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.

This is a fantastic learning and networking event hosted by ERIEC at no charge and is open to internationally educated professionals with any background (Permanent Residents and Canadian Citizens)!

Last Smart Connections webinar:

Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:00 AM -11:00 AM

Adapting Across Cultural Styles Tools

Review the presentation here:

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Our workplaces are increasingly diverse because of international migration. Professionals who understand cultural adaptation and the range of cultural styles in our workplaces can be instrumental to organizational success. Join this practical session to learn how to applying the four-stage “Something’s Up” methodology to working in the Canadian interculturally dynamic workplace. Participants will use the Something’s Up approach to investigate three important dynamics of adaptation and apply cultural values models to uncover and make sense of critical incidents and shared personal and professional experiences.

Presenter: Todd Odgers
Todd Odgers is the Associate Dean International at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the former Principal of NorQuest College’s Centre for Intercultural Education (CIE) in Edmonton Canada. Todd has spent his career working in many intercultural intersections through his work in Canada and abroad as a leader, consultant, teacher, and applied researcher. He is currently designing and implementing approaches that will support faculty, staff and leaders at BCIT more effectively engage the range of culturally and linguistically diverse international and new Canadian students and stakeholders on our campuses. For the decade before 2002 he was based primarily in Tokyo leading teams of trainers and consultants working with many leading international and Japanese corporations. He hopes that the tools created from these hard-earned insights and experiences can be of use to meet the challenges we face today and for the future.

Stay tuned for the next webinar planned for June 18th, 2020!

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elena Chernaeva, Networking Program Director, at [email protected] or 780-707-8493.

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