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Immigrants Face Challenges Rising to the Top of Corporate Leadership
Building a Corporate Ladder for All, a new report from TRIEC, found that few immigrants rise to top executive positions in their places of work. Based on a sample of 659 executives and 69 organizations, and interviews with the GTA’s top employers, the report looks extensively at labor market advancement trends, obstacles leading to career stagnation, and critical recommendations for inclusive practices leading to improved immigrant career progression.

A few highlights: 
  • Private sector has the least diverse leadership: Only 5% of corporate executives in the GTA are immigrants.
  • Public and non-profit sectors are faring only slightly better: Only 6.6% of executives in the GTA are immigrants.
  • Career stagnation exists even in fields most commonly employing newcomers: Immigrants are not climbing up the ladder in finance or insurance sectors, nor in professional, scientific and technical services. These sectors have the largest concentrations of immigrant professionals.
  • Intersectionality of gender and race has negative impacts – especially for women: Around 4.2% of executives are racialized immigrants and 2% of executives are immigrant women of colour. Only one in 100 corporate executives (1%) is a racialized immigrant woman. 
With this insight in mind, what can be done to support more qualified immigrant professionals climb to the corporate ladder? What does this mean for employers?
Business Edge Digital for Newcomer Professionals 
In view of the above report, HIPC is pleased to promote a workshop to help immigrants move up the corporate ladder.

The Intercultural Skills Lab at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, in partnership with HIPC and Collège Boréal, present: Communicating your value to advance your career in Canada. Participants will learn key soft skills that will boost their confidence and help them promote their professional expertise in the Canadian market.

The session will feature Adaeze Alilonu, Marketing Operations Manager, Sobey's and participant in the Business Edge Digital program and Valerie Gow, Recruitment, Outreach and Alumni Officer at the Intercultural Skills Lab.

Registration is required and space is limited. There is no cost to attend this event.

Participants will also learn about Rotman's Business Edge Digital, a unique online career advancement program for highly motivated, internationally educated professionals who are determined to leverage their full potential and take their careers to the next level. The program is delivered as a blend of 80% online learning, several weekend “intensive” on-site sessions plus personal coaching, and is for individuals who prefer a convenient and flexible learning schedule.
 
Learning, Networking and Dinner for Informal Service Providers
HIPC is hosting its second session of the Let's Talk series, this time on the topic of Fraud Prevention, and offered in collaboration with RBC. This event has been designed with grassroots (non-funded) groups in mind, such as ethno-cultural associations and faith-based organizations, as an opportunity to learn and to network. We look forward to a rich exchange of ideas and conversation. Registration by email is required as space is limited: immigration.partnership@hamilton.ca 
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