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Skills for Change
Toronto, Ontario
Envisioning a Canada where every immigrant succeeds
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Nominate a Pioneer Today! Nominations for Pioneers for Change 2015 awards are open! We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for the 22nd annual Pioneers for Change Awards! For over 20 years, the Pioneers for Change Awards have celebrated immigrants who have made positive social and economic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at PfC | Pioneers for Change
Dr. Cukier’s work has focused on technological innovation and social change. She has written more than 200 papers on technology, innovation and management and is the coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park”. In 1999, she founded Diversity Institute and has worked on a range of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at diversity@work | Main
Ms. Rahman is the Director, Diversity, Equity and Stakeholder Outreach at The Scarborough Hospital. Her primary role is to support the hospital in realizing its Vision of – providing the best healthcare to a global community. Waheeda has worked as a Consultant in both the public and private sectors, with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at diversity@work | Main
Colin Druhan is passionate about improving the climate of inclusion for LGBT employees in Canadian workplaces. As Executive Director of Pride at Work Canada he maintains operational accountability for the delivery of the organization’s national strategy, programs, and initiatives. Previous to Pride at Work Canada, he worked with the Student... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at diversity@work | Main
James Denas(FCGmA, HRD CDG) has been teaching Business Writing at Skills for Change since 2010. He is the owner of Designed by You Custom Jewellery , President of the North York Faceting Guild, and an instructor at the Canadian Gemmological Association. Mr. Denas also narrates audiobooks for the CNIB and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Skills for Change | Career Skills
Carmencita (Carmen) Robles-Messam is a Training Specialist for the Trades Win Support Program. She has assisted newcomers to Canada in the Employment Access and Job Search Workshop programs for over 5 years. She is also a TESL Ontario Certified instructor for over 8 years. She has worked in the private,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Skills for Change | Peel Region
Shanique Allwood is an Employer Outreach Specialist for the Trades Win program, Peel Region. Her main focus is to connect and engage employers in the Trades programs and other areas of the organization. She comes with over seven years experience in education, job development, and sales and marketing. A dedicated,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Skills for Change | Peel Region
Robert Herjavec is one of North America's most recognizable business leaders. A first generation immigrant, Robert, age 8, arrived in Halifax, Canada on a boat with his parents after escaping Communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers and waiting on tables, to launching a computer company from his basement,... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at PfC | Pioneers for Change
Ahmad Reza Tabrizi was born in 1946in Iran, Tehran. He has graduated from Amir Kabir University with a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1969. He has also obtained a diploma in Plastic Technology from Osaka Research Institute. In 2008, Mr. Tabrizi was awarded for his outstanding achievements a Distinction... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at PfC | Pioneers for Change
A native of Yugoslavia, Aleksandar Antonijevic studied at the National Ballet School in Novi Sad and joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1991. He has been a Principal Dancer since 1995. Mr. Antonijevic has danced in most of the major works in the company’s repertoire including principal roles in... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at PfC | Pioneers for Change
​Jorge Silva is a designer, engineer and entrepreneur who loves using irony and technology to disrupt human patterns of exclusion. His upbringing as a privileged member of a loving - albeit poor - Mexican family, allowed Jorge to be constantly exposed, from an early age, to the absurd disparities of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at PfC | Pioneers for Change
Mohammed Shafique is the founder of Youth Empowering Parents, an innovative grassroots program that recently won an Intercultural Innovation Award presented by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mohammed currently works at Deloitte Canada as a Management Consultant, where he helped shape the firm’s national innovation strategy. His professional experiences span from... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at PfC | Pioneers for Change
Izumi Sakamoto is Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Sakamoto received her MSW, MS and Ph.D. (Social Work & Psychology) from the University of Michigan and her BA and MA from Sophia University, Japan. With six grants from the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at PfC | Pioneers for Change
Nominate a Pioneer Today! Nominations for our 23rd Anuual Pioneers for Change awards are now open! This year we will be selecting Honourees from the following Categories Arts Youth Innovation Outstanding Entrepreneur Women Community Engagement For over 20 years Skills for Change has been celebrating the outstanding achievements of immigrants... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at PfC | Pioneers for Change
Information Technology Jobos in Demand in 2014 This FREE information session will cover industry trends and the IT skills that are in demand in today's job market. Registration and information For additional information call 416.658.3101 x216 or write When: TBA| Toronto Central Saturdays | 11:00 a.m Online event registration... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Skills for Change | Career Skills
Are you looking for a job in the Quality Assurance industry and want to prepare for Six Sigma Foundation.? This FREE information session will cover industry trends and how to become a Certified Quality Technician, Certified Quality Process Analyst, Certified Quality Auditor, or Certified Quality Engineer Registration and information For... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Skills for Change | Career Skills
Matt joined CIBC in 2006 and currently serves as Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion where he has global accountability for developing strategies and programs that support the attraction, retention and development of diverse talent for CIBC. Since taking over this area for the bank in 2010, CIBC has consistently been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at diversity@work | Main
Wade joined Ross & McBride LLP in 2010 and practices predominantly in human rights law, appearing frequently before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Wade is a strong advocate for social justice and believes that the law is an important instrument for social change. Wade aggressively advocates for persons from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at diversity@work | Main
Diversity@Work 2015 "Exploring the Complexities of Diversity: Age, Gender, Culture and Competencies" In its 6th year, the Diversity@Work Conference brings to light the true value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace showcasing diversity in its full complexity and re-discovering it from new angles. This year’s conference will bring together... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at diversity@work | Main
8:15 - 9:15am BREAKFAST/REGISTRATION 9:15 - 9:45am Introduction and Welcome Remarks | Surranna Sandy, Skills for Change 9:45 - 10:45am Keynote Address Perspectives on Diversity: Age, Gender, Culture & Competencies Dr. Winnie Ng, CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University 11:00 -12:00pm Case Study | John... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at diversity@work | Main
Diversity@Work 2015 Speakers KEYNOTE Co-Presenters Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, City Councillor for Ward 28 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale) Currently in her seventh term as City Councillor, Pam is also serving as Deputy Mayor, with the responsibility of leading Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. Pam is a member of the Government Management Committee, which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at diversity@work | Main
Skills for Change invites your organization to become a Community Partner for our 2015 Diversity@Work Conference! Our community partners help in building a provincial wide dialogue on diversity, equity, inclusion, immigrant and refugee issues and spread the word about the upcoming Diversity@Work Conference. Primarily, this would involve providing publicity for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at diversity@work | Main
Events like this are made possible because of our generous sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring this event please contact Wassim Barsoum : Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at diversity@work | Main
Successful completion of the 40 hour Principles of Project Management course will provide you with a significant advantage in today’s very competitive job market. This course covers CAPM® and PMP® certification areas of interest: Project management process groups: initiation, planning, execution, control and closeout Project Management Institute (PMI) project standards... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Skills for Change | Career Skills
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada's leading grantmaking foundations and is an agency of the Government of Ontario. In 2012, Skills for Change was granted, through OTF's Community Capital Fund (CCF), $194,500 over one year to make energy and safety upgrades to the St. Clair Avenue West... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Skills for Change | Toronto Central