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February 19, 2003
Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: a conference for internationally educated professionals
Economic Development - Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges, a full-day
conference for internationally educated professionals (IEPs), sponsored by the
City of Toronto Economic Development Division, will be held on Thursday,
February 20, 2003 at Centennial College Residence and Conference Centre, 940
Progress Ave.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. with opening remarks and a keynote address.
Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges will bring together over 400 registered
IEPs to explore challenges and solutions on how to integrate highly skilled
immigrants into Toronto's labour force. Delegates will take part in a series of
solution-focussed workshops and seminars targeted at the engineering,
accounting, information technology, nursing and teaching professions.

Participants will have the opportunity to network with people from government,
accreditation bodies, professional associations, employers and successful IEPs.
The conference is intended to provide information to participants about how to
access the labour market, thereby advancing their careers in Canada.

"Toronto's exceptional multiculturalism is one of our greatest competitive
advantages," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Chair, Economic Development
and Parks Committee. "Immigrants have many unique talents, valuable skills and
a wealth of knowledge. By tapping into this resource, we can help to ensure the
continued growth and success of Toronto's economy."

Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges is a joint presentation of the City of
Toronto Economic Development Division, Progress Career Planning Institute,
Toronto Community News and Toronto Training Board. For more information about
the conference, including a complete schedule of events, check the Web site at

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