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Local organizations help immigrant professionals bridge the employment gap in Alberta

February 24th, 2012

CRIEC, CAPC, and BVC's Corporate Readiness Program Teams

Mentoring and coaching internationally educated professionals for work in Canada is an important step towards solving Alberta's anticipated labour shortages.

Bow Valley College (BVC), the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC), and the Calgary Association of Professional Coaches (CAPC), recently showcased their expertise in mentoring and coaching immigrant professionals at a Coffee With a Perk event on February 9 at BVC. Thirteen CRIEC mentors and 15 mentees from BVC attended the event.

"This initiative with CAPC and BVC builds on CRIEC's work with other community partners to connect qualified foreign-trained professionals with mentors who can help them integrate into the Canadian workforce," says Marie-France Varin, CRIEC's Director of Program Development.

In its second year, the BVC and CRIEC mentorship program pairs working professionals with a foreign-trained professionals new to Canada in an occupation-specific mentoring relationship. Through this connection, newcomers to Canada gain practical knowledge about workplace best practices and networking.

"BVC offers several programs that help newcomers to Canada enter careers that utilize their existing skills, credentials, and expertise," says Laurel Madro, Coordinator of Bow Valley College's Corporate Readiness Training Program (CRTP).

"This partnership goes one step further by connecting CRTP graduates to CRIEC mentors who receive professional coaching services through CAPC."

CAPC joined the partnership in 2011 to offer CRIEC mentors professional coaching tips that strengthen their ability to connect with their mentees both personally and professionally.

"This event helps us to highlight International Coaching Week which is intended to educate the public about the value of working with a professional coach," says Lisa Dare, President, Calgary Association of Professional Coaches. "Our partnership with CRIEC is a great example of the benefits of coaching in the personal and professional lives of the mentorship program participants." 

The mentorship program between BVC and CRIEC receives funding from the United Way of Calgary through the Shell Immigrant Employment Project.

Visit the following websites for more information about CRIEC, CAPC, or BVC's Corporate Readiness Program:

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Reid Heskes, Host Employer, GL Accountant, Calgary Board of Education

The opportunity to work with a CRTP work placement student was an extremely positive experience for the CBE. As a learning organization, it is always great to aid in the progression of an individual’s personal skills and professional career.…

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