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M2P Program Paves the Way to new Eco Careers for Internationally Trained Environmental Professionals

Oct 17, 2011

Media Advisory

October 17, 2011

On October 20, 2011 Toronto and Region Conservation's (TRCA) Mentoring to Placement (M2P) Program will celebrate the successes of the program and its participants in a celebration, recognition, and graduation event of 40 M2P participants, newcomers to Canada from 19 different countries.

The M2P Program is a bridge training program, funded by the Government of Ontario, that opens the door to employment opportunities for  internationally trained environmental professionals with experience and background in: Environmental Planning; Terrestrial or Aquatic Biology;  Ecology and Green Building Technologies. The program helps to overcome the challenges that newcomers, who are internationally trained professionals, face when looking to continue their environmental careers in Canada. The program helps participants learn about local practices, legislation, workplace culture and communication and context of the environmental industry in Canada through mentorships, occupation-specific workshops, coaching and work experience opportunities in their field.

M2P Program participants were matched with a professional mentor in their field who provided  access to professional networks, helped to improve communication skills and assisted with job search efforts. Occupation-specific workshops and individual coaching for resume preparation, interviewing techniques and job search strategies were also provided to participants. A work experience opportunity with a host organization assisted participants to gain the relevant Canadian work experience required to make a valuable contribution in their field.

Attendees at this event will hear from participants, mentors and employers who were involved in M2P. M2P Participants will be recognized for their participation in the program and to celebrate their achievements.  The event will also recognize advisors, employers, mentors, instructors, partners and other stakeholders that have supported the project.

Program successes include:

  • 100% of program participants were matched with a mentor in their field
  • 85% of participants gained a work experience opportunity in their field
  • Over 42 organizations and 140 individuals have supported this project


WHAT: Media are invited to attend the M2P event

WHEN: October 20, 2011 5:45 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Black Creek Pioneer Village, Theatre B; 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto

WHO: Brian Denney, CAO, Toronto and Region Conservation; Catherine Finlay, Director - Immigration Programs Branch, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration; Dr. Anwar Hossain, Professor, Ryerson University; Paul Charbonneau, President, EnergyAdvocate; Bala Gnanam, Senior Program Manager, Willis Energy Services; Beth Williston, Manager Environmental Assessment, TRCA

Participant Remarks: Harsha Gammanpila; Elham Goldoz

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Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Relations, TRCA

416-661-6600, ext. 5632,


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