Dec 18

From all of us to all of you….

As the year ends, we think about all we are grateful for. Our relationship with all of you who have worked with ERIEC is one thing we treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to share our blogs with you over 2012.  We wish you the best of the holiday season and much success in the… Read more »

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.


Dec 12

If you were an immigrant, would you qualify to come to Canada?

While working to assist newcomers to Canada for over 8 years, I have often found myself trying to imagine what it’s like to face the many complex challenges new immigrants face once they arrive here in our country.  However, there’s a rigorous process newcomers face before they even get here.  This morning I read an… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.


Dec 05

“I wish we could hire them all!”

The room was buzzing with sector-specific, focused conversation and the energy and enthusiasm was electric at the Matrix Hotel in downtown Edmonton last Thursday afternoon! Yes, it was a record-setting day for ERIEC last week as we hosted the largest Speed Career Networking event in ERIEC’s history.  It was a “by invitation only” event with… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 and is filed under Speed Career Networking.


Nov 28

Mentorship: A Wayfinder….

–  post by Doug Piquette, ED, ERIEC The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit. ~ Wade Davis, “The Wayfinders” I can think of a number of people, family, movies, events and books… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 and is filed under Career Mentorship,Other Interesting Topics.


Nov 22

APEGA Supports Internationally Educated Engineers

Internationally Educated Graduates (IEGs) in Engineering make up the largest percentage of mentees in our Career Mentorship Program. We were happy to hear that APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta) created the first position of its kind in Canada to support these skilled immigrants to become registered in Alberta.  ERIEC interviewed Guillermo… Read more »

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.


Nov 14

4 ways newcomers can use LinkedIn for their job search

Posted in CanadianImmigrant.ca October 16, 2012 We at ERIEC thought this was a great intro to LinkedIn for those who may not have created a profile yet. So we borrowed it from the online Canadian Immigrant Magazine. Check it out! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the magazine- it’s a good read! www.canadianimmigrant.ca…. Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.


Nov 14

Career Mentorship Program Winter 2013 Intake – we are recruiting mentors now!

ERIEC is currently accepting mentor applications for our Winter intake of the Career Mentorship Program, which starts in the new year! It is an exciting opportunity for internationally trained professionals looking for a Canadian mentor – and for Canadian business professionals seeking an enriching experience in supporting a foreign-trained professional.

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!!!

We are currently accepting online applications for mentors. It’s easy to apply! Just go online at http://www.eriec.ca/career-mentorship-program and click on the gold mentor 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, November 14th, 2012 and is filed under Latest News,Upcoming Events.


Nov 07

Canada’s Workforce Paradox – High Job Demand, High Unemployment

By Doug Piquette At the annual meeting of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hamilton, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney was quoted as saying that “Canada has more than a million Canadians who are officially unemployed but that in many provinces across the nation many companies cannot get the workers they need…. Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.