IS Awards celebrate ‘best employers’ of immigrants

Winners excel in recruiting, retaining and promoting skilled immigrants
By Ann Macaulay
|CHRR, Report on Recruitment & Staffing|Last Updated: 05/21/2006

When Geoffrey Mwangi first walked into the Toronto office of Ernst & Young for an interview, he was immediately struck by the faces he saw around him.

“Almost half of the people I met during that day were people who were visible minorities or were immigrants like myself,” said Mwangi, who came to Canada from Kenya about four years ago.

That included the two partners he met, the person who later became his senior manager and two other managers. It was the beginning of a process that made him more comfortable as a newcomer. Once he joined the professional services firm, Mwangi was introduced to a speech coach who worked with him one on one to help him improve his presentation and communication skills.