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February 18, 2004
Breaking Barriers Building Bridges: Internationally educated professionals hold second annual conference
Breaking Barriers Building Bridges, a full-day conference for internationally
educated professionals (IEPs), will be held on Friday, February 20, 2004 at the
Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd., Toronto.

The conference will bring together over 600 internationally educated
professionals to explore possibilities and solutions on how to integrate into
Toronto's labour force. Delegates will take part in a series of
solution-focused workshops and seminars targeted at the engineering,
finance/accounting, information technology, industrial pharmaceutical and
teaching professions.

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

"The competitiveness of our economy is closely linked to the education and
skills that immigrants bring to Toronto," said Mayor David Miller. "It is
critical that immigrant professionals are integrated quickly into the workforce
in the areas in which they were trained. In providing immigrants with relevant
and timely information on how best to advance their careers in Toronto, this
conference makes an important contribution to Toronto's competitive position in
the global economy."

"We are delighted to sponsor this conference for a second year in a row,"
stated Karen Thorne-Stone, Executive Director of the City's Economic
Development Division. "Today more than half of Toronto's population were born
outside of Canada. This is a tremendous competitive advantage in an age of
innovation and increased globalization. Accelerating the integration of
internationally educated professionals into the labour force is a win-win for
Toronto businesses and new immigrants as well as for the community as a whole."

Breaking Barriers Building Bridges is a joint venture co-ordinated by the City
of Toronto's Economic Development Division, Progress Career Planning Institute,
Toronto Community News, and the Toronto Training Board.

Media contact:
Susan Brown, Senior Policy Advisor, Economic Research and Business Information,
Economic Development, 416-392-9487,



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