• Apr 1, 2019 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Location: Kensington Gardens, 25 Brunswick Avenue, M5S 2L9, Toronto
  • Latest Activity: Mar 29, 2019

About IRSN

The Immigrant Researchers Support Network (IRSN) was initiated by Access Alliance to promote career success of internationally educated researchers (epidemiologists, statisticians, clinician scientists, qualitative researchers, evaluation experts, etc.) in Canada by providing a networking and peer support platform and offering professional development opportunities.

This IRSN meeting on April 1, 2019 features a keynote speaker, Mr. Shawn McCarty, Manager, Key Partnerships at Windmill Microlending. Shawn’s presentation will focus on ‘Addressing Financial Barriers to Skilled Immigrant Credentialing: Microlending in Practise.’ The meeting will also include a presentation on the findings of a research study by Access Alliance on the Labour Market Barriers facing internationally educated researchers. The last part of the meeting includes a professional development workshop on ‘Effective Communication in the Canadian Workplace’ by Ms. Ann Simon, Lecturer at Ryerson University.



Ü  5:30 pm

Networking and Light Dinner

Ü  6:00 pm

Welcome and Introductions

Axelle Janczur, Executive Director, Access Alliance


Keynote Speaker - Addressing Financial Barriers to Skilled Immigrant Credentialing: Microlending in Practise

Shawn McCarty, Manager, Key Partnerships, Windmill Microlending

Ü  6:30 pm

Discussion and Q&A session

Ü  6:50 pm

Labour Market Barriers facing Internationally Educated Researchers

Emal Stanizai, IISI Project Coordinator and Alireza Khatami, Research Intern, Access Alliance


Ü  7:10 pm

Discussion and Q&A session

Ü  7:20 pm

Professional Development Workshop: Effective Communication in the Canadian Workplace

Ann Simon, Lecturer, Ryerson University


Ü  8:00 pm

Discussion and Q&A session

Ü  8:15 pm

Closing Remarks (Ted Richmond)


Please send RSVP by March 20, 2019 to Emal Stanizai, IISI Project Coordinator at estanizai@accessalliance.ca or 416-324-0927, ext. 327

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