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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Immigrants in the workplace - Bayer and Sun Life get it right

Wonderful article in the Globe and Mail highlights the philosophy at Bayer Canada regarding diversity in the workplace. Here's a company that gets it - immigrants are good for Canada and good for business.

"So-called visible minorities often approach Bayer on their own, attracted by the company's growing reputation as an equal-opportunity employer. Bayer also seeks out new immigrants for its work force, in particular physicians and pharmacists from other countries unlicensed to practice in Canada.

"We pro-actively reach out to that pool of candidates," says Ms. Wan. "We go to local colleges to recruit them for our medical department."

And from Sun Life:

"As Canada grows and becomes a more culturally diverse country we need to ensure that we have advisers who represent all our key markets across Canada," Ms. McMullen says.

Read the article here

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  1. Maclean's and Canadian Business magazines recently launched a series of online debates, called "Thinking the Unthinkables." The first installment features Maclean's national editor Andrew Coyne and former head of Canadian Immigration Services James Bissett debating this statement: Should Canada adopt a more wide-open immigration policy, or should we be more focused on targeted immigration based on Canada's market needs. You can view the debates here: