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#NewcomerRiseUp with Andreas Souvaliotis | Episode 12 (Season Finale)

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When was the last time you reflected on the traits that make you unique and how you are harnessing those traits? Andreas Souvaliotis is a Greek-Canadian misfit. He is the author of the best-selling book, Misfit, which will urge you to reexamine the negative connotation surrounding the word and realize that we are all misfits […]

Mari makes her mark on beauty business

#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 […]

Celebrating immigrant leadership, innovation and diversity

#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) […]

Amar’s newcomer story: From quarantining at home to finding a job during the pandemic

#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. […]

#NewcomerRiseUp with Vartika Manasvi | Episode 3

#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 […]

Gustavo’s story: I have the responsibility to give back to Canada

#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 […]

An immigrant success story: Dr. Muhammad Mizanur Shuvra

#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 […]

Rhose Harris-Galia is promoting patient care while touching lives in Nunavut

#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 […]

Same Shoes, Different Doors – Interview with author Sukhjit Singh

#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 […]

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

#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 […]

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