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  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 3/12/2013

Cross-cultural mentorship at work 

KPMG named one of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians

TORONTO, March 12, 2013 –Smitha Venkataramanappa, a human resources Records and Immigration Coordinator at KPMG, moved to Canada from India in 2011. To gain insight into the Canadian workforce, Smitha developed a close mentorship relationship with Jessica Gabriel, M.HRM, Senior Employee Relations Advisor, KPMG. As the relationship developed Jessica became Smitha’s strongest advocate, and when an opportunity presented itself with the HR group at KPMG, she put Smitha’s name forward.


“Jessica’s mentorship gave me confidence to effectively transition my career internationally; she also helped me to land a role with KPMG in Canada,” said Venkataramanappa. “KPMG provides a culturally inclusive, welcoming environment for me to pursue a fulfilling career. I am looking forward to becoming a mentor myself at KPMG to support other new Canadians and share my experience.”


Today, KPMG was named one of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians for 2013, an award that showcases the country’s top employers offering enriching programs for new hires making the transition to the Canadian workplace.


“At KPMG, we recognize the importance and value of international skills and credentials that are transferable in Canada,” said Kristy Carscallen, Partner and Chief Human Resources Officer at KPMG. “We are committed to creating an environment that facilitates an easy transition to both Canada and KPMG, ensuring our people reach their full potential and achieve phenomenal careers.”


KPMG’s recruitment program for new Canadians includes connecting with community organizations across the country to ensure skilled candidates feel prepared for the workplace. The firm also offers financial assistance to employees who are looking to upgrade their foreign credentials, and provides industry and language training opportunities. The national onboarding program, mentoring initiatives and coaching services are designed specifically to prepare KPMG’s people for a successful career, and all new Canadian employees are encouraged to join the firm’s cultural networks.


Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians award recognizes employers across the country that have demonstrated leadership in recognizing international credentials and providing mentoring and  onboarding to successfully build a diverse and dynamic workplace.


For the full list of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians for 2013, visit


For more information about KPMG’s employee programs, please visit


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About KPMG


 KPMG LLP, an Audit, Tax and Advisory firm ( and a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG member firms around the world have 152,000 professionals, in 156 countries.


 The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International, a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity, and describes itself as such.


For more information, contact:


Kira Froese
Communications Advisor
KPMG in Canada
(416) 777-8928



Kristy Carscallen

Kristy Carscallen

Canadian Managing Partner, Audit


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