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Business of Inclusion Podcast

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Welcome to Business of Inclusion a podcast from the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. On the pod, we’ll bring you topics that affect the Greater Toronto Area’s employers and it's increasingly diverse workforce.




Welcome to Business of Inclusion a podcast from the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. On the pod, we’ll bring you topics that affect the Greater Toronto Area’s employers and it's increasingly diverse workforce.






Keys to Success: Crafting a Fulfilling Mentoring Partnership

Dive into the world of mentorship with our latest Business of Inclusion Podcast episode! Our host Albert Ko is joined by Amir Tamari, Senior Counsel, Manulife, and Vivian Li, AVP Regional Head Distribution Compliance, Manulife Investment Management, as they share their personal journeys, the joys of mentoring, and the transformative benefits they've experienced. Discover the secrets to a successful mentoring partnership, including the importance of open communication, challenging myths about mentorship, and embracing the reciprocal nature that fuels growth for both mentors and mentees. Tune in now for valuable insights that will redefine your perspective on mentorship!


Leading by Change: Inspiring Immigrant Women

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we feature two inspiring immigrant women leaders and recognize their achievements and contributions. Listen to this episode as Kate Lam, Program Coordinator, Employer Partner Relations and Mentor Recruitment at TRIEC engages in a conversation with Raunica Ahluwalia, Professor, School of Marketing at Seneca Polytechnic, who transitioned from a TRIEC Mentoring Partnership (TMP) mentee to a mentor, and Karen Johnson, Co-Chair, Partnership and Finance at the Black Female Accounts Network, and an accomplished TRIEC Professional Immigrant Network (PINs) leader. They share insights into their career journeys before and after coming to Canada, their active involvement with TRIEC’s programs, and offer valuable advice for immigrant women taking on leadership roles while building their careers in Canada.


The Mentoring Experience

Mentoring is a valuable resource for immigrants to understand the Canadian labour market and gain insights for their job search. But how does it work and what is it actually like to have a mentor? Listen to our latest episode as Albert Ko talks to TRIEC Mentoring Partnership (TMP) mentor, Richard Burjaw, and his mentee, Norman Wijaya about their partnership and experience in the program.


Championing Immigrant Inclusion in Organizations

Almost 50% of people living in the GTA were born outside of Canada, yet that number is not reflected in Executive positions in Toronto’s workplaces. In this season finale episode, Adwoa K. Buahene, CEO, TRIEC, spoke with Zahra Jadavji, Managing Director, Technology Health & Public Service, Canada and Managing Director, Inclusion & Diversity, Canada, about Accenture Canada’s inclusion initiatives, and best practices that other organizations can implement within their own workplaces and teams.


Role of ERGs in Immigrant Inclusion

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) play a vital role in helping an organization’s employees integrate into the workplace, learn about the organization culture, and build their networks. They can also be a vital resource for newcomers and/or immigrant professionals to connect with other professionals from the same background within the organization, or to showcase their abilities to their colleagues and managers. In this episode, Diane Williams-Tyrrell and Gail Strachan discusses their experience with ERGs and how they benefit an organization and their employees.


Impact of Mentoring on Immigrants’ Careers

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to acknowledge the immense contribution of our mentors in the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership program who support immigrant professionals in building their careers in Canada. In the latest episode of the Business of Inclusion podcast, Dalia Farra speaks to one of our “super-mentors,” Iad Abdulrahman and his mentee, Khaled Abo Khair, about their mentoring journey, the benefits for both of them through the partnership, and why it can be so rewarding. You can also find out more about the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership program here -


Building Prosperity: Advancing Immigrants’ Careers to Benefit Everyone

Over the last 10 years, there has been significant improvement in meaningful employment outcomes for immigrant professionals as more and more people are finding jobs commensurate with their skills and talents. However, a gap still exists when it comes to immigrants advancing in their careers when compared to their Canadian-born counterparts. In our latest episode, Raj Dam and Vivian Li discuss the factors behind these gaps and why addressing it will benefit not just immigrants but Canadian economy as a whole. You can also find out more about TRIEC’s Career Advancement for Immigrant Professionals (CAIP) program here -


