About Us

Empowering and Guiding Canada’s Workforce

Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI) in Toronto, Ontario is a not-for-profit, business-focused organization. We offer career development and training services for individuals who push for success. Thriving on multiculturalism, we tap into the unique skillset and background that every professional brings to the table. For more than 26 years, PCPI has fostered strong connections with Canadian employers and local community partners because we believe this helps us find creative HR solutions to the demands of the Canadian labor market.

Our Mission

Building communities by empowering people to pursue their potential.

Our Values

  • Progress Through Innovation and Collaboration
  • Respect and Value the Diversity and Unique Strengths of Individuals in the Community
  • Integrity and Excellence in All Our Services
  • Transparency and Accountability

Our Vision

A successful Canadian economy powered by the ingenuity and diversity of our working people. We envision a Canada where diversity is embraced, businesses are growing, and communities are flourishing.

Awards & Recognition

In 2016, Silma Roddau, the president of PCPI received the Leadership Award during the 6th Annual Share The Light Awards organized by Northwood Neighborhood Services. The Leadership Award was created to recognize Executive Directors and Board Directors who work tirelessly to lead their organization with vision and passion.

In 2010, readers of the Toronto Community News voted PCPI as the Silver Finalist in “Best of Best, 2010 Reader Choice Awards”.

In 2003, with partners City of Toronto Economic Development, Toronto Community News, PCPI created and successfully produced the first highly acclaimed IEP Conference.

Since 2003, these groundbreaking events, featuring senior executives and presenters from academia, regulatory bodies, and major Canadian corporations, have offered unprecedented networking and hands-on skill building opportunities for thousands of Canada’s Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs).

More of PCPI’s Highlights

We launched one of Canada’s first business centers for Cultural Intelligence (CI); Commission of several research studies.

Our organization created the Advisory Council/Think Tank; and developed the Majority Report White Paper plus other promotional articles in key publications.

The Scarborough Chamber of Commerce officially recognized PCPI’s success by nominating it for both Business of the Year and Corporate Excellence of the Year awards.

In 2002, PCPI won the Scarborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award.

In 2004, Scarborough Mirror readers voted PCPI as one of the best employment agencies in their area.

Join Our Team

Job Posting


PCPI is a not-for-profit organization that provides employment related services to diverse job seekers and businesses to reach their full potential. The organization is also the proud creator and presenter of the IEP Conference, a unique forum for internationally educated professionals now in its 18th year. Our organization’s success in delivering quality service is based on a business-like approach, supported by knowledgeable caring staff, user-friendly resources, and innovative programming.

We are seeking a part-time (22.5 hrs./weekly) junior accountant to who is a self-starter and who can multi-task, to assist with preparing financial statements, financial reporting, reconciliation entries, processing accounts receivable and payables with posting to g/l and all aspects day-to-day accounting in a non-profit environment. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in accounting principles and able to work comfortably with numbers and attention to detail. They will also have strong communication skills, and working knowledge of Microsoft office, Teams, Monday.com and Sap/Spire accounting software.

The goal is to contribute to the overall efficient operation of the organization and help its projects to fully maintain controls of their spending as per budget forecast and allocations.

Specific Accountabilities/ Responsibilities:

  • Post and process journal entries to ensure all business transactions are recorded
  • Record accounts receivable for each project and prepare and submit claims/invoices
  • Update accounts and perform reconciliations
  • Assist in the processing of balance sheets, income statements and other financial statements according to legal and organization accounting and financial guidelines
  • Assist with preparing payroll, reviewing payroll records and expenses, etc. as assigned
  • Update financial data in databases to ensure that information will be accurate and immediately available when needed
  • Prepare and submit monthly and quarterly claims for each project
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly/yearly closings
  • Maintain subsidiary accounts by posting, verifying, and allocating transactions
  • Reconcile entries to balance accounts
  • Maintain a balanced general ledger
  • Monitor variances from the forecasted budget
  • Support month end/quarter end year with accruals, reconciliations, prepaids, and assist with year end audits
  • Prepare and process bank deposit and credit card transactions
  • Responsible for full cycle accounts payables including cheque runs
  • Create and maintain vendors, manage any queries, accruals, and reconciliations
  • Prepare employee expenses including reconciling monthly visa statements
  • Update the spreadsheets created to track data needed for processing claims.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • 3-5 years relevant experience working in accounting and bookkeeping
  • Working knowledge and understanding of GAAP
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient skills with Spire accounting software and Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and general ledger
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail


Please submit a resume and cover letter to shepherd@careerplan.net  by 10 February 2023.

Progress Career Planning Institute is an equal opportunity employer.  We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive   workplace

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided through the hiring process provided the candidate makes such requests in advance.

Only qualified candidates will be invited to attend and interview.

A mandatory police check is required for all successful candidates prior to hiring.


Job Posting


PCPI is a not-for-profit organization that provides career development and training services to a diverse population of individuals and businesses to reach their full potential. The organization is also the proud creator and presenter of the IEP Conference, a unique forum for internationally education professionals now in its 18th year. Our organization’s success in delivering quality service is based on a business-like approach, supported by knowledgeable caring staff, user-friendly resources, and innovative programming.

We are seeking a creative, dynamic, and energetic individual who is results and customer service oriented. Possessing working knowledge of adult education and workshop design, combined with your excellent facilitation skills and Level B assessments to work in our Resource & Information Service. The incumbent will be experienced in designing and delivering employment related workshops that incorporate various learning styles.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will utilize their knowledge in labour market information and their comprehensive experience in customer service to respond to clients’ employment needs and referrals to services for appropriate interventions as needed. The candidate will ensure that their knowledge of the labour market always remains current and that the resources in the Centre are current and accessible for clients’ use.


1. Designing experiential workshops utilizing the Adult Education model that addresses various learning styles and ensure workshops address gaps in the labour market.

2. Addressing clients’ needs and helping to determine whether assisted or unassisted service would be more beneficial for them. As well as, providing timely and accurate information on the policies and procedures for using the services and delivering scheduled orientations.

3. Facilitating workshops to clients and ensuring that the workshop atmosphere is conducive to learning and sharing while empowering them to reach their career and employment goal. As well, facilitate information workshops to employers, as needed.

4. Scheduling clients for job search workshops and providing following up reminders prior to workshop delivery to encourage participation and meet capacity in compliance with contractual targets.

5. Assisting with participation data collection and ensuring client date is entered into CAMs and or IOM. As well, assisting with quarterly data analysis to track trends and to monitor progress in relation to targets.

6. Providing résumé and cover letter reviews for clients and giving constructive feedback in a respectful and supportive manner. As well, referring clients to other references such as resume books, dictionary, or other services to further assist them.

7. Reviewing workshops resources at the end of each week and updating as needed to ensure that they remain current and correlate with labour market trends.

8. Preparing workshop resources and handouts on the day before the workshop in order to ensure timely delivery and to prevent disruption during the session. Additionally, replenishing all resources and tidying the room at the end of the workshop.

9. Entering resources into a cataloging system and or toolbox and working as part of the team, monitoring, reviewing, and updating resources, (e.g., publications, on-line bookmarks and job postings) at the end of each month to ensure they remain current. As well, identifying new resources on an ongoing basis to assist clients with their job search.

10. Providing active listening to clients, identifying issues and responding to their concerns in a timely manner. As well, identifying organizational issues and concerns and collaborates with team members and management to find a resolution.

11. Participating in staff/team meetings and share information and good practices to increase effectiveness and efficiency within the organization.

12. Developing new skills to remain current in the sector and participating in organizational professional development for professional growth and to help in building the organization’s performance and knowledge management.

13. Cleaning RIS environment daily with scheduled mornings and set-up. In addition, utilize early closing on Fridays, to provide thorough equipment cleaning and organizing of the next week’s resources.

14. Assisting with marketing programs to boost traffic increase service awareness. Helping to source business development opportunities to help build organization sustainability.

15. Assisting with marketing services and business development to increase awareness of the organization’s services and to create business opportunities for sustainability.

16. Delivering other duties/task as assigned by management.



  • University degree in Social Sciences and Adult Education/Life Skills Certification plus two years’ experience in a social service environment or a Community College diploma in Social Service/Adult Education plus 4 years’ experience in a related field
  • Knowledge of employment/community resources and current labour market trends and outreach strategies
  • Demonstrated facilitation and presentation skills to enable participants to achieve their potential
  • Experience in curriculum development/workshop design and some proposal writing
  • Certified in Personality Dimensions and Level B testing
  • Above average working knowledge of windows environment including Excel and Power Point and ability to provide computer troubleshooting
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural awareness and sensitivity in order to interact with people from diverse background
  • Possess patience, sensitivity and mature judgment including managing confidentiality
  • Well-developed communication (written and verbal), creative problem solving skills
  • Possess strong professional work ethics
  • Able to work independently, is flexible and able to take initiative as well
  • as work within a team

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to shepherd@careerplan.net by February 10, 2023. Please note that only those whose skills match with our requirements will be invited for an interview.

Progress Career Planning Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided through the hiring process provided the candidate makes such requests in advance.


Please note: A police reference check is required for the successful candidate prior starting the position.


Our Team

Board Members

  • Roula Panagiotopoulos – PCPI Chair
    President, PURE
    A recent nominee for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award in 2017, Roula Panagiotopoulos is president of PURE. Throughout her career she has been a key player in some of the largest health and beauty companies in Canada. While working at Vital Science, Roula was instrumental in setting retail growth strategies that positioned VS for acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. She currently works with companies in acquisition mode to provide comprehensive due diligence reporting and flight path. Active in her community, Roula founded N9NE fundraising gala that raises money for charities in Toronto and Canada.
  • John Harris – Past PCPI Chair
    Professor and Program Coordinator, Accounting & Financial Services at the School of Business, Seneca College
    Dr. John Harris is the Board Chair of PCPI. He was previously the Treasurer of the Board for about four years. John is a Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Accounting & Financial Services at the School of Business at Seneca College. John is a Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Fellow of the Society of Professional Accountants (FCPA). John joined Seneca in 2013 after a progressive 30-year career as an Accountant and Administrator in both the private and public sectors. In addition to his volunteer work with PCPI, John is a member of the Education Committee of the Canadian Institute of Financial Planners (CIFP) and is an active volunteer at his church and at the Toronto East General Hospital. He is married with three children.
  • Chris Alexander
  • Steven Chaves
  • Javaid Khan

Get in Touch With Us

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