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NewcomerRiseUp with Rand Abou Ras | Episode 11

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Rand Abou Ras is a Syrian-Canadian entrepreneur, co-founder & CEO of uCast, a marketplace to help podcasters monetize. Born in the United Arab Emirates, and raised between Abu Dhabi and the Syrian city of Sweida, Rand, her mother and brother arrived in Canada in 2016 as refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria. In this […]

#NewcomerRiseUp with Ritika Dutt | Episode 10

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Born in India, raised in Hong Kong and Singapore and living in Canada, Ritika Dutt’s multi-cultural upbringing and blended identity will resonate with many third culture newcomers. Ritika is an Indian-Canadian entrepreneur and co-founder of the technology company Botler AI. Having faced a months-long workplace harassment ordeal that resulted in her resigning from her position for […]

#NewcomerRiseUp with Adil Qawi | Episode 9

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Adil Qawi, in his own words, has been an immigrant many times over. Born in Qatar, having travelled to over 70 countries, and lived in five, Adil is a Pakistani-Canadian entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Greenlid, a Canadian startup focused on replacing single-use plastics with truly natural and compostable materials. In this episode, Adil and […]

This immigrant from China is introducing new farming techniques to Western Canada

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Immigrants have played a significant role in shaping Canada’s agricultural industry. Here’s a story from Olds, Alberta, where immigrants represent close to 10% of the population. Jianyi Dong came to Canada as an immigrant in December 2014. In China, he was a geologist in the oil industry. “During my first two years in Canada, I was […]

Parent and grandparent super visa modified: Your family can stay in Canada longer

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Canada is sweetening its popular parent and grandparent super visa program by increasing the length of stay for super visa holders to five years per entry into the country. People who have a super visa also have the option to request to extend their stay by up to 2 years at a time while in Canada. […]

Canada extends support for newcomer healthcare professionals to secure jobs

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Canada has announced close to $1.5 million in funds to help internationally educated newcomer healthcare professionals join the Canadian workforce. This funding builds on the success of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s (CHEO) National Newcomer Navigation Network (N4) and aims to promote sector collaboration and information sharing of foreign qualification and credential recognition requirements […]

How to make the most of a 30-minute informational interview

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Whether you’re fresh out of university or a newcomer in the Canadian labour market, getting a suitable job in your desired field is not always easy. The path to employment can be fraught with dead-ends and disappointment. This is where a 30-minute informational interview can be your saviour, especially if you’ve recently immigrated to the […]

#NewcomerRiseUp with Nouhaila Chelkhaoui | Episode 8

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Nouhaila Chelkhaoui is a Moroccan-Canadian entrepreneur and the founder of Scale Without Borders, a startup advancing the participation of newcomers in tech. She came to Canada at the age of 17 as an international student, much like #NewcomerRiseUp host, Trishala. By 23, Nouhaila joined her first technology startup, before joining the Ryerson Discovery Media Zone (DMZ) […]

#NewcomerRiseUp with Richa Gupta | Episode 7

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Richa Gupta describes herself as a mom on a mission to make it easy for people to eat well. Richa is an Indian-Canadian entrepreneur and the President of Toronto-based social enterprise Good Food For Good; each purchase of their delicious sugar-free organic sauces donates a meal to someone in need. For Richa, entrepreneurship is not her […]

#NewcomerRiseUp with Allen Lau | Episode 6

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Have you seen The Kissing Booth on Netflix? If so, you have Wattpad to thank, as the story was first published there. In this episode, Allen Lau, the CEO and Co-Founder of this global multiplatform entertainment company, takes the #NewcomerRiseUp seat. A Hong Kongese-Canadian entrepreneur, Allen leads Wattpad’s vision to entertain and connect the world through stories. […]
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