About Us

 

What is PINs?

PINs is an initiative of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). TRIEC is working collaboratively with professional immigrant networks to increase their capacity to connect their skilled immigrant members to meaningful employment. The primary objectives of PINs are:

  • To strengthen the individual and collective organizational capacity of the networks

  • To create effective working relationships between the networks and employers, professional associations, service providers, government, and other relevant stakeholders

  • To create a network of professional immigrant network leaders and support their development as effective leaders

Learn more in the What We Do section.


  

What is a professional immigrant network?

Professional immigrant networks are organized, volunteer-run member-based associations or networks created by and for immigrant professionals that seek to:

  • create a forum to contribute to and enrich their respective communities; and
  • provide opportunities for their members to find meaningful employment and achieve their professional goals.

Activities of networks include networking events, mentoring, information sessions, professional development opportunities such as workshops, speaker events and training and connections to employment opportunities. Read about activities organized and run by specific networks in the directory.


  

Why is TRIEC collaborating with networks?

TRIEC is a multi-stakeholder council that brings leadership together to create and champion solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants into the Toronto Region labour market. TRIEC is the catalyst that facilitates the platform for collaboration among networks and stakeholders through PINs.

When TRIEC convened the network leaders in 2009/2010, they expressed interest in working together through the establishment of a "network of networks." Through this network of networks, leaders can leverage each others’ experiences and expertise to help them do what they do better.

Although immigrant networks often have similar mandates and activities, many work independently and are unaware of one another. By bringing together these networks under a shared, targeted mission, TRIEC is providing a platform for leaders to connect, and share knowledge and expertise in a variety of areas, such as:

  • membership/volunteer engagement
  • strategic planning
  • partnership development
  • marketing & outreach
  • event planning
  • financial management & sustainability

In addition, TRIEC’s stakeholders expressed interest in connecting with networks in a coordinated way to tap into immigrant talent, promote services, share information or collaborate. Read more about the benefits of joining the PINs as a partner.


  

The PINs logo

 

 Professional Immigrant Networks

 

The logo captures the collaborative nature of PINs and its impact. The inner squares represent the PINs leaders who are leaders of networks and are connected by the common goal of helping skilled immigrants.  The outer layer of the logo represents the members of the networks who benefit from the collaboration of the leaders. The logo has a variance in colour yet repetition of shape to emphasize the idea that the the networks are diverse, yet share common elements.