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Mar
2
Wed
Third International Cities of Migration Conference @ Westin Harbour Castle
Mar 2 @ 8:00 am EST – 6:30 pm EST
Third International Cities of Migration Conference @ Westin Harbour Castle | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

 

Mobility, movement, migration—the great flow of people and ideas to cities around the world—is unstoppable. Today’s super-diversity follows the great urbanization of the world. New cities of migration are in the global north and in the global south, and span every continent. As IOM’s William Lacy Swing says: “Cities rarely shrink to greatness. They get better by growing and to grow they must welcome migrants.”

If diversity is the new norm, does diversity drive prosperity? Can diversity bring more trade, more talent, more social innovation? We think so. The evidence linking diversity and prosperity is strong and growing, bolstered by new voices, new research strategies, and new forms of collaboration.

On March 2, 2016, the 3rd International Cities of Migration Conference is coming to Toronto. Join local government and community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers for a one-day forum and in-depth analysis of the issues and opportunities created by today’s global flows of migration.

COM2016 Program Highlights:

  • Open, Smart, Diverse? What Cities Need To Do. Our opening plenary panel takes stock of how super-diversity challenges and sustains urban resilience and prosperity.
  • New Talent, New Markets. Business leaders discuss the links between workforce diversity and market opportunity, and the impact of diversity on innovation in product development, services, and processes.
  • Changing Governance in Changing Times. Civic leaders examine institutional innovation and culture shift in the boardroom and around the decision table — from the ballroom and ballpark all the way to the bank.
  • Social Innovation in the New Economy. A leading thinker explores how diversity and social innovation drive the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy.
  • Marketplace of Good Ideas. Our signature event takes you on a multi-city tour of successful, scalable integration strategies and social innovations for building open, inclusive cities and workplaces.
  • Policy Lab. Local lessons from Germany, U.S.A. and Canada on preparing the next generation for a 21st century urban economy.
  • Refugees in Cities. Closing conversation on welcoming refugees into our urban communities, institutions, neighbourhoods and workplaces.
  • A full day of exciting speakers — capped by the 2016 GDX Annual Lecture. Global leaders and social innovators include William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration; Wendy Cukier, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University (Toronto); and Khalid Koser, Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (Geneva).

Full day COM2016, with GDX Annual Lecture: $150 (general) | $95 (students)

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Don’t wait! Limited special hotel discount for attendees at Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto.

For more information, visit COM2016 or register at the the Metropolis website. Inquiries at citiesofmigration@ryerson.ca

The 2016 Cities of Migration Conference is brought to you by the Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University, in collaboration with the 18th National Metropolis Conference, March 3-5, 2016.

COM2016 is a one-day pre-conference at the 18th National Metropolis Conference, March 3-5, 2016, in Toronto.

2016 Global Diversity Exchange Annual Lecture @ Westin Harbour Castle
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm EST – 8:00 pm EST

 

Dr. Khalid Koser — Wednesday, March 2, 2016

There is no more important issue in the world today than migration. Europe is facing the arrival of refugees from around the world. Displacement is happening on a large scale in the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa. Behind the forced movement of people is climate change, protracted conflict, urbanization, and radicalization, to name a few realities. And there is the ever pulsating push and pull of opportunity.

The rise of migration as a global issue has come at a cost. While there is more attention on migration issues, there is also more attention on migration as a security problem.

Migration poses real security challenges. In specific and unusual instances, these challenges include the potential for terrorism, for increasing criminality, for health implications. Instances like the terrorist attacks in Paris, and coordinated assaults against women in Cologne. A more realistic and formidable problem is the large numbers of people arriving where there isn’t work for them to do.

Others see migration as a silver bullet. It is a lever to balance demographics, to revitalize rust belt regions, to stimulate industry, to grow markets. The diversity that comes with global migration sharpens our democratic instincts, strengthens our institutions, expands global trade and relationships, and in the petri dish of the workplace, even improves decision making.

For the 2016 Global Diversity Exchange Annual Lecture on March 2, 2016, GDX is proud to present speaker Dr. Khalid Koser MBE, Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva, Switzerland. Like our inaugural lecturer Pico Iyer, Dr. Koser is a global citizen. In his lecture he will touch on many of the pressing issues surrounding the unprecedented movement of people across the globe: refugees, internal displacement, global governance, human security, community engagement and counter-radicalization. He will provide a new lens on the question: does diversity drive prosperity?

Following his lecture, Dr. Koser will engage in a Q&A with John Stackhouse, Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, RBC Royal Bank. Mr. Stackhouse is also a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, and the former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail.

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016  |  7:00pm – 8:00pm (doors open 6:30pm)
Westin Harbour Castle  |  1 Harbour Square, Toronto  Map

$15.00 (regular)  |  $8.00 (student)

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Please note: if you are already registered, or planning to register for the Cities of Migration Conference, admission to the GDX Annual Lecture is included in the COM2016 Conference program. For more information, visit the COM2016 website. Inquiries at citiesofmigration@ryerson.ca

 

About the GDX Annual Lecture

The GDX Annual Lecture features a notable global thinker with big ideas on diversity, prosperity and migration that matter to a world on the move. The lecture series profiles global thought leadership on issues that impact cities around the world.

To learn more about the 2015 GDX Annual Lecture, click here.

About Dr. Khalid Koser

Dr. Khalid Koser MBE is Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, and extraordinary Professor in Conflict, Peace and Security at the University of Maastricht. Dr. Koser is chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration, and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to asylum seekers and refugees in the Queen’s 2014 New Years Honours List.

Dr. Koser’s areas of expertise include international migration, refugees, internal displacement, global governance, human security, community engagement and counter-radicalization.

The GDX Lecture is sponsored by RBC

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Apr
27
Wed
DiverseCity onBoard Webinar: Rubber Stamp Boards
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm EDT – 2:00 pm EDT

 
 
ARE YOUR BOARD MEETINGS simply rubber stamping the decisions of the CEO/ED or the Executive Committee? Is your board too operational and doing the ED’s job instead of exercising its governance role? Join governance experts Rahul Bhardwaj, President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation, and Don McCreesh, experienced Board Director and former Chair, Imagine Canada, who will prescribe solutions to get your board out of management operations and into a more strategic and effective governance role. Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange, will moderate the discussion, to be followed by an audience Q&A.

 
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT in Toronto, Ottawa, London, Hamilton
11:00am – 12:00am MDT in Calgary
10:00am – 11:00am PDT in Vancouver

 

Non-DiverseCity onBoard Registrants: $50
DiverseCity onBoard Paid Subscribers: Free (with promo code)

 

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Nov
23
Wed
Cities of Migration Webinar: Online/Offline: How Technology Can Empower Local Refugee Communities @ Online
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am EST – 11:00 am EST

 

Join us online on November 23 for a conversation with Alan Vernon, Project Lead, Connectivity for Refugees, UNHCR, and Joséphine Goube, Chief Operating Officer of Techfugees, to unpack UNHCR’s latest report, Connecting Refugees: How Internet and Mobile Connectivity Can Improve Refugee Well-Being and Transform Humanitarian Action, on the critical role that information and communications technology plays in improving the lives of refugees from city to city. From the lifeline of mobile connectivity to internet basics for e-registering health and other services, ICT and online platforms are providing scalable tech solutions that facilitate refugee connection and inclusion and driving enduring social innovation offline.

