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York Region hosts The Gateway Conference for over 500 internationally educated professionals

Newmarket –The Regional Municipality of York today brought together more than 500 newcomers, professional associations and government representatives at The Gateway 2017, York Region’s conference for internationally educated professionals.

The day-long conference in the City of Markham featured interactive workshops, keynote speakers and networking opportunities. The event was hosted by Sangita Patel, the on-air personality of ET Canada and host of HGTV’s Home to Win. Guest speakers included Mohamad Fakih, CEO of Paramount Fine Foods and Daniele Zanotti, CEO of United Way Toronto & York Region.

“York Region is recognized as a rapidly growing community that openly welcomes newcomers,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Helping newcomers learn about and integrate into Canadian work life is important for York Region’s communities and economy. By leveraging the skills and knowledge of our new Canadians, we can build a strong labour force to help us remain competitive and encourage investment in the Region.”

York Region is one of the most diverse communities in Ontario, attracting highly educated talent from all over the world. Between 10,000 and 12,000 highly skilled and educated immigrants arrive in York Region each year.

“More than half of newcomers to York Region hold a university or graduate degree but up to 60 per cent are working in jobs below their skill level,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of Community and Health Services. “The Gateway conference offers internationally educated professionals an incredible opportunity to network and gather information about resources to help them build their lives here in Canada.”

“This is our third Gateway conference and we are driven to matching people’s skills to jobs,” said City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Co-Chair of the Community Partnership Council. “Attracting highly-skilled, educated newcomers benefits our workforce. Helping newcomers learn about and integrate into Canadian work life is one of the most effective ways of growing York Region’s economy.”

“The Gateway is just one of many initiatives the Community Partnership Council has created through the York Region Newcomer Strategy, which helps to ensure we are meeting the needs of newcomers and encouraging their full participation in all aspects of community life, the economy and society,” said Nella Iasci, Executive Director at Job Skills and Co-Chair of the Community Partnership Council.

The Gateway was funded in part by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. For more information on the conference and other newcomer resources, please visit

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents, 51,000 businesses and 600,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:
Barbara Prud'homme, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
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