Apr 10

The “Women’s Spring Symposium” – Inspiring Women to Build Local Leadership and Community

Last Sunday the Westin Hotel was the location for an extraordinary learning and networking experience for those who gave up a precious day of their weekend to attend this unique annual event. The morning began with the “Grand Entry” which included the colorful and rhythmic choreography and pageantry of the Yellow Ribbon Dancers, followed by… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.


Apr 02

Strengthening Teamwork and Building More Effective Service Delivery – The City of Edmonton

The  City of Edmonton is running a Canadian Workplace Culture pilot project for their staff who are Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) and newcomer graduates from Canadian Universities.  Participants are individuals whose first language may not be English; in fact many of them speak three or more languages and English is the most recent language they… Read more »

This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 and is filed under Canadian Workplace Culture,Other Interesting Topics.


Mar 27

Applying to become a Mentee – Is a mentoring relationship worth it?

It’s wonderful to know that many skilled immigrant professionals have benefited from our different programs.  When we receive an online application from a skilled immigrant who has decided to become a mentee in our CareerMentorshipProgram, we really do get EXCITED!  Why such a fuss? Well, first of all, we are thrilled that someone has chosen… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 and is filed under Career Mentorship.


Mar 20

The ERIEC Board Welcomes Yasmeen Nizam: A unique set of leadership skills and perspective to global talent attraction and integration here in Edmonton!

It is with great excitement that we welcome Yasmeen Nizam to the ERIEC (Edmonton Regional Immigrant Employment Council) Board of Directors. ERIEC is all about helping economic immigrants achieve their maximum potential in their careers in the Edmonton Capital Region. As we look to expand our board we welcome dynamic individuals such as Yasmeen who… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 and is filed under Career Mentorship,Other Interesting Topics.


Mar 14

New ERIEC Staff Announcement!

Ruth Moore has recently accepted our offer of employment as the Program Director. Her first day in her new position was on March 1st, 2013. Ruth was hired as our Special Projects Facilitator at ERIEC 9 months ago and was responsible for the development of ERIEC’s 2012–2013 Speed Career Networking events, the launch of ERIEC’s blog “theWave” and most recently our very successful Global Talent Conference which was held at the Fantasyland Hotel Conference Centre at West Edmonton Mall on February 28th, 2013. Ruth brings extensive professional and program management experience to the team, that includes a background in program development, event planning, social media engagement and relationship management in the non-profit, settlement, technology, and education and training sectors. She is recognized by her peers as an enthusiastic “people person” capable of inspiring others to achieve challenging objectives.

Elena Chernaeva, formerly of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN), has also joined the ERIEC team as of March 11th as our new Project Coordinator for Special Projects. At EMCN, Elena was a Career Employment Consultant and the CIIP (Canadian Immigrant Integration Program) Online Advisor for Northern Alberta. She brings to the ERIEC team a wide range of experience working with employers,government, regulatory bodies, academic, ethno-cultural communities and immigrant service provider stakeholders . Elena also has extensive experience in program development and management.

Welcome aboard, Ruth and Elena, to the mighty ERIEC team!

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 and is filed under Latest News,Upcoming Events.


Mar 13

New ERIEC Staff Announcement!

Today is a special blog entry at ‘theWave’ as we would like to take this opportunity to share some exciting news with our blog followers. We are pleased to introduce to you our two newest employees at ERIEC who are quite used to being on the leading edge of ‘theWave’. Ruth Moore has recently accepted… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.


Mar 06

2013 Edmonton Global Talent Conference – A Huge Success!!!

Last Thursday, February 28th, ERIEC’s 3rd Annual Conference, the 2013 Edmonton Global Talent Conference, at the Fantasyland Hotel Conference Centre was an AMAZING day! The capacity crowd of 120 immigrant professionals and 65 business leaders, professional association representatives and people from various levels of government spent the day together, learning from and networking with each… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 and is filed under Global Talent Conference,Other Interesting Topics.


Mar 05

2013 Edmonton Global Talent Conference – A Huge Success!!!

February 28th, ERIEC’s 3rd Annual Conference, the 2013 Edmonton Global Talent Conference, at the Fantasyland Hotel Conference Centre was an AMAZING day!

The capacity crowd of 120 immigrant professionals and 65 business leaders, professional association representatives and people from various levels of government spent the day together, learning from and networking with each other regarding immigrant employment issues in the Finance, IT and Engineering sectors. Positive comments from participants from all the the groups represented keep pouring in:

From internationally trained professionals…

“Thanks again for such an incredible event!!! All the hard work and effort that the city and ERIEC are making to help international educated professionals to be successful is remarkable and for me has tremendous value.”

From Edmonton’s business leaders…

“It was a pleasure and an honour to participate. Great event – congratulations and thank you for all the support you provide to this amazing group!”

“I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for including me in the ERIEC event on Thursday; it was a wonderful experience and I really appreciated the opportunity to participate… your team put on an excellent day, and I’d be happy to participate at future events with ERIEC.”

The conference also received excellent media coverage. You can watch OMNI TV’s report that was broadcast in Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto.

Also, the Asian Tribune and the Press Council of Edmonton provided a TV report that is available on YouTube by clicking here.

Thanks again to all who participated in this event including our sponsors, keynotes, discussion panelists, seminar leaders and exhibitors!

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 and is filed under Latest News,Upcoming Events.