Speakers:

alan_vernon Alan Vernon, Project Lead, Connectivity for Refugees, UNHCR
Alan Vernon is currently the Project Lead for UNHCR’s new Connectivity for Refugees initiative. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Vernon was the Deputy-Director of the Division of Information Systems and Telecommunications in UNHCR Headquarters, the UNHCR Representative in Malaysia, and the Director for Organizational Development and Management in UNHCR Headquarters. Mr. Vernon previously served as UNHCR Representative in Sri Lanka as well as field assignments in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Thailand.
josephine_goube Joséphine Goube, Chief Operating Officer, Techfugees
Listed as one of the 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur of 2016 by Forbes, Joséphine is an hacktivist for migrants and refugees in Europe. As COO at Techfugees, a non-profit coordinating the tech community’s answer to the refugee needs, she helps structure the organisation structure in 25 countries and focus its activities on tech that makes the most impact for refugees and NGOs. As tech evangelist for a web-based recruitment platform, Yborder, she supports the mobility of software engineers within the borders of Europe.

 

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UNHCR aims, through creative partnerships and smart investments, to ensure that all refugees, and the communities that host them, have access to available, affordable and usable mobile and internet connectivity in order to leverage these technologies for protection, communications, education, health, self-reliance, community empowerment and duration solution.

Techfugees is a London-based social enterprise coordinating the international tech community’s response to the needs of Refugees. Techfugees organises conferences, workshops, hackathons and meetups in around the world in an effort to generate tech solutions that can help refugees. It also curates and promotes the best projects it finds for implementation in the field.

Dec
20
Tue
Cities of Migration Webinar: Qualified to Work: Tapping the Skills and Experience of Internationally-Trained Immigrants @ This is an online event
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am EST – 11:00 am EST

 

Internationally-trained immigrants face barriers to employment when their qualifications, skills, and experience are not recognized. Can we afford to put valuable new sources of talent and social capital at risk?

Join us on December 20 to learn about initiatives in Montreal (Canada) and Augsburg (Germany) that recognize immigrant talent and maximize the opportunities for internationally trained professionals to work to their full capabilities, skills, and qualifications. In the process, these programs are driving innovation in the workplace, and opening up space for new thinking and intercultural learning across the urban landscape.

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Featured Good Ideas

  • In Augsburg (Germany), MigraNet launched “Integration Begins at Work” in 2008, a public awareness campaign that underlines the lost opportunity cost of failing to recognize the skills and qualifications of internationally trained immigrants. Eight years later, the campaign has spread across Europe and been awarded the Integration award of the Bavarian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.
  • La Ville de Montréal (Canada), the city’s largest employer, offers a unique internship program, the Professional Sponsorship Program (Programme de parrainage professionnel) that gives qualified newcomers the opportunity to put their education and training to work. In 2016, the City received the Award of Excellence (Public / Government Sector) from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

Speakers

Anne Güller-FreyAnne Güller-Frey, Transnational Coordinator, IQ Network MigraNet (Augsburg, Germany)
Anne Güller-Frey coordinates the Bavarian Network IQ ( Integration through Qualification ) with 50 project partners – the largest IQ Network nationwide. The main focus of the Network IQ is the labour market integration of migrants and refugees.

She has considerable experience of European Union programs including transnational projects (IMPACT, MEET) with a focus on issues of migration, employment, skills, policy and practice development at local, regional and national level. Transnational activities also include the National and International Metropolis-Conferences. In the past, cooperations have been set up with Canada, Australia and international organizations. Since 2014 she has been a member of the International Steering Committee of Metropolis.

She is also a member of the Integration Council of the Bavarian Government. She works on various aspects on vocational integration (Intercultural opening, Employers Engagement, Welcoming Culture, Recognition of foreign qualifications etc. )

She was coordinating the transnational working group “Awareness raising – promotion of positive images of migrants” in the network MEET – Migrants Employment Empowerment Training – with partners from Austria, UK, Netherlands, and Italy. She was responsible for the Image Campaign “Recognition Now!” – “Integration begins at Work.” In 2013 the Image Campaign won the Integration award of the Bavarian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.

