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Leadership Connections

The program supports internationally-trained professionals who have senior level experience and qualifications. Participants receive training on essential leadership skills, and build professional networks and connect with employers, while working in a group of their peers. Leadership Connections supports participants with securing employment at a level that is consistent with their experience and background.

Labour market information clearly indicates a strong demand for senior level talent in the financial services and information technology sectors. However, senior management positions are often the most difficult to fill, as employers require candidates with highly developed soft skills and proven experience with completing major projects. Industry groups have recommended that organizations should meet their talent needs by leveraging international talent that is available in the GTA.

Program Benefits:

  • One-to-one support from an employment consultant who is knowledgeable about the sector
  • Referrals to job openings and connections to employers
  • Access to mentors who are professionals in your field
  • Recruitment and networking events
  • Academic training from a recognized educational institute
  • Business and workplace communication training in a Canadian context
  • Orientation to your sector in Canada
  • Job search support and preparation
  • Continued coaching and support after you’re hired

Advisory Committee: Leadership Connections

Kamini Sahadeo, Director of Strategy, Centre of Excellence, Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA)
Mike French, Senior Vice President and Chief Audit Officer, TD Bank
Susan Hawkins, Recruitment Manager, RBC
Majid Kazmi, Leadership Connections Program Alumni, CIBC
Janet Kun, HR Consultant
Saad Malik, Manager, Deloitte
Matt Petersen, Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion, CIBC
Sandra Saric, Vice President, Talent Innovation, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
Pat Tait, Manager, Education & Training Solutions, Humber College
Karen Tavener, Director, Education & Training Solutions, Humber College
Scott Webster, Vice President, GE Capital

Companies that have recently hired from our program:

TD Bank Group
BMO Financial Group
Duca Financial
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
B2B Bank
CIBC Mellon

Our graduates have been hired into the following roles:

Director of Operations
Financial Controller
Sr. Product Manager
Risk Manager
Private Equity Fund Manager
Management Consultant
Accounting Manager
Project Manager
Manager, Financial Reporting and Analysis
Sr. Internal Audit Manager
Financial Advisor
Credit Manager
Compliance and AML Manager

Program Fees:

  • The fee for this program is $500. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program and may be eligible for full reimbursement through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program.
  • All books and materials are included or available on-loan to participants at no additional cost.
  • All other costs related to the program and employment services are generously funded by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. The fee represents a small proportion (approximately 10 per cent) of the overall cost of the program.

Leadership Connections is funded by the Government of Ontario, and delivered in partnership with Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

To learn more about Leadership Connections, please click here to email Han Tran or call us at 416.921.1800.