Meet the BVC Mentoring Team

Meet the current BVC Mentoring Team. From left to right, Chenwei Lian, Laurel Madro, Katalina Bardell and Anne O'Byrne. Over the last 5 years, Bow Valley has been an active partner in the BVC/CRIEC mentoring initiatives and celebrates the success of our partnership. We look forward to expanding and growing all strategies for mentoring in the future. 

If you are interested in becoming involved don't hesitate to contact us! 

The BVC Mentorship Program is run in partnership with CRIEC (Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council) under the umbrella of the Center for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement. To learn more about the Center please visit our website. 

Center for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement

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BVC/CRIEC Strategic Planning Event

On September 12, 2013, Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council and Bow Valley College gathered the community to have an intentional conversation on "What will supporting international talent look like at its best in Calgary." In April of 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) elected to fund the CRIEC/BVC Mentorship Initiative as a partnership. Because this was in some ways a formalization of a successful partnership it seemed to be a good time to take it to the community and learn from all the stakeholders what they saw as the vision for the future.  Stakeholder groups included immigrants, government representatives, community partners, CRIEC and BVC staff, representatives from other post secondary institutions, funders and employer partners.

Originally the event was planned for June 27th, 2013, but when Southern Alberta was flooded on June20 and most of the City, specifically the East Village was under water for almost 2 weeks. The Strategic Planning event had to be rescheduled for Sept. 12, 2013. Attendance at the rescheduled event was equal to the number of participants who had originally agreed to attend in June. The new date and time didn’t impact participation. 

As a result of the strategic planning event the following outcomes were achieved;

CRIC/BVC engaged the community stakeholders in creating vision and completing the “dream” phase of the appreciative inquiry process

Results of this meeting are being used by CRIEC/BVC as a basis for moving forward together in supporting international professionals in Calgary and applying for and using joint funding.

Connection and shared interpretations were fostered among CRIEC/BVC stakeholders.

Funders experienced increased clarity on the high level of collaboration among the immigrant community and develop a greater understanding of the CRIEC/BVC partnership. 

The Four Major Themes that arose;

  • Passion/connections/conversations
  • community collaboration
  • access to information
  • resluts based programs/initiatives

To read the final report please click here

CRTP partners with the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC)


CRTP has joined CRIEC in bringing skilled immigrants and established professionals together in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. The goal of the program is to help newcomers find work commensurate with their education and experience, build inclusive workplaces, and strengthen the ability of Calgary organizations to attract and retain talent.

The partnership enables CRTP to offer more mentoring relationships to its students. By participating in CRIEC’s Mentoring Program, CRTP students have the opportunity to develop a professional network, learn effective job-search strategies, gain a better understanding of Canadian workplace culture, and obtain industry and occupation-specific information.

Many mentees, their mentors, and mentor organizations have already benefitted from the program. To learn firsthand about CRIEC’s mentoring program, visit

Mentoring Internationally Trained Professionals

Vijay Panchmatia, Logistics, Fedex

A bridging program to fast track foreign trained professionals into the Canadian workplace

United Way and Bow Valley College have entered into a partnership to offer a mentoring program for internationally educated professionals through the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC).   Internationally Educated professionals face a variety of obstacles when arriving in Canada.  The information and guidance they receive can be critical to making decisions related to their career and skill development and finding meaningful employment.    The goal of the mentoring program is to  connect immigrant professionals with working professionals in a mentoring partnership. 

This program will:

  • provide the opportunity for internationally educated professionals to network with working professionals through a more structured formal mentoring relationship
  • offer the opportunity to learn about the special skills and talents of the foreign trained professionals and recognize their potential value and contribution to the workplace
  • offer an opportunity for employers and supervisors to participate in a structured training program where leadership and mentorship skills can be developed
  • develop tools, strategies and resources for professional immigrants that improve and increase integration into Canadian work culture
  • provide the opportunity for organizations to develop a corporate culture that is more aware and understanding of the issues faced by newcomers entering the Calgary workplace

Program Participants


Mentees will be recruited from the following professional fields:  Engineering, Accounting and Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, and Office Administration. Mentees will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

  • Have a total of at least 3 years experience in their area of expertise
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 in reading, listening, writing and speaking.
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Able to meet with a mentor during regular work hours


Benevolent working professionals who are interested in sharing information and experiences with a foreign trained professional, and have:

  • At least 5 years experience in their fields in Canada
  • A strong understanding of the Canadian workplace culture and knowledge of the skills required to meet the market demands
  • An interest in and an understanding of other cultures
  • Previous experience in mentoring or have been mentored
  • Are  interested  in further developing their leadership skills

Program Description  

A four month structured program which includes:

  • 16 weekly meetings over four months - approximately 1-1.5 hours
  • Mentee and Mentor Orientation Session
  • Ongoing support by the Mentoring Coordinator
  • Opportunities to provide feedback on the program


This program is made possible for no charge through an investment by Citizenship and Immigrantion Canada (CIC).

 For more information, please contact us!

Become a Mentee

If you're a permanent resident of Canada and you’d like to apply for the mentoring program as a mentee, please email the following documents to Chenwei Lian at 

  1. Your resume
  2. A scanned copy of your Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), IELTS or TOEFL results

For more information, please contact Chenwei at 403-410-3211 or by email at

Thanks you to our funders!

We would like to thank Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for the funding and support to continue to offer mentorship initiatives to the people of Calgary. Not only does CIC sponsor the program financially, but they also participate as mentors! Many many thanks to all that you do!

Vijay Panchmatia, P.Log, Logistics

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