Last call for entries for the 5th annual Immigrant Success Awards is Dec 1

TRIEC asked us to remind our readers that the last call for entries for the 5th annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards, sponsored by RBC, is fast approaching. Each year TRIEC presents the IS Awards to recognize innovation and leadership in integrating skilled immigrants into the Greater Toronto Region labour market. Employers and individuals are invited to apply or submit a nomination by Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at

There are four IS Awards:

RBC Immigrant Advantage Award: This award will recognize an organization that demonstrates the business impact of leveraging the skills of immigrants, yielding tangible results for both the business and immigrants.

CBC Toronto Vision Award for Immigrant Inclusion: This award will recognize a unique initiative that breaks down employment barriers for skilled immigrants and has the potential to create lasting change. This initiative will have broader impact because of partnerships.

Toronto Star Award for Excellence in Workplace Integration: This award will recognize a practice that has been fully implemented and established in an organization with positive results that are transforming the organization.  

Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award: This award will recognize an individual who has demonstrated leadership and innovation in HR practice in integrating skilled immigrants in the workplace.

A panel of senior human resource professionals, business executives and industry stakeholders will judge the IS Award submissions. Winners will be recognized in the media and by their peers as leaders in an area of increasing importance to the Canadian economy. RBC will host a reception to honour the winners in March 2011.

Since the awards launched four years ago, over 20 employers and individuals have been recognized. Previous winners include CH2M HILL Canada Limited, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, George Brown College, I3 International, Nytric Limited, Pitney Bowes, Samtack, St. Micheal’s Hospital, Steam Whistle Brewing and Xerox Research Centre of Canada, as well as individuals from CIBC, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Procter & Gamble and TD Bank Financial Group.  

Samtack, last year’s co-winner of the RBC Immigrant Advantage Award, is still reaping the benefits of being chosen. The recognition from winning the award has resulted in valuable media coverage, interest from more local skilled immigrant talent and potential for new business opportunities.  TRIEC is hoping that this success can be repeated with other organizations in the Toronto Region.
Winner benefits include:
•     Opportunities for local and national media coverage
•     Public recognition at the IS Awards ceremony, a high-profile networking opportunity hosted by RBC
•     Profile through the IS Awards website and marketing materials, and
•     Handcrafted IS Awards sculpture
•     Opportunity to post IS Awards winner seal on company website and collateral

Online applications can be completed in minutes. For full details, online entry forms and profiles of previous winners, visit

The IS Awards are a program of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), sponsored by RBC with media partners Canadian HR Reporter, CBC Toronto and The Toronto Star.