Employer Videos

Highly Skilled Immigrants: Untapped Potential

Canada welcomes the best and brightest from around the world through its immigration programs. Highly-skilled immigrants bring with them the qualifications, experience and technical skills necessary for businesses facing a skills gap. Listen to these talented individuals for a preview of the skills and expertise highly-skilled immigrants bring with them to Canada.

[Video] Confronting Hiring Bias: Discussion with the Honourable Ratna Omidvar

Informed by new research findings, watch this video to hear the Honourable Ratna Omidvar lead a discussion with distinguished panelists to review hiring bias research, and explore pathways to solutions.

Employer Video Series: Hiring Skilled Immigrants

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.

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

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

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

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

Focusing on diversity leads to growth and innovation at RBC

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

RBC finds that paying attention to newcomers is smart business

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

Looking Beyond the Resume: Tips on Assessing an International Candidate

The resume is just one assessment tool in the recruitment process.

MOSAIC: An Employee Resource Group Leads to Successful Onboarding of Immigrant Talent

Networking, peer coaching and mentoring fosters success for new hires.

Career Edge Innovation Award Winner: RBC-Career Edge Associate Host Program

Enabling RBC’s business clients to access skilled immigrant talent through a paid internship.

emergiTEL: RBC Champion of Immigrant Success

Telecommunications and IT recruitment agency works closely with candidates to position their skills so employers can clearly see how they meet their needs.

Enbridge Wins 2014 Welcoming Workplace RISE Award

Company is being recognized for the work they have done to make skilled immigrants feel a valued part of the company.

All Weather Windows Wins 2014 Workplace Innovation RISE Award

Gord Wiebe, CEO of All Weather Windows explains why his company’s chaplaincy program is invaluable to his diverse staff.

TRIEC: 10 Years of Meaningful Work

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

Reflecting on RBC and Gordon Nixon’s Leadership on Immigrant Employment

As chair of TRIEC, RBC’s CEO Gordon Nixon has been a champion of immigrant inclusion in the workforce.

“Diversity for growth and innovation” – RBC featured by the Greater Halifax Partnership

In this video the Smart City Business show visits a RBC branch and learns the value of hiring immigrant talent.

Improving Your Assessment and Hiring of Candidates

In part two of this series, Cherie Robertson, Senior Policy Analyst at OHRC describes various best practices employers and regulatory bodies can use to improve their assessment and hiring of candidates.

Understanding the Ontario Human Rights Commission Policy on Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier

Requiring “Canadian experience” could violate the Ontario Human Rights Code according to the new Ontario Human Rights Commission policy.

Moving Towards Bias Free Hiring – Practical Examples to Assess Candidates

Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, provides practical examples that employers can use to assess competencies of a potential candidate.

Moving Towards Bias Free Hiring – The Power of Policy

Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, talks about the larger role employers can play in ensuring bias free hiring practices.

Closing the Skills Gap, IEC-BC at the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting

Immigrant employment solutions can play a large role in addressing the skills crisis in BC

SMTC’S Diverse Workforce Builds an Award Winning Company

Diverse ideas and experiences improves processes and satisfies customers needs.

York Region Ensures Effective Hiring with Foreign Credential Process Guide

Implementing an effective hiring process leading to decisions based on merit and inclusive to all candidates.

Hiring Highly Skilled People from Around the World Gives Trinity Tech a Competitive Advantage

When Dunstan Peter, President and CEO of Trinity Tech was growing his company, he needed highly skilled people to give his small business the advantage. His skilled immigrant hires did just that

TD Bank Group: Supporting New Immigrants

Watch how mentoring can provide confidence, cultural awareness and the friendly support needed to help make a new life in a new country.

Business Edge for Internationally Educated Professionals

Enabling and empowering skilled immigrants to move back into jobs where they can fully utilize their skills, education and professional experience.

How to Manage a Diverse Workforce

Organizations that want to out-perform the competition need to create talent management processes that ensure all employees, including skilled immigrants, are engaged and contributing to their full potential.

Tips from Metro Testing on how to Successfully Integrate Skilled Immigrants into Your Company

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

Think Outside the Box to Find Immigrant Talent

Leading employers know that finding skilled immigrant candidates is not as easy as putting up an ad on the organization’s website. Employers need to branch out and be creative to ensure they are tapping into the broadest talent pool possible.

IEC-BC: Meeting the Demand for Skilled Talent

In this video Prince George employers, service providers and government agencies talk about their experiences in attracting skilled immigrants to the north of British Columbia.

The Benefits of Hiring Skilled Immigrants (Series)

The business case for hiring skilled immigrant talent is clear to many of us. But it isn’t yet to everyone. This 3-part audio-video series helps make the case, in the words of employers who already get it.

Hiring Skilled Immigrants – A Sound Business Decision

Business leaders from both large and small companies identify several key reasons why they hire skilled immigrants.

Scotiabank on Hiring Skilled Immigrants

Denis Jackson, Senior Executive with Scotiabank, talks about the importance of Ottawa’s culturally diverse immigrant talent pool, and how Hire Immigrants Ottawa supports employers leverage the skilled immigrant talent.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa – Why Hire Skilled Immigrants

Ottawa business leaders provide a compelling account of the reasons for hiring skilled immigrants

Hire Immigrants Ottawa Support to Employers

Learn from Ottawa businesses that are enhancing their ability to access the talents of skilled immigrants by taking advantage of the resources available at Hire Immigrants Ottawa.

Skilled Immigrants Help College Reflect Diversity Among Students

Denyce Diakun, Director of Workforce and Personal Development at Algonquin College, talks about the benefits of skilled immigrant employees, including new expertise and a global perspective.

Advice to Employers: Look Beyond Traditional Sources for Top Talent

Paul Vallée, Founder and Executive Chairman of Pythian, gives advice to employers looking to hire and integrate skilled immigrants.

Career Bridge Internships Lead to Full-Time Jobs for Skilled Immigrants

The paid internship program matches skilled immigrants with employers, with 80 per cent employment post internship.

Buddy Program Helps New Hires Integrate at Pythian

Paul Vallée, Founder and Executive Chairman of Pythian, talks about how the company’s buddy program helps newcomers quickly learn Pythian’s culture and processes.

Skilled Immigrants Solution to Huawei Canada’s Talent Challenges

When Huawei Canada established itself in Canada in 2008, they faced many challenges finding the highly skilled talent they needed. Skilled immigrants were the solution.

Changing Markets Make Skilled Immigrants an Essential Source of Talent

Michelle Dulmadge, Manager of Operational Human Resources at AltaGas, talks about the value of skilled immigrants and how organizations can tap into this talent pool.

Integrating Skilled Immigrants Starts with a Vision and a Group of Champions

Denyce Diakun, Director of Workforce and Personal Development at Algonquin College offers advice for employers who want to better recruit and integrate skilled immigrants.

Hiring Skilled Immigrants Makes ‘Good Business Sense,’ Says Award-Winning HR Professional

In this video, learn about how Zuleika Sgro and Questrade recruit and integrate skilled immigrants, a practice that led to Ms. Sgro being honoured with the 2011 Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award.

Skilled Immigrants Attract More Talent to Pythian

Paul Vallée, Founder and Executive Chairman of Pythian, talks about how skilled immigrant employees attract other “leading minds” to the Ottawa-based company.

Award-Winning Company Uses a Co-op Program to Tap into Immigrant Talent

In this video, learn more about IS Awards-winner Maxxam Analytics’ co-op program for skilled immigrants, which has evolved to become an essential recruitment strategy for the laboratory services company.

Work Placements Help AltaGas Find Skilled Talent

Michelle Dulmadge, Manager of Operational Human Resources at AltaGas, talks about how the company uses work placements to find the talent it needs to fill skills shortages.

Loblaw Helps Foreign-Trained Pharmacists Become Licensed

Hari Pemasani, a pharmacist from India, talks about how Loblaw helped him grow his career from part-time pharmacy assistant to pharmacy manager.

Cultural Competency Training Makes College an Award-Winning Employer

Denyse Diakun, Director of Workforce and Personal Development at Algonquin College talks about the college’s cultural competency training and the effect it has had on employees.

A Diverse Workforce is Essential for TD’s Success

Ed Clark, Group President and CEO at TD Bank Group, talks about why diversity will continue to be a priority for TD Bank long after his retirement in 2013.

College Partners with Employers to Help Newcomers Overcome Employment Barriers

Bow Valley College’s Corporate Readiness Training program provides a six-week work placement for skilled immigrants.

