Initiatives Prince George CEO Honoured For Work Integrating Skilled Immigrants
Prince George, BC – The head of Initiatives Prince George has been selected as one of just two people in the province to receive an Individual Leadership award for her work in helping skilled immigrants integrate into BC work places.
IPG CEO, Heather Oland, was recognized at the Immigrant Employment Council of BC’s inaugural Leadership Recognition Awards presented in Vancouver to 13 individuals and organizations.
IEC-BC Board Chair, Philip Steenkamp, says, “Tapping into the expertise of skilled immigrants is critical to the province’s economic growth and to the successful settlement of new Canadians who make BC their new home.”
As the head of the city’s economic development arm, Heather Oland has been spearheading a number of projects since 2012 to get the word out about opportunities in BC’s North.
She points to programs such as Initiative Prince George’s website, ‘Move Up Prince George’, that has employers seeing new Canadians as welcome new talent and immigrants seeing Prince George as a great place to live and work.
“We’re a facilitator, we build relationships and communicate to new Canadians and employers that they have choices,’ says Oland. “‘Move Up Prince George’ provides a portal for them to find each other. It’s early days, but we’re feeling pretty confident and proud.”