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

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.

Asian job seekers face disadvantage even when they have higher degrees, study finds (News Story)

Canadian study found job applicants with Asian names and a master’s degree got fewer interview requests than counterparts with Anglo-Canadian names and only a bachelor’s degree.

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Cross-Cultural Team Building and Diversity in the Workplace (Employer Webinar)

Join Hire Immigrants and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) for a conversation with Marie Bountrogianni, Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, moderated by Ryan Montpellier, Executive Director of MiHR, on how to leverage and successfully build effective cross-cultural teams for your workplace.

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.

Should you change your name to get a job? (News Story)

The extreme measures some people take to fight hiring bias might surprise you. But some say it’s the only way.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

People with racially diverse friend groups are more productive (News Story)

Do you know what your employees’ friend circles are like? A new study published in Organization Sciencefound that employees with more racially diverse friend networks were more likely to go beyond their roles to help the company.

Biased Perceptions of Racially Diverse Teams and Their Consequences for Resource Support (Employer Report)

Researchers from the United States and the Netherlands examined if biases can negatively affect how racially diverse teams are evaluated, and ultimately treated, relative to racially homogeneous groups.

Perceptions of Employment Barriers and Solutions (Employer Report)

Challenges to newcomer employment can be overcome, says new ALLIES report.

Brokering Success – Improving Skilled Immigrant Employment Outcomes (Employer Webinar)

Learn how government-employer engagement can help skilled immigrants find employment.

Government as Employer of Skilled Immigrants (Employer Report)

Find out what practices and policies various levels of governments are using to encourage the employment of immigrants.

Smart business: Two ideas to tap into newcomer markets (Employer eTip)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

New Video: Focusing on Diversity Leads to Growth and Innovation at RBC (News Story)

Hiring immigrant talent is an essential pipeline of growth for Canadian businesses.

Enhancing Immigrants’ Essential ‘Soft’ Skills – a win-win solution (Article)

Virtually every job requires competencies in nine essential skills. Do you know what they are? Learn about the tools and resources available to employers to assess and support essential “soft skills” among employees, including new immigrants.

Focusing on diversity leads to growth and innovation at RBC (Employer Video)

Hiring immigrant talent is an essential pipeline of growth for Canadian businesses.

RBC finds that paying attention to newcomers is smart business (Employer Video)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

New Video: RBC Finds that Paying Attention to Newcomers is Smart Business (News Story)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

New Ryerson-Maytree initiative set to advance the inclusion of immigrants and visible minorities (News Story)

hireimmigrants find new home at the Ryerson Maytree Global Diversity Exchange.

New eTip – Three Ideas to Gain a Competitive Edge this Summer (News Story)

Reflect on what some companies are doing to attract and retain the best talent.

Three Ideas to Gain a Competitive Edge this Summer (Employer eTip)

Reflect on what some companies are doing to attract and retain the best talent.

Toronto is diverse but not as inclusive as it could be (Article)

Toronto exemplifies multiculturalism, but struggles with inclusion and equality of opportunity.

Business Leaders Call on Ottawa to Reverse ‘Alarming Slide’ in Skills Training (News Story)

Report says only the federal government can lead and create a national education and skills training strategy

Ten Ideas to Celebrate Diversity (Article)

Steps to create a more inclusive workplace.

New etip: Three Steps to Start a Successful Employee Resource Group (News Story)

Groups foster personal and professional development.

New etip: Overcoming Biases to Succeed (News Story)

Tips to minimize the negative impacts of hidden biases in managing immigrant talent.

Overcoming Biases to Succeed (Employer eTip)

Tips to minimize the negative impacts of hidden biases in managing immigrant talent.

TRIEC e-lert June 2014 (News Story)

Latest immigrant employment news from the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Free Cross-Cultural Competency Training for Employers – Hire Immigrants Ottawa (News Story)

Learn cross-cultural competency skills, tools and strategies for adapting your workplace for a diverse employee base.

Look out for Hidden ‘Mediterranean’ Noses (Article)

Dr. Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University explains that we often underestimate the degree of influence our unconscious biases have on decision-making.

2013 RBC Diversity and Inclusion Report (Employer Report)

In this report, RBC highlights their overall story of diversity and inclusion and how it creates prosperity for their clients, employees, shareholders and communities.

TRIEC: 10 Years of Meaningful Work (Employer Video)

TRIEC plays a strategic role in connecting skilled immigrants to the labour market.

A 10-year Record of Immigrant Success (Article)

Toronto immigrant jobs council finds much success, but much work remains.

Supporting Immigrant Employment Contributes to Prosperity in the GTA: TRIEC Immigrant Success Award Winners Show How (News Story)

TRIEC and RBC recognize the winners of the 8th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards – organizations and individuals who are helping employers do just that to the advantage of employers, immigrants and the region as a whole.

New Webinar – Low Risk, Big Return: Using Paid Internships to Recruit Skilled Immigrant Talent (News Story)

Learn about Career Edge’s program and its innovative partnership with RBC on supporting business clients of the bank to access internationally trained talent.

Investing in Staff Helps Teshmont Consulting Engage and Retain their Employees (Employer Success Story)

Small engineering firm boosts retention of new immigrants by educating all employees about its various employee-focused programs.

Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment (News Story)

Recognizing individuals and organizations who are forward-thinking champions of immigrant economic integration. Nomination deadline is May 6, 2014

Making Paid Internships Work For You (Employer eTip)

If you are considering hiring paid interns, keep in mind the following ideas.

Low Risk, Big Return: Using Paid Internships to Recruit Skilled Immigrant Talent (Employer Webinar)

Learn about Career Edge’s program and its innovative partnership with RBC on supporting business clients of the bank to access internationally trained talent.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa 2014 Employer Excellence Awards (News Story)

Congratulations to TD Bank and various individuals for their leadership in championing immigrant employment in the Ottawa Region.

Turning Cultural Differences into an Advantage (Employer eTip)

Tips on how to overcome the risks of linking workplace challenges to culture.

Ask the Expert – Unlocking Potential: From Underperformer to Asset (Article)

What interventions can be made to support immigrant talent in performing better especially due to cultural barriers?

Guelph-Wellington Immigration Partnership Employer Toolkit Now Available (News Story)

Toolkit provides resources, quick-reference tips, and checklists for incorporating inclusive practices in your hiring activities and human resource practices.

Developing Managerial Expertise (Employer eTip)

Learn how to support new immigrants as they progress into a managerial role.

Religious Accommodation Improves Employee Satisfaction and Productivity (Employer eTip)

Understand how to create and implement a religious accommodation policy in your workplace to meet legal requirements and also to improve employee satisfaction and productivity.

Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace (Employer Webinar)

Understand how to create and implement a religious accommodation policy in your workplace to meet legal requirements and to improve employee satisfaction and productivity.

Webinar Recording Now Available: Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace (News Story)

Find out what your legal duties are and how you can implement practical strategies in your workplace from our expert panel in our new webinar.

New Workshop: Are You Culturally Competent? Leading Diversity and Inclusiveness in Your Workplace (News Story)

ERIEC presents a free workshop where you can learn how to leverage and maximize global talent to improve your company’s productivity.

Moving Past Diversity: RBC’s Journey to Rid its Upper Ranks of ‘Unconscious Bias’ (Article)

Zabeen Hirji talks about how RBC is teaching its leaders to overcome unconscious bias; how it’s fostering diversity through processes versus organic evolution and how it reconciles those processes with regulatory requirements.

Effectively Managing Religious Accommodation in the Workplace (Employer eTip)

Employers have a legal mandate to accommodate religious practices and observances in the workplace, but they should also see it as good human resource management.

Register now for the Edmonton Global Talent Conference 2014 (News Story)

Develop your leadership skills in managing immigrant talent.

Work and Culture (Article)

Interactive online learning helps skilled immigrants and employers understand the role of culture at work so that everyone benefits.

Outsmarting our Brains: A Report by RBC and Ernst and Young (Article)

Business leaders need to overcome their hidden biases to be more competitive.

Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace (Employer eTip)

An employer has a legal duty to accommodate religious observances and needs of their employees and implement reasonable accommodation.

Bridging the Gap Between Skills and Culture (Article)

Program provides skilled immigrants with the soft skills needed to advance their careers.

2014 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards opens call for nominations (News Story)

Awards program looking for the most inspiring immigrants including business leaders from all across Canada.

Technology and Innovation in Talent Management (Article)

Highlighting the work of two Alberta employers who have used technology and innovative approaches to address the challenges of talent acquisition, retention and talent management.

Deadline for TRIEC’s 8th Annual Immigrant Success Awards Extended to January 15, 2013 (News Story)

Awards recognize GTA companies and individual leaders who champion immigrant employment.

Wage Gap Between Immigrants and Native-born Persists After 20 Years in Canada (Employer Report)

Statistics Canada study shows that while the wage gap between immigrants and native-born Canadians did narrow over 20 years, significant differences remained.

Mentoring Provides a Warm Welcome for Newcomers to Toronto (News Story)

The Mentoring Partnership’s 2013 Recognition Reception celebrates the City of Toronto for mentoring over 1000 skilled immigrants

Outsmarting Our Brains: Overcoming Hidden Biases to Harness Diversity’s True Potential (Employer Report)

Business leaders need to overcome their hidden biases to be more competitive.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa – 2014 Employer Excellence Awards: Call for Entries (News Story)

Recognizing local employers for their innovative and exemplary HR policies and practices in managing immigrant talent.

Ontario Presents Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment (News Story)

Ontario is recognizing the first ever recipients of the Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment, for their role in championing diversity and supporting jobs in their communities.

Helping New Hires Reach Their Full Potential (Employer eTip)

Onboarding is more than the introduction of policies and procedures. It’s the starting point for a potentially fruitful journey for a new hire and an organization.

Delivering Effective Feedback (Employer eTip)

Newcomers from diverse cultures often perceive feedback very differently. Managers need to be aware of the potential for misunderstanding.

Eight Tips to Increase Diversity (News Story)

Most progressive companies embrace the notion of diversity. The difficulty is in making it work – ensuring all people feel welcome within the organization, and have a chance to rise to the level their abilities allow.

Surrey Board of Trade Wins Gold for Employer Innovation Fund Program at Canadian Chamber Competition (News Story)

Employer focused program assists SMEs in the Surrey region in integrating immigrants into their labour pool.

Train Employers to Hire and Work with Immigrants (Article)

According to Ratna Omidvar, the best teachers for employers are employers themselves when it comes to immigrant employment solutions.

TRIEC 2003-2013: Building a Better Future (News Story)

Exploring the Toronto Region’s journey over the past ten years which includes engaging employers in meaningful opportunities

Managing Inclusion from the Middle (Article)

Useful tips for organizations to support middle managers to create culturally-inclusive work environments.

Pathways to Employment: Strengthening the Immigrant Connection (News Story)

Workforce Planning Hamilton will be releasing their latest employer research project and launch their new mentoring program for skilled immigrants on September 26, 2013. Register now!

Cultural Competence & Diversity Management (Article)

In this article Adeeco talks to TRIEC’s Rose DeVerya about steps Canadian employers can take to transform their organization’s culture and talent management practices in ways that work across cultural differences.

Ontario to Recognize Immigration Employment Leaders (News Story)

New award program will demonstrate to businesses the advantages of hiring skilled immigrants.

Unlocking Potential: From Underperformer to Asset (Article)

Hiring a skilled immigrant may result in under performance without explanation. Business Edge enables and empowers skilled immigrants to move back into jobs where they can fully utilize their skills, education and professional experience.

The Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment (News Story)

Award recognizes individuals and organizations who are forward-thinking champions of immigrant economic integration.

Accommodating Different Faiths Begins from Within (Article)

This article stresses the importance of accommodating people’s faiths in the workplace and using employees as a way to educate other employees about their behaviours, traditions and practices.

What’s in a Name? Possibly Your Future Prosperity (Article)

Can having a difficult name to pronounce impact your hiring and promotion prospects? A recent study discovered that the “more pronounceable a person’s name is, the more likely people are to favour them.”

Ontario Collaborating with Employers to Improve Opportunities for Immigrants (News Story)

New award for employers showcases leadership in integration, recruitment & retention of immigrants in Ontario.

SMTC’S Diverse Workforce Builds an Award Winning Company (Employer Video)

Diverse ideas and experiences improves processes and satisfies customers needs.

Practical Ways for an Employer to Maximize International Talent (Employer eTip)

Internships, mentoring and participating in networking and recruitment events are just some of the ways you can leverage immigrant talent.

Diversify Your Team: Looking Beyond Recruitment (Article)

Law firm Stikeman Elliot recognizes the value of hiring a diverse staff but they also realize the need to also invest, mentor and engage these new staff members to develop a productive working atmosphere.

The Top Five Ways for an Employer to Leverage International Talent (Article)

The Waterloo Immigration Partnership provides useful tips on how you can maximize immigrant talent.

Making Connections – Halifax Regional Municipality and Greater Halifax Partnership (Article)

Business needs talent. Talent needs opportunity. A networking program completes the equation.

Dreaming of Diversity (Article)

New Canadians have a lot to offer a workplace; now it’s just a case of making them feel welcome with these tips you can implement in your company.

Statistics Canada: Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity in Canada (News Story)

New data released from the 2011 National Household Survey highlight the changes unfolding in Canadian society.

More Than One-Fifth of Canadians are Foreign-Born: National Household Survey (News Story)

The first release of data from the 2011 National Household Survey offers a snapshot of a modern Canada that is changing in both cultural makeup and religious beliefs.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa Summit Brings Together Partners Involved in Immigrant Employment Solutions (News Story)

Summit brought together employers, senior executives, civic leaders, representatives from immigrant serving organizations and other stakeholders involved in the integration of skilled immigrants into the workforce.

Congratulations to the 2013 Hire Immigrants Ottawa Employer Excellence Award Recipients (News Story)

Kivuto Solutions Inc. and Bridgehead were presented with the awards at the 2013 Employer Council of Champions (ECC) Summit.

Tips from Metro Testing on how to Successfully Integrate Skilled Immigrants into Your Company (Employer Video)

Job shadowing, not asking for Canadian work experience and being patient are all parts of hiring and onboarding diverse talent

Diversity at Work HR Toolkit (Employer Report)

The HR Toolkit is a comprehensive and free online resource that helps managers, employees and board members better understand, address and manage HR needs and issues in nonprofits.

Opportunity Knocks! How Nonprofit Employers Build a Workforce that Includes New Canadians (Employer Report)

Opportunity Knocks describes the demographic challenges that effect the labour force, reasons nonprofit organizations need to take action, and also provides five areas of focus for employers.

Managing a Diverse Workforce, the Small Business Perspective (Article)

Providing ongoing development, performance feedback and recognition, and opportunities for advancement will boost employees’ engagement and reduce turnover.

Iris Power Engineering Uncovers the Talents Of Skilled Immigrant Employees (Employer Success Story)

Regular meetings allow employees to discuss their skills and how they can be applied to help the company achieve its goals.

Engineering Firm Turns To Skilled Immigrants for Hard-To-Find Skills (Employer Success Story)

Teshmont’s investment in skilled new immigrants is helping to secure a strong pool of management candidates for the future.