My name is Sibghat Usmani. I landed in Canada on 7th May 2019, with a PhD in social work and almost 7 years of experience in research and training. Just as most newcomers, I started navigating my career options with enthusiasm but within a couple of months, it was gone as I was unable to understand what exactly the employers were looking for and what was it that I was missing on. Nonetheless, as I was a social work graduate I decided to continue with the same career path and…

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My Success Story

Being successful is the desire of all of us after migrating to this lovely
country. It does not matter whether the concerned person is a child,
youth or the old aged, at each and every stage of our wide life span, it is
our inbuilt desire to be successful and proceed forward consistently
towards more massive success.
I have landed in Toronto in September 2019 with a big dream for a
better life with my family as a permanent resident. I am an internationally…

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IRSN Launch

Welcome & Introductions by Axelle Janczur, Executive Director, Access Alliance


Presentation on Research Ethics in the Canadian context by Dr. Yogendra Shakya, Senior Research Scientist, Access Alliance


Past Fellows, Ms. Momtaz Begum and Dr. Parisa Dastoori sharing their experiences and subsequent career successes

IRSN Second Meeting - Panel Discussion

Albert Claude, Samar Ahmad and Jayamarie Tamby joined Immigrant Researchers Support Network (IRSN)
Feb 26
IRSN Admin published an article
Statistics Canada is currently hiring approximately 32,000 people for census enumerator and crew…
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A new artilce (systematic literature review), published recently, summarises drivers of…
Feb 5
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Feb 2

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  • Hi Team,

    Yesterday I had a team meeting with the MCC executives and today with the Fairness Commissioner of Ontario Mr. Irwin Glasberg and his team regarding the Practice Ready Assessment protocol in Ontario for IMGs to make the process streamlined and IMG-friendly.  

    We are trying to remove the roadblock for eligible IMG to return to profession; the recency issue was highlighted in the meeting; and the Quebec CEDIS model was also focused in the meeting.

    The meeting outcomes are positive. As a next step we are going to meet the ministry  and other stakeholders soon.

    If you have any suggestion to support the process, please write to me.



  • The Canadian Immigrant Web Conference Series is online now.

    For more information and registration link, please follow the below link.


  • Hi Team,

    Please participate actively in the Forum and Groups for purposeful  networking and as a part of our commitment to feel you in.

    Aby will communicate you from time to time, stay tunned!



  • Please check this web-address for some opportunity updates for IEHPs:


    Thank you.



    Mobilizing Ontario's IEHPs for COVID-19
  • Hi All,

    Unfortunately, there was a spam from someone in the system. That member has been removed from the portal. Aysha worked very hard to keep these stuff running. Right now, we don't have a dedicated coordinator for maintaining this site. We're planning to get someone after the COVID-19 crisis is over. 

    If you find any issue, please forward it to the email research@accessalliance.ca. My good colleague, Miranda Saroli, will try to support you as much as she can. 

    We've a more robust plan with this network, connecting it to a settlement agenda. 

    Your support is important for us. 

    Best regards,


  • Hi Christopher,

    I am no longer the admin of this portal. However, I have notified the concerned authorities at Access Alliance.




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Migrant aspirations

A new artilce (systematic literature review), published recently, summarises drivers of migration-why migrants live thier countries of origin. What do you think?https://jorgencarling.medium.com/what-makes-people-want-to-migrate-b91ad7d9ddb0?fbclid=IwAR1BeAdfXy1AqvBzc2fEX9SVmg6t-KHI0BRTPC7C7JJks4djY8pqqerf79o

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Managing COVID 19 - Role of IMGs in Canada | IRSN Coffee Chat | December 11, 2020

Description: IMGs, Canadian Health System, and COVID 19 pandemic. Most countries including Canada are affected by the pandemic and it is a complex landscape to navigate through. Like many other countries, the situation of the pandemic in Canada is challenging. In this regard, how do IMGs with their skills and knowledge fit in the Canadian Health system to have a mutual benefit in mitigating the pandemic effects? This presentation introduces the attendees to the current state of IMGs in Canada,…

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Crucial Conversations | IRSN Coffee Chat | October 30, 2020

Description: When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: Avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences; handle the conversation badly and suffer the consequences; discover how to communicate best when it matters most. Let's talk about tools you need to step up to life's most difficult and important conversations, say what's on your mind, and achieve the positive resolutions you want. In this first talk of this series, we consider the business…

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Compeer | IRSN Coffee Chat | November 27, 2020

Compeer | IRSN Coffee Chat | November 27, 2020 Description: Social Isolation in the seniors can have a major impact on their lives. It is a complex issue, resulting from a variety of circumstances and situations. Social isolation happens when a senior’s social participation or social contact drops. About 30% of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated. With the help of organizations, individuals, and technology, seniors can overcome social isolation. This presentation…

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IRSN Coffee Chat - Introduction to HI, AI and ML - 28-Aug-2020

 Kindly find below the video for the Cofee Chat session on Introduction to Health Informatics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. Please click here to download the slide deck for your reference. Please use this forum tab for discussions or questions. Thank you. Comment Form is loading comments... /*<!--*/ if(!window.hcb_user){hcb_user={};} (function(){var s=document.createElement("script"), l=hcb_user.PAGE || (""+window.location).replace(/'/g,"%27"),…

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Opinion on the recent IRSN event (Jan 15, 2020) and your expectations from our future events

Hello Everyone, We would like to know your opinion on our recent IRSN event held on January 15, 2020.  Your perspectives and opinions will immensely help us to address your professional development requirements in our future IRSN events. We are very keen on fulfilling your expectations in our future events. Please share your thoughts

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