Champions of Immigrant Inclusion

Presenting TRIEC’s 2021 award recipients Biju Misra, Daisy Vora, and Mazeena Rafi on the latest episode of the Business of Inclusion podcast! Listen to them share their inspiring journeys, stories of success, and insights and advice for newcomers and immigrant professionals to successfully build their careers in Canada. Check it out now! You can also click here to visit our YouTube channel and view stories of all our 2021 Award winners –


Building Diversity and Inclusion on Boards

Boards play a very important in both the Corporate and Nonprofit sectors, in setting the organization’s mission, vision, goals and objectives, and providing strategic insight. However, while immigrant professionals make up almost 50% of Toronto’s workforce, less than half of those serve on an organization’s Board. The numbers are even lower for racialized immigrants and women of colour. On the second episode of Season Two of the Business of Inclusion podcast, we speak to Gautam Nath, Founder, Jobs in Canada, and Alisa Choi Darcy, Client Services and Account Director, AV Communications, about the importance of building diversity and inclusion on Boards, and what organizations can do to address this gap. They also discuss how joining a non-profit Board can be beneficial to immigrant professionals in their career.


Setting up a Community of Practice to drive inclusion in your workplace

Welcome to Season Two of Business of Inclusion! In our Season Premiere episode, hosted by Anna Kostecka, Senior Manager, Learning and Inclusive Workplaces, TRIEC, we welcomed Iren Koltermann, Managing Director, eCaliber Group, and Michael Kaneva, Chief Diversity Officer, Export Development Canada, to discuss TRIEC’s Community of Practice initiative – what it is, how it works, and how it can help drive inclusion in the workplace. Iren and Michael also give their insights on how you can set up your own Community of Practice in your organization.


Ep. 5 - The Power of Storytelling: A Conversation with Camille Dundas

Our latest episode is a special feature with Camille Dundas, of, in conversation with Chidimma Eghagha, Communications Director, Black Female Accountants Network (BFAN), and Danielle Chen, President, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) Alumni Association Canada. Camille talks about her experience as a Black woman balancing a full-time job with being an entrepreneur, a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion, and a mother of two. The three discuss the importance of sharing stories, and how they have the power to bring important issues to light.


Ep. 4 - Immigrants in the Healthcare sector: A Conversation with Flora Chungong-Choh

Our latest episode features Dr. Flora Chungong-Choh, a clinical researcher at The Hospital for Sick Children, in conversation with host Jenny Okonkwo, founder of the Black Female Accountants Network (BFAN). Flora shares her experience moving from a career as a general practitioner in Nigeria to a clinical researcher in Canada. Her insights on the importance of flexibility, networking and most importantly keeping a positive outlook stand an as example, not just for her fellow international medical graduates, but for all those in regulated professions or who are looking at ways to pivot their careers.


Ep. 3 - Employment and Immigrant Mental Health: A Conversation with Margaret Eaton

Our third episode features an encouraging conversation between the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Margaret Eaton and host Monamee Ishika of TRIEC. The two discuss what employers and employees can do to ensure the mental well-being of themselves and their colleagues, the unique challenges of immigrants and ways that we can all take care of ourselves during this challenging time.


Ep. 2 - Enhancing Intercultural Understanding at Work: A Conversation with Sabina Michael

Check out Business of Inclusion’s second episode to hear a great discussion between Sabina Michael, Associate Director, Intercultural Skills Lab, Rotman School of Management with host Dr. Yilmaz Dinc, Research and Evaluation Manager, TRIEC. Sabina explains how cultural backgrounds play a major role in shaping immigrant professionals’ approach towards their work and their careers and gives advice for managers who manage diverse teams


Ep. 1 - Uncovering Immigrant Underemployment: A Conversation with Anita Shinde

The Business of Inclusion podcast kicks off with an engaging conversation between Anita Shinde, Senior Manager, Deloitte¸ and Founding Member of their Economic Advisory Practices in Canada, and host Raj Dam, Manager, Employer Relations, TRIEC. Raj and Anita discuss the issue of underemployment- when skilled people do not occupy jobs that call on them to use the full breadth of their skills and education- and dig into why immigrants, women and those in lower income brackets are disproportionately affected.


Ep 0: Trailer - Business of Inclusion Podcast

Check out the trailer for the Business of Inclusion podcast to get a preview for Season One.