Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I prepare for the Global Skills Conference?

To prepare for the Global Skills Conference, we strongly encourage you to speak with your employment counselor and attend a GSC Preparation Session. You can register for a preparation session through our online form when you are registering to attend the conference.

You could also complete the Pre Employment Workshops at the KW Multicultural Centre in Kitchener or the Job Search Workshops at Lutherwood in Guelph prior to attending this conference. To register, your first step is to book a job search needs assessment by contacting one of the Employment Counselor. In the assessment, we will create your customized action plan and individualized referrals to help you with your job search needs.

If you live in Kitchener you can contact Katelyn at the KW Multicultural Centre at katelyn@kwmc-on.com or 519-745-2531 ext. 139. If you live in Guelph you can contact Poli at Lutherwood at 519-822-4141 Ext 1536  yproenza@lutherwood.ca  or Marie Mcdonald at 519-822-4141 Ext 1531  mmcdonald@lutherwood.ca at Lutherwood. 

These free workshops include information on interviews & interview practice, cover letters, targeting resumes, job search strategies, and more. They will help you understand Canadian workplace culture and matching one’s professional qualifications within the Canadian context and will prepare you for the Global Skills Conference.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This Conference is open to all Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs) in the Waterloo Region and surrounding areas.

How should I dress for the GSC?

The dress code for the Global Skills Conference is business casual.

What I can and can't bring to the event?

You are welcome to bring whatever you would like but please know that you will need to carry your stuff with you all day as there are no lockers. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary restrictions, please bring own lunch and snacks. A self-serve coat check will be available.

The conference concludes with a Networking event with employers where you may connect with an employer looking for your skills and training. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

How do I get there?

The Holiday Inn Conference Centre is located at 30 Fairway Rd S, Kitchener, ON N2A 2N2. There will be plenty of parking if  you are driving and we encourage you to check the Tab When & Where and click View the Map. If you are taking public transportation, Holiday Inn is on transit lines 1, 7 and 8.

I’m having problems with the registration. What should I do?

If you are experiencing any problems registering, please contact us at gsc@kwmc-on.com

During the Conference, who can I talk to if I need help?

There will be volunteers present throughout the day to help with any questions you may have.

During the Networking Event you can reach the 'Networking Coaches Booth' from 3:30 to 4:30. 

The coaches will help you applying all the great information you will learn from the conference. Whether it is refining questions to ask employers, helping you compose your elevator pitch or giving you a bit of extra motivation.

Can I bring my children to the GSC?

Unfortunately the GSC is not a child-friendly event, so we would encourage you make the necessary child care arrangements in order to get the most out of the Conference.

Is there a prayer room at the Global Skills Conference?

Yes, there will be a designated prayer room at GSC. It will be labelled on the map that you receive at the beginning of the day. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Vanessa Harrison is the Global Skills Conference Coordinator and she can be reached at the K-W Multicultural Centre by email: gsc@kwmc-on.com