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What more can Manitoba’s “most powerful” do to open the door to diversity?

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend the evening discussing this topic with some very insightful individuals for the University of Manitoba’s Visionary Conversations in the Community.  

The discussion was an open conversation between myself and my co-panellists about the way in which people in our community gain power, privilege, and inclusion.  We discussed who the individuals with power are and how they got their power, and who doesn’t have power and possible reasons why.

How do people access Manitoba’s inner circles?  My insight into this question was regarding newcomers to Canada.  How can new immigrants compete in a community that is dominated by the “old boys’ club” of individuals who have known each other since grade school?  How can they “break” into the community?

Check out my perspective, and the perspective of my co-panellists, here.  My comments can be found at 3:37, 13:28, 41:27, 51:56, 1:04:50, 1:22:50, and 1:31:00.



About Reis Pagtakhan

Reis Pagtakhan is an immigration law partner with MLT Aikins LLP. His extensive experience includes assisting businesses obtain temporary entry to Canada and permanent residency for their executives, employees and contractors from all over the world. Reis has lectured on and written papers on immigration law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Bar Association, the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Community Legal Education Association of Manitoba. He has presented position papers before the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Immigration Department officials and Manitoba Labour and Immigration. He has written articles on immigration for the CBC, the Winnipeg Free Press, trade, industry and ethnic publications.


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