Mentorship

Our mentoring program assists newcomers, builds inclusive workplaces, and strengthens the ability of Calgary organizations to attract and retain talent.

Whether you are an internationally educated professsional living in Calgary or in the process of pre-arrival preparation, the CEIIA offers mentorship programs that will support you to settle, live, and work in Canada. 

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  • I needed an insider's view of my industry, its current state...what courses would benefit me, what seminars and networking circles offered better value, which video conferences and industry magazines to subscribe to, which associations to join. And I was fortunate to get all that from my mentor!
    Vijay Panchmatia
    Mentoring Program Participant

BVC Partners with CRIEC

Mentoring Initiatives

Bow Valley College, in partnership with the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC), offers mentorship programs for internationally educated professionals (IEPs). The goal of the program is to connect immigrant professionals with Canadian experienced working professionals in a mentoring partnership.

CRIEC is part of a network of Immigrant Employment Councils (IEC) across the country that support newcomers with career path planning, mentoring, and other strategies to assist newcomers.

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Learn about CRIEC

SmartPathways: Pre-Arrival Mentorship Program

Preparing internationally educated professionals to arrive in Calgary

This program has been designed to better prepare internationally educated immigrants (IEPs) to arrive in Calgary with the tools and information they will need to start building their new career. 

The program includes:

  • 15-20 hours of online training modules facilitated by a Career Coach to prepare IEPs to find a job
  • the opportunity to connect online with a mentor working in a similar field in Calgary 

Program partners include:

Contact Shanta Ferguson sferguson@bowvalleycollege.ca for more information and to begin the registration process. 

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Program Overview

Watch this recorded webinar to learn more about the SmartPathways program.

Online Training Modules

The online training modules are relevant, targeted, and interactive training to prepare IEPs to find a job. Training modules include:

  1. Researching the Canadian Labour Market
  2. Job Finding Tools (Resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn)
  3. Interview Skills in the Canadian Market
  4. Mentorship
  5. Intercultural Communication Skills 
Mentorship

After the completion of Modules 1 - 3, participants will be matched with a Calgary mentor working in a similar field.

Before leaving their home country, participants will meet with their mentor 2 - 4 times, via Skype, and learn more about:

  • what is needed to enter their occupation in Canada
  • the appropriate resume focus to find employment in that field
  • what is happening in that industry right now

Participants will also have a meeting with their mentor after they arrive in Calgary. 

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, participants must:

  • Have a completed a degree or certificate in the career target area
  • Have a minimum of at least three years of experience in their area of expertise
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 or equivalent level IELTS (6.0) CELPIP (7.0)
  • Be coming to Calgary between 2 and 10 months from date of application

Program Overview

Watch this recorded webinar to learn more about the SmartPathways program.

Online Training Modules

The online training modules are relevant, targeted, and interactive training to prepare IEPs to find a job. Training modules include:

  1. Researching the Canadian Labour Market
  2. Job Finding Tools (Resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn)
  3. Interview Skills in the Canadian Market
  4. Mentorship
  5. Intercultural Communication Skills 

Mentorship

After the completion of Modules 1 - 3, participants will be matched with a Calgary mentor working in a similar field.

Before leaving their home country, participants will meet with their mentor 2 - 4 times, via Skype, and learn more about:

  • what is needed to enter their occupation in Canada
  • the appropriate resume focus to find employment in that field
  • what is happening in that industry right now

Participants will also have a meeting with their mentor after they arrive in Calgary. 

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, participants must:

  • Have a completed a degree or certificate in the career target area
  • Have a minimum of at least three years of experience in their area of expertise
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 or equivalent level IELTS (6.0) CELPIP (7.0)
  • Be coming to Calgary between 2 and 10 months from date of application