Smart Connections are 3-hour educational sessions that bring together immigrants to the Edmonton area with local business leaders and HR experts. These sessions are usually focused on specific topics related to creating sustainable career paths, whether within or outside their field of expertise.

The sessions are learning and networking opportunities hosted by ERIEC at no charge. ERIEC usually offers Smart Connections once or twice a year as one type of networking program for their clients.

The focus of these sessions is internationally-educated professionals who have recently come to Edmonton and are actively seeking employment. These newcomers are highly qualified but can lack the cultural knowledge of how to successfully seek, apply for, and transition to work in Canada. The knowledge gained through Smart Connections can help these immigrants find employment in work that taps their skills and experience. This provides them with economic stability that benefits their families and the local economy.

By coming to a Smart Connections event, you can expect to:

  • Increase your knowledge of specialized sector-specific Canadian workplace opportunities.
  • Connect directly to employer representatives from the local labour market who present the skills required to succeed in the sector.
  • Talk in small groups and do a self-assessment of core competencies needed to succeed in your job search.
  • Gain vital skills on how to repackage yourself to successfully find an alternate or temporary career path while pursuing re-certification.
Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect at a Smart Connection event?

Smart Connections events are half-day events that bring together speakers and panels of experts to speak about a specific topic related to employment. These events are held in person and also provide participants with time to network with other new immigrants, the guest speakers, and panellists.

Who can go to a Smart Connection event?

The event is open to internationally-educated professionals with any background who are permanent residents and Canadian citizens. Local business owners, employers, and HR experts are also invited to learn more about working with diverse workforces and to access international talent who are looking for work in Edmonton.

Why should I go to a Smart Connection event?

Smart Connection events are a free event where you can learn and network with people who are in the same field. They allow you to connect with small groups and focus on specific topics related to your job search or industry. They are a great way to explore ways to search for work in your field or look for alternatives that use your international education and experience.

Why should I or my employees go to a Smart Connection event?

Your company can benefit from connecting with some of the international talent currently available in Edmonton. It is a great way to learn about challenges facing immigrants who are looking for work in Edmonton. It can also showcase the global perspectives and value these professionals can add to your current team.

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Connect with local business leaders and immigrants with international experience to build a diverse, professional network.