Media Release

October 10, 2012

York Region opens The Gateway for newcomers and businesses

Join hundreds of internationally educated professionals at local conference on October 23
Calling all internationally educated professionals! You are invited to join The Regional Municipality of York at its first Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) Conference, The Gateway, on Tuesday, October 23 at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in the Town of Richmond Hill. 
WHEN:                Tuesday, October 23
                           9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
WHERE:              Sheraton Parkway Hotel
                          600 Highway 7 East
                          Town of Richmond Hill
COST:                  No cost for conference delegates
                           Register at
The Gateway will bring together more than 500 participants, including IEPs looking for work in their trained profession, newcomer entrepreneurs, employers, professional associations and government for a chance to network and seek practical career advice. It will also help connect employers with talent and newcomers with opportunity.
Featuring interactive workshops and keynote speakers, the conference will help inspire newcomers to find success in York Region. Speakers include the Honourable Jean Augustine, Fairness Commissioner of Ontario, and Idris Mootee, CEO, Idea Couture. Dignitaries in attendance will include York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch, Town of Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow and City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. 
York Region attracts talented and highly educated immigrants from all over the world, making it one of the fastest-growing communities in Ontario. With 25 per cent of the aging workforce retiring in the next five years, newcomers and residents will help address York Region’s labour market shortage and maintain its position as an economic and innovative leader.
The Gateway is funded in part by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
To register for the conference or for information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit
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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106  After-Hours Cell: 905-955-2533

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

 For more information visit us at Follow us on : York Region   @YorkRegionGovt  
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