Alberta Global Talent Conference 2021: Redefining Mentoring and Networking

Over the last 10 years the annual Global Talent Conference was known as one of Edmonton’s premium events for Internationally Educated Professionals who are looking to connect with, and be inspired by, leaders from the Edmonton business community. This year the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) co-hosted the first Alberta Global Talent Conference with our counterpart in Calgary, the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC), and it has been provided virtually.

The 11th Global Talent Conference drew an impressive of 628 people who registered and 405 who attended the virtual conference on February 25th, 2021.

The ERIEC’s and CRIEC’s Executive Directors Doug Piquette and Bruce Randall, who co-hosted the conference, welcomed the gathering. We received a blessing from Elder Patrick Daignault and an empowering address from the Honourable Salma Lakhani, Alberta’s 19th Lieutenant Governor.

To watch the Opening Ceremony, click here!

Jade Boxrud, Community Manager RBC and ERIEC’s Board of Director introduced the morning keynote speaker Nick Noorani who provided and interesting concept on Network like a Champ: Why should you Speak with Strangers.

To watch the morning keynote of Nick Noorani, click here!

Evangeline Berube, Branch Manager, Robert Half discussed the difference between Hiring and Onboarding: Then and now

To watch Evangeline’s presentation, click here!

How to Find your Dream Job, a question we all want the answer to, was presented by Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve, a professional engineer, an instructor and a diversity champion.

To watch Claudia’s presentation, click here!

There was a concurrent session provided by a panel of Accès Emploi team lead by their Executive Director Nathalie Beauregard, Paulina Lazarini, Kayijuka Rukabuza and their guests Marta Concari and Koussigué Derping who shared their success stories as French speaking immigrants in Alberta. The title of the panel discussion was Advantages and Opportunities of Speaking French in Alberta.

To watch Accès Emploi’s panel discussion, click here!

The afternoon program started with presentation titled The Power of Virtual Networking, provided by Tonya Holowitski and Javier Vinsome, Career Services Advisor with CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta)

To watch Tonya and Javier’s presentation, click here!

The afternoon keynote address Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures Without Losing Yourself in the Process was mostly dedicated to ERIEC and CRIEC mentors, however the keynote speaker Dr. Andy Molinsky was able to attract also our mentees with his interesting vision of adaptation and integration into a new social environment.

To watch the afternoon keynote of Dr. Molinsky, click here!

The last item on the conference agenda was a Panel Discussion Why Be a Mentor. Our passionate mentors Jade Boxrud, Michael Taylor and RJ Skyers, and excellent moderator Azumme Degun shared their experience with our Mentorship Program and why being a mentor is a great professional development opportunity.

To watch the Mentorship Panel discussion, click here!

We would like to thank this year’s exclusive corporate sponsor RBC Royal Bank of Canada, as well as our deluxe corporate sponsor CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta)

Special thanks to all the exhibitors who showcased their services at this year’s Conference Marketplace, to all the participants, community partners and volunteers for helping us to make the 11th Global Talent Conference a success.