Talent Has No Boundaries: Private Sector Looks to Syrian Refugees for Labour Market Needs

Presented by Hire Immigrants and Magnet | Archived webinar featured on January 24, 2017

The quest for top talent to respond to labour market needs and fill labour market gaps is a challenge many employers face. Finding innovative HR solutions is key. Linking the global market to top refugee talent provides employers with a new talent pipeline that meets business needs, and strengthens private sector engagement in the global refugee crisis.

In this webinar, Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB) and the Construction Foundation of British Columbia (CFBC) will share with us their unique partnership model and why it works. TBB is an American nonprofit organization that develops safe and legal pathways for refugees to access international employment opportunities, and the Construction Foundation of British Columbia is an industry charity specializing on skills and good practices that work for the construction industry. The CFBC is the charitable arm of the British Columbia Construction Association which represents approximately 2000 construction firms throughout B.C. and is a leader in connecting talent to opportunity.

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • Innovative HR solutions to the growing labour market and skills shortage
  • Successful private-public partnerships that work and are replicable
  • Practical tips, tools and ideas on investing in refugee talent

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Abigail_FultonPresenter: Abigail Fulton, Executive Director, Construction Foundation of B.C (CFBC) and Vice-President, British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA)

Abigail, a lawyer by profession, works with industry and government on regulatory and policy issues impacting the construction industry. She currently leads the BCCA Foreign Skilled Worker BC initiative and works to bring in foreign trained, qualified trades people to BC, as well as the BCCA Integrating Newcomers Program that helps new immigrants find employment in BC prior to landing in Canada.

Sayre_NycePresenter: Sayre Nyce, Executive Director, Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB)

Sayre has worked to improve refugee policy and response in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and has extensive experience conducting field analysis, building consensus among a variety of stakeholders, and increasing operational effectiveness. She has a B.A. in Psychology and French from St. Olaf College and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.


Moderator: Devon Franklin, Project Manager, Hire Immigrants

Devon is the Project Manager of Hire Immigrants, a program at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), a ‘think-and-do’ tank based at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. Hire Immigrants is an online platform for employers to find and share good practices on immigrant employment, and seeks to increase the awareness about the value of skills and talent immigrants bring to local and global businesses.


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