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Scotiabank – Understanding Your Customers from the Inside Out

Scotiabank welcomes refugee talent and offers its employees opportunities to build and learn leadership and coaching skills. Working and supporting diverse new clients and employees is part of the banks corporate culture and there is no downside.

Starbucks and the First One Thousand

Starbucks wants to create opportunities for job ready candidates and will use their tried, tested and true ‘high touch’ approach to have a positive impact.

[Interview] Construction Trades Program: Innovative Partnership for Refugee Employment

LiUNA! Local 506 serves a diverse group, and considers itself one of the most multicultural unions in North America. The Syrian refugee population represented an untapped talent pool, and LiUNA! responded to their specific needs through an innovative partnership with ACCES Employment to create a program that would meet labour market demands, while providing a pathway to employment for Syrian refugees.

For RBC, Refugees are an Untapped Talent Pool and Strategic Advantage

RBC moves from understanding to action and looks to community organizations to build trust with refugee communities to engage in workforce planning and hiring diverse.

BDC Internships: Breaking Down the Barriers to Refugee Employment

Delivering on their commitment to diversity as a strategic imperative, BDC has created job opportunities for former refugees and new learning opportunities for staff: recognizing refugees as talent first, and refugees second.

Siemens and the City of Erlangen Tap Refugee Talent with Internship Program, Training both Newcomers and their Colleagues

Engineering multinational Siemens piloted a training program for asylum seekers in a small German town. A triple win program, the initiative is being scaled from 10 to 100 placements across Germany.

A Page for Immigrant Diversity from the Gender Diversity Handbook? Lloyds Sets Diversity Rules for Top Job Shortlists

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.

Procurement Mentorships: RBC Royal Bank Mentors Diverse Suppliers

Through a supplier diversity strategy that includes a procurement mentorship program, RBC is sourcing from a larger supplier base, providing value to business clients and changing Canada’s supplier landscape.

Palliser Builds a Workforce alongside its Furniture

With a long history in immigrant employment, Palliser has key lessons for employers seeking to become more immigrant and diversity confident. From renewed hiring practice, to on-the-job training, to leadership from the top.

Enbridge Lays Down the Pipelines for Immigrant Talent to Succeed

Enbridge has long been deliberate about creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace, making it an employer of choice for immigrant talent.

A Window of Opportunity to Boost Employee Morale

Alberta employer of diverse workforce uses corporate chaplaincy program to help employees overcome personal challenges

New Canadians Help Each Other and all Staff to Succeed at RBC

Employee resource group fosters success through networking, peer coaching and mentoring.

Using a Diversity Lens Helps Scotiabank Succeed

Bank uses a variety of opportunities to tap into immigrant talent and therefore grow their business.

Self-Declaration Form asks Manitoba Hydro Employees to Disclose Immigrant Status

Voluntary form allows the utility company to better understand immigrant workforce.

RBC: Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce that is Representative of the Wider Community

A diverse workforce allows the bank to better serve a diverse client base, thus attracting more business.

Career Bridge Internships a Win-Win for St. Michael’s Hospital

Structured program allows hospital to assess skilled immigrants’ suitability for permanent jobs.

Reflecting the City: Employment Equity at Work – City of Saskatoon

Building a workforce that is representative of a newly diverse population through community outreach, partnerships and pre-employment coaching.

Bridging Program Connects Mount Sinai Hospital with Internationally-Trained Nurses

To better recruit and retain internationally-educated professionals you need to tap into various sources to ensure you are reaching the best candidates.

Syncrude Strengthens its Workforce by Recognizing Foreign Skills and Experience

Syncrude realizes it needs to have the most talented workforce in the field. It is doing this by hiring skilled immigrants that bring a wealth of skills and experience and they are also retaining them by providing an inclusive working environment.

Work Placement Program a Win-Win for Skilled Immigrants and Assiniboine Credit Union

The 12-week placement also includes 4 weeks of culture and communication training.

City of Montreal’s Internships Give Newcomers First ‘Canadian’ Experience

Program helps newcomers integrate into Quebec workforce through on-the-job training, mentoring and coaching.

3M Uses Language Game to Build Cultural Competence

A five-minute language exercise helps 3M supervisors better understand the experiences of skilled immigrant employees who speak English as a second language.

FMC Takes Innovative Approach to Help Foreign-Trained Lawyer Overcome Licensing Barrier

Fraser Milner Casgrain teams up with Deloitte to create a shared articling position for a highly skilled lawyer from India.

Walmart provides a foot in the door

Tailored orientation and mentoring help a skilled immigrant move from a junior to senior role.

The City of Calgary Boosts Candidates’ Success

The City of Calgary holds regular employment forums for skilled immigrants about job opportunities and hiring practices.

The ABCs of Safety at BC Hydro

BC Hydro offers English courses to ensure employees are able to communicate effectively with team members, which boosts their ability to work safely.

CIBC Sources Skilled Immigrants In Toronto Area

Career fairs, credential recognition services and internships are some of the ways the bank finds skilled immigrants.

Bias-Free Hiring Process Ensures Equal Access to Employment At Hummingbird

Hummingbird’s clear guidelines for recruitment and screening create a bias-free and consistent hiring process.

Leadership Development Program Helps Diverse Employees Reach Top Roles at Pitney Bowes

An accelerated leadership development program and leadership review process ensures skilled immigrants aren’t overlooked for senior positions.

KPMG Takes a Holistic Approach to Integrating Skilled Immigrants

The accounting firm integrates immigrant professionals by prioritizing transferable skills during the hiring process, developing customizable onboarding programs and encouraging business development through social support networks.

AMEX Canada Uses A Broad Recruitment Strategy To Find Skilled Immigrants

Government agencies, community organizations, ethnic media and employees are all sources of skilled immigrants.

Mentoring Leads To More Engaged And Inclusive Workforce at St. Mike’s Hospital

Other employers can use the hospital’s mentoring program guidebook to create their own internal mentoring programs.

St. Michael’s Hospital Makes Skilled Immigrant Inclusion Part of Strategic Plan

The hospital is combining foresight and planning to help create a diverse workforce that interacts harmoniously with the community it serves.

Business Development Bank of Canada Values International Experience

Hiring tests assess skills, regardless of where they’re obtained, and cultural awareness sessions help skilled immigrants fit in.

Associated Engineering Helps Foreign-Trained Engineers Become Accredited In Canada

Engineering firm provides study aids, work experience and training to international engineers, who are an excellent source of much needed talent

Cross-Cultural Training Helps Skilled Immigrants Integrate At Deloitte

Cultural Navigator Tool clarifies cultural differences in the workplace, such as hierarchical nuances, reporting relationships and feedback.

Employee Survey Helps Mount Sinai Target Diversity Initiatives

Leadership support of the survey encouraged more employees to participate and the hospital found internationally educated professionals were less likely than Canadian-trained professionals to be working in jobs that used their credentials.

Capgemini Taps CASIP’s Job Developers Network for Skilled Immigrant Talent

The CASIP Job Developers Network is an official Capgemini recruiter. With pre-screened candidates and no placement fee, the network saves Capgemini time and money. Since January 2009 the company has hired three referrals from the network.

More than One-Third of Engineers Hired At Husky Are Skilled Immigrants

Husky tracks employees by skill and educational background to better understand which international institutions are more likely to produce high-potential candidates.

Teranet Teaches Soft Communication Skills on The Job

Accent and word usage have no bearing on an applicant’s ability to do the job.

Cross-Cultural Guide Helps Nurses Treat Diverse Patients

Providence Health Care has created various tools to help nurses communicate with and treat patients from different cultures.

Internship a Win-Win for Providence Health Care and Internationally Educated Nurses

The publicly funded internship program allows internationally educated nurses to earn licensure hours and helps hospitals address skilled labour shortages.

Senior Leadership Involvement Drives Change at Manulife

By dedicating significant senior executive time and resources, Manulife’s leaders anticipate other companies will also rise to the challenge of hiring and integrating skilled immigrants.

Apotex Offers Business English Courses to Enhance Integration

Employees who fit in and communicate well with the rest of the workforce will remain with the organization and contribute to its growth.

Magna’s Employee Charter Guides Fair and Inclusive Hiring Practices

The company values skills, regardless of where they’re obtained, and offers equal employment opportunities based on qualifications and performance.

Hiring Immigrants Helps RBC Serve Multicultural Customers

Changing demographics prompted RBC to implement a recruitment strategy targeted at skilled immigrants.

Inclusiveness Leaders and Champions Support Diversity Efforts Throughout Ernst & Young

Leaders throughout the firm have taken on the responsibility of ensuring inclusiveness is top of mind for all employees.

Ernst & Young Makes Diversity a Strategic Imperative

The accounting firm has various diversity initiatives, including internal mentoring programs and networking events, as well as leadership conferences, all supported by the CEO.

IBM Creates a Structured, Bias-Free Recruitment Process

Recruiting team reflects diversity and uses behaviour-based structured interviewing to find best possible candidates, regardless of where they come from.

Diverse Employees Lead to Innovative Products at IBM Canada

Skilled immigrants help IBM create products that meet the needs of customers from a variety of cultures.

Mentoring Builds Leadership Skills and Opens Doors for Immigrants at City Of Toronto

The program provides skilled immigrants with practical advice and the opportunity to build their networks while the City’s workforce builds their cross-cultural competence and leadership skills.

National Bank Focuses On the ‘Whole Package’ When Recruiting

The bank works with immigrant-serving organizations and trains managers on different cultures to access talented diverse candidates.

Partnering With Associations and Schools Helps Duke Energy Recruit Skilled Immigrants

Professional organizations and training programs give employers access to highly skilled immigrants.

Convergys Works With Community Agencies for Recruitment and Training

Agencies provide training for skilled immigrants, as well as cultural awareness training for managers to ensure a fair and open work environment.