On-Demand Webcast: Employer Success Stories: Tapping into Immigrant Talent

Date and Time

Starts:05/11/2017 12:00 AM

Ends:05/11/2056 11:30 PM

1 Hour Hour(s)




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Event Sponsor

Skilled immigrants can offer employers valuable skill sets and international expertise that can help companies grow their operations. Yet accessing this increasingly important talent pool can be difficult for employers who don't know how or where to start.

Hire Immigrants provides employers with tips, tools and relevant information and resources that help employers better understand and access the immigrant talent pipeline. A program at the Global Diversity Exchange – a "think-and-do" tank at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management – Hire Immigrants is focused on providing employer-centred solutions to the challenges they face recruiting, hiring, and retaining immigrant talent.

This webinar will provides listeners with case studies of employers that looked to immigrant talent and labour to solve immediate labour market and skills needs, and the innovative strategies they employed to address barriers and challenge.


Learning objectives:

  • Examine case studies of employers that successfully sought internationally trained individuals as a talent pipeline

  • Learn about innovative HR practices that facilitate successful entry of immigrant talent into sectors facing immediate labour market needs

  • Learn about successful employer initiatives and practices that can be replicated across sectors and industries

  • Understand the role and importance of organizational culture, from executives to working level staff, in creating a welcoming work environment for internationally trained individuals


Who should attend?

Human resources managers and generalists, department managers, business owners, and HR professionals at all levels. 

Speaker bio(s)
Louie Di Palma, Director- SME Programs & Global Growth Fund

As the Director of SME Programs, Louie is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce that are designed to strengthen the business climate of Ontario and support our members by providing them with access to resources. During his career with the Government of Ontario, Louie held a number of senior management positions in policy, planning and direct operations with several Ministries including the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services, the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation and the Ministry of Health Promotion.

Fatma Hassan

Fatma Hassan is program coordinator of the Hire Immigrants program at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), a “think-and-do” tank based at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. Hire Immigrants is an online platform for employers to find and learn about good practices on immigrant employment, and highlights the value of the skills immigrants bring to local and global businesses. Previously, Fatma worked as a Policy Analyst with the federal and provincial governments, primarily on immigration policy issues.

Fatma holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University.