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Join us September 17th: A New Frontier in Global Talent Panel

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Scotia Plaza

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40 King St W

Toronto, ON M5H 3Y2

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Learn how Canadian employers are sourcing talent from within refugee populations.

Canadian employers are recruiting talented individuals from situations of displacement, filling in-demand jobs while extending a life-changing opportunity to refugees and their families. This event features panelists who will share their experiences in an innovative project that connects employers directly with refugee talent. Globally, there are over 25 million refugees and less than 1% access humanitarian resettlement in any given year. This labour mobility solution is additional and complementary to resettlement. Sourcing talent from within refugee populations is a new way to find needed skills while enabling qualified refugees to move as economic immigrants and rebuild their careers. Learn more about the movement to build a global refugee talent pipeline to companies and communities across Canada.

Panelists:

Mohammed Hakmi is the Full-Stack Software Developer at Bonfire Interactive, based out of Kitchener ON, Canada. Mohammed is the first refugees in the world who moved to Canada through the new refugee labor mobility pathway. Prior to that, he had been living in Beirut, Lebanon as a refugee for 7 years, after war broke out in his home country of Syria. Mohammed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the Lebanese International University.

Dana Wagner is the director of Canada operations with Talent Beyond Boundaries, a non-profit working to open labour mobility pathways for refugees. Talent Beyond Boundaries is the lead implementing partner in a pilot project funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to test and improve refugee access to Canada's economic immigration pathways. Dana previously worked with Canadian Independent Senator Ratna Omidvar, the Global Diversity Exchange, Maytree and the IOM. She is a co-author of Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada, a board member of Jumpstart, and co-founder of Canada's first dedicated political fact-checker FactsCan. She earned a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. She has worked in Toronto, Ottawa, Hanoi, and Nairobi.

Kris Braun is VP Engineering at Bonfire, which develops software solutions helping public sector procurement teams make smart purchasing decisions. One of Kris' first projects at Bonfire was recruiting through Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB), resulting in hiring Canada's first skilled refugee resettled directly into employment. From that positive experience, Kris grew a movement of tech companies hiring through TBB in Waterloo Region. Prior to Bonfire, Kris founded two tech startups, developed network security software and served as a chaplain at his alma mater, the University of Waterloo.

Agenda:

  • 5:30-5:45pm (15 mins) for registration and mingle

  • 5:45-5:55 Program Introduction

  • 5:55-6:30 Opening Statements & EMPP Panel

  • 6:30-6:45 Audience Q & A

  • 6:45-7:10 Networking/Mingle


Online streaming will occur on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/412191902762057/

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Toronto, ON M5H 3Y2

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