Toronto, 19 Oct 07 - Today, more than 1,000 internationally educated professionals, employers, and representatives from licensing bodies, educational institutions and associations attended the 5th annual Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) Conference - an event designed to promote the employment of internationally educated professionals.

Responding to the need for increased understanding of the cultural differences between Canadian employers and internationally trained professionals, employers at the conference gained tools to integrate a greater number of educated newcomers into their organizations. Potential employees learned strategies to overcome obstacles to meaningful employment by connecting with conference participants.

“Employer action and engagement is the single most critical factor in ensuring that the qualifications, skills and experience of internationally educated professionals are recognized,” said Kurtis Kitagawa, PhD, Principal Research Associate, The Conference Board of Canada. “Canadian employers need to build foreign credential recognition and the recertification of internationally educated professionals into their strategic workforce plans … to attract quality workers and take advantage of business doors that newcomers can open for them.”

Currently immigrants account for 70 per cent of labour market growth and it is estimated that by 2011 immigrants will account for all labour market growth.

“Pressure is building on employers who are starting to feel the impact of labour shortages in key professions,” said conference chair Rhonda Singer. “This is creating greater impetus to solve the challenges facing internationally educated professionals and tap into that growing pool of the nation’s labour force.”

The 2007 IEP Conference, presented by Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI), was supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Toronto Community News, City of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center, Chartered Accountants of Ontario, and Information and Communications Technology Council.

PCPI is a business-focused, not-for-profit organization that aligns career development with cultural intelligence to enhance performance in a multicultural workforce. For information about PCPI or the IEP Conference, visit or call 416-439-1825.

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