapting to the evolving expectations of employers.
Employer Category: Small Organization
The company connects Canadian and global brands with growing ethnic consumers in Canada. Based in Thornhill, almost the entire team is first generation immigrants, and the company invests resources towards hiring, training and retaining its employees.
Mount Sinai Hospital
Employer Category: Large Organization
The hospital employs a diverse team of nurses, physicians and clinicians, to help them serve the City of Toronto’s multicultural community. The hospital supports its staff through mentorship, training and strategic partnerships, so that their patients benefit from culturally sensitive expert care.
Founder of JNE Consulting Ltd., a full-service multi-disciplinary engineering firm located in Hamilton, serving a wide range of industries. His group of companies employs hundreds of professionals, many of whom are newcomers to Ontario.
Celebrating employers who are making the most of the province’s diverse workforce is part of Ontario’s Immigration Strategy and supports the government’s economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
Michael Coteau, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration congratulates the recipients of the Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment.