New Graduates Celebrated after one of the BEST Leadership programs in GTA

TORONTO May 19, 2015 –A group of 18 professionals from a diverse range of cultural communities graduated from the Leadership Development Program (LDP) after six weeks of intensive training. This was delivered by CPAC with funding in part from TD Canada Trust and received their certificates at the graduation ceremony held on May 16 at CPAC Conference Hall.

“As a flagship program, the CPAC-TD Leadership Development Program has been increasingly recognized as one of the best and the most affordable programs for immigrant professionals who wish to develop their leadership skills and advance their careers,” said Dr. Ti Wang, vice president of CPAC at the ceremony. “This is the fifth year we have run the program. We have helped about 100 people who wanted to move from technical roles to management or from junior roles to higher management positions since the program’s inception in 2010,” added Dr .Wang.

The CPAC-TD LDP features a lineup of high profile instructors including senior consultants, executive advisors and university professors from well-known consulting/training firms and educational institutions. The participants have diverse professional backgrounds and come from various sectors such as information technology, engineering, banking, finance and health care.

Herman Lee, one of the graduates who works as an IT Supervisor, shared his feelings at the ceremony, “I have been to a lot of leadership and management training programs before … I even run some for youths, but I have to say that this program is truly one of the best. We had top notch instructors that are experts in their field. Every class is very interactive and thought provoking. The environment is very open and friendly too and the fact that we are willing to spend six straight full Saturdays here together to learn about leadership says a lot already about how I am working with a great group of leaders here.”

Mentoring is a value-added component of the program, in addition to classroom training. Now the graduates will be matched with mentors from a wide range of industries and sectors, including engineering, finance, IT, and government, etc. They are CEOs, Senior VPs, or Directors who have years of senior management and professional experience, as well as valuable insights into their respective industries that they will share.

The uniqueness of the CPAC-TD LDP lies in its three component structure: in-class training, mentoring and the leadership club, which constitute an all-round, continuing learning and growing platform for established professionals to advance their careers and become leaders in Canada. “Exclusive to graduates of the program, the CPAC Leadership Club provides opportunity for its members to further develop leadership skills, share learning experience and build networks. The club offers a wide range of professional development activities and events throughout the year,” Mr. Bill Zhuang, a former graduate of the program and the current president of the CPAC Leadership Club introduced.

“We are proud to be the sponsor of the Leadership Development Program,” said Ms. Becky Jiao, Director of Asian Banking, Central Ontario Region, TD Canada Trust. “And we are proud of the accomplishments of CPAC and congratulate the program graduates on their success. This program helps professionals develop skills necessary to excel in the workplace, and allows them to achieve their personal and professional goals,” continued Ms. Jiao.

About CPAC

CPAC (formerly Chinese Professionals Association of Canada) is a non-profit organization that has served the interests of the internationally trained professionals community for over two decades, especially in helping them gain credential recognition, cultural integration, career advancement, and explore international opportunities.  The organization now has 30,000 members from all cultures and ethnicities who range across all professional fields, from science and technology to social science and humanities. CPAC as a community service provider is funded in part by different levels of government to provide employment and career development programs to immigrant communities in the GTA.

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Group photo at the 5th CPAC-TD LDP Graduation Ceremony

Left 1: Mr. Andi Shi, Executive Director of CPAC;

Left 3: Mr. Ti Wang, Vice President of CPAC;

Left 4: Ms. Becky Jiao, Director of Asian Banking, Central Ontario Region, TD Canada Trust.

For more information about CPAC-TD LDP, please contact:

Lily He

Project Manager

Tel: 416-298-7885 Ext. 103