Professional Immigrant Networks: Connecting with Immigrant Talent

Skilled immigrants are an excellent source of talent for employers looking to create a diverse and innovative workforce. But knowing where and how to find this talent can be a challenge for some employers.

This webinar examines professional immigrant networks as a source of immigrant talent that can help employers meet business and organizational needs.

What Employers Need to Know:

  • Professional immigrant networks are volunteer-run, member-based associations or networks created by and for immigrant professionals
  • In February, TRIEC launched the PINs website, bringing together 70 immigrant networks, representing more than 30,000 new and established immigrants in the Toronto area. Through this website, employers can connect with networks from 11 sectors to connect to top talent or leverage global expertise.
  • Other immigrant employment councils, including those in the Waterloo Region, Ottawa, London, Calgary and Halifax, have either completed or will conduct similar searches of networks in their areas and these groups will also be invited to join the online community.
  • Employers can work with professional immigrant networks to recruit skilled talent, develop cross-cultural competencies of employees, raise awareness of the organization as an employer of choice and connect with new customer markets.

Watch the Webinar

Press play to watch the full webinar (length: 52:30) or scroll down to jump to specific sections. There are Additional Resources, including links to immigrant employment councils and lists of other professional immigrant networks, below the video.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (length: 3:51)

    Suzanne Hoffberg, Racism Prevention Officer at HRSDC’s Racism-Free Workplace Strategy, talks about the importance of including skilled immigrants in your workforce.

  • What are Professional Immigrant Networks and How Can Employers Can Work with Them? (length: 10:36)

    Racquel Sevilla, Manager of Program Development at TRIEC, talks about professional immigrant networks and the new website that brings 70 of these groups together in one online forum.

  • Scotiabank Partners with PINs (length: 10:15)

    Deanna Matzanke, Director, Diversity and Inclusion/HR Policy and Compliance at Scotiabank, talks about why the bank is sponsoring TRIEC’s Professional Immigrant Networks website and how the bank has worked with various networks.

  • Advice for Employers from a Professional Immigrant Network (length: 7:37)

    Listen to Daniel Cheoreanu, President of the Association of Romanian Engineers in Canada, talk about how the association works with employers.

  • Questions and Answers (length: 15:13)

    Listen to the Q&A portion of the webinar to find out more about how you can work with professional immigrant networks to help you meet your business needs

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