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Toronto and Region Conservation Bridge Training Programs Celebrate Participant Successes

Mar 10, 2014

Media Advisory

March 10, 2014


Media are invited to attend a celebration event on March 18, 2014 when Toronto and Region Conservation's (TRCA) Mentoring to Placement (M2P) and Professional Access and Integration Enhancement (PAIE) programs will celebrate the successes of over 100 program participants who are newcomers to Canada from 32 different countries. Both programs help to overcome the challenges that newcomer professionals face when looking to continue their environmental careers in Canada.

Jointly funded by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada, the M2P and PAIE Programs connect employers with highly skilled internationally trained environmental professionals with a background in: Environmental Planning, Terrestrial or Aquatic Biology, Ecology, Green Building Technologies, Engineering and Geoscience. These initiatives assist participants to learn about local practices, legislation, workplace culture and communication and context of the environmental industry in Canada through mentorships, occupation-specific workshops, employment counselling and work experience opportunities in their field.  In collaboration with Professional Engineers Ontario and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, the PAIE Program also helps newcomer professionals to obtain a professional license as a P.Eng. or P.Geo.

The bridge training programs have been highly successful since2006 when the first PAIE program launched.  The current programs boast a combined employment success rate of over 88 % to date. The program has also exceeded its target for assisting participants to gain professional licensure and/or certification as well as access to a mentor in their professional field.  These initiatives are a great opportunity for employers to gain access to a pool of highly qualified and experienced individuals who bring a global perspective to their jobs, and to fulfill current and projected hiring needs.


Event Details:

WHAT: M2P and PAIE Graduation and Recognition event

WHEN: Tuesday, March 18

Registration & Breakfast: 8:00am-9:30am

Program: 9:30am-11:30am

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

WHO: Brian Denney, CEO, Toronto and Region Conservation; Catherine MacEwen, Director, Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, Toronto and Region Conservation; Guru Kalyanraman, Director, LDC Programs, CLEAResult.

Participant Remarks: Junyan Zhang, Marlon Lledo

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With more than 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at 

Media Registration:

Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Relations, TRCA 416-661-6600, ext. 5632

Leigha Abergel, Project Manager, M2P Program, TRCA 416-661-6600 ext. 5343


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