Smart Connections

Smart Connect LogoERIEC is dedicated to ensuring immigrants are welcomed and participate in the economy to their full potential. Foreign-trained, experienced professionals now making the Edmonton region their home want to contribute their skills to our economy – but many lack the local knowledge needed for a successful job search.  ERIEC provides a unique and effective bridge between employers’ labour needs and globally trained new residents so they can work to their full potential.

SmartConnections is a model which helps Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) in creating sustainable career paths, whether within or outside their field of expertise. ERIEC usually offers these sessions once or twice a year.  This 3 hour event:

  • Increases IEPs knowledge of specialized sector-specific Canadian workplace opportunities;
  • Connects them directly to employer representatives from the local labour market who present the skills required to succeed in the sector;
  • Enables low ratio discussion and self assessment of core competencies needed for success in the sector;
  • Provides vital skills about how to repackage themselves to find and apply for a successful alternate/temporary career path while pursuing re-certification.

SmartConnections assists IEPs to find employment at a level commensurate with their skills and experience while providing social benefits through increased economic stability for their families.

Employers benefit from connecting with some of the international talent currently available in Edmonton and the global perspectives these professionals can bring to our market place.

This is a fantastic learning and networking event hosted by ERIEC at no charge and is open to internationally educated professionals with any background (Permanent Residents and Canadian Citizens)!

Smart Connections May 30, 2019 – Registration Open!

Date: Thursday, May 30th 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Program starts at 9:00 am)
Where: Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 Avenue, Edmonton Alberta


Part 1: Nailing the Networking Event

Presenter: Jeannie Vaage, VIP Protocol

Jeannie Vaage is a certified corporate and international protocol consultant. She is a graduate of the Protocol School of Washington DC, the only nationally accredited business etiquette, image and international protocol school in North America. Her training is recognized by Fortune 500 corporations, governments, academia, and private consultants around the world.

Part 2: The Hiring Process – Panel Discussion

The panelists will talk about the steps that event attendees should consider that will help their applications get noticed.


Jennifer Weenk – Government of Alberta
Aly Moorji – City of Edmonton
Sumira Duggal – Canadian Western Bank
Tonya Holowitski – Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA Alberta)
Violet Poon – Edmonton HR Cluster – Moderator

This 3 hour event provides vital skills about how to repackage yourself to leverage your career!

To register, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is challenging downtown so we encourage you to use the Edmonton Public Transportation. Matrix Hotel is located only one block south of Corona Station.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need to bring your ticket.

Dress Code is business casual.

Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions, please contact Elena at [email protected] or 780-707-8493.

The ERIEC Team

For the previous Smart Connection events, please click the links below: