Potential Unleashed: A three-part podcast miniseries
About Potential Unleashed
When immigrants and refugees succeed in Canada, this country prospers.
However, the challenges experienced by immigrants and refugees, from a lack of credential recognition and devaluing of their international experiences to the Canadian wage gap many newcomers face, too often thwart their attempts to integrate.
Featuring 20 experts, sectoral leaders and newcomers sharing their lived experiences, “Potential Unleashed” delves into the challenges facing new Canadians as they seek to establish their lives and careers and pursue their Canadian dreams. In each episode, Potential Unleashed contributors, many, immigrants themselves, discuss the diverse issues affecting newcomers, and innovative solutions being created to empower them. The podcast also discusses the economic and social contributions of immigrants and refugees to Canadian prosperity, and how this ultimately benefits all Canadians.
This three-part podcast miniseries was produced by Windmill Microlending in association with our production partner, ListenDeck.com.
The miniseries, hosted by podcaster and co-producer, John Siracusa, includes stories, insights and innovative ideas emerging from discussions with leaders that include Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser; PeaceGeeks CEO Jennifer Freeman; Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion CEO Anne-Marie Pham; Immigrant Networks Founder and Author Nick Noorani; Lara Dyer, Canada Director at Talent Beyond Boundaries; Shamira Madhany, World Education Services (WES) Deputy Executive Director and Managing Director for Canada; Hyder Hassan, former CEO of Immigrant Services Calgary; Dr. Sawsan Abdul-Majid, Founder of Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology; Meigan Terry, SVP and Chief Sustainability, Social Impact and Communications Officer, Scotiabank; Ka-Hay Law, Investment Director, TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good; Arif Khimani, President and COO, MobSquad; Windmill Microlending CEO Claudia Hepburn; Oumar Dicko, Windmill’s National Director, Stakeholder Relations; and the inspiring stories of skilled immigrants like Dr. Binal Patel; Dr. Stephen Akinkunmi; and Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka, among others.
Windmill Microlending thanks Scotiabank for their generous support of this production and, our partner, ListenDeck.com for collaborating on this initiative.
Episode 1 - On the road to Canadian prosperity
Featuring: Sean Fraser, Shamira Madhany, Claudia Hepburn and Ka-Hay Law, among others.
Episode 2 - Every newcomer has a story
Meet Drs. Binal Patel and Stephen Akinkunmi, skilled immigrants to Canada whose journeys illustrate the challenges and promise of the Canadian immigration experience. Episode two of Potential Unleashed focuses on immigrant and refugee experiences and the journeys and pathways newcomers must traverse in building their new lives in a new country.
Featuring: Dr. Binal Patel, Dr. Stephen Akinkunmi, Anne-Marie Pham and Hyder Hassan, among others.
Episode 3 - Unleashing Canada's potential
Both today and in the future, Canada needs immigrants and refugees to reach their full potential in this country. After all, a newcomer’s success is intertwined with Canada’s economic and social success. In episode 3 of Potential Unleashed, we look at the innovative tools, policies and strategies needed to empower immigrants and refugees, and build a more collaborative and responsive immigration system.
Featuring: Meigan Terry, Arif Khimani, Jennifer Freeman, Oumar Dicko and Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka, among others.