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In this issue - September 17, 2012



Team Building in Your Diverse Workplace  



Diversity @ Work-
Diversity @ Work


ITSinMississauga -

Leveraging the Talent of Skilled Immigrants in Your Workplace


ITSinMississauga, in partnership with Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT), will be hosting two FREE seminars on September 25th at Living Arts Centre, Mississauga.

Seminar 1: The ROI of Immigrant Inclusion
In partnership with:

RBC will moderate a panel discussion on the business drivers that led AMEX Canada Technologies, Kelk Corporation, Maxxam Analytics and MELLOHAWK Logistics to implement immigrant inclusion strategies and realize the bottom-line success they've enjoyed as a result.

Seminar 2: Five Secrets to Cross-Cultural Management

Keynote speaker: Bill Dennis.  Bill has held key management positions at medium-sized firms which were leaders in their industry.
Having an immigrant talent strategy now more than ever is crucial to the growth and sustainability of any businesses. Businesses that do not have a strategy risk losing top talent to their competitors who are more welcoming.

Complete a pre-event survey and receive a customized immigrant engagement strategy at the event, providing you with immediate ways to recruit and retain immigrant talent more effectively.

To register for either of these seminars, please click here. 




MBOT Participates in Employer Breakfast 


(L-R: Majid Khan, Steven Isidori, Rosa Lokaisingh, Jaipaul Massey-Singh)


Mississauga Board of Trade attended COSTI's employer breakfast on Thursday, September 6, 2012. The morning breakfast played host to guest speakers Dr. Yamil Alonso, Jaipaul Massey-Singh and Majid Khan.

The topics of discussion were the importance of immigrant inclusion in our workforce and the power of social networking. Mr. Singh expressed that now more than ever businesses should be considering foreign trained professionals when looking to fill open positions.
There are many advantages to hiring new immigrants said Mr. Singh. For example, during the economic downturn Mr. Singh recalls his father's small car parts business was suffering, but had recently hired a man from overseas. The employee unbeknownst to Mr. Singh's father had business contacts back home, this allowed Mr. Singh's father to put more of an emphasis on overseas markets and grow his business during a time when many others were closing their doors.

Mr. Khan followed up with a presentation on the benefits of utilizing LinkedIn for both job searching and hiring.

Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) is committed to helping immigrants successfully integrate into our workforce through our employer education program ITS in Mississauga.

Are you an employer or HR professional looking to hire foreign trained professionals? Then we encourage you to use our Online Employer Resource Tool.

If you have any questions of comments please contact Steven Isidori, Policy & Research Coordinator at 905-273-6151 ext. 38 or policy@mbot.com.



Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM 2012 

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is set to host their Annual General Meeting on the weekend of September 22-24th in Hamilton, ON. Over the course of the weekend they will debate and vote on policy submissions from Chambers of Commerce/Boards of Trade across the country.

Representing Mississauga Board of Trade will be Grant Clark, 2012 Chair and Sheldon Leiba, President & CEO.


Click here for Draft Policy Resolutions


Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) submissions include the following:

* Improving the Accuracy and Timeliness of the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program (Page 39)

* From Innovation to Commercialization - An SME Strategy (Page 42) 


It is important to note that these proposed resolutions are for debate only. They are not official positions of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce unless, and until, they have been approved by the delegates at the AGM.






Annual Mayor's Address
September 20, 2012
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Mississauga Convention Centre


Mississauga Business Xchange (MBX)

Monday,September 24, 2012
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Walkers Fish Market


Business Learning - Innovation & Your Business

September 27, 2012
7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Centre for Health & Safety Innovation 

Good Morning Mississauga (GMM)

October 10, 2012
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Centre for Health & Safety Innovation


MBOT NGen Networking Event

October 16, 2012

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Boston Pizza Square one 


Speed Networking 

October 29, 2012
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Boston Pizza Square One




For more details on these events, and to view other events, click here  






 Mayor's Forum On China  

Panel Discussion with Ontario Mayors


At this event, Ontario mayors will discuss China's economic impact in their region and various investments and developments they would welcome in the future.


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Register for this event