AGENDA for Employer Forum

Immigrant Stories: The Journey to Central Alberta, Successes and Challenges

Keynote Speaker: Tina Varughese

Communicate with the Cross-Cultural Advantage

Described as a “dynamic, engaging, knowledgeable and humorous speaker,” Tina is often rated as “the best speaker of the conference”. Her interactive approach is insightful and her delivery is highly entertaining. She breaks down barriers to create a comfortable and fun space where people ask questions they might otherwise be afraid to ask.

Panel Discussion: Build and Strengthen your High Performance Workforce

  • Moderator: Reg Warkentin
    Policy and Advocacy Manager at Red Deer Chamber of Commerce
  • Panel Member: Kristy Svoboda
    Director, Human Resources, City of Red Deer
  • Panel Member: Robecca Chahine
    Chief Executive Office, Vantage Community Services
  • Panel Member: Shammi Jassal
    Store Manager, Main Street Hardware, Blackfalds, Alberta
  • Panel Member: Cathy Oullette
    HR Manager, Johns Manville, Innisfail, AB

Breakout Sessions:

  • Organization as Ecosystem: Attracting and Retaining an Immigrant Workforce

    Zakeana Reid
    Senior Director Western Canada, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

  • Immigration 101: Central Alberta 2018

    Karen Howley
    Immigration Lawyer, Chapman Riebeek LLP, Red Deer AB

  • Valentine Skeels
    Local Immigrant Partnership Immigrant Advisory Council Member, Red Deer
  • The Business Case for a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

    Mario G. Patenaude
    Vice President, People Performance Advisory, Collins Barrow, Red Deer

Networking throughout the morning!

Cost: $50 per ticket

Please register here:

How we can help you!

This website features interactive tools and resources for Central Alberta employers looking to diversify their workforce. We offer professional development workshops and a web tool focused on what employers need to hire and retain immigrant employees.

Many Central Alberta employers are taking advantage of our new immigrant workforce demographic. We have interviewed these employers to learn from their experiences and to create practical resources that speak to Alberta businesses’ needs.

With Alberta Global Talent, you can find out from successful Alberta businesses how to: prepare for, attract, interview, hire, onboard, and retain qualified immigrant employees to address the growth in your business.

Do you have any questions or would like to receive further information?

Brian EnnisPlease contact our Program Coordinator Brian Ennis at
or at 403.346.8818 ext. 241.
You can also use our contact form.

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Check out our Employer Webtool

  • Discover your personal and company talent profiles!
  • 50 Downloadable checklists and resources
  • 35 tutorials and videos
  • Quick answers to typical employer questions
  • Discussion board
  • Check your knowledge to get your customized resource list!

Training & Workshops

  • Intercultural training certificate program for your employees: 3 workshops a 3 hours each.
  • Workshops for employer with over 24 hours of curriculum and 4 distinct subjects on attracting, finding, integrating and retaining talent
  • Monthly lunch & learns with topics from our workshop module
  • Webinars interactive sessions covering key themes of our work shop. Coming soon!