Jump Start Your Career!


Jump Start Your Career!

Are You An Internationally-Trained Professional?

This is a one-day conference for job-ready, Internationally-Trained Professionals (ITPs) living in Waterloo Region and the surrounding area. The conference provides ITPs with resources and information on credential recognition, skill development, professional associations, regulatory bodies, and related professions.

Join us on Wednesday March 6, 2019 and jump-start your career

The theme of the Global Skills Conference is Making Connections.

Learn to identify and market your transferable skills and improve your networking game.

The Global Skills Conference will provide a platform for you to:

  • Learn more about your industry in Canada;

  • Connect with employers, professional associations, licensing bodies, and other ITPs; and

  • Explore alternative careers and opportunities through networking.

Exploring these themes will give you the tools needed to think 'outside the box' in the Canadian labour market.


Prepare for GSC

Prepare for GSC

To get the most out of the conference, we recommend that you to speak with your Employment Counselor and register for a free GSC Preparation Session at the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre.

The GSC Preparation Sessions focus on:

  • Overview of GSC: What to expect

  • Getting ready for the conference (e.g. how to dress, what to bring, research before-hand)

  • Tips so that you get the most out of the day 

  • Small Talk

  • 30 second commercial

  • Networking

  • Social media and LinkedIn 

You can select a Preparation Session when you register for the conference

Past Conferences

Past Conferences

GSC 2016


GSC 2017



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I prepare for the Global Skills Conference?

You have a few choices:

  1. Register for a free GSC Preparation Session when you register for the conference.

  2. If you live in Kitchener or Waterloo, check out the Pre-Employment Workshops at the KW Multicultural Centre.

  3. If you live in Guelph, check out the Job Search Workshops at Lutherwood in Guelph.

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?

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 Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo is at the intersection of King and Queen Street in Kitchener. There is on-site parking and it is accessible by public transit.

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

If you are experiencing any problems registering, please contact us at

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?

No. This is not a child-friendly event.

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: