Toronto, ON – On Thursday, September 18th CERIS will host a multi-sectoral panel discussion on the challenges immigrant professionals face and the impact of these challenges on professional identities. The panel will discuss policy and practice implications to help address barriers in access to professions.

Jelena Zikic, Associate Professor in the School of Human Resource Management at York University, will present her research on identity growth and identity crisis experienced by internationally trained doctors and information technology professionals.

Cherie Robertson, Senior Policy Analyst at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, will present on the policy on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier.

Stephen Chase, Program Development and Partnerships Manager at World Education Services, will talk about employment and training services targeted to newcomers.

Ike Agbassi, Medical Laboratory Technologist, will share his first-hand experiences of seeking access to professional practice.

The discussion will be moderated by Margaret Eaton, Executive Director at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council

Join us

Thursday, September 18, 2014
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The 519 Church Street Community Centre
519 Church Street, Toronto

This event is free and open to the public.


CERIS is Ontario’s leading network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working in the field of migration and settlement. It serves as the knowledge exchange hub for all three communities and in the interest of all migrants and the general public.

Media Contact

Monica Valencia
CERIS Knowledge Exchange Officer
416-736-2100 ext: 22819

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