Feb 19

AccentFree at the Conference

Introducing AccentFree Inc. The AccentFree team is excited to be a part of the ERIEC 2015 Global Talent Conference  and to showcase their technology.  Immigrants and employers will have the opportunity to try out the software free of cost at their convenience. Recent academic research (Ana Ferrer of Waterloo and Alicia Adsera of Princeton) has shown… Read more »

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 and is filed under Canadian Workplace Culture, Global Talent Conference, Latest News, Other Interesting Topics, Research.


May 14

Understanding the Challenges Internationally-Trained Lawyers Face

By Jocelyn Frazer The Law Society of Alberta At best, becoming a lawyer in Alberta is a lengthy process. There are many requirements that every prospective applicant must satisfy: being of good character and reputation, meeting the academic qualifications, successfully completing a bar admission course and serving a term of articles. For applicants who are… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 and is filed under Regulatory Bodies.


Nov 27

2014 RISE Awards: Nominations Opened!

By EMCN Team The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers’ RISE Awards, presented in partnership with the Edmonton Regional Immigrant Employment Council, have been operating as one of Edmonton’s signature events for many years. The RISE Awards are comprised of two award categories, the Community Awards and Employer Awards, and celebrate the many accomplishments of newcomers and… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics, Special Projects.


Nov 20

National Settlement Conference 2013

Conference Review by the ERIEC Team The 2013 National Settlement Conference took place last week in Ottawa and ERIEC’s Executive Director, Doug Piquette had the opportunity to participate in the event that hosted over 400 delegates. Major stakeholders gathered from across Canada to discuss Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)-funded settlement programs around a central theme… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.


Oct 16

No Diversity? No Excellence.

For many years, while working as interpreter and translator for various European companies, I was exposed to different workplace environments, cultures and values. I did not know then that years later that  ‘diversity’ would be such a widely discussed topic. Some North American employers look at the diversity as a reference to race only which… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 and is filed under Canadian Workplace Culture, Other Interesting Topics.


Sep 11

Sule Mohammed – a success story

Sule Mohammed’s dedication to his career and desire for a high quality of life for himself and his family took him on a long journey from his native Nigeria to Edmonton. Trained as a mechanical engineer in Nigeria and registered with Nigeria’s highest engineering authority, the Council for Recognition of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 and is filed under Career Mentorship, Other Interesting Topics.


Sep 04

Scotiabank StartRight Program

As Canada’s most international bank – with branches and offices in over 55 countries around the world – our international outlook helps us understand the needs of new Canadians. We value the important role newcomers play in the Canadian workforce, economy and cultural mosaic.  We also understand the challenges of getting started and getting settled in a new country,… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.


Aug 28

Are you an Immigrant Entrepreneur with a business idea and looking at how to start a new business?

The Immigrant Entrepreneurship Training program might be what you need! This is a twelve weeks program supported by Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) and Wildman Institute. Wildman Institute is a non- profit, small business support facility in Edmonton which offers entrepreneurial training programs for a variety of client groups such as immigrant entrepreneurs. They… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics, Special Projects.


Jul 03

O Canada!

How long does it take to uproot an exotic tree from South America and replant it in North America? How long does it take for its roots to strengthen so that one could consider it adapted to the new and colder environment?  I read in a magazine that in some cases it takes 19 years!!!… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics.


Jun 26

“Mentoring around the World” Series

In a previous blog we started to explore ‘best practices’ in mentoring programs from around the world. In today’s blog we would like to introduce to you some interesting research work by Mikael Hellstrom and Patrick von Maravic from the University of Alberta. In their paper “Why has integration in the labour market worked better in Canada than in… Read more »

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 and is filed under Other Interesting Topics, Research.