IEC-BC Webinars

IEC-BC regularly offers free webinars to provide additional learning opportunities to employers and boost their capacity to find, hire and retain skilled immigrant talent.

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BC JobConnect: Making it Easy for Employers to Connect to New Canadians

On April 4, 2019 IEC-BC hosted a webinar with the Burnaby Board of Trade to familiarize employers with BC JobConnect. Employers learned how to build an inclusive workplace culture to help new Canadians thrive, thus maximizing their returns on inclusion. Employers also discovered tools and resources to successfully hire and retain newcomers. Participants also heard from employers on their experience of finding and onboarding newcomers, and how they benefited from it. The webinar was moderated by IEC-BC’s Sangeeta Subramanian and features opening remarks from Paul Holden, President and CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade. The webinar features information and a walkthrough from IEC-BC’s Hanif Ladha and Alvaro Rivera. In addition, the webinar features a moderated panel of guest speakers including Jonathan Leebosh, Partner People Advisory Services at Ernst & Young (EY), Sam Chhay, Human Resources Business Partner at ALS Canada and IEC-BC’s Eduardo Bananal.

BC JobConnect Webinar PTT


FAST: Strengthen Your Workforce

On December 20, 2018 IEC-BC and BioTalent Canada hosted a webinar to help biotechnology employers grow a diverse and inclusive workplace. The webinar guided employers through IEC-BC’s Facilitating Access to Skilled Talent (FAST) program, a free online career preparation program that helps immigrants get a head start in their careers and helps employers find immigrant talent.

FAST Webinar PTT

BC JobConnect: Making it Easy for Employers to Connect to Immigrant Talent

On October 23, 2018 IEC-BC hosted a webinar with the Surrey Board of Trade to familiarize employers with the various functions of BC JobConnect. The webinar showcases how the tool can help employers connect to newcomer talent as well as how to use the BC JobConnect Job Board. The webinar was moderated by IEC-BC’s Hanif Ladha and includes a walkthrough by Alvaro Rivera. Kathy Crocker, Immigrant Services Settlement Worker, from Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) participated as a guest speaker and shared how employers in Kelowna have benefited from BC JobConnect.

BC JobConnect Webinar PTT

Facilitating Your Access to Global Talent: Programs and Supports for Employers

On March 21, 2018, IEC-BC hosted a webinar on the current programs and supports available to employers interested in hiring newcomers to Canada. Moderated by IEC-BC’s Sangeeta Subramanian, the webinar featured presentations by Heather Michaud, Employer Liaison Network Officer (IRCC); Caroline Berger, Project Manager (Economic Development Society of BC); Rob Henderson, President and CEO (BioTalent Canada).

Facilitating Your Access to Global Talent Webinar PPT

BC JobConnect: Connecting BC Newcomers to Employment

On August 23, 2017, IEC-BC hosted “BC JobConnect: Connecting BC Newcomers to Employment. ”  Co-led by IEC-BC’s Daisy Quon and Fionan Griffin, the webinar also featured Christie McGhee, Senior Advisor, Diversity & Client Inclusion Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. It was organized in partnership with WorkBC,  and it  showed how IEC-BC’s customized web-based tool BC JobConnect can support employers’ workforce needs, while helping newcomers showcase their talents and gain meaningful jobs.

WorkBC Webinar Q&A


How to Assess Credentials & Screen-In New Canadians

On November 20, 2014, IEC-BC hosted a webinar on assessing credentials of new Canadians with Sarah Husain, HR Business Partner with Coca Cola and Roger Hur, Manager with International Credential Evaluation Services at BC Institute of Technology.


Maximizing your Return on Inclusion: Onboarding Refugees

On November 16, 2016, IEC-BC hosted “Maximizing your Return on Inclusion: Onboarding Refugees,” featuring speaker Christian Codrington, Forum HCM, and moderated by IEC-BC’s Natalia Angheli-Zaicenco.

Before they were refugees, they were teachers, engineers, and nurses. Canada has given them a chance for a new life, and they are eager to give back – their resilience, skills and unique perspectives – and contribute to Canada’s economic prosperity.  Participants learned how to tap into this talent pool and create a diverse, inclusive, and productive workforce, and were introduced to easy-to-use tools and resources to help them with their onboarding initiatives.

Webinar Tip Sheet 1: Credential Recognition

Webinar Tip Sheet 2: Creating a Welcoming Workplace

Webinar Tip Sheet 3: Physical and Emotional Support

Webinar Tip Sheet 4: Reasonable Accommodation

Unlocking Employment Barriers to Leverage Global Talent

On June 29, 2016, IEC-BC hosted a webinar with Uzma Shakir, Director, Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Division, with the City of Toronto, and Christian Codrington, Principal at FORUM HCM in Vancouver.

In this webinar, Uzma and Christian explored new ways to leverage immigrant talent and identified strategies to mitigate barriers to the labour market integration of skilled immigrants to Canada. They highlighted inclusive hiring practices and policies to leverage immigrant talent in an increasingly competitive global market.

Leadership Development through Mentoring

On June 2, 2015, IEC-BC hosted a webinar, Leadership Development through Mentoring.  Webinar presenters, Cindy Laporte, Human Resources Manager from TELUS; Peter Judd, Retired General Manager, Engineering Department, City of Vancouver; and Opreet Kang, Manager, Global Connections from IEC-BC spoke about how an organization can enhance their leadership, coaching and cultural competency skills through mentoring.