Saskatoon Health Region Helps IEHPs Bridge Licensing Gap

Allison Laughren, Workforce Planning Consultant at Saskatoon Health Region, talks about how she supports internationally educated health professionals achieve Canadian licensure.

TD Unlocks Employee Potential by Helping Them Develop “Soft” Skills

TD Bank helps newcomers integrate into the workforce in three ways, says Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist at TD Economics.

Immigration & Canada: It’s Just Who We Are

Michael Bach, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KPMG, talks about The Globe and Mail article “Immigrant Drop Imperils Ontario Economy.”

Scotiabank Benefits from Working with Professional Immigrant Networks in 3 Ways

Working with professional immigrant networks (PINs) connects Scotiabank to job-ready talent and creates professional development opportunities for employees.

Cost-Effective Ways to Recruit Skilled Immigrants

Small and medium-sized organizations don’t need to spend a lot of money to find skilled immigrant talent. Find out how Autodata Solutions in London, Ont., taps into this talent pool.

The City of Calgary Benefits from Mentoring Skilled Immigrants

Mentoring allows the city to connect with a skilled talent pool and builds diversity competencies among its workforce, says Cheryl Goldsmith, the city’s Human Resources Advisor.

Tapping Into Immigrant Talent is Critical to Canada’s Economy and Businesses

Canadian organizations need to do a better job of recruiting and integrating skilled immigrants or risk losing them to other countries, says Jane Allen, Chief Diversity Officer at Deloitte.

3M Managers Walk in Newcomers’ Shoes

3M’s language game helps managers better understand the experiences of skilled immigrant employees.

Helping Immigrants Overcome Employment Barriers

Jane Allen, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at Deloitte, talks about the barriers to employment immigrants face and how employers can remove them.

RBC’s Zabeen Hirji on Skilled Immigrant Integration and Organizational Change

In this video Zabeen Hirji talks about corporate culture to recognize, welcome and leverage assets of skilled immigrants.

Leadership Strategies for Successfully Integrating Skilled Immigrant Talent

In this video, Gord Nixon President and CEO, RBC and chair of TRIEC provides advice to business leaders about effectively bringing skilled immigrants on board.

RBC’s Gord Nixon on the Business Case for Skilled Immigrant Integration

In this video Gord Nixon speaks about why hiring and integrating immigrant talent is vital to the bank’s business.

Mentoring Is a Win-Win for Businesses and Individuals

TD Bank Group has identified four benefits of having employees mentor skilled immigrants.

Integrating Talent

This training video presents the business case for integrating skilled immigrant talent and explores strategies for companies looking to create an inclusive workplace.

Integrating Talent Video 1: New Skilled Immigrant Employee Orientation, Coaching and Support

Challenges can arise during new employee orientation if cultural differences aren’t considered.

Integrating Talent Video 2: Cross-Cultural Teamwork

Unspoken workplace norms, rules and expectations can potentially trip up a skilled immigrant’s performance — and the team’s.

Integrating Talent Video 3: Manager-Employee and Peer-to-Peer Relations

Cultural factors can affect how members of team communicate and understand each other.

Integrating Talent Video 4: Performance Review – Reward and Recognition

Cultural differences can influence the effectiveness of performance feedback in a diverse workplace.

Integrating Talent Video 5: Retaining Skilled Immigrant Talent

Individual and organizational cultural competencies play important roles in promoting inclusive talent management practices.

Immigration Works in Halifax featuring RBC

RBC’s hiring of skilled immigrants has brought international skills and experience to improve their business in Halifax.

Finding Talent

This training video presents the business case for hiring skilled immigrants and to demonstrate techniques that will allow companies to leverage the talents of skilled immigrants.

Finding Talent Chapter 1: Essential Versus Non-Essential Skills

When filling a job opening, it’s important to differentiate between what are essential skills required for the job and which ones are non-essential or nice-to-haves.

Finding Talent Chapter 2: Attracting Qualified Skilled Immigrant Job Candidates

Tapping into the skilled immigrant talent pool and leveraging cultural differences can help companies compete in a global marketplace, as well as in increasingly diverse local market.

Finding Talent Chapter 3: Accent and Odours – Considerations for Hiring Decisions?

Many employers fail to leverage the essential skills that skilled immigrants bring to Canada because of cultural biases.

Finding Talent Chapter 4: Telephone Screening Interview

Language issues and cultural differences can make conducting telephone screening interviews with skilled immigrant job candidates especially challenging for employers.

