Government of Canada Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Spouses and Partners

Government of Canada Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Spouses and Partners

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OTTAWA, April 28, 2017 /CNW/ – To uphold its commitment to family reunification and to support gender equality, the Government of Canada has removed the condition that applied to some sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent resident status.

This change applies to anyone who was subject to the requirement, as well as to new spouses and partners who are sponsored as permanent residents.

Eliminating conditional permanent residence supports the Government’s commitment to gender equality and to combat gender violence. The regulatory change addresses concerns that vulnerable sponsored spouses or partners may stay in abusive relationships because they are afraid of losing their permanent resident status even though an exception to the condition existed for those types of situations.

The Government of Canada does not want any sponsored spouse or partner who is in an abusive situation to remain in it for fear of losing their status in Canada.

The change also supports family reunification, which is a key immigration commitment of the Government of Canada. Removing the condition recognizes that the majority of marriages are genuine and most spousal sponsorship applications are made in good faith.


“We’re doing away with a measure that could have made a bad situation worse by possibly making people feel they needed to stay in abusive situations just to keep their status in Canada. Removing conditional permanent residence is another example of the Government’s commitment for family reunification and making it easier for immigrants to build successful lives in Canada“ 
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Our Government is committed to advancing gender equality and to reducing gender-based violence. By eliminating conditional permanent residence, we can help ensure that people coming to Canada are kept safe from gender-based violence as they seek a chance at a better life.”
– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women

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JohnPaulRichard partners with SCI

JohnPaulRichard partners with SCI

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Women’s fashion brand from Los Angeles partners with SCI

TORONTO, April 28, 2017 /CNW/ – Los Angeles based women’s clothing retailer, JohnPaulRichard, has partnered with SCI for Canadian product distribution and retail value added services. JohnPaulRichard will rely on SCI’s retail logistics, wholesale intelligence, and general supply chain expertise for a seamless introduction to the Canadian market.

“SCI had reacted fast to our value added services and distribution needs” said Robert Hirsh, Chief Operating Officer at JohnPaulRichard, Inc. / Fever Clothing. “Seeing how quickly and effectively the team comes up with solutions, we can confidently say that, if anything happens, SCI has the capabilities and a plethora of unique services to ensure that our business continues to run smoothly in Canada.”

SCI is now handling the Canada wide distribution of JohnPaulRichard’s product as soon as it arrives in Vancouver from Asia. By conducting quality assurance testing, SCI will ensure that JohnPaulRichard’s products comply with the expectations of their Canadian retailers.

“The ability to customize solutions and go the extra-mile is what makes us a strong partner” said Dave Mack, Vice President of Omni-Channel Retail at SCI. “We have put in place the value-added services that complement the fundamental distribution processes for JohnPaulRichard’s products”.

About SCI
SCI is Canada’s leading provider of retail, technology & healthcare supply chain solutions that go beyond traditional logistics services. SCI’s motto “We’ll make you even better” is a commitment today from a business that’s leading clients into tomorrow. SCI operates the most extensive national distribution and transportation network in Canada, consisting of 27 distribution centres coast to coast along with over 40 critical parts stocking locations and specialized white glove shipping hubs.  SCI shares the learnings from the sectors they operate in, providing their audience with information on how to guide their supply chain to success through blog posts, case studies and white papers.

JohnPaulRichard Inc. (JPR), founded in Los Angeles in 1996, has the mission to design moderate and better updated women’s apparel at affordable prices. Fashion minded and customer conscious, JohnPaulRichard has always made it a priority to put quality at the forefront of its business. With over 20 years of sourcing and manufacturing in Asia, JPR has established lasting partnerships with the top factories in the industry. The JohnPaulRichard and FEVER (Better Sportwear Division solely owned by John Paul Richard) lines offers a full range of classifications, including bottoms, dresses, tops, jackets and sweaters in all fabrications. JPR also produces special sizes, plus and petite. Today JPR and FEVER can be found in most major department stores and Specialty Stores around the U.S. under the JohnPaulRichard and FEVER brands, and now in Canada.


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2017 Talentueuses Awards Ceremony: One for all and all for one!

2017 Talentueuses Awards Ceremony: One for all and all for one!

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AQWF gives rallying cry to accelerate women’s advancement in finance

MONTRÉAL, April 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Association of Québec Women in Finance (AQWF) celebrated last night its 12th Annual Talentueuses Awards Ceremony, which celebrates  the achievements of professional women across the province working in the finance sector. This year’s edition was co-hosted by Pierre-Yves McSween, Québec’s most renowned accountant, and Katia Marquier, Vice-President, Finances and Administration at Oceanpath, Investment and Wealth Management, who recently won an AQWF award.

