Fulfilling the Promise: Integrating Immigrant Skills into the Urban Economy

July 28, 2009

In this webinar Elizabeth McIsaac, Executive Director of the internationally recognized Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, speaks about TRIEC’s multi-sector approach to labour market integration and how corporate leadership can help you and your city benefit from the so-called “immigrant advantage”; with Justin Treagus, Program Director, OMEGA at the Committee of Auckland, New Zealand, and corporate partner and moderator Nick Main, Chairman, Deloitte New Zealand.

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  • Watch and listen to the Question and Answer (Q&A) with speakers, Elizabeth McIsaac, Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), Justin Treagus, Programme Director, OMEGA.

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Elizabeth McIsaac
Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)

Elizabeth McIsaac is the Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), a multi-stakeholder collaboration that identifies and implements local and practical solutions that lead to meaningful employment for skilled immigrants. Elizabeth has worked with TRIEC since it was launched in 2003 as a project of The Maytree Foundation. She has also held various positions at Maytree, most recently as the Director of Policy.

Before joining Maytree, Elizabeth was the Executive Director of the Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and also worked in direct service with immigrant and refugee communities, as well as holding various roles in research and teaching.

Justin Treagus
Programme Director, OMEGA

Justin joined the Committee for Auckland as Omega’s Programme Director in January 2008. Justin brings a diverse array of experience in Leadership, Learning, Organisational Development and Change Management. His experience includes roles in Corporate, Consulting and Non Profit Organisations, with his work varying from developing E-Business capability within a global corporation, to piloting and developing a best practice adolescent peer leadership programme in Africa.

His passion for cultural diversity developed from living and working through South Africa’s transformation into a multicultural society and being part of a global organisation in Europe that actively pursued cultural diversity. Married to a Kiwi, Justin moved from Cape Town to New Zealand four years ago.

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