Finding Talent Chapter 5: Screening Resumés of Skilled Immigrant Job Candidates

Hiring managers in Canada tend to look down on what they consider atypical resumé formats, such as resumes that include extraneous details, potentially screening out skilled immigrant jobseekers.

Finding Talent Chapter 6: Interviewing Skilled Immigrants

Small talk can lead to misunderstandings when the people involved in the conversation come from different cultural backgrounds.

Finding Talent Chapter 7: Tell Me About Yourself

Sometimes interviewers take for granted that every interviewee, regardless of background, knows how to respond to typical interview questions.

Finding Talent Chapter 8: Social Activities

A conversational interview style may pose unnecessary barriers to the employment of skilled immigrants.

Finding Talent Chapter 9: Call of Duty

Skilled immigrants may have trouble understanding idioms, jargon and slang, in part because they are deeply rooted in an unfamiliar culture.

Finding Talent Chapter 10: Assertiveness

Different cultures have differing views of assertiveness in the workplace. In some cultures, being assertive at the expense of offending one’s superior is not considered acceptable.

Finding Talent Chapter 11: Past Accomplishments

Skilled immigrants may struggle responding to Canadian employers’ questions about their decision-making skills and ability to take initiative because their culture discourages that type of individualistic behaviour.

Finding Talent Chapter 12: Colloquialisms and Business Idioms

Since language is based in culture, certain business idioms and jargon may not be obvious to skilled immigrants.

Finding Talent Chapter 13: Interview Guides

Good interview guides include clearly defined guidelines that show how the interview should be structured to mitigate selection bias.

It’s Just Smart Business

Watch as three employers speak about why “it’s just smart business” to tap into skilled immigrant talent

Cross-Cultural Teamwork Series

This video series demonstrates how cultural differences can impact team dynamics in a Canadian workplace and offers strategies for maximizing the contribution of all team members on a culturally diverse team.

Cross-Cultural Teamwork Introduction

This video series demonstrates how cultural differences can impact team dynamics in a Canadian workplace and offers strategies for maximizing the contribution of all team members on a culturally diverse team.

Cross-Cultural Teamwork Episode 1: Pre-Meeting “Small Talk”

Learn how small talk allows colleagues to get to know each other better, find areas of common interest or experience and interact more easily.

Cross-Cultural Teamwork Episode 2: Accommodating Religious Diversity

Everyone should have access to the same opportunities and benefits, and be treated with equal dignity and respect, regardless of their religion.

Cross-Cultural Teamwork Episode 3: Delegating Roles and Managing Communication Barriers

The use of idiomatic English and business jargon can result in communication difficulties for skilled immigrants.

Cross-Cultural Teamwork Episode 4: Facilitating Contributions to Team Discussions

Cultural factors can affect communication and decision-making in a team setting.

Intégrer le talent

Intégrer le talent, une vidéo de formation développé par TRIEC, utilise une approche du conte pour explorer quelques stratégies pour les entreprises qui cherchent à créer un milieu de travail inclusif.

Intégrer le talent Chapitre 1: Séance d’orientation au nouvel employé immigrant, formation et soutien

Si l’on ne tient pas compte des différences culturelles lors de la séance d’orientation au nouvel employé, des défis vont peut-être survenir.

Intégrer le talent Chapitre 2: La collaboration interculturelle

Les normes, valeurs et attentes tacites peuvent entraver la performance d’un immigrant qualifié et, par conséquent, celle de son équipe.

Intégrer le talent Chapitre 3: Les relations avec son supérieur et entre collègues

Des facteurs culturels peuvent avoir une incidence sur la communication et la compréhension au sein d’une équipe.

Intégrer le talent Chapitre 4: Évaluation de la performance – récompenses et reconnaissance

Dans un milieu de travail divers, l’efficacité des commentaires sur la performance peut être affecté par des différences culturelles.

Intégrer le talent Chapitre 5: Fidéliser les talents des immigrants qualifiés

Dans la promotion des pratiques de gestion inclusives des talents, les compétences culturelles de l’organisation et de l’individu jouent un rôle important.