The 2017 edition’s theme, “One for all and all for one!”, was chosen to rally men and women who share the same objective, namely promoting women’s role in finance and at all other levels of society.

In an effort to highlight the fact that both men and women have a role to play in the latter’s professional advancement, the AQWF launched a new category this year reserved exclusively for men, the “Alter Ego” award, which honours a man who has made significant contributions in the implementation of measures to foster and expand the roles of women in the finance sector.

What gets measured gets done

Ms. Dana Ades-Landy, Chief Executive Officer, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Québec, and President of the Board of the AQWF, kicked off the awards ceremony by commenting on the sad state of affairs with regard to the Comply or Explain policy, which directs companies to disclose information relative to female representation within their board of directors and provide explanations when falling short of their objectives. According to data published last October in McMillan LLP’s Securities Bulletin, only 15.9% of the BOD membership of listed public companies in Canada is composed of women, and 40% of the nation’s listed public companies do not include any women. In light of these results, the AQWF believes stronger measures are required, namely official quotas and sanctions.

“The fact that women still don’t play a larger role in boards of directors is a source of great disappointment for the AQWF,” explained Ms. Ades-Landy. “Clear objectives, to be met within three to five years, must be set. What gets measured gets done! Let’s not mince words: quotas are needed here, followed by punitive measures to encourage companies and their management teams to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. It’s what’s needed to ensure companies align their priorities with our cause.”

Rolling up our sleeves even higher

The AQWF plans to double its efforts to support this project, which stems from its core mission to foster the professional advancement of women in finance by influencing key decision-makers and stakeholders in economic growth. As its membership has doubled over the past few years, the Association will survey its members to reassess their position, in order to ensure their support and then will look at focused and strategic actions to promote measurable objectives. Moreover, it will focus on expanding its activities and broadening its recruiting process to further diversify its membership. Rallying more men and young professionals to the cause is important, as they can contribute fresh viewpoints on how to change entrenched mentalities. The AQWF will also further foster the next generation by organizing meetings, conferences and training workshops for newly minted finance professionals. Lastly, it will keep helping dozens of young women every year through its mentoring program, launched in 2013.

Winners of the 12th edition of the Talentueuses Award Ceremony

“Inspiration Andrée-Corriveau” Award (“Coup de cœur” award presented by the AQWF’s Board of Directors)            
Lucie Rousseau, MBA
Executive Coach, Unix coaching

“Alter Ego” Award (new award)
Martin Thibodeau, MBA
President, Direction du Québec, RBC Royal Bank

“Leadership” Award
Manuelle Oudar, LL.B, LL.M, Attorney, Adm.A
Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail

“Initiative” Award: for the advancement of women in finance

Project: Programme CLEF d’EY

“Étoile Montante” Award
Lise Estelle Brault, CFA
Senior Director, Derivatives Oversight, Autorité des marchés financiers

“Relève Desjardins” Award
Frédérique Leblanc, HEC Montréal
Frédérick Vézina-Giguère, Université Laval

“Relève RBC” Award
Jeanne Bugnon, HEC Montréal

The Association of Québec Women in Finance would like to thank the following partners:

Senior Partners: Desjardins, RBC Royal Bank
President’s Circle: National Bank of Canada, Scotia Bank, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Desjardins, RBC Royal Bank
Elite: Aon, Ordre des CPA du Québec, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Premium: CIBC Bank
Alliance: André R. Dorais, Air Canada, m0851, TD Bank Group
VIP Cocktail: Lavery Lawyers
Standard Cocktail: Langlois Lawyers
Investment Partner: Miller Thomson Lawyers

The AQWF would also like to thank its media partners:

La Presse +
Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations

About the Association of Québec Women in Finance

Founded in May 2002, the Association of Quebec Women in Finance (AFFQ) is comprised of over 600 Quebec women in finance. Besides creating a mentorship program to support women in finance, the AQWF offers its members professional development and networking activities, as well as interventions with young people at the academic level. Each year, the AQWF organizes several international business activities, thereby providing women in finance with preferred access to a major network of financial organizations spanning several countries.

In 2014, the AQWF joined forces with a group of about ten other organizations to create “Ensemble vers la parité”, a movement to spread awareness among corporate leaders and businesspeople, both male and female, on the new reality of fostering diversity within organizational leadership. Through education and information, said movement seeks to support companies, along with their boards of directors and human resources and governance committees, in promoting diversity. It also aims to support their efforts toward achieving a greater presence, based on their objectives, of women in boards of directors and executive management teams within companies across Québec and the rest of Canada.

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