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Panel Discussion: Exploring Immigrants’ Professional Identity and Their Access to Professions

September 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The deprofessionalization and labour market integration challenges of immigrant professionals are well known. However, more attention needs to be paid to the impact of these challenges on the professional identity of immigrants. This multi-sectoral panel explored the ways in which immigrants experience identity growth or identity crisis as they face barriers to professional practice. Policy implications were also addressed, including the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s policy on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier. First-hand experiences of professional immigrants were shared along with insights from practitioners working with this group. This discussion was moderated by Margaret Eaton, Executive Director at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.


Jelena Zikic, Associate Professor, School of Human Resource Management, York University

Cherie Robertson,
Senior Policy Analyst, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Stephen Chase
, Manager, Program Development and Partnerships,World Education Services

Ike Agbassi
, Medical Laboratory Technologist

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September 18, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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