Business Leaders Talk New Talent, New Markets

April 28th, 2016

On March 2, 2016, local government, business and community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers joined Cities of Migration for a one-day forum and in-depth analysis of the issues and opportunities created by today’s global flows of migration. Among program highlights was a “New Talent, New Markets” panel, where business leaders discussed the links between workforce diversity and market opportunity, and the impact of diversity on innovation in products, services, and processes.

Join the conversation as panelists discuss the role of evidence, provide insight on strategies for measuring the return on investment in diverse and inclusive teams and weigh in on emerging challenges and promising solutions in attracting and retaining immigrant talent.

COM2016 Plenary Panel:  “New Talents, New Markets”


  •  Robert Hardt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Canada (Toronto)
  •  Angela White, Segment Manager and Strategy Implementation, Small Business, RBC Royal Bank of Canada(Toronto)
  •  Mary Stagaman, Vice President of Regional Initiatives and Executive Director of Agenda 360, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber (Cincinnati)
  •  Moderator: Josh Hjartarson, Vice President, Public Sector at KPMG (Toronto)


The “New Talents, New Skills” plenary was organized by Dana Wagner, Program Manager, Hire Immigrants, at the Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University.

More on COM2016 programme and speakers.

The 3rd International Cities of Migration Conference, Toronto, March 2, 2016, “Diversity Drives Prosperity,” was presented by the Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University, in collaboration with the 18th National Metropolis Conference, March 3-5, 2016.




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