Alternative Career Solutions for Skilled Immigrants

The Conference Board of Canada, February 2, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Alternative careers provide immigrants with the opportunity to find meaningful occupations related to the regulated profession they were originally trained and certified in. These alternative options allow immigrants to use their skills and experience while pursuing licensure in their regulated profession or embark on a new career path altogether.

Alternative careers put valuable skills and experience to work and improve labour market integration during, or instead of, lengthy or challenging accreditation processes for internationally educated professionals.

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) are championing alternative careers and their model pioneers the process for provinces and professions across Canada. Through their experience, CSMLS has one-of-a-kind insight into considerations crucial to the process, user feedback from piloting the initiative, data on uptake, and of course, steps to achieve results.

Webinar Highlights

Join the field’s leaders to understand the policies, programming, research, and practical steps required to develop and implement alternative careers in your own regional or professional regulatory environment. Gain tools to leapfrog over the exploratory phase so you can implement this strategy too. Alternative careers are important for policy makers, regulatory bodies, researchers and employers who are interested in improving immigrants’ integration outcomes and addressing skills demands in Canada’s labour market!

About Christine

Photo of Christine NielsenChristine Nielsen became Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science in 2010. She is a medical laboratory technologist, with a degree in Health Admin, is a Certified Association Executive with a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning at DePaul University in Chicago. She is currently completing an MBA from the Edinburgh School of Business, Scotland. She is also an experienced Prior Learning Assessor with the Canadian Society for Association Executives (CSAE). In 2014, she was appointed to Government of Canada’s (ESDC) Panel on Employment Challenges of New Canadians.

About Keith

Photo of Keith JohnsonKeith Johnson is an independent researcher and project manager who specializes in helping professional associations and regulators work towards the fair and expeditious integration of skilled immigrants in the workforce. Over the past decade Keith has worked directly for a number of regulated professions both at a national and provincial level including: accounting, medical laboratory technology, naturopathic medicine, nursing, geoscience, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, medical radiation technology, physiotherapy, audiology and speech-language pathology. Last year, Keith was named an honorable fellow of Geoscientists Canada for his ongoing work with that profession on the issue of credential assessment and recognition.

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