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 provides 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, 51.ca, 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
  • A chance to win exclusive prizes at the opening keynote presentation!

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


Register here today!




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.

Featuring top employers across the GTA with 400+ Jobs Available!

Some Exhibiting Companies Include:
• Sun Life Financial
• TD Bank
• PTC Recruiting
• Toronto Police Services
• Just Energy
• Freedom 55
• ARES Staffing
• Manulife Bank
• Edward Jones
• Markham Financial
• Canadian Security Intelligence Services
• Robert Half
• Investors Group
• Regional Municipality of Durham
• Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

There are jobs in the Accounting and Finance, Marketing, IT and Technology and Office/Administrative areas. Jobs include: Customer Service Representatives, Financial Advisors, Energy Advisors, Corrections Officers, Network Cabling Specialists, CCTV Service Technicians, Electricians, Tech Support, Wealth Management Advisors,and many more.

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.  Professionals Day will also feature many other professional service providers to help with your career development.



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. Representatives from TD Canada Trust will demonstrate how you can distinguish yourself and succeed in job interviews and your careers.

Rachael Wong is currently the District Vice President at TD Bank where she oversees the management and operations of 20 branches, and works closely with 450 teammates across Markham to deliver confident advice and legendary customer experience.  After graduating from University of Toronto, Rachael began her career with TD in 1998, where she spent 18 years in various branch banking roles. Rachael supports various diversity initiatives in TD to promote inclusion in the workplace, and she is also a strong supporter youth empowerment programs in the city of Markham.

Trixie Mangunpratomo is currently a Branch Manager at TD Bank in the Markham district. Prior to this role, she was Manager of Financial Services. Trixie started her career with TD in 2009 with an international working permit and since then has been privileged to work alongside great leaders and colleagues who helped her move forward with her career. Aside from her career, she is also a passionate advocate for Women in Leadership and the promotion of Visible Minority talent

Li Hong Xue is currently a Branch Manager at TD Bank. She has worked for TD for 10 years in a variety of roles including Manager Financial Services, Financial Advisor, Manager Customer Service and Customer Service representative.


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.

Moderator: Carmen Jacques, CPA, CGA, is a Student Recruitment Manager with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. In addition to her CPA designation, Carmen also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sydenham College, University of Mumbai. A skilled accountant with a wealth of experience in international industry, Carmen offers exceptional knowledge and expertise in helping new Canadians. Carmen personifies the values of CPA Ontario, and is an invaluable resource when communicating the career benefits and opportunities offered by a CPA designation.


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 Founder & CEO of Refine Recruitment Inc. 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.

Cally Wilson is a Recruitment Consultant with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, supporting Ministry of Transportation clients across Ontario. Previously, she has supported a variety of other Ministry client groups, including Information and Information Technology. Cally previously worked as an Assistant HR Advisor for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, and as a Talent Management Coordinator within the Center for Leadership and Learning  before moving into Recruitment Services.

Moderator: Nimmy Martin, Manager, Recruitment for Randstad Technologies started her HR career in 2003 in New Delhi recruiting talent for banks and the financial sector. She has since worked on both the corporate and agency side, gaining more than 10 years of experience with recruitment. Nimmy is a successful internationally educated professional who has completed the HR Connections bridging program before working with Randstad as a recruitment intern, a recruiter and manager.



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

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

  • Acing Behavioural Interviews with Rachael Wong, District Vice President, & Li Hong Xue, Branch Manager, & Trixie Mangunpratomo, Branch Manager, 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; Moderator: Carmen Jacques, Manager Student Recruitment, CPA-Ontario

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,  Founder & CEO of Refine Recruitment Inc.
  • 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; Cally Wilson, Recruitment Consultant with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services; Moderator: Nimmy Martin, Manager, Recruitment for Randstad Technologies

4:00pm – Event concludes



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