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Building the Business Case for Hiring Immigrant Talent (On-demand)

Location: Online

In Partnership with:
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) is a not-for-profit organization with a 10-year record of providing BC employers with innovative solutions to effectively connect with the global talent pool. Find out more about IEC-BC at www.iecbc.ca
Program Summary:

(Original broadcast date: September 5, 2018.)
Join us to learn more about the business advantages of hiring and retaining highly qualified immigrant talent to improve organizational performance and customer service, while staying ahead of your competition.

From this presentation, you will learn:

  • Expand the narrative and link the utilization of immigrant talent to your company’s corporate business goals and priorities
  • Create partnerships that provide critical linkages, current resources and access to a job ready pool of immigrants
  • Review your recruitment processes to break down barriers that may prevent hiring of immigrants
  • Build/enhance cultural competency skills of your management and staff to recruit, retain and integrate immigrant talent
  • Encourage your leaders to inspire inclusion and become champions of diversity
  • Enhance your organization’s reputation/brand as an employer that values diversity and inclusion
Who should attend:
  • Leaders and managers
  • HR Professionals, particularly those in talent management
About the presenters:

Kara Biles Kara Biles, CPHR is a human resources professional with over 10 years' of progressive experience, in both the public and private sectors. In her current role as Canfor’s Director of Learning and Leadership, Kara focuses on the execution and formation of business driven leadership development, learning programs and diversity strategies to enable the achievement of Canfor’s strategic priorities. She champions Canfor’s commitment to inclusion and diversification as well as continuous learning, ensuring leadership growth and excellence at all levels. She is responsible for leading and delivering initiatives to support awareness and understanding of cultural and gender intelligence, unconscious bias and diversification barriers and in building internal and external partnerships. Her belief is that success is found through empowering others and fostering a culture that encourages respect, collaboration and inclusion to attract and retain the best talent.

Kara is currently completing a Master of Arts in Leadership, has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing, a certificate in Human Resources Management and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources.

Rajpal Kohli Rajpal Kohli is an employment equity and diversity professional with a broad and extensive range of experience, knowledge and skills in human rights; diversity & inclusion, harassment prevention, and organizational development. In her role, she assists with the oversight of City of Vancouver’s policies on Human Rights & Harassment and Respectful Workplaces. She is responsible for appropriate interventions and resolution of workplace harassment issues, training and education on workplace harassment, human rights, Building Respectful Workplaces to all levels of management and staff. Her work includes diversity and inclusion initiatives such as the coordination of Mentorship Program for new Canadians in partnership with Immigrant Employment Council of BC, cultural competency training for City staff, and partnerships for Indigenous employment and engagement.

Rajpal has a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Psychology, a B.A. in English Honors, and a management certificate in Human Resource Management from BCIT. Prior to working with the City of Vancouver, Rajpal worked with Legal Services Society of BC and in the immigrant settlement field.

Peter MacKenzie Patrick MacKenzie is the CEO of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. He has made a career of public service from coast to coast, working in policy and program areas aimed at supporting many of Canada’s most vulnerable communities through economic and social development as well as international relations. Previously, Patrick spent 11 years working for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada at its national headquarters in Ottawa and its regional offices in Vancouver. Throughout his career, Patrick has worked with partners on matters affecting aboriginal and immigrant populations, including immigrant economic integration, provincial nominee programs, credential recognition and labour mobility.


Registration Fees


Member $19.99
Non-Member $39.99
• Both registration and payment are required for every person accessing this course. You must provide your CPHR BC & Yukon Member ID to receive member pricing.

• Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to pd@cphrbc.ca.

CPD hours
1.5 • Professional Practice
• Workforce Planning and Talent Management
All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714