Passion for helping immigrants rewarded

Face-to-face meetings and new technology help get foreign-trained professionals in the door at CIBC
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/04/2007

Sischa Maharaj understands what drives immigrants to come to Canada. A child of immigrant parents — her father migrated from Trinidad in his 20s and her mother migrated from Italy at the age of five — the former senior manager of intake programs for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has witnessed her own family’s quest for a better life.

That personal experience has fuelled her passion to advocate for the integration of skilled immigrants into the workplace, said Elizabeth McIsaac, executive director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

“It strengthens her personal resolve and commitment,” said McIsaac.