About the event:

Labour and skill shortages put a vibrant recovery at risk in the Durham Region. Businesses and organizations that tap into immigrant talent are deriving a competitive advantage and building their own future workforce resilience.

Immigrants to Canada bring skills and talents with them—many are highly educated and primed to enter the workforce. Studies show that workforce diversification leads to greater innovation and higher profits. Investing in immigrant-inclusive workplaces is helping employers to attract and retain talent as well as reach diverse consumers.

The first in a series of webinars, “Diversifying your Workforce with Immigrant Talent: Strategies to Attract and Hire Immigrant Professionals” is part of the #ImmigrantsWork in the Durham Region Initiative. The webinar will provide participants with information on immigration in Durham and tools and practices for attracting and hiring immigrant professionals.

#ImmigrantsWork is a community engagement initiative driven by local stakeholders and World Education Services (WES). The initiative seeks to activate local employers and facilitate the co-creation of practical and easy-to-implement solutions to address the barriers businesses face when tapping into immigrant talent.

Learn about:

  • The importance of immigration to Canada’s labour market and economic prosperity
  • Tips, tools, and practices for attracting, hiring, and retaining immigrant professionals in the workplace
  • Local programs and services supporting employers and immigrants in the Durham Region



Simon Gill

Director, Economic Development and Tourism
Regional Municipality of Durham


Janelle Benjamin

Founder and Chief Equity Officer
All Things Equitable Inc.


Yilmaz E. Dinc

Senior Research Associate for the Immigration Knowledge Area
The Conference Board of Canada


Beth Clarke

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
World Education Services