Mark Patterson
Executive Director, Magnet and Hire Immigrants

Mr. Patterson is a changemaker, pioneering new approaches in career development, inclusive recruitment and contextualized labour market information to drive social and economic change. For more than a decade, he has focused on providing opportunities for diverse job seekers – whether MBA students, high-tech professionals or refugees – and addressing the needs of employers for talent.

As Executive Director, Mr. Patterson led the creation of Magnet, a social Innovation project based at Ryerson University, where he has built a national network of partners across sectors powered by a data-rich, job-matching technology platform to bridge the skills gap. Supporting 12,000 employers with more than 250 community, labour, educational and industry organizations, Magnet is bridging the skills gap while advancing diversity and inclusion.


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