2017 Employer Council of Champions Summit and Awards

Celebrating 10 years of Employer Engagement for Immigrant Employment

March 7 and 8, 2017

The annual Employers’ Summit is a premier event that brings together over 100 business, government and civic leaders in a program designed to engage participants in a dialogue about the effective integration of skilled immigrants into the labour force, and to celebrate employer excellence in Ottawa.

Employers play a central role in successful immigrant integration. When employers take responsibility to ensure that their workplaces are effectively tapping into Ottawa’s pool of skilled immigrants, they create solutions for their own talent needs, and contribute to successful employment outcomes that benefit immigrants, the wider community and the economy.

As Hire Immigrants Ottawa marks its 10th year of engaging Ottawa employers to foster solutions to workplace barriers for immigrant employment, the 2017 Summit will highlight the workplace practices and policies that leading local employers have successfully used to leverage the skills of newcomers. Summit speakers will outline the actions taken within workplaces, the impact they have had on business or organizational performance, lessons learned, and future opportunities to leverage Ottawa’s Global talent for innovation and growth.

The Summit program will include a keynote address delivered by The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O.Ont. Senator, The Senate of Canada, a half day workshop on Maximizing Difference: Defining Inclusion and Human Equity facilitated by Author and Global Human Equity Strategist, Trevor Wilson and presentation of the 2017 Employer Excellence Awards.

Keynote Speakers

Senator Ratna Omidvar Trevor Wilson     

Get Involved!
To learn about how you can participate in the Employer Summit, contact Lorena Costa, Manager, Employer Engagement: lcosta@hireimmigrantsottawa.ca or 613.228.6715

Past Summits and Expert Presentations

2016: Going Beyond Our Best Intentions: Unconscious Bias. Inclusive Leadership. Leveraging Diversity

2015: Skills to Jobs: Ottawa’s Human Capital Requirements in the Knowledge Economy

2014: Leveraging Immigrant Talent to Grow and Diversify Ottawa’s Economy

2013: Diversity Works! Energize, Engage, and Excel with Ottawa’s Global Talent

2012: Diverse Talent: Taking It to the Top

2011: Diverse Talent Is the New Competitive Edge: Attract, Develop, and Retain

2010: Leadership, Collaboration and Innovation: The Key to Addressing Ottawa’s Talent Needs


Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Performance Management and Feedback
Performance Management and Feedback
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session, we will explore effective communication techniques for providing internationally educated professionals with day-to-day as well as performance evaluation feedback; use information on perceptual differences, communication styles and cultural conditioning to explore ... Read More
1:00 pm Creating the Workplace that Acco...
Creating the Workplace that Acco...
Jun 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session, we will explore keys to successful accommodation strategies, focusing on: the relationship between cultural integration and accommodation; accommodating different cultural norms and reasonable practices in accommodation; systemic inclusion and accommodation; conversation ... Read More
1:00 pm Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Most intercultural conflict is related to perceptual differences. In this session we will discuss: developing strategies to identify and address communication style differences; learning when and how to address non-verbal issues of concern; using a ... Read More
1:00 pm Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Jul 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session we will explore and build the foundation of effective communication between new Canadians and their Canadian employers. Curriculum topics include: perception – and how it affects workplace communication; understanding how cultural ... Read More
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