Increasing international competition for talent requires that Canada make effective use of the skills immigrants bring to this country. As employers struggle with the challenge of finding qualified employees to meet immediate and ongoing needs, many are turning to innovative solutions to find, recruit, and retain immigrant talent.
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) provides these solutions through partnerships with employers, industry and business associations, and governments. IEC-BC’s resources and programs help businesses of all sizes, and from all sectors, effectively integrate newcomers into the workplace, starting even before they arrive in Canada.
Key initiatives include the FAST Program, which provides a suite of pre-arrival services to prepare newcomers for the world of work in Canada, and JobConnect, a program that gives employers access to a pool of job-ready newcomers seeking employment. IEC-BC’s MentorConnect Program brings together established Canadian professionals and job-ready immigrants for occupation-specific coaching, while its easy-to-use toolkits, tip sheets and webinars offer additional professional-development opportunities to employers.
Join Patrick MacKenzie, CEO of IEC-BC, as he shares best practices and solutions that are putting immigrant and refugee talent to work in the Canadian labour market.
In this 60-minute session, you’ll discover:
- An innovative competency-based model for occupation-specific assessment of newcomer skills;
- Novel approaches allowing immigrants to get a head start in their careers in Canada;
- An effective alternative to traditional job boards, which offers employers access to job-ready talent.
By participating in this webinar, you will learn how IEC-BC helps employers develop their workforce and advance their business strategies.
This webinar is designed for employers, service provider organizations, governments, regulatory bodies, and other organizations that work to connect immigrants and refugees with meaningful job opportunities.
Patrick MacKenzie joined IEC-BC as the organization’s new CEO in April 2017. He has made a career of public service from coast to coast, working in policy and program areas aimed at supporting many of Canada’s most vulnerable communities through economic and social development as well as international relations. Patrick has spent the past 11 years working for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada at its national headquarters in Ottawa and the regional offices in Vancouver. Looking to the future, Patrick’s history of working with partners on matters of immigrant economic integration, provincial nominee programs, credential recognition and labour mobility will help the organization seize new opportunities for growth, as it builds upon the successes of the past eight years.
This webinar has been accredited for 1 hour of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).