Past News & Events

 

Canadian association for forced migration and refugee studies annual conference

RCJP was invited to speak at three panels for the Canadian Association for Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Annual Conference (CARFMS) on Interrogating Integration, held at York University May 14-16. One of our founders, Mustafa Alio, was a keynote speaker on Refugee Agency and Influence in Multiple Spheres. In the first panel, we discussed refugee agency and influence in multiple spheres, which emphasized the importance of creating programs that help refugees get employed & the necessity of working with and for refugees globally. 

The second panel was about a newly published book entitled, Refugees' Roles in Resolving Displacement and Building Peace: Beyond Beneficiaries. It discusses the roles refugees play in local communities, diaspora, conflict, and advocacy. 

The third panel was about building partnerships that last, a reflection on the integration of critical post-colonial and localized perspective in refugee and forced migration studies. This panel emphasized the need to protect Indigenous people and refugees, and to create a bridge between these two key communities. It was an honor to both speak and hear what others had to say about these crucial topics pertaining to our own organization’s mission.

 
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WTC OPEN house in toronto

Our Welcome Talent Canada Program held an open house event, at its new office space at WeWork in Toronto, in order to familiarize community members with the program's mission and create an environment conducive to connecting, networking, and recruiting. Employers and job-seekers were able to make meaningful connections and learn more about the Welcome Talent Canada Program’s aims.

 
Photo from https://www.thestar.com

Photo from https://www.thestar.com

Economic Mobility pathways project: the first success story

RCJP has worked with the government on its Economic Mobility Pathways Project, which started out as a pilot program to test the possibility for refugees to immigrate as skilled workers. Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB) successfully admitted its first skilled immigrant, Mohammed Hakmi, to Canada this past March. 

Photo from https://www.cbc.ca

Photo from https://www.cbc.ca

Driven by a love for web development, Hakmi had successfully completed the information technology program at Al-Baath University. He was forced to flee Homs in 2011 due to the war, and was settled in Beirut for eight years. TBB worked with Hakmi over the summer, helping him with his resume and job interviews. By the time his residence application was submitted, he had already secured a job at Bonfire, a procurement tech startup based in Waterloo. This amazing feat highlights a new process that empowers refugees to find meaningful work and security.

Omar Salaymeh, one of our co-founders, is also Bonfire’s Executive Director of Client Success. He met Dana Wagner, TBB’s partnerships advisor in Toronto, through RCJP, which allowed the facilitation of Bonfire’s refugee hiring process.

After announcing a federal investment program that will scale up high growth firms and create more skilled jobs, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with tech company employees in Kitchener on Tuesday, April 16;  during this time, Hakmi was able to share his story with Trudeau. RCJP is extremely proud of these accomplishments and wishes all the best to Hakmi and the Bonfire team.

 
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Visit from Minister Ahmed Hussen at LinkedIn Toronto

In February of 2019, RCJP was honored to be chosen by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, Ahmed Hussen, to visit and talk about what we do for refugees. The Minister met with the team, as well as some of our mentors and mentees, to discuss both our Entrepreneurship Program and the new Welcome Talent Canada Program. We explained some of the amazing projects our refugee entrepreneurs are pursuing. We also told the Minister about the success of the WTC program—the largest and only mentorship program in Canada for refugees—and how it employs the LinkedIn Learning platform. The team was both delighted and humbled by the experience.

 
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Event report: Jumpstarting career and rebuilding lives

This report presents key takeaways from the documentary Human Flow and panel discussion in Toronto on July 26, 2018 during the “Jumpstarting Careers and Rebuilding Lives” event. The event was hosted by Jumpstart and Participant Media at the Art Gallery of Ontario and brought together refugee newcomers, employers and community leaders for a conversation on leveraging refugee talent. The discussion panel focused on ways to improve employment outcomes for refugee newcomers in Canada and the role of the private sector. The event was a powerful reminder of the scale of the global refugee crisis through excerpts from Human Flow, a documentary directed and co-produced by internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei.