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This section has articles, success stories, videos and other resources that speak to your particular interests and needs as a business owner when it comes to recruiting, retaining and promoting skilled immigrants.

Refugees Jobs Agenda: Kick-Starting Employer Action (Employer Webinar)

Watch this webinar to learn more about the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable after its first year: getting started, who was at the table, practical strategies for refugee employment and how to strengthen private sector engagement in the global refugee crisis.

Employer Video Series: Hiring Skilled Immigrants (Employer Video)

We asked a number of successful employers, including KPMG Canada, Deloitte Canada and Trinity Tech Inc., about the benefits of hiring skilled immigrants. Watch this series of employer videos to learn more about how these employers have experienced the value skilled immigrants contribute to their team, the solutions for overcoming obstacles and the practices for effectively hiring skilled immigrants.

This Is Why Diversity Is Good For Business (Article)

The business case for diversity is compelling. Having different opinions at the table is critical for innovation in the information age. So how can businesses foster diversity?

Maple Leaf Foods Connects to Recruit Newcomers (Employer Success Story)

Maple Leaf Foods gives workers the tools and supports they need to do their job. Offering on-site English language classes is one way to welcome their newcomer employees.

What Comes First — Language or Work? (Employer Webinar)

Bias, whether conscious or unconscious, favours certain people in the hiring process based on superficial characteristics like name and place of education that have nothing to do with their talent or potential. This webinar will dive deeper to understand how and why this form of discrimination occurs. It will look at practical solutions being tested in the workplace to disrupt hiring bias. Join us on October 27 with guest speakers Phil Oreopoulos of the University of Toronto and Heidi Walker of GapJumpers.

A Page for Immigrant Diversity from the Gender Diversity Handbook? Lloyds Sets Diversity Rules for Top Job Shortlists (Employer Success Story)

Lloyds Banking Group announced earlier this year that candidate shortlists for high-level bank positions will not be considered if they don’t meet new gender criteria. It’s not difficult to imagine a similar strategy in place to meet other diversity types, like immigrant and visible minority diversity.

Intel’s fixing its diversity problem by doing more than just hiring (News Story)

“We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of our society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges.”

Meet the immigrant CEO welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada with jobs (News Story)

Mohammed Fakih is welcoming Syrian refugees the best way he knows how: by hiring them at Paramount Fine Foods restaurants across Ontario.

Interview with Nomz CEO Jana Al Zaibak on Hiring a Refugee Workforce (Employer Success Story)

Based in Toronto, Canada, Nomz is a rapidly expanding business, selling nutritious and delicious snacks. Hire Immigrants spoke to founder Jana Al Zaibak about her experience leveraging refugee talent.

Refugee Talent Pipeline Fills Positions at Nomz (Employer Success Story)

Entrepreneur Jana Al Zaibak credits her employees with her business success. They’re driven, contribute their expertise and ideas, and are passionate about their work. Another thing they have in common? They’re all refugees.

Idea We’re Watching: “Project Ahlan” has Australian Restaurants Readying to Welcome Syrian Refugees (Employer Success Story)

The owners of Almond Bar restaurant are partnering up with local chefs, restaurant owners, and immigrant serving agencies in Sydney, Australia, to welcome Syrian newcomers with training and job opportunities.

Supplier Diversity Forum (video) for small business hosted by RBC Royal Bank and Hire Immigrants (Employer Video)

Learn about supplier diversity and how becoming a certified diverse supplier can help your company win business.

Innovation Driver: Making the Business Case for Diversity (News Story)

Companies have a bottom-line incentive to promote policies that encourage diversity—increasingly seen as a tool to spur innovation.

Montreal Factory Gives Syrian Refugees Jobs, Tips To Integrate (News Story)

A factory in Montreal employs immigrants from conflict zones around the world. They earn money for their families but also learn life skills and are paid to take French lessons.

“The World Needs to See Leadership” says Guelph CEO and Refugee Champion (Article)

A Canadian CEO and entrepreneur donates $1 million to resettle 50 Syrian families, and is approaching the task as he would any business problem.

Vancity to offer interest-free loans for upgrades to house Syrian refugees (News Story)

Vancity Credit Union is offering interest-free seven-year loans to its members who are upgrading their homes to house Syrian refugees.

Discrimination on the Training Market: Extent, Causes and Recommended Actions (Employer Report)

Bias in hiring is a problem without borders. In Germany’s job market, candidates with a German name have to submit an average of five applications while a fellow applicant with a Turkish name has to send seven.

Vienna Hotel Run By Refugees Integrates Newcomers Into Europe’s Workforce (News Story)

Europeans worry that the asylum-seekers who have flooded the continent this year will struggle to integrate and find work. A Vienna hotel is showing that newcomers can succeed.

Employers of Influence: Winners of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition for 2016 are announced (News Story)

Canada’s Top 100 Employers collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation’s employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond.

No names, no bias? (News Story)

Ten big employers in the public and private sectors—including the civil service, HSBC and Deloitte—have agreed to start recruiting on a “name-blind” basis in Britain. But do they work?

“Diversity and Entrepreneurship” Keynote Speech (video) by Kirk Dudtschak, RBC Royal Bank (Employer Video)

Kirk Dudtschak, Executive Vice President of Personal & Commercial Banking at RBC Royal Bank, examines the links between diversity and entrepreneurship.

What business leaders are doing about the refugee crisis (News Story)

Finding themselves filling a non-traditional role, companies are responding with innovative ways to support newcomers.

Guelph businessman funds 50 Syrian refugee families (News Story)

Guelph entrepreneur Jim Estill is donating money to sponsor 50 Syrian refugee families expected to begin arriving in Guelph over the next two months. His financial sponsorship could reach $1.5 million.

New Migration Council with corporate heavyweights to fight for a bigger Australia (Article)

Business takes a leadership role in the newly formed Migration Council of Australia. The organisation seeks to build a bridge between those with an economic interest in a big Australia, and those with a social interest in a fair Australia.

A Migration Agenda for the Private Sector (Article)

As Europe’s refugee crisis continues to evolve, offers of assistance have been complemented by a broad-based response from the business community, writes migration expert Khalid Koser. This mobilization highlights not only the role that the private sector can play in managing migration, but also the importance of extending this engagement beyond the response to the immediate crisis.

Religious minorities in France face bias in hiring, new study finds (News Story)

A practising Muslim man is four times less likely to get a job interview in France than a Catholic counterpart, according to a new study by the Institut Montaigne.

A London bakery offers refugee women a way into work (News Story)

Charities team up with local business to generate jobs for newcomer refugees

British universities won’t be able to see applicants’ names anymore (News Story)

From 2017, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the United Kingdom will remove names from university applications.

[New Research] Why Matthew but not Samir? Disrupting the Hiring Bias (Employer Webinar)

[New Research] This webinar has been updated with new research findings. In an exclusive event, Dr. Rupa Banerjee, co-author of the new research report, “Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly”, reviews the research and explains the negative impacts on job-seekers and employers alike.

Net Benefits: How to Understand the Economic Impact of Migration (News Story)

To understand the economic stakes in Europe’s refugee crisis, start in an unlikely place: the South Pacific island of Tonga.

Flush with jobs — and potential workers — Germany is stymied by this cultural quirk (News Story)

“Life is too short to learn German,” quipped Mark Twain. Now the German language is turning out to be more than just the butt of jokes. In a country desperately in need of workers, it is proving to be a stumbling block that prevents German companies from taking advantage of the flood of new arrivals.

Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (Employer E-learning Course)

The Ontario Human Rights Commission offers a free eLearning course on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier in employment, and rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Why wait for government? Unshackling immigrant entrepreneurs (Article)

UnShackled wants to extend opportunities to all entrepreneurs in the United States, including immigrants on work-visas who want to start companies without waiting for permanent residency. For some immigrant entrepreneurs, UnShackled may be the funding and stabilizing bridge they need to bring their ideas to life in the United States.