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Tap into immigrant workers

Fred Pagotta of Lowes human resources department will be one of the participants in a New Westminster chamber discussion on employing new immigrants. -
Fred Pagotta of Lowes human resources department will be one of the participants in a New Westminster chamber discussion on employing new immigrants.
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The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting luncheon Feb. 26 will include a roundtable discussion featuring human resources managers from some of New Westminster’s largest employers, and moderated by chamber consultant and researcher Stephen Bruyneel.

The subject will be the benefits and challenges of incorporating new immigrants into Chamber members’ businesses.

Bruyneel figured providing a chat format similar to the informal group discussions held on the daytime television show The View would be better than sending out a pamphlet or binder that would sit on a shelf because business owners are too busy.

The chat will feature HR heads Vicki Shillington of Douglas College, Patrick Service from Kruger, Fred Pagotto of Lowe’s, TransLink’s Jalpa Ruparelia and Joanna Whalley from Westminster Savings, as well as Laurie Sing of the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.

Bruyneel said they will discuss ways to find qualified immigrant employees, how to review a resumé from someone who doesn’t speak English well, and how to keep them working in the long term.

The AGM will be held at the La Perla Ballroom at the River Market on Wednesday Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are available at newwestchamber.com.

ggranger@newwestnewsleader.com

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