Firms honoured for work with skilled immigrants

American Express, Deloitte, Thales Canada win TRIEC awards
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2011

American Express Canada has had a diverse workforce for many years but, with much-expected growth in the company, it needed to do more to attract, retain and develop skilled immigrants, said Nancy Steele, director of technologies at the Markham, Ont.-based firm. As a solution, Steele initiated a skilled immigrant strategy.

“The broader strategy was to look at talent in general across the organization,” said Steele. “As we’re going to grow, take on new people and invest a lot in Canada, we looked at what we’re going to do to keep up the pace of growth and diversify a little bit.”

The strategy, implemented in 2009, earned Steele the Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award at this year’s Immigrant Success Awards in Toronto, presented by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Now in its fifth year, the awards recognize leadership and innovation in recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants in the Toronto region.