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When: Friday, June 14, 2013
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, June 14, 2013 - 1-2 PM E
Immigrants to Canada and Networks Among Those Who Help Them
Guests: Chris Black, Liz Rykert, and Reluca Bejan

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Balancing the Budget But Who’s left to Budget the Balance (pdf)

Canadian researchers have used social network analysis to understand those who are working to provide services to immigrants newly arriving in Toronto. Their report, "Balancing the Budget, But Who’s Left to Budget the Balance,” provides a visual representation of professional networks within the Toronto East Local Immigration Partnership. The report also looks at potential impact on the network of policy changes and funding cuts.

Chris Black is an experienced consultant with fifteen years of experience focusing on technology, collaboration and innovation. Chris was one of the first people in Canada to use organizational network analysis (ONA) outside the academic setting. He has lead more than two dozen ONA projects with clients from many different sectors including healthcare, tourism, social services, pharmaceuticals and philanthropy. He has co-developed an online data collection tool for ONA and authored a guide to help organizations map their networks. From 2003 until 2009, Chris oversaw the development of Laureatespace, a bilingual online community of 3500 merit scholarship winners for the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation. He also managed the technical development of several online communities such as and Chris recently completed ONA projects in Canada and the US. He lead a team of University of Southern Maine researchers using ONA to understand the community supports for young people aging out of foster care and studied tourism networks in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.

Liz Rykert founded Meta Strategies in 1997. Her company is a Toronto-based strategy group working in complex organizational change and digital technology. The services delivered include: change work including innovation, strategy, and coaching and facilitation; web work including strategy, online community, website design and programming; and network visualization and analysis. Liz is an active practitioner of Liberating Structures and Developmental Evaluation. Liz is primarily working with health systems such as University Health Network in Toronto with a focus on culture change and human interaction as part of large systems change. Often the purpose of the work is to reduce the spread of hospital acquired infections and address other areas of patient safety and improvement. Liz was a member of the team for the Canadian research project on Positive Devianceand is a faculty member for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute - Stop Infections Now Collaborative and the New York based Bordering on Zero Collaborative sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. She is a student of complexity science and believes in the power of networks. Liz has a knack for uncovering new ideas and bringing them to life.

Raluca Bejan is a PhD student at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work,University of Toronto. Her proposed plan of study explores issues related to various forms of highly skilled but also precarious forms of migration. Her own lived experience as an immigrant to Canada made her develop a particular interest in this area of study. Raluca graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences from Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, Romania, and earned Master of Social Work from University of Toronto. She holds research assistantship positions at University of Toronto, Lakehead University, Social Planning Toronto and Youth Assisting Youth.

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