Nathalie TellierNathalie Tellier, Employment Diversity Advisor, City of Montreal, (Montreal, Canada)
Nathalie Tellier has been an Employment Diversity Advisor with the City of Montreal for 13 years, responsible for partnership development with government agencies. With a mission to diversify the City’s public service, Nathalie collaborates with many organizations and working groups in the Montreal region, including unions, community stakeholders and employers. She has developed inclusive projects and initiatives for youth, women, members of cultural communities, aboriginal people and people with disabilities. Her proactive approach, constantly looking for effective strategies and innovative solutions, is creating opportunities of change.

Since 2006, Nathalie has worked to make the integration of diversity in the workplace an organizational priority. She has developed and managed the City of Montreal’s Professional Sponsorship initiative since its inception in 2006. This program has enabled hundreds of people to join the municipal public service through a six-month professional mentoring process.

Nathalie’s commitment helped bring the City of Montréal to the Canadian stage as a dynamic and active player in the integration of diversity. In October 2016, the Professional Sponsorship Program received the Award of Excellence in the Public / Government Sector category from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. In addition, in 2015, the City was awarded the Maurice Pollack Award, which highlights the City of Montreal’s commitment to ethnocultural diversity.

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May
8
Mon
Hire Immigrants & Cities of Migration Webinar: Refugees Jobs Agenda: Kick-Starting Employer Action @ This is an online event
May 8 @ 10:00 am EDT – 11:00 am EDT

The magnitude of the global refugee crisis has left many wondering: how can I help? While an outpouring of support greeted Syrian refugees to Canada, Toronto business leaders quickly registered that there was no clearly defined response to help refugees find meaningful employment. This was the catalyst for convening the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable. In December 2015, Hire Immigrants sat down with former executive director, Senator Ratna Omidvar, and stakeholders from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area – employers, government representatives and non-profit organizations – to focus on identifying employment opportunities for Syrian newcomers and how to match refugee talent to the needs of employers.

Join Devon Franklin, Project Manager of Hire Immigrants (Toronto, CA) in a conversation with Jasmine Ateia, Division Manager, Labour Market Integration for Refugees, City of Freiburg (Germany), to discuss lessons learned from the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable after its first year: getting started, who was at the table, practical strategies for refugee employment and how to strengthen private sector engagement in the global refugee crisis.

This webinar is part of Refugees Jobs Agenda: a webinar series exploring refugees and labour market integration hosted by Hire Immigrants, Cities of Migration and Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Speakers

Devon Franklin, Project Manager, Hire Immigrants

Devon is the Project Manager of Hire Immigrants, a program at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), a ‘think-and-do’ tank based at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada). Hire Immigrants is an online platform for employers to find and share good practices on immigrant employment and a network hub for increased awareness of the valuable skills and talent immigrants bring to local and global businesses. Hire Immigrants is unique in its approach to immigrant employment: by focusing on the role of employers and drivers of business performance, we help identify outdated HR practices in hiring, recruitment and development, and empower employers to fully leverage immigrant talent in their workforce.

Previously, Devon has worked in healthcare and community settings on finding solutions to pervasive employment challenges. At Humber River Hospital Devon developed volunteer programs directed at students and foreign trained professionals to help navigate careers in the healthcare sector. Devon has worked with community organizations across Canada on a national leadership project funded by the Status Women Canada to support the development of women in vulnerable populations succeed in employment. Devon holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University.

Jasmin Ateia, Division Manager, Labour Market Integration for Refugees, City of Freiburg

Jasmin Ateia manages the municipal work with refugees in the areas of labor market integration for the City of Freiburg’s Department of Migration & Integration. Previously, she was the Project Manager for the Welcome Centre for International Professionals in Freiburg, which helps international professionals who want to work and live in the region and acts as a central point of contact for companies that want to hire international specialists and integrate them into their workforce. Jasmin has also worked for International exchange programs and affairs in universities in Bonn, Germany and Cairo, Egypt. She holds a MA in Middle Eastern Studies and European Anthropology from the University of Freiburg.

