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Diversity Matters – How to Win the War for Talent

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Date(s) - 21/03/2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Presented by Hire Immigrants and Magnet

Tuesday, March 21 | 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Businesses in all sectors and industries are faced with a challenge: labour market shortages, skills shortages, retiring staff and retention. To stay viable and relevant in the next 20 years is to strategically plan for tomorrow’s labour market today and to tap into the myriad of skills, knowledge and expertise of highly-skilled immigrants.

Every year Canada’s population is increased with top talent from across the world. This added pool of talent adds diversity, vigor, fresh thinking and new perspectives about global markets. The evidence for diversity is clear and growing: companies with high diversity levels outperform those with less diversity.

But, where do companies find this talent? How do employers cast a wider net to capture the talent to increase competitive advantage?

In this webinar, Dr. Wendy Cukier and Mark Patterson will provide answers to these practical questions and provide a way forward to employers interested in diversifying their talent pool. Dr. Cukier, an expert in the business case for diversity, will share why it’s important to adopt policies and practices that promote diversity and how to begin the process. Mark Patterson, will share the innovative technology available through Magnet and the digital job-matching tools available to employers.
Watch this free webinar to learn about:

Business case for diversity
Strategies for accessing diverse talent
Tools for attracting and hiring diverse talent


Dr. Wendy Cukier, Founder & Director, Diversity Institute

Dr. Wendy Cukier is a Professor of Information Technology Management at the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University. She is the coauthor of the bestseller Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park and recognized as an authority of dis-ruptive technologies. She recently completed a successful term as Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University, and led the University’s strategy to grow research and to promote innovation. Dr. Wendy Cukier is a multidisciplinary researcher, teacher and leader, committed to advancing both innovation and new technologies, as well as social justice issues. She founded the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University to develop research-based strategies to promote inclusion with a particular focus on the intersection of issues such as gender, race, social economic status, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability and indigeneity. She has led several large scale projects including recently the SSHRC-funded DiversityLeads which involves more than 30 partners. She has received many awards for her leadership – a YWCA Woman of Distinction, one of the top 25 Women of Influence, one of 100 Alumni who shaped the Century (at the University of Toronto), recipient of the City of Toronto’s Bob Marley award, the Black Business Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Award for Diversity, and the Governor General’s Meritorious Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. Wendy holds a PhD in management science (York); an MBA and an MA (Toronto) and honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia.

Mark Patterson, Executive Director, Magnet

Mark is a change maker in career development, economic development and workforce development fields. His career has seen him in roles focused on creating opportunities for professionals from diverse educational and career backgrounds. In his current role, Mark is the Executive Director of Magnet, a new network powered by data-rich, job-matching technology that connects job seekers with employers based upon skills, preferences and talent needs. The network is also a unique source of real-time labour market information for decision-makers and community planners. While Magnet serves all job seekers, Mark is especially interested is finding solutions to address unemployment and under-employment specifically as it relates to youth, newcomers, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and other individuals facing barriers to employment.

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