About the webinar:

Employers have a critical role to play in creating more inclusive economies and supporting the success of immigrant and refugee workers, who often face significant challenges gaining access to the labour market. Immigrants and refugees are overrepresented in low-paying occupations and in sectors with poor working conditions and limited opportunities for economic mobility.

In this webinar, three workforce development experts share their perspectives on how workforce development organizations can successfully partner with employers to develop programs that meet employers’ evolving talent needs and integrate workers’ perspectives in program design.

The webinar also explores the Fund’s interest in supporting visionary organizations that focus on effecting the economic integration of immigrants and refugees through driving better employer engagement and equitable employer practices. The 2021 call for proposals focused on employer practices is closed. A new open call for proposals will open in 2022.


Judy Doidge

Director, Partnerships with Social Capital Partners

Judy works with private, public, and non-profit partners in workforce development to design and test new models that benefit both employers and job seekers.

Surabhi Jain

Executive Director of the Toronto Workforce Funder Collaborative

Surabhi has over 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating workforce development programs.



Executive Director of Palette Inc.

AJ leads Palette Inc., a national talent platform that meets the needs of Canada’s most innovative companies by rapidly upskilling workers from disrupted industries.


Marina Nuri

Senior Program Manager, WES Mariam Assefa Fund

Marina oversees the Fund’s strategy and grantmaking in Canada by focusing on identifying and funding innovative solutions that improve the economic mobility of immigrants and refugees and by supporting the community of the Fund’s grantee partners in Canada.