Canadian business leaders make commitments to help refugees

Executives of leading Canadian companies, including McCain Foods and TD Bank, gathered in Toronto in February 2019 to announce new commitments to support refugees in Canada. The commitments were made at the Tent Partnership’s first-ever Canadian Business Summit.

Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani and founder of Tent, was interviewed by Bloomberg to coincide with the summit. He said, “The minute a refugee has a job it’s the moment they stop being a refugee; it’s the moment they can integrate into society.”

Peace by Chocolate, a chocolate business started by a Syrian refugee in Canada, pledged to hire 50 refugees over the next three years and support 10 new refugee businesses.

Tareq Hadhad, the CEO of Peace by Chocolate, spoke to CBC about this commitment, saying, “Refugees and immigrants, they don’t come to Canada empty. Even though some of them they come with low cash flow, but at the end of the day they have skills, they have talent.”

Read the full coverage from Bloomberg at the link below.


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