5th annual Career, Education and Settlement Fair for newcomers

CANADIAN Immigrant magazine and Scotiabank, in association with Centennial College, are presenting the 5th annual Career, Education and Settlement Fair on Monday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. More than 1,000 Canadian newcomers attended the 4th annual Career, Education and Settlement Fair. This year’s event plans to be bigger than ever, with activities like a resumé clinic, speed mentoring and an inspirational speakers’ lineup, including a special keynote by LocaWoka tech startup whizkids.

With other sponsors British Council-IELTS, MEDISYS, IDP-IELTS, IEP Bridging Program at York University and CPA Ontario, the innovative event will feature a tradeshow of exhibitors including immigrant service providers, educational institutes, recruitment agencies,, employers looking to hire, plus job-finding and management portals.

Thousands of immigrants arrive in Toronto every year with dreams of a new life and successful careers. However, many experience culture shock as they start to settle in, and need information on everything from continuing education to obtaining employment. Even if they come here with an arranged job, newcomers need settlement support for themselves and their families.  Canadian Immigrant has been a guiding star for such newcomers through its print and online publications, and the fair expands its support of Canadian newcomers, not only in Toronto, but in three other cities in 2015 (Halifax – Sept. 8; Calgary – Oct. 15; and Vancouver – Nov. 16).

“We are excited to celebrate the fifth year of our fair in Toronto,” says magazine co-publisher Sanjay Agnihotri. “The goal of our fair is to help immigrants find their place in the city, become settled and successful. All the information they need to kickstart their journey is right here under one roof, whether they’ve been in Canada for five days or five years. As in the past, we have a third-party advisory board which has guided the planning of the fair to create the best, most effective fair possible”





Pursuing a Career — Why College? by Ashley Evans;  11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Centennial College assists internationally trained individuals, as well as all prospective students, in planning their post-secondary education, choosing the appropriate college and program, and navigating the application, admission and other processes. This session will provide information on Centennial College and why internationally trained individuals should pursue a college education to support their international education credentials.


15 Proven LinkedIn Tips for Career Success by Murali Murthy; 12:15 to 12.45 p.m.

Did you know that your LinkedIn profile is one of the first things that recruiters see when they look you up on Google? What impression is your current profile conveying to potential recruiters and employers? Now take control of your online professional identity. Attend author, speaker and career coach Murali Murthy’s engaging session where he will share 15 step-by-step actions to take your LinkedIn presence from OK to extraordinary.


Winning Ways — The Formula for your Job Search Success by Sujay Vardhmane; 1.30 to 2.15 p.m.
This is an inspirational workshop designed to help new Canadians achieve success. Senior manager, Diversity & Inclusion, at Scotiabank, Sujay Vardhmane is passionate about helping other immigrants integrate, especially in the employment front, using best job search strategies. He believes that only when a new Canadian’s full potential is utilized in employment that Canada truly benefits from their immigration. It is this belief that is at the heart of Winning Ways workshop.


Canadian Citizenship — Your Citizenship by Judge Nancy Siew; 2.15 to 2.45 p.m.

This presentation by a citizenship judge will help you understand the rights of Canadian citizenship and its historical evolution. Judge Nancy Siew will offer information on who can apply, practical tips on the application process and attaining citizenship, and the citizenship ceremony.


Financial Solutions to Help You Get Started and Settled by Chad Liu; 2.15 to 2.45 p.m.
Join Chad Liu, Senior Financial Advisor at Scotiabank, to learn more about the basics of banking in Canada, such as access to bank accounts, applying for credit cards, mortgages, and growing your investments.


Learn more about the CPA designation by Carmen Jacques; 2.45 to 3.15 p.m.

Please join Carmen Jacques, CPA, CGA, from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario to learn more about the accounting profession in Ontario; how to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and the opportunity to build the career you want when you achieve an accounting designation.


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Find Your Startup Success by Hussain H. Bandukwala and Shabbir Evershine; 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Thinking of entrepreneurship? Hussain Bandukwala and Shabbir Evershine, co-founders of LocaWoka, a neighbourhood-based app that allows you to hire out your chores, will share their journey starting a business in the competitive technology sector and offer up their tips on business success in any field.