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.

Oct 31

Why I came to Canada – A Mentee’s Story

Nimaya Lodu is a mentee in ERIEC’s Career Mentorship Program. I asked him if he was willing to share with our readers why he chose to come to Canada. This is what he wrote: I came to Canada as a convention Refugee after staying in Uganda for over 20 years. This was due to the… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 and is filed under Career Mentorship.

Oct 24

Mentees and Mentors are the Heart of our program!

Previously, we learned about Karen Madi, a mentor from TELUS. This week, we learn more about her mentee, Nimaya Lodu from Sudan. What’s your name and occupation? My name is Nimaya Lodu and my occupation is Human Resources Administration Why did you choose to get involved in the Career Mentorship Program? How do you hope… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 and is filed under Career Mentorship.

Oct 17

You Got Chocolate on my Peanut Butter!

I was at the grocery store recently looking at the candy bar display when the bright orange packaging of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup caught my eye.  I was immediately jettisoned back to the old television commercial for this chocolate bar where two strangers collide.  One is eating chocolate and the other eating peanut butter… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 and is filed under Career Mentorship,Speed Career Networking.

Oct 10

Mentors Need Support Too!

Mentors share their wisdom and experience with their mentees, but mentors need support too.  Here are some interesting links on resources and information for mentors. Enjoy! Networking tips for mentors What it means to be a mentor – from our sister organization in Toronto, TRIEC What the City of Calgary thinks about mentorship, a video… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 and is filed under Career Mentorship.

Oct 04

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

ERIEC is currently accepting mentor/mentee 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!!!

Are you new to Canada? Are you a foreign-trained professional struggling to find employment in your field? Do you need support in building the networks necessary to become employed to your full potential? Consider the Career Mentorship Program!!

We are currently accepting online applications for mentees. Early applicants have a better chance of being matched with a mentor, so apply soon! We suggest you apply by October 31, 2012. It’s easy to apply! Just go online at and click on the gold mentee or 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 Thursday, October 4th, 2012 and is filed under Latest News,Upcoming Events.

Oct 03

Mentors and Mentees are the Heart of ERIEC

Mentors and mentees are the heart of ERIEC and of our Career Mentorship Program. Last week our Fall cohort began the program.  I asked a new mentor from TELUS some questions about her participation in our program. Karen, an HR Recruitment Consultant, was matched with Nimaya, an HR professional from Sudan. You can see them… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 and is filed under Career Mentorship.

Sep 26

Have you ever wondered who participates in ERIEC’s Career Mentorship Program?

This month ERIEC’s 8th Career Mentorship Program cohort started, and it’s our largest ever! 21 mentees have been matched with 20 mentors in this program. We wrote a blog about the program here. The mentees are from all over the world: Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, South Sudan,… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.