For staff of TD Bank Financial Group, participating in The Mentoring Partnership has become part of the corporate culture that began in 2005 when 20 top executives championed the idea and led by example. At the same time, TD decided to invest in the program and became the founding corporate partner. Five years later, TD employees have mentored close to 700 skilled immigrants.
“My mentor and I worked extensively on my resume and interviewing skills,” says Karen Brown, former mentee and Senior Process Analyst at TD. “She gave me the support I needed to get back into my field. I’m thrilled to be working in a position that is in line with my experience.” Karen was hired by TD after being mentored by Jasmine Tehara, AVP, Business Process Solutions, Wealth Management.
Word of mouth has become the biggest recruitment tool for getting mentors. Staff come from all levels and departments including business lines, IT, HR and finance to name a few. TD encourages its employees to consider being a mentor as another way to assist in preparing them for future leadership roles.
“The Mentoring Partnership delivers that win-win-win factor,” says Susan Calahan, Manager, Talent Acquisition. “It connects newcomers to productive employment, develops our leaders, attracts talent, and builds our brand.”
In part, through its relationship with The Mentoring Partnership, TD is better connected to new talent and has established a solid reputation with newcomers to Toronto. But it doesn’t stop there. TD is again investing in a good idea, and solidifying itself as an employer of choice, by sponsoring the cross-country expansion of mentoring of skilled immigrants through the ALLIES National Mentoring Initiative.