Client: Ted Rogers School of Management Diversity Institute
Origin of funding: Government of Canada through the Workforce Innovation and Inclusion Project (WIIP)
Sector(s): Business (Capacity Building in Entrepreneurial Development)
Talent shortages have become a major challenge for Canadian businesses, with organizations stressing the need for innovative strategies to address growing skills gaps. Yet despite the availability of programs that support the integration of highly skilled newcomers, immigrant employment outcomes are still far below that of their Canadian-born counterparts.
The Workforce Innovation and Inclusion Project (WIIP) brought together diverse employers, non-profits, and settlement agencies to address the employment needs of newcomers and produce a skilled, resilient Canadian workforce. Funded by the Government of Canada through Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the WIIP identified and built on effective practices for supporting newcomer integration in order to drive innovation, economic growth, and social development across sectors.
As part of the WIIP, Kisserup International Trade Roots was engaged with Start-up Challenge Halifax, which offers women immigrant entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business ideas to business leaders and win $5,000 in support to develop it further. Kisserup mentored three participants in preparation for the challenge. The one-one-one mentorship and workshop were offered for participants covering the business-building topics of: