Why become a connector? —You are not only volunteering to help a newcomer to Canada in Edmonton, you’re growing your own network too!
As a connector, you will get access to professional immigrant talent in Edmonton. You can increase your awareness of your own organization and industry. Our connectors build a network for people by helping them succeed in Alberta, which makes Edmonton a more welcoming and diverse community.
As a connector, you will:
If you have any further questions, please contact the Connector Program Coordinator.
Our connectees are internationally educated professionals who come from a variety of backgrounds. They are all screened to be part of this program. They are aware that the goal of the Connector Program is to enhance networking skills, not to ask for employment.
You will only be asked for a one-time informational meeting for half an hour. The intention is to give the connectee an understanding of how their industry works in Edmonton, and help them build a professional network here.
The meeting will be scheduled either at the connector’s office or another convenient public location suggested by the connector. (During the pandemic of COVID-19, the meetings are through telephone or video.)
After your meeting, you will be asked to provide your connectee with up to three more referrals, essentially creating a basic business network or web of connections. You will only need to provide these referrals if you feel comfortable doing so.
For this program, we do not expect a ‘mentor connection’ where you would routinely keep in touch. If you would like to be connected on LinkedIn or through e-mail, that is up to you but it is not expected. We do hope though that the connectee will share good news with you, such as when they secure employment.
Absolutely not. Connectees are aware that the goal of the Connector Program is to enhance their networking skills, enhance their current job search strategies, and expand their professional network.
Becoming a connector provides you with access to local professional immigrant talent here in Edmonton. You will gain a more global understanding of your industry by seeing it through the perspective of your connectee. This can help your organization and Edmonton become a more welcoming and diverse community. You will build your own network while you are helping newcomers succeed in Alberta. Apply to be a Connector