Diverse Talent for the Digital Economy

By H. Sam Bourgi.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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At a time when Canada continues to assert itself as a leader and innovator in the global digital economy, we know that it is essential to maintain a competitive advantage in this fast-paced environment. The relentless adoption and appetite for information and communications technologies (ICT) in Canada and abroad is driving persistent change in business models and consumption behaviour in ICT-enabled services. These extend across all sectors of the global economy. Immigration brings diversity to the workplace and adds new business perspectives and potential exposure to new markets in a global economy. Thus, ICTC’s study explores how immigration and globalization augment the competitive advantage of Canada’s ICT sector. The study also explores the role ICT immigrants play in ensuring that Canada remains competitive globally.
ICTC explored the economic impact of Canada’s immigrants and synthesized a broad range of Canadian and international literature pertaining to global competition for highly skilled immigrants. The report gathers key insights from immigration experts, who were engaged through regional focus groups across Canada. The report: (i) provides unique data pertaining to immigrants in Canada’s ICT sector, including the economic impact of ICT immigrants; (ii) explores the policies and competition for global talent across OECD countries; and (iii) provides strategies for strengthening the contribution of Canada’s ICT immigrants. The 21st century’s digital economy points to the essential need for professionals capable of meeting diverse labour demands. The report is intended to stimulate dialogue among industry, government, and academia regarding the economic impact of Canada’s skilled immigrants, as well as to suggest strategies for better integrating global talent into Canada’s workforce. Engaging these critical players will help strengthen the dialogue to develop strategies that will enable us to cultivate a diverse ICT workforce, which is essential to Canada’s innovation and global competitiveness.

Keywords: Immigration, Canadian Immigrants, Global Talent, ICT Sector, Digital Economy, Internationally Educated Professionals, Workforce Development, Knowledge Economy, Innovation, Global Competition, Labour Shortage, Skills Shortage, Outsourcing, Soft Skills

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp.79-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 444.838KB).

H. Sam Bourgi

Author and Research Analyst, Policy Development and Research, Immigration Initiatives, Information and Communications Technology Council, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Sam Bourgi is an author and research analyst at the ICTC (Information and Communications Technology Council), where he conducts lead research, reporting and partnership development with colleges and universities. He develops intelligence reports and publications that assess Canada’s ICT labour requirements, including the intersection of ICT with emerging occupations, enabling technologies, sub-sectors, and diverse talent. He has close to four years of professional experience in research and analysis, project planning and report writing, spanning academic, private, government, and non-profit industries. He pursued his Master degree in public policy at McMaster University and his Honours Bachelor’s degree at the University of Windsor.