2017 CPAC Professionals Day: Career Conference & Job Fair


Are you an internationally trained professional or a local job seeker looking for your next opportunity or to develop new skills? Then come to the 16th annual CPAC Professionals Day! This event has a job fair with top employers across the GTA, workshops to learn new skills, and networking opportunities.

Why Should You Attend?

  • Explore hiring opportunities and create connections with various employers such as TD Bank,, Regional Municipality of Durham, CSIS, Sun Life Financial, Just Energy, RBC and more
  • Attend workshops to gain expert insights on job search strategy and career development topics
  • Get your resume critiqued or attend 1-on-1 coaching sessions for career and job search advice
  • Be inspired by speakers who will share their journeys to achieve career success
  • Learn about career services and resources in the community

Date: Friday, September 29, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West (North Building, Room 205 & 206), Toronto, ON M5V 2W6
Cost: $5 for the General Public, Free for CPAC members with the promotional code


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Kelvin Vi Luan Tran, Senior Vice President and Chief Auditor of TD Bank Group will be sharing his personal career journey of the challenges and successes faced and how people around have helped him succeed.

Kelvin has held several senior executive positions at TD in the past 17 years including SVP Treasury, CFO TD Securities, and Chief Accountant.  Kelvin values learning, mentoring, development and passing on best practices to aspiring young leaders.  As the founding President and Chair of Ascend Canada, a leading non-profit organization, he is helping develop the next generation of Pan-Asian leaders. Fluent in English, French and Cantonese, Kelvin is a graduate of Concordia University in Commerce and Accounting. He is also a CPA and a CFA.



If you’re on the job hunt, make sure to bring your resume! The exhibition area will feature employers looking to hire internationally trained professionals and young professionals. Some of the organizations who will be at Professionals Day to hire talent include TD Bank,, Regional Municipality of Durham, CSIS, Sun Life Financial, Just Energy, RBC and many more! Professionals Day will also feature many professional service providers to help with your career development.

There will a resume critique on site at the ACCES Employment booth and a career coach’s corner with Murali Murthy, from Ace World Foundation who will  answer any career related questions you may have to find your dream job quickly.



Acing Behavioural Interviews with TD Canada Trust

Two of the most important subjects in the job interview process are often ignored: behavioural focused interviewing and soft skills. Rachael Wong of TD Canada Trust will demonstrate how you can distinguish yourself and succeed in job interviews and your careers.


Personal Branding and Networking

There’s more to finding a job than simply writing a great resume. Now more than ever, job seekers are using personal branding and networking to stand out from the crowd. Join Workopolis’ experts for tips and tricks on how to use social media and networking to land your dream job.

Madi McKee, Social Media Manager has spent over 5 years working in digital media with a focus on social and community engagement. In her role, Madi oversees the 11 social media accounts of Workopolis: monitoring, engaging, posting, curating, strategizing, executing content, and occasionally writing for the Workopolis blog.

Sonya Matheson, Delivery Program Manager is a front-line talent consultant at Workopolis, advising clients on how to get the most out of their employer branding, job postings, and advertising programs. As a former recruiter, Sonya understands what clients are looking for when it comes to finding top talent, and what challenges job seekers face when they hit the market.


IEP Success Panel

As an internationally trained professional, you may encounter many challenges such as language, cultural differences, lack of networks and other issues in re-establishing your career path in Canada. This panel features three highly successful individuals from marketing, finance and engineering who will share their success stories in the context of their specific fields.

Samuel Yip is Head of Marketing at eBay. As a first generation immigrant who has advanced his career from an individual professional contributor to a member of the Canadian leadership team at a Fortune 500 company, Samuel has first-hand experience of how his diverse cultural values have influenced his professional behaviors, career advancement and management style. Samuel is passionate about helping people achieve career growth and has recently launched a podcast, Career Talks for Cross-Cultural Professionals, featuring interviews with business leaders from different industries.

Raad Hossain, CPA, CMA is a banker with over 5 years of experience in Capital Markets with prior experience in the telecom industry. He moved to Canada about 5 years ago and started working in Capital Markets Finance at Bank of Montreal. In his current role as a manager working in the Treasury and Balance Sheet Management department, he helps manage liquidity for capital markets and runs projects to build new analytical and regulatory metrics management tools.

Nicolas Rutikanga, is currently an Environmental Advisor at the Ontario Power Generation. His past roles at OPG include External Contractor Consultant, and Management & Professional Trainee. Nicolas moved to Canada in 2013 immediately after graduating from school in Rwanda, East Africa. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Environmental Technology. In Canada, he enhanced his engineering software skills at Humber College. He also joined the Licensing International Engineers into the Profession (LIEP) Program in pursuant of a PEng license at the University of Toronto.


The Top Five Strategies to Kickstart Your Career

With a wildly positive attitude coupled with politeness and confidence, you can visualize a meaningful new career opportunity – and go get it!  Anita will share creative career advice for new international and domestic graduates and those early in their careers.  Learn five exceptional job search strategies to overcome obstacles and to make you marketable – and have fun during the process!

Anita Sampson Binder, M.A., RPR is the Vice President of Recruitment Strategy and Delivery, ARES Staffing Solutions in Toronto. Her strategic H.R. and recruitment experience includes senior management roles with organizations like Compass Group Canada and York University.  Anita has extensive global H.R. management experience, including Directorships in Recruitment and Diversity & Inclusion.


How to Work With a Recruiter to Secure Your Next Opportunity

You’re experienced, talented and educated but find career prospects have come to a halt. Recruiters possess a trusted relationship with the top employers and can make the right introductions, recommendations and ultimately champion you into your next opportunity. Learn how to find, work with and get the attention of a specialized recruiter within your discipline.

Jennifer van Amerom is a Recruitment Consultant for Culture and Company. She has 15+ years global recruitment experience with a heavy focus in everything digital and marketing. Jennifer co-founded a successful specialty recruitment firm that worked with several large enterprise organizations including Accenture, Franklin Templeton Investments, LoyaltyOne, CBRE, and CAA. As a strong voice for diversity and inclusion  she is also involved with various community endeavours, is a patient advocate for neuromyelitis optica and raises a young family.


Career Conversation Panel: Working for the Ontario Public Service

This panel will provide insight to job seekers about how to secure employment with the Ontario Public Service and the types of opportunities available. Participants will have a chance to hear directly from recruitment professionals about current opportunities available in various ministries, how the organization’s application and selection processes work, the qualities they are looking for from applicants and tips to help secure meaningful and rewarding employment.

Ryan Sandberg is a Recruiter with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, where he actively recruits for Correctional Officers across Toronto and the GTA. Prior to this, he worked with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services providing pay & benefits services to numerous client ministries. He first entered the Ontario Public Service in 2009 as a summer student with what is now known as the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development while attending  university at McMaster, where he attained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce.

Howard Ferguson has worked with the Ontario Public Service for a 41 years in a number of different roles including Correctional Officer, Recreation Officer, Recreation Manager, Shift/Unit Manager, Staff Services Manager & as Senior Recruiter for uniformed recruitment. Howard has also worked for the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services as a Recruitment Consultant with various ministry portfolios. Howard holds university degrees in Physical Education, Criminal Justice & Human Resources Management and college diplomas in Business Computer Systems and Fitness & Recreation Leadership.



9:30am  –  Registration opens (register online before the event to skip the long lineups!)

10:30am – Welcome Remarks

10:45am  –  Opening Keynote: Helping Each Other Succeed, Presented by Kelvin Vi Luan Tran, Senior Vice President and Chief Auditor of TD Bank Group

12:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00pm – 4:00 pm /Job Fair/Marketplace

1:30pm  –  Workshop Breakout Session I (Attend 1 session out of the 3 options):

  • Acing Behavioural Interviews with Rachael Wong, District Vice President, Markham TD Canada Trust
  • Personal Branding and Networking with Madi McKee, Social Media Manager; Sonya Matheson, Delivery Program Manager, Workopolis
  • IEP Success Panel with Samuel Yip, Head of Marketing, eBay; Raad Hossain, Manager, Bank of Montreal; Nicolas Rutikanga, Environmental Advisor, Ontario Power Generation

3:00pm  –  Workshop Breakout Session II (Attend 1 session out of the 3 options):

  • The Top Five Strategies to Kickstart Your Career with Anita Sampson Binder,Vice President of Recruitment Strategy and Delivery, ARES Staffing Solutions
  • How to Work With a Recruiter to Secure Your Next Opportunity Jennifer van Amerom, Recruitment Consultant, Culture and Company
  • Career Conversation Panel: Working for the Ontario Public Service with Ryan Sandberg, Recruiter with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services; Howard Ferguson former Recruitment Consultant for Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

4:00pm – Event concludes



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