Feb 06

It’s been an excellent wave…

Well, I’m writing this on my last day of work at ERIEC. The last few days have been full of well-wishes coming my way from mentors, mentees, board members, colleagues and others. I’m going out on a wave of positive vibes! I’ve been at ERIEC for 2 years plus a day, and it’s been an… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 and is filed under Career Mentorship,Other Interesting Topics.


Jan 30

A Journey from El Salvador to Alberta

A quick glance at Iris Moreno’s resume shows she is a very well-qualified professional with more than 15 years’ experience in project management within the non-profit and government sectors. While Iris earned her impressive qualifications in El Salvador, she worked with mentor Doug Piquette, ERIEC Executive Director, to learn how to format her resume so… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 and is filed under Career Mentorship.


Jan 29

Job Posting – Program Coordinator

Exciting position available! We are looking for a Program Coordinator to run the Career Mentorship Program.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 and is filed under Latest News,Upcoming Events.


Jan 23

January is Mentoring Month!

January is national Mentoring Month in Canada. What better way to celebrate than to start our 9th cohort of mentors and mentees in ERIEC’s Career Mentorship Program! It’s our largest cohort ever with 27 mentees matched! We have previously written about the program here and here. The mentees are from all over the world: Bangladesh,… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 and is filed under Career Mentorship.


Jan 16

What would happen if….???

…  150 internationally trained professionals who have recently arrived in Edmonton came together with local professionals in their field for one day to network and learn from each other? … Internationally trained professionals who have been successful finding their place in their field of interest shared their stories and advice with the internationally trained professionals who… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.


Jan 15

Volunteer Position Available!

ERIEC is looking for a Volunteer Meetup Coordinator! Do you like people, enjoy networking and have great organizational skills? Then this could be the volunteer position for you!

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 and is filed under Latest News,Upcoming Events.


Jan 09

Tips for Onboarding Skilled Immigrants

This article by Jill Chesley, Project Coordinator, ERIEC, was first published in the Commerce News; The Voice of Business in Edmonton, in December of 2012, Vol. 34 No.11.  By popular demand we are posting it here as well! It is projected that by 2025, immigrants will constitute 100% of the growth in the Canadian labour market. Combine… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 and is filed under Career Mentorship,Other Interesting Topics.


Jan 09

Career Mentorship Program Spring 2013 Intake – we are recruiting mentees andmentors now!

ERIEC is currently accepting mentor applications for our Spring intake of the Career Mentorship Program, which starts in May! It is a great opportunity for internationally trained professionals looking for a Canadian mentor – and for Canadian business professionals seeking an enriching experience in supporting a skilled immigrant.

Are you a local professional who is looking to give back? An employer wanting to connect with an untapped talent pool in Edmonton? Then consider being a Mentor in the Career Mentorship Program!

Are you a skilled immigrant who is a Permanent Resident, and unemployed or underemployed? Then consider applying to be a Mentee in the Career Mentorship Program!

We are currently accepting online applications for mentees and mentors. It’s easy to apply! Just go online at http://www.eriec.ca/career-mentorship-program and click on the gold mentor or mentee sign up button.

The process is as follows:

ERIEC screens mentee and mentor applications. Those who meet eligibility requirements are interviewed. We meet mentees in person, and most mentor interviews are conducted over the phone. Successful candidates are matched with a mentee/mentor, using educational and occupational backgrounds as guides for matching.

ERIEC offers support for the mentorship relationships, including orientation for the matched pairs. Each mentee and mentor receives a handbook which includes a roadmap – a week-by-week outline of suggested topics to cover during the 4-month program.

“To ensure a quality match, potential mentees go through a rigorous process. We also interview potential mentors so we can be confident that the pair will be compatible both professionally and on an interpersonal level,” said Jill Chesley, ERIEC Project Coordinator.

For more information about our program, please visit the Career Mentorship Program page of our website. For information on the mentee requirements for the program, please visit Be a mentee. For information on the mentor requirements for the program, please visit Be a mentor.

Mentorship: It makes a difference!

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 and is filed under Latest News,Upcoming Events.