International Student Services

I-Work! Skills for Cross-Cultural Employment

Get the skills to master interviews and the career you want in Canada! 

I-Work! Offers a series of workshops and events targeted at students looking to increase their knowledge about career development in Canada and globally.  

I-Work! Career Conference
Saturday, March 9, 2019

9:00 am - 5:30 pm
150 Telus Centre
Cost: $25

Register now!

Get valuable tips and insights on how to improve your chances of entering Canada’s workplace.

Attend this one-day career conference to enhance your employment skills and learn how to successfully get a career in Canada. Hear from expert keynote speakers and employers on how to build your skills and maximize your employability.

This conference highlights topics ranging from the importance of volunteer work to how to maintain a professional position in Canada.

I-Work! Career Conference is open to all students at all stages of their degree programs who want to enhance their skills and knowledge for employment in Canada.

Learn how to:

  • Enhance your interview skills
  • Appropriately network with professionals
  • Maintain a professional position
  • Understand the differences in intercultural communications in Canada

Conference Prizes

Win a meeting with an HR professional!

Attend the conference, for a chance to win a 30-minute meeting with Amber Holder; UAI HR Manager (two winners will be announced at the end of the conference). This is a valuable opportunity for you to have a one-on-one discussion with a working professional.

Win a career coaching package!

Attendees will also have a chance to win a career coaching package from the UAlberta Career Centre! One winner will be announced.

 Register now! 

Why should you attend?

  • Learn from industry experts
  • Mingle with potential summer employers from various industries
  • Learn how to maintain employment in Canada

Open to all international undergraduate and graduate students.

Conference Schedule

9:00 - 9:30 am: Registration

9:30 - 9:45 am: Welcome and Blessing

9:45 - 10:30 am: Opening Keynote

Stephen Bull, Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Alberta, Government of Alberta

Originally from the UK, Steve immigrated to Canada in 1996 and has worked for both the private and public sector. In his role of Assistant Deputy Minister – Provincial Telecommunications and Registries in Service Alberta he has responsibility for a wide variety of things. As an introvert and immigrant who “had it easy”, Steve is passionate about diversity and inclusion.

10:30 - 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm: The Power of Connections

Expert tips from professionals on how to improve your employability. Learn how to find opportunities by networking, meeting people and building relationships.

Panel includes:


Sarah Tangan
Connector Program Coordinator
Edmonton Region Immigrant
Employment Council


Louis Martyres
Lead Talent Specialist
ATB Financial


Abiola Sunmonu
Senior Business Development Officer
Government of Alberta



Nermeen Youssef, PhD
Award-winning Researcher,
Public Servant and Writer

12:15 - 1:30 pm: Lunch, Free headshots and Infomart

  • Enjoy delicious sandwiches to re-energize you for afternoon sessions
  • Get a FREE headshot from professional photographer Lana Ramsey for your LinkedIn profile
  • InfoMart: Mingle with potential summer employers from various companies such as Outland (a division of Dexterra), Liberty Security, Students' Union InfoLink, Property Stars, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catholic Social Services and Peter Lougheed Leadership College

1:30 - 3:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions

Me Inc. - Entrepreneurial skills students can use for life

Entrepreneurs are responsible for turning ideas into money-making businesses. Success requires focus, great communication, and the ability to grow their connections. What does that have to do with being a student? If you think of yourself as the business, then growing your career is your own form of entrepreneurship. What activities do you take on when your time is limited? Why would anyone be interested in you? How do you meet the people you need to meet?

This interactive workshop will give you some insight into the key entrepreneurial skills of managing your time, pitching, and the thing everyone says you should do but no one ever explains how to do - "networking"! You'll leave the session with some useful tips and tricks and a new perspective on how to grow the enterprise of you.

Presented by Arden Tse
Investment Manager - Accelerate Fund II
Yaletown Partners



More Than Information: Volunteering for Career Enhancement

Volunteering moves information from your head to your heart through your hands. Through an interactive dialogue, explore the expectations and norms of volunteering in a Canadian context. Learn how to leverage volunteering to enhance your career, as well as your personal quota of health and happiness. Be better prepared to launch your career through connection and contribution.

Presented by Deanna Key, Manager of Volunteer Services at Catholic Social Services of Alberta.

3:00 - 3:15 pm: Coffee Break - Telus Atrium

3:15- 4:45 pm: Concurrent Sessions

How to improve your online job profile

Learn how to conduct an effective job search, write an engaging cover letter and resume, and create a professional work profile on LinkedIn.

Presented by Nick Wilson, Communications Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry – Surgery Department
University of Alberta



Beyond 9 - 5: The Entrepreneurship Route

This session focuses on entrepreneurship and includes information on the resources available to help you through the process.

Presented by Emeka Ekwosimba
Acting Director – Science and Innovation division
Economic Development and Trade - Government of Alberta


4:45 - 5:30 pm: Closing and Prizes 

Winners will be selected for the conference prizes, which include a 30-minute meeting with an HR professional and a career coaching package from the UAlberta Career Centre.

Workshop Series

I-Work! is a series of workshops and events related to career development for international students. There is a workshop or event every month from October to February and a full day career conference in March!

This workshop series highlights topics ranging from the importance of volunteer work to the function of employment in the immigration process in Canada.

A workshop occurs every month, on topics such as:

  • The importance of volunteerism in the Canadian work culture
  • An introduction to Canadian workplace pragmatics: intercultural perspectives 
  • Speaker panel: From student to employee
  • Interview skills workshops (hosted by the Career Centre)

Open to all international students, at any stage of your degree, attend this conference to improve your skills and knowledge on finding work in Canada. 

You will get answers to:

  • Where are the best online platforms to find employment?
  • What skills make me stand out from other candidates? 
  • What should I include in my LinkedIn profile? 
  • What are employers looking for in their ideal candidate? 
  • What is the difference between my home country's work culture and Canada's work culture? 

Series Schedule

Searching for Work: Understand NOC codes
February 26 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm | Telus 134

This session hosted by Government of Alberta: "Learning Clicks" provides information on how to use the tools provided through the ALIS (Career, Learning and Employment Information for Albertans) and how to connect your job search with the NOC codes. Bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone to this session.   Register now!