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.

On June 14th 2018, the Edmonton Region Immigrant Council (ERIEC) will be hosting the first event of this year’s Smart Connections program.

Date: Thursday, June 14th 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Program starts at 9:00 am)
Where: Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 Avenue, Edmonton Alberta

Registration is OPEN now! Please click here to register! 


Part 1: Sector Job Wayfinder Resource & How To Critically Review Job Ads
This session will provide you with an overview of a new professional Wayfinder Resource developed specifically for Internationally Educated Professionals with a background in Engineering, Finance and Science. Your presenters will provide you with information on how to use the resources to support professional job search and a short workshop on how to critically review job ads, to determine which job opportunities are a fit for your career goals.

Part 2: The Future of Work – Panel Discussion
Interested in freelancing, remote work, and the gig economy? Come ask all the questions you’ve always wanted to ask with our panel of experts and professionals, and learn about myths vs. facts regarding online and temporary work.

For more information, please contact Elena Chernaeva, Networking Program Director, at or 780-497-8866.


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