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The 9th Professional Day of CPAC Ends with a Successful note

Toronto – CPAC Professional Day 2010, one of the largest career development and job fairs for internationally trained professionals in Toronto, attracted over 1200 participants to the Armenian Youth Centre today. “Helping internationally trained professionals integrate into the community and become contributing members is our mission at CPAC and today’s event is just one example of that,” said Howard Shen, President of CPAC. “We understand the issues faced by the members of the community and respond with an inspiring theme for the event, ‘rise up to the challenge’ and add a Job Fair in the marketplace…” continued Mr. Shen in his welcome speech.

In the audience were the Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honourable Jim Karygiannis, M.P., Scarborough-Agincourt; Mr. Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and member of parliament for Mississauga Erindale; Councillor Chin Lee, Toronto City Councillor, Mr. Joe Pantalone, Deputy Mayor of the City of Toronto and Mr. Rocco Rossi as well as hundreds of immigrant professionals.

One of the highlights of the event was the keynote presentation by Jinyan Li, Interim Dean and Professor of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. In her speech, Professor Li gave an inspiring account of her own journey from an immigrant to a Professor of York Law school. “Being ‘yellow’ in a ‘white world’ is challenging and exciting. There are various hurdles, visible and invisible ones, for Chinese immigrants who want to become professionals in Canada. And yet, these hurdles are not insurmountable”. The Keynote speaker shares with the audience some of her personal experiences and insights. The speech addresses some of the most difficult challenges for new immigrants seeking professional positions in Canada – developing the right “soft skills”, cultivating the right attitude and perspectives, and becoming “comfortable” in a “white world”. Said Professor Li. Her speech drew rounds of applauses from the audience.

The job fair again was the shining spot of this 9th Professional Day. There were 43 employers and exhibitors in total. Among them, 22 were employers and recruiters with a large number of job opportunities. The market place was packed with opportunity seekers.

For the breakout sessions, employers, industry specialists, trainers and career consultants spoke on a wide range of topics including career development, job opportunities, communication skills, professional certification and licensing for internationally trained professionals.

Once again, Scotiabank was the presenting sponsor for consecutive three years. Other sponsors included CGA , the diamond sponsor;TD Bank , BMO Bank of Montreal and George Brown College as the Gold Sponsors and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex , the Silver Sponsor.

CPAC Professional Day, started in 2002, is an annual conference on career and professional development for internationally trained professionals (ITPs). It is one of the few large-scale events in GTA that help ITPs establish themselves professionally and advance in their careers.

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