Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Celebrating World Refugee Day with Syrian Canadian Refugee Mustafa Alio

 Syrian Canadian Refugee Mustafa Alio
By Gelek Badheytsang
WES Global Talent Bridge

On the first morning after his arrival in Canada, Mustafa Alio stared out the window and thought to himself, “Why is there so much dust outside?”

It was not dust that was swirling in the air. They were snowflakes.

Mustafa Alio laughed as he recounted this experience.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Six Free Must-Have Apps for International Students in the U.S.

By: Mehran Tehrani

Your academic achievements in the U.S. play a significant role when you are applying for internships, summer jobs, and student-run organizations. Aside from maintaining good grades, it can be difficult to transition to a new life in the U.S.

Luckily, your smartphone can help you cover various needs. Here are six must-have mobile apps international students in the U.S. should have:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Register for Our Upcoming Webinar: Career Opportunities After Graduation


Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. EDT
Location: Online/Virtual
Cost: Free

About the Webinar: If you are thinking about applying to school in the U.S. and researching your career prospects, or if you are approaching graduation and want career advice, then this in-depth webinar will have the advice you are looking for.

How to Start your Medical Laboratory Science Career in Canada: A Guide for Internationally Educated Medical Laboratory Technologists

 How to Start your Medical Laboratory Science Career in Canada: A Guide for Internationally Educated Medical Laboratory Technologists

By Bessie Carydis
Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)

The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) is the national association and certifying body for medical laboratory professionals in Canada. CSMLS is also responsible for the credential evaluation of internationally educated medical laboratory technologists (IEMLTs) for all provinces and territories except for Quebec.

CSMLS administers the certification exam and PLA services under contract to all provincial regulators except for Quebec.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Silicon Valley North: the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor

 Silicon Valley North: the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor

By Sahra Togone
WES Global Talent Bridge

The Toronto-Waterloo region, often referred to simply as the corridor, is home to thousands of tech startups and multinational companies. The Toronto-Waterloo strip spans 112 kilometers, making it the second largest global innovation technology cluster in North America. 


The corridor is now competing for top talent around the world with billions of dollars of support from both the private and the public sector. The federal government of Canada recently announced funding of more than $752 million for infrastructure upgrades to the GO transit line.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Robin Cardozo on Immigration, Mentorship, Volunteering, and Diversity in Canada

 Robin Cardozo on Immigration, Mentorship, Volunteering, and Diversity in Canada

By Gelek Badheytsang
WES Global Talent Bridge

Robin Cardozo is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the SickKids Foundation. He arrived in Canada in 1976. The following is a conversation that took place on May 4, 2017.

What were the places you lived in before Canada?

I was born in Pakistan and lived in different parts of the country during my early years. I went to England and stayed there for four years as I studied to become a chartered accountant (CA). After I got my CA degree, I came over to Canada. While I was studying in England, my family had moved from Pakistan to Canada. When I graduated I had to make a decision. I could have chosen to stay in England—which I liked a lot—but the fact that my family was in Canada was the biggest draw for me.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Top Six Tips When Using LinkedIn

 Top Six Tips When Using LinkedIn

By Sahra Togone
WES Global Talent Bridge

LinkedIn is a leading social networking platform that can connect you to nearly half a billion professionals around the world. It is a powerful online tool that helps you explore new contacts and careers, and is an easy way to stay up to date with your current network. Many of us are used to communicating with our friends, family members, and colleagues through social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp, but what about LinkedIn? Are there certain things we should keep in mind when using it?

Whether you are new to LinkedIn or have been using it for some time, here are six important rules of etiquette to consider before clicking “send” on your next LinkedIn message or post.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Digital Micro-Credentials: Paving Your Pathway to Integration

 Digital Micro-Credentials: Paving Your Pathway to Integration

By Don Presant
Learning Agents

It can be difficult to come from another country and build a new career. Your foreign qualifications and experience are often not fully recognized. The country-specific work experience you need for good jobs can be hard to get, especially in your field. And despite your unique assets and needs, you're typically trained in groups, which can waste your time.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ISANS: Supporting Immigrants and Refugees in Nova Scotia

 ISANS: Supporting Immigrants and Refugees in Nova Scotia

By Gelek Badheytsang
WES Global Talent Bridge

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is a community organization that has been serving immigrants and refugees in Nova Scotia for over 50 years. It is the largest immigrant-serving agency in Atlantic Canada. I recently spoke with Gerry Mills, ISANS’ Executive Director, about the organization.

Tell us a little bit about ISANS.
We provide programs and services to immigrants who come to Nova Scotia. This includes pre-arrivals (those who aren’t in Canada yet) as well as those who have recently arrived or have lived here for longer. Our work began in 1980. We were a non-profit group made up of a small but dedicated group of volunteers. We started by helping settle Vietnamese refugees. Today, we have over 200 staff members, and an annual budget of $17 million. We are the largest immigrant-serving agency in the Canadian Atlantic region, by far.

Friday, May 5, 2017

My Journey to Studying Economics in New York City

By Mehran Tehrani

I was 16 years old when I left my home country in Iran to study abroad in England. I was enrolled to get a two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), but after my first year in England, I decided to continue my education in the United States. I arrived in the U.S. when I was 17 years old and I graduated from Education First (EF) High School in New York. Currently, I am studying at City University of New York (CUNY) and I am majoring in economics. In this article, I will share my journey from Iran to New York City.

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