Refugees Jobs Agenda Webinar Series

This webinar is part of Refugees Jobs Agenda: a webinar series exploring refugees and labour market integration hosted by Hire Immigrants, Cities of Migration and Bertelsmann Stiftung

Upcoming sessions:
• Refugee Jobs Agenda: Kick-starting Employer Action
• Refugees Jobs Agenda: Rethinking Employer Role and Leadership
• Refugee Jobs Agenda: From Welcoming Cities to Welcoming Economies
• Refugees Jobs Agenda: Entrepreneurship Offers Employment Pathways

Technical Requirements

No cost to participate. You will need a computer with internet access and speakers. Pre-test System Requirements. Adobe Connect requires the Flash Player plugin, download version 13.0 or above to run.

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May
17
Wed
Cities of Migration Webinar: Family Matters: Strategies for Integrating Immigrant and Refugee Families @ This is an online event
May 17 @ 10:00 am EDT – 11:00 am EDT

Immigration is a family affair. National policy may define your status, but the experience of arrival and integration, especially in the case of families, is felt locally. In Spain, the City of Barcelona makes family reunification a local priority; in Canada, cities like Toronto have welcomed hundreds of new refugee families through citizen-led responses to Canada’s national refugee sponsorship program. What works? The path to successful family integration means navigating the complexity of new cultural, social, educational and economic systems for the young and old. How can city and community stakeholders weave all these strands together to ensure the future success of every member of the newcomer family?

On May 17, join us online to learn how innovative initiatives in Toronto and Barcelona are putting family first and embracing new refugee and reunified immigrant families based on the first principles of living together – building relationships, support, trust and a community of welcome – while engaging private citizens and public institutions as active agents of integration.

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Featured Good Ideas

  • In Barcelona, Barcelona City Council’s Immigration and Interculturality office started the New Families in Barcelona program in 2007. It provides orientation and support to families before, during and after the process of family reunification with different specialized programs that address the unique challenge for families who have experienced years of separation, including: re-establishing relationships with teenage children and spouses; reunified women; integrating youth into schools.
  • In Toronto, the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) was launched in July 2015 with the goal of supporting private refugee family resettlement by engaging community groups of students, colleges and universities. The RULSC was Canada’s first ever university-led refugee sponsorship organization that incorporates the needs of newcomer Syrian refugee families, students, and private citizens within Canada’s private sponsorship program.

Speakers

Tamara Sabarini, Project Coordinator, Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (Toronto, Canada)

Tamara is the Project Coordinator of the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC). In her role, she supports RULSC sponsorship groups through the private refugee sponsorship process and manages student experiential learning opportunities within the program. Tamara has a background in the immigration and not-for-profit sector, working at organizations such as COSTI Immigrant Services and the Toronto Palestine Film Festival. Tamara graduated from Ryerson University with a Masters of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies, where her research explored the formation of refugee identity within the context of refugee camps. She completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at Mcgill University and the University of Toronto.

Ramon Sanahuja, Director of Migrants Attention and Welcoming Policies, City of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

Since August 2015, Ramon has been the Director of Migrants Attention and Welcoming policies of the City of Barcelona. He is current working on Immigration and Refugees, and responsible for the Nausica program for asylum seekers in Barcelona. From January – August 2015, he was Director of Social Innovation in the Municipality of Barcelona. He was responsible for implementing the Vincles Project, winner of the 2014 Mayor’s award of the Bloomberg Philanthropies. Ramon is amember and former Chairman of the Migration working group of Eurocites on behalf of the City of Barcelona. Since July 2011 – January 2015, he was director of Immigration and Interculturality and he was in charge of implementing the Anti-rumor strategy of Barcelona. From 2013 until 2015, he was responsible of the Department of Communitarian Action and the special plan for settlements. He was the Director of The Immigration and International Cooperation Department (February 2009- july 2011) and responsible of the Barcelona Intercultural plan. He was the Director of the Immigration Department of the Barcelona’s City Council,(2005-2009) which promoted the Barcelona’s Local Immigration Plan, the Immigration Hosting policies, responsible for creating the “New families” family reunification program.

Technical Requirements

No cost to participate. You will need a computer with internet access and speakers. Pre-test System Requirements. Adobe Connect requires the Flash Player plugin, download version 13.0 or above to run.

  • Inquiries: citiesofmigration@ryerson.ca
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Jun
22
Thu
Hire Immigrants and Cities of Migration Webinar: Refugees Jobs Agenda: Rethinking Employer Role & Leadership @ Online event
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am EDT – 11:00 am EDT

Responding to the world refugee crisis is not just the responsibility of governments and world leaders. Private sector employers are emerging as influential and critical leaders in finding long-term solutions for the integration of refugees. Employers in countries on the frontlines of welcoming refugees are helping in the best way they know how: providing employment opportunities. Beyond corporate social responsibility, employers that recognize the experience, talents and skills many refugees bring to the workforce, will be in greater position to meet and respond to growing labour market needs.

Join Anki Elken, Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs at Randstad Sweden Group (Stockholm, Sweden) in a learning exchange with Merissa Preston, Training Liaison at LiUNA! Local 506 (Toronto, Canada), to discuss the successful models of employer leadership in providing refugees with meaningful employment. Learn how each organization is meeting skills and labour shortages through programs aimed at actively recruiting and integrating refugees into the workforce.
button_registerThis webinar is part of Refugees Jobs Agenda: a webinar series exploring refugees and labour market integration hosted by Hire Immigrants, Cities of Migration and Bertelsmann Stiftung

Speakers

Anki ElkenAnki Elken , Head of Sustainability & Public Affairs, Randstad Sweden Group (Stockholm, Sweden)

Anki Elken is the Head of Sustainability & Public Affairs at the Sweden office of Randstad, the second largest sourcing (staffing) company worldwide. She is also a board member for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Sweden, focusing on diversity and inclusion in the corporate framework. Anki has worked at the Swedish Migration Board, the government agency responsible for determining permits for individuals to live and work in Sweden. Previously, she was the Chairperson for the Swedish Women’s Lobby, where she championed issues related to women’s rights and sustainability. Anki has 25 years of experience addressing diversity, inclusion and human rights in the workplace.

Merissa PrestonMerissa Preston, Training Liaison, LiUNA! Local 506 (Toronto, Canada)

Merissa Preston is the Training Liaison at LiUNA! Local 506, one of Canada’s leading labour unions. Merissa has over 15 years’ experience facilitating labour market entry in the construction industry for persons facing employment barriers. Since joining the Union in 2013, Merissa works with the Training Centre team to build capacity, increase apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, and provides training to various community groups throughout the Toronto area. Merissa is currently on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Community Benefits Network and the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club and is a participant in the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Previously, Merissa was the coordinator of the Hammer Heads Program that supports youth from the 13 priority neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto enter the trades industry.

Technical Requirements

No cost to participate. You will need a computer with internet access and speakers. Pre-test System Requirements. Adobe Connect requires the Flash Player plugin, download version 13.0 or above to run.

Refugees Jobs Agenda Webinar Series

This webinar is part of Refugees Jobs Agenda: a webinar series exploring refugees and labour market integration hosted by Hire Immigrants, Cities of Migration and Bertelsmann Stiftung

Sessions:
• Refugees Jobs Agenda: Kick-starting Employer Action
• Refugees Jobs Agenda: Rethinking Employer Role and Leadership
• Refugees Jobs Agenda:  From Welcoming Cities to Welcoming Economies
• Refugees Jobs Agenda: Entrepreneurship Offers Employment Pathways

Jun
28
Wed
Cities of Migration Webinar: Refugees Jobs Agenda: From Welcoming Cities to Welcoming Economies @ Online event
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am EDT – 11:00 am EDT

Welcoming cities are open to the challenges and opportunities of diversity, migration and inclusion. Arguably more flexible and responsive than national governments, urban leaders understand that when immigrants prosper, we all do. Today welcoming cities across Europe and North America are at the forefront of the humanitarian response to the refugee crisis. The urban agenda for refugees increasingly emphasizes jobs.

