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Event: Beyond “Canadian Experience”: Immigrant Employment from a Human Rights Perspective

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Event: Beyond “Canadian Experience”: Immigrant Employment from a Human Rights Perspective

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

5:30pm to 8:00pm

Hart House, The Debates Room (2nd floor)
7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

The Beyond “Canadian Experience” research team is pleased to present a public event on the topic of immigrants, employment and the concept of “Canadian experience” through a human rights lens.

Keynote speaker:

Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Claude Balthazard, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Human Resources Professional Association
Avvy Go, Clinic Director, Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Amy Casipullai, Senior Coordinator, Policy and Communications, Ontario Council of Agencies Service Immigrants (OCASI)
Gerard Keledjian, Journalist and Writer, New Voices Magazine, Mennonite New Life Centre- Toronto

There will be a video presentation highlighting academic and community-based research by the Beyond Canadian Experience Project (BCEP).

Diversity in the workplace drives innovation and is critical to both corporate and community success. On January 16, please join us for a free event of learning and networking with a diverse group of human rights experts, human resource professionals, employers, researchers and immigrant service providers. Together, we will explore how to move beyond “Canadian experience” from a legal, academic and human rights perspective.

To register, please visit

 “In our conversations with newcomers, they often talk about the requirement for ‘Canadian experience’ as a big barrier to their entry into the workforce,” commented OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall, “We want to learn more about how this requirement plays out in real life.”

For more information, or to request an interview, contact Izumi Sakamoto at 416.946.8224 or May Lui at 416.596.0833



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