Cracking the Cement Ceiling from Within
With funding by Workplace Skills Initiative (WSI) division of HRSDC, a team of researchers and practitioners has completed Phase 1 of a 3-year pilot project to identify and mitigate organizational practices that limit access to management positions for highly skilled immigrants, and consequently limit organizational growth and development. Qualitative data was collected via focus groups for human resource professionals and highly skilled immigrants, in private, public, and non-profit sectors, in Montreal, Toronto, Thunder Bay, and Ottawa/Gatineau. Participants shared perceptions of organizational practices to identify practices related to talent management, professional development, and communication practices that unwittingly create barriers to advancement for skilled immigrants, and identify strategies to lower them. This interactive workshop will be a forum to discuss findings of Phase 1 and their implications for employers who seek to create an inclusive workplace to attract and retain skilled immigrants. Participants will take away with them insights and strategies for their own organizations. They will observe a training module based on a computer animated game to be used for professional development. All participants will have free access to modules as they are developed, and will be invited to test learning module efficacy.
Keywords: Skilled Immigrants, Inclusive Organizations, Human Resource Practices, Training and Learning
Dr. Linda Manning
Director and Senior Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
Educated in the U.S., she holds a doctorate in International Economics, and has applied her skills in international trade and development to her teaching at the university and colleges in Canada and the U.S., her research in the field of economic development, and her work with private organizations. She has over 15 years’ academic, industry, and training experience, with a strong background in training the trainer, having served 8 years as a consultant with the Educational Testing Service in the U.S. Linda works with businesses, educational institutions, and community groups to develop learning solutions. She currently leads a multi-million dollar project funded by HRSDC designed to facilitate and foster organizational growth in the face of the impending skills gap by helping Canadian small to medium sized enterprises develop strategies for advancing highly skilled immigrants into the leadership positions left empty by retirements.
John Paul Hatala
Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University
Director, e-Learning, Documedia