Nov 09

The benefits of a bilingual brain

By Mia Nacamulli It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your… Read more »

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 and is filed under Latest News, Mentees, Other Interesting Topics, Research, Special Projects, The Wave.


Jul 18

8 Ways New Immigrants Can Create Effective Business Meetings

The ERIEC team has received some great positive feedback from participants who attended our Smart Connections event held on June 15th . Gord Sheppard’s keynote presentation was well received by everyone attended and his presentation style and tips were very helpful to the internationally educated professional audience who are currently in a workforce transition. Gord has recently posted a new article… Read more »

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 and is filed under Canadian Workplace Culture, Latest News, Mentees, Networking, Smart Connections, Special Projects.


Jul 05

CCI-LEX Develops Innovative Ways to Deliver ESL to Newcomers

Initially published in the June edition of Diversity Magazine Diversity and inclusion in Canadian society starts with effective newcomer settlement and integration. Cultural Connections Institute The Learning Exchange (CCI-LEX), a non-profit organization based in Edmonton, has grown into a leader in this area through innovative ways to deliver English as a Second Language (ESL) courses… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 and is filed under Latest News, Special Projects.


May 10

How To Create Awesome Meetings

Dear Mentors, We are announcing an interesting opportunity for you in your professional development: Workshop: How To Create Awesome Meetings When you are invited to a meeting do you: Want to jump for joy; Run away screaming; or… Fall asleep? Why Should You Take This Workshop? You and your team will learn new tips and… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 and is filed under Canadian Workplace Culture, Latest News, Other Interesting Topics, Smart Connections, Special Projects, The Wave, Upcoming Events.


Apr 27

Smart Connections: June 15th

On June 15th 2017 the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) will be hosting a Smart Connections event. 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. Theme: Leveraging You Presentation Skills Who is invited: Internationally… Read more »

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 and is filed under Canadian Workplace Culture, Latest News, Mentees, Mentors, Networking, Other Interesting Topics, Smart Connections, Special Projects, The Wave, Upcoming Events.


Mar 08

Global Talent Conference 2017: Communicating with Confidence

This year’s Edmonton Global Talent Conference drew a record number of participants (245) to the Fantasyland Hotel & Conference Centre which was held last Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. The ERIEC conference team brought in Samuel Oboh  , a locally based, Nigerian-born architect and community leader,  to provide this year’s keynote address: Nuances and Nudges: Why… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 and is filed under Global Talent Conference, Latest News, Mentees, Mentors, Networking, Special Projects.


Jan 26

Communication Do’s and Don’ts

Last December 2016 we had the pleasure to welcome a communication expert and friend of ERIEC: Diana Ionescu, P.Eng. as a guest speaker at one of the Career Mentorship Program sessions. Diana is a business optimization consultant, following a career in Engineering and Project Management that spanned over two decades and two continents. Her passion… Read more »

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 and is filed under Canadian Workplace Culture, Career Mentorship, Latest News, Mentees, Other Interesting Topics.


Aug 19

Test Your Networking Skills – Answers

 A quiz to test job seeker’s networking skills at professional functions and events. By Don Straits Last Wednesday we published eight questions to test Your Networking Skills. Here are the answers and author’s comments at the end.  A.While C is very appropriate after you have started a good conversation, it is considered rude immediately to… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 and is filed under Canadian Workplace Culture, Latest News, Networking.


Aug 12

Test Your Networking Skills

A quiz to test job seeker’s networking skills at professional functions and events. By Don Straits How much do you really know about navigating networking events? This little quiz is a fun way to brush up on your schmoozing skills without having to balance a drink or hail a cab. 1. When meeting someone at a networking… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 and is filed under Networking.