Expanding the Personal and Professional Networks of Immigrants through Connector Programs

Expanding the Personal and Professional Networks of Immigrants through Connector Programs

In this webinar, participants learned how connector programs, from Halifax to St. Louis to Detroit, strengthen international professionals’ ability to participate in regional job markets and obtain meaningful employment. Many operate on a referral basis by which foreign-born residents, international students, and young professionals grow their professional networks by meeting with established professionals in their field, more established residents who share their cultural, national, and ethnic heritage, or other volunteers interested in assisting international newcomers in the region.

Presenters

  • Gracie Xavier – Skilled Program Administrator and Community Artist with vast experience delivering programs and services to constituents of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to achieve social, economic, and educational success.
  • Robyn Webb – Director of Labour Market Development, Executive of National Connector Program, Robyn leads the Partnership’s talent attraction and retention initiatives, including the Connector Program and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
  • Vin Ko – Senior Program Manager at St. Louis Mosaic Project, Vin is a motivated and energetic organizer devoted to community building. He has a background in grassroots and non profit campaigns and development with a focus on forging strong bonds and creating new opportunities.
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