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McMaster University Webinar Series 2020

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Nursing Workforce Planning: Tapping into Diverse Talent

McMaster University Webinar Series 2020

This webinar series is part of the Hurdle of Employment: Integrating IENs into Ontario’s Workforce project, led by Dr. Andrea Baumann, Associate Vice-President, Global Health, and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre in Primary Care Nursing and Health Human Resources, McMaster University.   

Ontario has experienced an unprecedented upsurge in immigration. In 2018 alone, more than 137,000 immigrants entered the province.  Rates are expected to rise over the next decade. At the same time, the population is aging.  Both trends drive the demand for expanded health care services. Providing sufficient nurses is crucial to achieving this goal – but a projected nursing labour shortage will put Ontarians at risk for the next several years. 

Take part in these webinars to find out how newly registered newcomer nurses can augment the nursing work force and help care for a growing and diverse patient population.

What you’ll get out of this series:

  •  An overview of the latest population and immigrating trends impacting the demand for nursing talent
  • Access to resources and practices used by health care leaders to ensure the successful recruitment and transition of newcomer nurses and other health care providers into the workplace
  • Access to a pool of highly skilled and work-ready (registered) Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs)
  • A certificate of attendance

FREE webinar series

January 15, 2020 12:00pm (noon) -1 p.m. EST 

February 4, 2020 12:00pm (noon) -1 p.m. EST 

March 10, 2020 12:00pm (noon) -1 p.m. EST

Webinar 1

Rising demand for nursing talent: Capitalizing on diversity

Jan. 15, 2020 – 12-1 p.m. EST


Andrea Baumann

Andrea Baumann, Associate Vice-President, Global Health, McMaster University

Mary Crea-Arsenio
, Senior Researcher, McMaster University

Find out about:

  • Population and immigration trends impacting the demand for healthcare services and the need for nurses
  • The state of the nursing labour market
  • Findings from the Ontario Nursing Job Posting Analysis – Who is hiring and where?
  • The underutilized pool of work-ready IENs


Webinar 2

From agenda to action: Responding to the health care needs of changing populations

Feb. 4, 2020 – 12-1 p.m. EST


Dara Marcoccia, Director, HR Services, Trillium Health Partners

Derek Hutchinson
, Director, Professional Practice, Humber River Hospital

Georgeta Savu
, Manager, Nursing Resource Team and Workforce Planning, Humber River Hospital

Find out about:

  • The demographic shifts currently impacting the demand for services and nurses in Peel and North Toronto
  • Workforce planning efforts at Trillium Health Partners and Humber River Hospital
  • Ways to capitalize on the IEN talent pool


Webinar 3

Award-winning perspectives on managing talent to build a diverse and inclusive workplace

Mar. 10, 2020 – 12-1 p.m. EST


Kristine Remedios
, National Leader of Inclusion and Diversity, KPMG Canada


Andrea Baumann, Associate Vice-President, Global Health, McMaster University

Dana Ross, Project Manager, McMaster University 

Find out about:

  • The successful diversity and inclusion practices at KPMG (Best Diversity Employer 2019)
  • The free McMaster University program that connects employers to work-ready IENs
  • How your organization can access qualified, work-ready newcomer nurses in Ontario


Learn more and register

To learn more about the McMaster University Hurdle of Employment: Integrating Internationally Educated Nurses into Ontario’s Workforce project, please contact Dana Ross at The project aims to assist IENs in overcoming the final ‘hurdle’ of employment placement by increasing the uptake and integration of registered Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) who are ready to enter practice in Ontario. The team will work closely with health care employers and IENs throughout the province and match work-ready IENs to employers hiring nurses.



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