What is a welcoming economy? Can cities and employers work together to create a more receptive culture for refugees so that they can use their full talents? Cities in Germany and the United States are sharing promising practices with each other to learn what it takes to create an inclusive culture and inclusive economy. The Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange – a partnership between Welcoming America, Cultural Vistas, the Robert Bosch Foundation, and the Heinrich Boell Foundation – examines how different cities are advancing a local agenda of inclusion and addressing anxieties around new arrivals in their communities.

On June 28, join Dan Wallace, Welcoming America consultant (Berlin/New York) in a conversation with Dr. Toufic El Masri, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and ‘Migrant Firms’ Division (Hamburg) to discuss the internationally replicated Welcoming Cities model and promising approaches in American and German cities that promote a local economic integration framework which welcomes refugees as valued contributors to workplaces, local economies and vibrant communities.

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This webinar is part of Refugees Jobs Agenda: a webinar series exploring refugees and labour market integration hosted by Hire Immigrants, Cities of Migration and Bertelsmann Stiftung

Speakers

Dan Wallace, Project Consultant, Welcoming America (Berlin/New York)

Dan Wallace is a project consultant at Welcoming America based in Berlin, Germany. He has six years of experience in integration issues in both government and non-government organizations in the United States, as well as in Germany through a consultancy with the Bertelsmann Foundation. Dan was the former Director of State & Local Initiatives at New American Economy, a coalition of 500 mayors and business leaders that uses economic data to advocate for immigration reform and local integration policies. Prior to that, Dan served as a Policy Advisor on Immigrant Affairs in the Office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Dan has a Master of Education in Community Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Toufic El Masri, Deputy Director, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and ‘Migrant Firms’ Division (Hamburg)

 Dr. Toufic El Masri is deputy director at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and head of the division ‘Migrant Firms’. As the number of migrant firms is very large in Hamburg, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce decided to establish this division in August 2015 in order to meet their specific needs. Toufic and his staff all have a migrant background and thus they benefit from their cultural and linguistic competences in their daily work. Toufic was born in Lebanon and his family moved to Germany when he was 7 years old. He speaks German and Arabic on a native-speaker level and he also learned English, French and Spanish. After school, he studied Business Administration with focus on Business Informatics at the Leuphana University of Lueneburg. After that, he received a doctorate at the Leuphana University of Lueneburg on ‘Competition in Network Industries’. He has professional experience in research (nanotechnology, network economics and health economics) and consulting (transaction advisory) and several years of teaching experience (business process modelling, statistics and economics). As his work has been empirically oriented, he is also very much interested in data analysis and also has practical experience in this area. Since August 2015, Toufic participated in several discussion rounds as a top-class speaker on the topics migration and integration.

Technical Requirements

No cost to participate. You will need a computer with internet access and speakers. Pre-test System Requirements. Adobe Connect requires the Flash Player plugin, download version 13.0 or above to run.

  • Inquiries: citiesofmigration@ryerson.ca
  • Unable to attend? Register now and receive an email notification when archived presentations are online

Refugees Jobs Agenda Webinar Series

This webinar is part of Refugees Jobs Agenda: a webinar series exploring refugees and labour market integration hosted by Hire Immigrants, Cities of Migration and Bertelsmann Stiftung

Sessions:
• Refugees Jobs Agenda: Kick-starting Employer Action
• Refugees Jobs Agenda: Rethinking Employer Role and Leadership
• Refugees Jobs Agenda:  From Welcoming Cities to Welcoming Economies
• Refugees Jobs Agenda: Entrepreneurship Offers Employment Pathways

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