The International Talent Acquisition Centre (In-TAC) celebrates another year of success

The International Talent Acquisition Centre hosted its 6th Annual Appreciation Gala – ‘Express Entry to Integration’ on Thursday, April 23rd, where Ottawa’s business leaders, community stakeholders, government representatives and newcomer graduates of In-TAC’s programs, gathered to celebrate another year of successful partnerships and collaborations.

The gala, held at the National Arts Centre, was an evening to celebrate and recognize the success of the talented internationally educated professionals (IEPs), who are now actively engaged in the Canadian workforce; IEP’s such as Joseph Ghaith, a business analyst and accountant and this year’s winner of In-TAC’s outstanding client Star Award. Joseph is leading by example; not only did he attend all of In-TAC’s employment training programs with a perfect attendance record, Joseph also donated his time and talents to develop one of three program modules that will support other newcomer professionals in accessing accounting simulation training faster. Joseph’s commitment, determination and generosity of spirit landed him a position as a Business Compliance Coordinator for a publicly listed Ottawa based software company.

The gala was also an opportunity to acknowledge In-TAC’s over 400 employer partners who recognize top talent and know that diversity and inclusiveness offer tangible business benefits; employers such as Kivuto Solutions Inc., a local company that champions the hiring of immigrants to build its own diverse, multicultural talent teams to help serve their expanding international client base. To date Kivuto has hired over 20 internationally educated professionals from the In-TAC talent pool from over 15 countries.

In-TAC recognized the community stakeholder partners who through their generous funding and support allow In-TAC to offer a comprehensive range of employment services.

Eight outstanding individuals and organizations were presented with following awards:
1. Capacity Builder Award (Kivuto Solutions Inc.)
2. Inspiring Mentor Award (James Nguyen)
3. Award of Excellence (Stephanie Lachman-Doucet)
4. Ambassador Award (Rudi Mangulabnan)
5. In-TAC Award 2015 (Harris Computer Systems)
6. Strategic Partner Award (Immigrant Services Society of BC & Immigrant Services Calgary)
7. Star Award (Joseph Ghaith)
8. Media Award (Lucy van Oldenbarneveld)

Prominent guests included the Hon. Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Dr. Jonathan Sowah, President and CEO of AstraQom Inc., Stan Xavier, CEO of inBay Technologies, Bruce Lazenby, President and CEO of Invest Ottawa, Lorraine Dyke, Associate Dean, MBA Sprott School of Business, and Kevin Wennekes, CEO of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and CBC’s own Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, Master of Ceremonies, who graciously emceed the evening and was the proud recipient of In-TAC’s first Media Award.

In his congratulatory speech, Parliamentary Secretary Costas Menegakis offered his appreciation of In-TAC’s programs stating that, “tonight we will not only recognize the importance of partnership in ensuring the success of newcomers, we will also celebrate excellence in ensuring our immigration system works in the best interest of all Canadians”.

The evening, with over 200 guests in attendance, was made possible thanks to In-TAC’s generous sponsors; Kivuto Solutions Inc., CPA, Industrial Alliance, Investors Group, Harris Computer Systems, Smart Cell Communications and inBay Technologies, as well as our media sponsors McCarthy Media Group and Profile Imaging.

It was an evening to celebrate the strategic partnerships that have developed between In-TAC, national community organizations, employers, mentors and clients, that facilitate a much faster integration of internationally educated professionals who help grow the Canadian economy.