IEC-BC Launches Research Partnership with Carleton University

British Columbia in the Global Race for Tech Talent: Helping Employers Meet Their Needs

Is your company affected by growing skill shortages and the intensifying competition for tech talent?

What are your experiences and which hurdles currently exist for your company and the overall tech sector of BC?

How do existing migration programs assist you in attracting and retaining the talent you need?

According to the 2016 Tech Talent BC report, over 30,000 tech-related job openings will remain vacant by 2021. Occupations that are currently in high and partially unmet demand include Information Systems Analysts and Consultants, Computer Programmers, Interactive Media Developers, and Computer Network Technicians.

The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC), and the research team led by Professor Martin Geiger (Carleton University) are asking for input from HR Professionals, Hiring Managers, and business leaders employing or seeking to employ top in-demand tech professionals for the research project “British Columbia in the Global Race for Talent: Assessing Local Experiences and Identifying Solutions for Enhanced Policies and Practices in Talent Recruitment, Retention, and Utilization”, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

This is an opportunity for employers and HR practitioners to identify the specific requirements and challenges in attracting and integrating immigrant talent into BC’s tech sector, and to provide strategic guidance to the BC and federal governments for reforming existing programs and strategies.

More information about this project is available through the team leads, Patrick MacKenzie (IEC-BC CEO) or Dr. Martin Geiger (Carleton University).