I-Work! Skills for Cross-Cultural Employment

I-Work! Career Conference

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Telus Centre

Cost: $25

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? 
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Conference Schedule

9:30 - 10:00 am Registration

10:00 - 10:15 am Welcome

10:15 - 10:45 am Opening Keynote:
Ms. Felicia Mutheardy, Senior Economist, Financial Strategies and Budget Financial and Corporate Services City of Edmonton. 

Ms. Mutheardy will address Edmonton’s and Alberta’s employment trends. She will provide valuable insight on what the economic outlook means for employment and what industries to look to for future careers.

Felicia Mutheardy is a Senior Economist with the City of Edmonton and has over seven years of experience in economic analysis, research, forecasting, and government administration. Prior to this, Felicia was a Senior Economist with the Government of Alberta. She has also held various positions with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, primarily with their Market Analysis Centre. Felicia holds both a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions:

LinkedIn Basics and Creating an Online Profile for Career Development Learn the importance of creating and maintaining an online profile to find your ideal employment. Christine Gertz, an expert on how to use your LinkedIn, will share tips on navigating the online job market and the best practices for online networking. 

Presented by Ms. Christine Gertz, Librarian and Information Specialist and the University of Alberta Career Centre.


Communicating your value: Entrepreneurial skills for any career There's a lot of talk in business about entrepreneurship and the skills entrepreneurs need. Many of these skills are also useful in growing a career. This workshop reviews the concepts of networking, pitching, and time management that business owners use on a regular basis, and how to apply them to any career.

Presented by Mr. Arden Tse, MBA, Manager, Venture Mentoring Service Office of Advancement, University of Alberta.

This session may be used towards the Professional Development (PD) Requirement. All professional development sessions or activities must be approved by your department.

12:30 - 1:30 pm Hot Lunch break: Enjoy lunch and meet colleagues over the break 

  • Professional Headshots for an online profile: Get your professional headshot photo taken to enhance your online profile
  • Infomart - employment and volunteer related services: Get information from and make connections with organizations that can help build your career-related experience.

1:30 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:

Immigration Session: Pathways to Permanent Residency and Understanding the NOC Codes

This session provides insight and guidance for students on the pathways to Permanent Residency. Manprit Aujila-Grewal has extensive experience working with students and their families navigating their way through the immigration system. With a focus on NOC codes, this presentation will provide information on what to look for when planning a career in Canada and what can help you on your pathway to PR.

Presented by Ms. Manprit Aujila-Grewal, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. Canadian Immigration Connections.


Panel Discussion – From International Student to Employee  
Hear first-hand accounts from former international students who are now employed in Edmonton and enjoy successful careers in a variety of industries. Learn what their pathways were and how they navigated their way to meaningful employment.

Presented by: Nahla Arsenault  P.Eng., PMP, M.Sc. Instructor - Chemical Engineering, NAIT.  Lekan Oladokun, MBA, Business Development Advisor, Government of Alberta,  Dennis Ramsawak, EIT, ATCO Group 

3:00 - 3:15 pm Coffee Break

3:15 - 4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions:

Pragmatics of Keeping Employment in the Canadian Context
This session will introduce what it takes to keep a job in Canada. Explore the pragmatics of intercultural communication in the workplace, to ensure success in maintaining meaningful employment in Canada.

Presented by Mr. Gavin Palmer, Interculturalist and Student Engagement Coordinator, University of Alberta International.

This session may be used towards the Professional Development (PD) Requirement. All professional development sessions or activities must be approved by your department.


Panel Discussion: How to be a Successful Candidate, HR Perspectives.
Hear from industry professionals about what it takes to get the job!  This guided panel discussion highlights the do’s and don’ts of job application practices. This session is a great opportunity to ask questions you have about what makes a successful candidate.

Presented by Ms. Erin Mirth, Business Manager Telus. Ms. Katie Bieber, Talent Acquisition Partner CIBC, Mr. Ang Li, Team Manager Customer Services Business Support, Alberta Blue Cross.

4:45 - 5:30 pm Closing Keynote:
Ms. Katherine Wentzell, B.A. Hons. (Econ.)., MBA, PFP. Regional Manager – Western Canada, RBC Global Asset Management.