Leveraging immigrant talent focus of workshops

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SUMMERSIDE - Toronto's Caroline Yang, an internationally renowned speaker, author and consultant with more than 15 years of human resources experience, will be coming to P.E.I. to deliver two free workshops, in English, on the theme “Leveraging Immigrant Talent” on Tuesday, March 25. 


The morning workshop will be held at the Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside from 9-11 a.m. The afternoon session, from 2-4 p.m., takes place at the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean in Charlottetown. The sessions are being delivered through RDÉE Prince Edward Island’s LIENS project (Linking Economic Immigration to our Successes). 

“Changing economic conditions and demographics is a fact of life on P.E.I. and everywhere. As a result, employers will need to expand their recruiting pool and leverage talent among the Island’s recent immigrants,” said Yang. “Working with people from different cultures brings both opportunities and challenges.” 

She said that her presentation will help employers gain insight on cultural differences and learn strategies to manage differences and turn challenges into opportunities.

“This presentation examines cultural differences in the relative importance of technical and soft skills, cross-cultural communication and cross-cultural feedback,” Yang said. “Building awareness is the first step towards effectively managing cultural differences. The presentation provides concrete suggestions to help bridge the cultural gap so that employers achieve business results through engaged and productive employees.”

Yang graduated from City University of Hong Kong with a post-graduate certificate in business administration and from the Canadian International Development Agency training program at Simon Fraser University.

She has worked in the human resources field both in her native China where she was employed with Nortel and Compaq and in her adoptive country of Canada at ADM, TD Bank and Manulife. She has acquired high-level certifications, including Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). She is currently a partner and HR consultant with MultiCultural Business Solutions and is the director of professional development of the Human Resources Professionals Association, York Region Chapter. Her expertise ranges from organization development to total rewards, international human resources and global mobility.

She has published multiple papers on leadership, teamwork, global HR policies and total rewards by HRPA, WorldatWork and CERC and co-authored the book Danger and Opportunity: Bridging Cultural Diversity to Competitive Advantage with her business partner, Lionel Laroche.

Those wishing to attend this free workshop must register before March 21 by contacting Catherine Rioux at (902) 370-7333, Ext. 404, or catherine@rdeeipe.org.


Organizations: Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside, Carrefour, Certified Human Resources Professional Human Resources Professionals Association City University of Hong Kong Canadian International Development Agency Simon Fraser University Nortel Compaq TD Bank Manulife MultiCultural Business Solutions

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I., China Canada

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