Symposium 2011

2011 Career Mentorship Symposium

The Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) in collaboration with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Alberta Employment and Immigration and United Way, hosted the inaugural Career Mentorship Symposium on January 31st, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza – Chateau Lacombe; in Edmonton.

With a primary focus on the banking sector, the symposium provided a dynamic venue where newcomer members of Edmonton’s global talent pool gain valuable career development advice that they can apply to effectively navigate the labor market.

Time: 8:30am – 4pm
Date: Jan. 31, 2011
Venue: Crowne Plaza – Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton

Career Mentorship Symposium Speakers

Shona Welsh- Keynote Speaker

Shona has been working in the field of mentoring for close to 20 years. Specifically, she has implemented mentoring programs in numerous countries including Canada, the USA, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, and India in her role as a consultant and as former head of global training and development for an international engineering firm.

She is the author of five books, including Mentoring the Future: A Guide to Building Mentor Programs that Work. Shona spends most of her time working with organizations on mentoring and leadership development initiatives, and is currently leading a project in Calgary to establish an Employer Resource Centre for Hiring Immigrants.

Sonia Sunger, CTV Edmonton

Sonia Sunger anchors the CTV Edmonton’s 11:30 p.m. late night newscast on the weekend and covers a variety of stories during the week. Sonia was born and raised in Victoria, B.C. where she developed an early interest for broadcast news. Often getting into trouble for telling the truth, she realized at a young age that she was destined to be a journalist. Sonia studied journalism at Concordia University in Montreal and also graduated with honours from NAIT‘s Radio and Television Arts Program.

Sonia landed a writing position at CTV Edmonton in May of 2006. She quickly worked her way up, filing her first on-air report just months after getting started. During her time at CTV Edmonton Sonia has filled the role of writer, reporter, web reporter and now anchor. One of Sonia’s favourite things about Edmonton is getting to know its people and its colourful stories. Sonia speaks a number of languages (Punjabi, Hindi and basic French) and is proud to live in a city so culturally diverse.

Cindy Laporte, TELUS

Cindy has been with TELUS for 24 years, and is currently an HR Manager with TELUS International supporting mergers, acquisitions and integration. Prior to joining the TELUS International team she was an HR Recruitment Manager where she supported a national recruitment team responsible for hiring over 2000 new team members on a yearly basis. She has held various positions within the Customer Contact Centre and has provided leadership to a very diverse group of team members over the years.

Cindy is serving her 3rd year on the Board of Directors for ERIEC – Edmonton Regional Immigrant Employment Council and chairs the ERIEC Employment Programs Working Committee. It is through her involvement with ERIEC that she has had the opportunity to learn about the diversity of the Edmonton work force and understand the challenges that new comers to Edmonton are faced with.

Maureen Halldorson, RBC Royal Bank, Branch Manager, Mayfield Pointe West

Maureen has worked with RBC for over 20 years. Throughout her career at the bank, Maureen has held various roles in the areas of Branch Management, Sales and Career Coaching, Customer Service Leadership, and Project Management.

An active member of the community where she works and lives, Maureen is a Mentor with the ERIEC Career Mentorship Program, and the Manager of her son’s Midget Minor Hockey Team. Maureen has also held the roles of Head Coordinator for the 2010 Edmonton Olympic Torch Relay Event, United Way Account Executive, Junior Achievement Instructor for the Economics of Staying in School Program, and Chairman of the NAIT’s Applied Banking and Business Program.

Teresa Woo Paw, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Employment and Immigration, Alberta

Ms Woo-Paw was elected to her first term as Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Mackay on March 3, 2008. In addition to her duties as MLA, she currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Employment and Immigration and as a member of the ‘Private Bills’ and ‘Economy’ standing committees of the Legislative Assembly. Previously she served on the standing committees on Public Safety and Services and Public Accounts.

Ms Woo-Paw holds a bachelor of arts degree in social work from the University of Calgary and has dedicated her career to promoting active civic engagement and volunteerism, social inclusion, cross-cultural understanding and antidiscrimination awareness.

Prior to serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Ms Woo-Paw worked as a private consultant providing diversity training and program facilitation and instruction. An active part of her community for over 30 years, Ms Woo-Paw founded the Asian Heritage Foundation, the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary and the Calgary Chinese Community Services Association as well as served on various boards. Her community service has earned Ms Woo-Paw an Immigrant of Distinction Award, YWCA′s Woman of Distinction Award, the Queen′s Jubilee Award for Multiculturalism and Community Services and the Canada 125th Commemorative Award for Community Services.

For Immigrant Professionals:

Gain insights into the banking sector in Edmonton and learn how to best apply your skills and qualifications with the Canadian context.

For Industry Professionals:

Demonstrate corporate leadership and social responsibility by investing in Edmonton’s global talent pool.

Career Mentorship Symposium Agenda Jan. 31 2011






The 2011 ERIEC Career Mentorship Symposium is funded by: