Smart Connections September 26, 2019 – Registration Open!

Smart Connections aims to help Internationally Educated Professionals in creating sustainable career paths, whether within or outside their field of expertise. It is about information sharing and time-efficient networking between local professionals and Internationally Educated Professionals.

When: Thursday, September 26th 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Program starts at 9:00 am)
Where: Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 Avenue, Edmonton Alberta

This is a fantastic learning and networking opportunity at no cost and is open to internationally educated professionals with any background (Permanent Residents and Canadian Citizens).

Objectives: Discussion on alternative career paths for Internationally Educated Professionals with background in Engineering, Science, Environment, Project Management, Health Care and more.

Discussion Topics:
Alberta Bioindustry
Discovering Opportunities in the Environmental Sector
From Global Engineer to Canadian Engineer
Opportunities in Project Management
Cannabis – Canada’s New Careers

CLAUDIA GOMEZ-VILLENEUVE is a popular corporate speaker and university trainer specializing in Project Management, Engineering Studies and Gender Inclusion. Claudia’s passion is to explain complex concepts with positivism and creativity. In 2019 APEGA, the Association of Engineers and Geoscientist of Alberta, awarded her and the rest of the CCWESTT 2018 Conference team the APEGA Summit Award as Champions of Women in Engineering and Geoscience.

MARTHA VEGA-SMITH is a seasoned Career Coach with most clients being international educated professionals (IEPs). She supports others in their career advancement by combining a deep sense of empathy and knowledge that comes from her own path as immigrant, female engineer, and someone who’s struggled with depression. Over her 18-year career as a Pipeline Integrity Professional in Canada, she has mentored and / or coached more than 50 engineering professionals, and supported many Diversity and Inclusion workplace initiatives. In 2012 the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) awarded her the RISE Award for Individual Achievement for demonstrating leadership and innovation in integrating IEPs in the workplace.

CATALINA VASQUEZ is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Nanostics Inc. and the former Program Director for the Alberta Prostate Cancer Research Initiative (APCaRI), where she coordinated the translational goals of the team. She was also the lead at the Prostate Cancer Registry and Biorepository in Edmonton, Alberta. Prior to coming to Alberta, she served as Project Manager for Investigator Initiated Trials with the Lawson Health Research Institute at the London Health Sciences Centre, and as Laboratory Manager in Dr. John Lewis’ laboratory at Western University. Ms. Vasquez earned her MSc. in Medical Biophysics at Western University in 2011, and a post-graduate title in Food Microbiology and Quality Assurance and her BSc. in Microbiology and Medical Laboratory Science in Medellin, Colombia.

JESSE CHEETHAM is the Vice President, Human Resources at Fire & Flower Inc. holding a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation and is an honors graduate of the Bachelor of Management, Human Resource Management & Labour Relations program from the University of Lethbridge. Prior to joining Fire & Flower, Jesse was the Director of Employee Services at Peavey Industries LP, an agricultural retailer with 100 locations across Canada recognized by the prestigious Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Award. Mr. Cheetham also held executive HR management positions with Skechers across Western Canada and the United States. He is an advocate for building organizations through checking ego at the door and creating a safe environment for unique people to bring unique talents.

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.

Registration starts at 8:00 and the program – at 9:00 am.

Please note there will be no breakfast served, just light refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there!