Trouver des Personnes de Talent

Trouver des personnes de talent est une vidéo de formation développé par TRIEC, qui utilise une approche du conte pour démontrer des techniques qui permettent aux entreprises de tirer parti des talents des immigrants qualifiés.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 1: Compétences essentielles et compétences non essentielles

Quand on cherche à combler un poste disponible, il est important de différencier entre les compétences essentielles requises pour le poste et celles qui sont non essentielles et simplement des bonnes-à-avoir.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 2: Susciter la candidature d’immigrants qualifiés

Puiser dans le bassin de talent des immigrants qualifiés et tirer avantage des différences culturelles peut aider les compagnies à être compétitifs dans un marché global, ainsi que dans un marché local avec de plus en plus de diversité.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 3: Accent et odeurs – des facteurs dans les décisions d’embauche?

De nombreux employeurs ne parviennent pas à tirer avantage des compétences essentielles que les immigrants qualifiés apportent au Canada à cause de préjugés culturels.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 4: Entrevue de présélection téléphonique

À cause des différences linguistiques et culturelles, faire une présélection téléphonique avec des candidats immigrants qualifiés peut poser des défis aux employeurs.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 5: Présélection des curriculum vitæ des immigrants qualifiés

Les gestionnaires recruteurs au Canada ont tendance à mal considérer les curriculums vitae qu’ils estiment présentés de façon atypique.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 6: Entrevues avec les immigrants qualifiés

Parler de tout et de rien peut créer des malentendus quand les personnes concernées parviennent de milieux culturels différents.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 7: Parlez-nous de vous-même

Les personnes conduisant les entrevues s’attendent parfois à ce que tous les candidats, quelque soit leur milieu, sachent répondre aux questions d’entrevue typiques.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 8: Activités sociales

Un style d’entrevue conversationnel peut parfois mener un immigrant qualifié a divulguer sans le savoir des renseignements, tels que la religion, susceptible de réduire leur probabilité d’embauche.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 9: N’écouter que son devoir

Les immigrants qualifiés risquent de comprendre difficilement les expressions idiomatiques, le jargon et l’argot, notamment parce que ceux-ci sont profondément enracinés dans une culture qu’ils connaissent mal.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 10: Affirmation de soi

L’opinion des personnes sur l’affirmation de soi dans le milieu de travail varie en fonction de leur culture.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 11: Réussites passées

Les immigrants qualifiés peuvent avoir du mal à répondre aux questions des employeurs canadiens en ce qui concerne leurs compétences en prises de décisions et esprit d’initiative parce que leur culture décourage ce genre de comportement individualiste.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 12: Expressions familières et idiomatiques de l’entreprise

Comme le langage est basé sur la culture, certaines expressions idiomatiques et termes propres à l’entreprise pourraient ne pas être familiers aux immigrants qualifiés.

Trouver des personnes de talent Chapitre 13: Guides d’entrevue

Les guides d’entrevue dont les questions sont formulées en appliquant le modèle Connaissances-Compétences-Comportement peuvent minimiser fortement l’influence des préjugés culturels dans le processus d’entrevue.

La collaboration interculturelle

La collaboration interculturelle est une série de vidéos, développé par TRIEC, qui nous montre comment les différences culturelles peuvent avoir une incidence sur la dynamique du jeu des équipes dans le milieu de travail canadien.

La collaboration interculturelle (Introduction)

Les malentendus culturels peuvent survenir dans le milieu de travail due à des différences culturelles et religieuses. Mais les employeurs peuvent réduire ces malentendus et exploiter les talents de leurs employés immigrants qualifiés.

La collaboration interculturelle Épisode 1: Pré-rencontre «bavardages»

La «bavardage» permet aux collègues de se connaître les uns les autres, trouver des domaines d’intérêt commun et d’interagir plus facilement. Elle peut également aider une équipe à devenir plus cohérent.

La collaboration interculturelle Épisode 2: S’adapter à la diversité religieuse

La discrimination en raison de la religion est contre la loi. Chacun devrait avoir accès aux mêmes possibilités et avantages, et être traités avec dignité et respect, indépendamment de leur religion.

La Collaboration Interculturelle Épisode 3: Déléguer les Rôles et Gérer les Obstacles à la Communication

L’utilisation d’un jargon d’entreprise et le français idiomatiques peuvent entraîner des difficultés de communication pour les immigrants qualifiés, qui à son tour peut provoquer des membres de l’équipe à douter leur compétence.

La Collaboration Interculturelle Épisode 4: Favoriser les Contributions aux Discussion d’Équipe

Les facteurs culturels peuvent affecter la communication et la prise de décision en équipe.