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In this section, you can catch Season 1 of Newcomer Rise Up, a 12-episode series on Canadian newcomers, immigrants and refugees owning their unique skills, experiences and identity to build inclusive communities and thrive through entrepreneurship.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this show are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of New Canadians TV Network, Newcomer Rise Up and/or any entities the participants represent.

#NewcomerRiseUp with Alwar Pillai | Episode 5

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Alwar Pillai is an Indian-Canadian entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Fable, a leading accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. As a newcomer to Canada in 2015, she dealt with a series of rejections based on no “Canadian experience” until she finally got her first gig. She waited on tables while working on her Masters in Inclusive […]

An immigrant success story: Rishin Behl

#NewcomerRiseUp with Tobi Oluwole | Episode 4

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Have you ever reapplied for a role at a company you were rejected by? How about reapplying seven times? Tobi Oluwole has. The grit, sense of humour and resourcefulness of this Canadian-Nigerian entrepreneur from Ottawa are unmatched, even when faced with challenges and ambiguity. He shares his learnings generously and vulnerably on LinkedIn, where he […]

​Supporting immigrants before they land in Canada

#NewcomerRiseUp with Vartika Manasvi | Episode 3

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Vartika Manasvi is a serial entrepreneur and ecosystem connector who demonstrates the courage to fail and own her decisions with unwavering confidence in her abilities. A quick scroll through her Linkedin feed will show you her varied interests, and the ability to juggle multiple identities and apply her skills meaningfully to different contexts. In this […]

Immigrant Services Calgary to host 21st Immigrants of Distinction Awards Gala

#NewcomerRiseUp with Mustafa Alio | Episode 2

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Mustafa Alio is a Syrian-Canadian activist and dedicated community leader focused on refugee rights, economic empowerment, and inclusion. His own experiences of refuge fuel his work and advocacy. He has come a long way from knowing a handful of words in English, juggling school during the day, and working shifts at a local nightclub till […]

Celebrating immigrant leadership, innovation and diversity

#NewcomerRiseUp with Rui Su | Episode 1

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Rui Su is a first-generation Chinese-Canadian and pharmacist-turned entrepreneur. Shortly after obtaining her PharmD from the University of Waterloo and after a few stints exploring her interests, she doubled down on combining her passion for technology and pharmacy, co-founding MedMe Health to transform pharmacy care delivery.  If you booked COVID vaccines or tests through Rexall […]

Achievements of immigrants recognized in Calgary

#NewcomerRiseUp: Coming soon

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Immigrants to Canada have and continue to make outsized contributions to the country’s economic growth, enrich our communities and strengthen our prospects on a competitive world stage. While many of them work salaried jobs, several others choose the path that leads to entrepreneurship. There are currently more than 600,000 self-employed immigrants across the country, and […]

Opening doors to opportunities

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