The federal government has created the Panel on Employment Challenges of New Canadians in order to improve the recognition of the credentials of internationally trained professionals. “Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Our government recognizes that skilled newcomers will help fill shortages in key occupations and make an important contribution to Canada’s economy. The work of the Panel will help to shape strategies to better integrate newcomers into the workforce and break down barriers faced by employers when hiring and retaining newcomers,” said Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism. The panel will consist of experts in newcomer integration, diversity, and certification. Immigrant advocate and social entrepreneur Nick Noorani [of CIEC Academic Member Destination Canada Information Inc.] will serve as Chair of the panel.