How to be an Entrepreneur in Canada's Information and by smithhaleey


									ICTC - Internationally Educated Professionals Integration Initiative Update                                                   June 2008

       How to be an Entrepreneur in Canada’s Information and
             Communications Technology (ICT) Sector
ICTC’s IEP Integration Initiative pres-                                                           tips that you may find useful. At the
ents a new Guide for Internationally               IS THIS GUIDE FOR YOU?                         end of every Chapter is a summary
Educated Professionals.                                                                           and a list of step-by-step actions to
Starting a business may seem over-         I am an Internationally Educated                       help guide entrepreneur’s and their
whelming at first. By empowering                                                                  business move in the right direction.
                                           Professional (IEP) but how do I know if
Internationally Educated Professionals
                                           this guide for me?                                     Sections of interest in the guide
(IEPs) with the right tools and informa-
tion we hope to transform their initial                                                           include:
business challenges into opportuni-        If you have Permanent Resident status
ties. This guide details “How to be an     and are interested in starting a business o The Canadian Business Environment
Entrepreneur in Canada’s Information       in the Canadian ICT sector                o Becoming your Own Boss
and Communications Technology              - THIS GUIDE IS FOR YOU                   o Planning Your ICT Business
(ICT) Sector”.                         _                                                          o Financing Your Business
This guide contains important              If you have a Temporary Resident Visa     o Lack of Recognition of Credit
resources and references to assist IEPs                                                History for IEPs
                                           and are interested in starting a business
in gaining a better understanding                                                    o Technology Partnerships
                                           in the Canadian ICT sector                o Networking and much more.
about the types of Canadian business-
                                           - THIS GUIDE IS FOR YOU
es as well as the current Canadian
business environment, legal issues in                                                             To download the guide click here
registering a new business and tax         If you are a professional in the ICT sec-
implications. The guide also provides      tor, and are interested in coming to                   For more information on the IEP
additional self-service tools for entre-   Canada to open a business in this field                Integration Initiative, please email
preneurs, information, statistics and      - THIS GUIDE IS FOR YOU                      

                                                      Directions for Immigrants
   “Anticipate                     Every week, many immigrant
                                   professionals arrive in Canada
                                                                        Directions for Immigrants in
                                                                        Trades     and     Professional
                                                                                                           internationally trained profes-
                                                                                                           sionals will access our career
                                   and specifically in Calgary,         Careers is an immigrant serv-      resources and support if they
the difficult by                   looking to reestablish their lives   ing agency that offers this spe-   are: legally able to work in
                                   in this country and restart their    cific group of people support,     Canada, residents of Alberta,
  managing                         careers. A new culture, lan-         information and advice on job      internationally educated and
                                   guage and work environment           search and accreditation.          underemployed or unem-
  the easy”                        constitute some of the chal-         Oil engineers, IT engineers,       ployed.
                                   lenges they face when stepping       accountants, nurses, pharma-       The success Directions for
                                   on to Canadian soil.                 cists and many other profes-       Immigrant has is based on an
                                                                          sionals come to us every day     integral    combination       of
     --Lao Tzu                                                            to receive our services, with    resources and tools provided
                                                                          the hope that they will find     to clients and the way we
                                                                          answers about the best ways      approach their realities. We
                                                                          to continue their career         consider each professional as
                                                                          development in Alberta.          he or she is, an individual with
                                                                          Directions for Immigrants        particular needs, expectations
                                                                          started operations back in       and goals, therefore, we
                                                                          2004 as a project operated       design and decide together, a
                                                                          by Bow Valley College and        tailored career plan that will
                                                                          funded       through       the   take them to the future they
                                                                          Government of Alberta and        desire and deserve.            _
                                                                          the Government of Canada.
                                                                          At Directions for Immigrants,    Continued on Page 3
                                    Connecting with Success
                                    thered his management skills         really seem to be the essence          that I have met, including
                                    by leading Sales, Purchasing,        of Canada.                             members of my own family,
                                    Distribution and Accounting          I do love Canada and am                have gained employment
                                    divisions and continually grow-      extremely content until now liv-       through networking with other
                                    ing revenues by between 7%           ing in the Ottawa area, howev-         professionals in their own field.
  Ahmed Surani obtained a           and 15% while working to             er, it seems as though the             I would strongly suggest that
degree in Sociology from            lower costs with both organiza-      country is having a hard time          IEP’s go to different activities
McMaster University and also        tions.                               adapting to the new immi-              and seminars where they can
holds a Masters in Business                                              grants that are coming here            meet associates in their line of
Management from National            Why did you move from your           and who are seeking new                work, trace an opportunity, and
Louis University in Washington.     home country to Canada?              opportunities. While many              most importantly gain a
This education is combined                                               professionals have found               Canadian reference.
with his more than 15 years of        I moved to Canada
project management, business        about two years ago                                                              How would you describe
development and strategic           because I felt that                                                              the work ICTC is doing?
planning experience.                Canada had a great deal
  Ahmed developed ICTC’s            to offer my family and our                                                          The Information and
Employer Directory of               future. The country offers                                                        Communication
Canadian ICT Organizations (to      excellent potential for                                                           Technology Council (ICTC)
be launched in July 2008). In       business and alternate                                                            plays a very important and
addition, he has worked with        opportunities, a high                                                             strategic role for the infor-
Connexion International as a        quality of education, the                                                         mation and communica-
consultant to assist in efforts     right to health care, and                                                         tion technology sector.
towards the Transformation of       amazing recreational                                                              ICTC gains the necessary
the Hershey’s factory in Smiths     facilities for both adults                                                        intelligence about the
                                    and children. Finally, and                   Ahmed Surani                         information and communi-
Falls, Ontario into a Fair Trade
chocolate production facility.      very importantly, Canada is a        career paths it seems that the         cation technology sector and,
  Prior to coming to Canada,        country with people from very        majority of new and even some          in turn, utilizes this data to
his professional experience         diverse backgrounds and that         of the older immigrants are not        establish the future require-
included positions as a consult-    for the most part coexist peace-     getting the opportunity to prove       ments of the industry.
ant as well as management           fully and with dignity.              that they are qualified and very       Currently, ICTC has recognized
roles with large international                                           hard working. Internationally          that there is a shortage of
organizations. He began his         What has your Canadian               Experienced Professional’s             labour within Canada and that
career as an International          experience been like?                (IEP’s) are often told that they       this reality may get dramatical-
Trade Manager/Managing                                                   cannot land the job due to the         ly worse in the near future and
Partner with Gaza Lighting            When I first moved to Canada       fact that they do not have             so they have taken the neces-
where he secured $5 million in      I was living in a neighbourhood      Canadian Experience although           sary action to deter any poten-
funding and established a suc-      in Ottawa that had people            their expertise may be in huge         tial crisis. The sector council is
cessful import and export busi-     from so many different back-         demand. This seems to be a             currently working on several
ness headquartered in Gaza          grounds. The people who I            situation that is a little difficult   projects that shall stimulate
City. In addition to relationship   was lucky enough to meet, and        to adjust to since we all have         interest in this sector. ICTC is
development with the organi-        who were extremely friendly          families that we must take care        encouraging students of both
zation, he conducted market         and courteous, were from             of and end up doing something          sexes to study in this field as
analysis and identified gaps in     Ireland, Germany, Greece,            that does not fit our skill or         well as working to attract IEP’s
the product portfolio. After        Morocco, Libya, Italy, and           ambitions.                             with ICT training to immigrate
seven years in that role Ahmed      Portugal. What really amazed                                                to Canada. Additionally, ICTC
moved on to become Business         me is how these new friends          Any tips, thoughts, or advice          is working very hard to set
Development Manager/                that I had made were all             for other people considering           standards for IEP’s so that their
Managing Partner for Egyptian       extremely generous and who           move to Canada or in                   experience can be easily trans-
Co. for Computer and                all helped me to gain our bear-      Canada having difficulties             lated by the Canadian employ-
Communications for two years        ings in this new country.            finding a job?                         ers. I think that ICTC is an
followed by two more years as       Several of them also took us to                                             organization that definitely has
Founding Partner & General          their favourite parks, lakes, hik-     It seems as though Canada,           its fingers on the pulse of their
Manager of Global Gold              ing trails, fishing areas, and       like any other place else in the       sector and reiterate that they
Specialist Products.                introduced us to a full array of     world, works through connec-           serve an extremely important
  In these roles Ahmed to fur-      new outdoor activities that          tions. Most of the immigrants          role.
              Helping professional immigrants restart their careers
Services provided at Directions for Immigrants include a                                       Through different kinds
Resource Centre equipped with a job search library, busi-                                      of workshops, Directions
ness magazines, training information and computers with                                        for Immigrants provides
Internet access. Additionally, at www.directionsforimmi-                                       its clients with effective, clients can find useful information on profes-                                      tools to target employers
sional occupations in Alberta.                          _                                      and build networks.
Clients meet with coaches for resume and cover letter                                          Clients      may      also
reviews, interview practice, job and employer targeting                                        connect with potential
and review of job offers. They also obtain information on                                      employers through our
accreditation processes, training and upgrading pro-                                           networking sessions with
grams, funding opportunities, and temporary employ-                                            other       professionals,
ment options.                                                                                  licensing bodies and
                                                                                               companies’ representa-
                                                                                               Directions for Immigrants
                                                            offers study groups, through which clients prepare for
                                                            licensing exams required to attain professional certification.
                                                            Currently, study groups are available for Nurses,
                                                            Pharmacists,      Engineers    and     Medical      Radiation
                                                            Two recent success stories related to IT professionals: a
                                                            client from Nigeria who is a Network Analyst, after working
                                                            with a Career Coach and attending workshops, in just over
                                                            a month he decided to accept a job with Shaw as a
                                                            Network Analyst. As well another client who is Business
                                                            Analyst from India recently found a job in his field at
                                                            Cognera, a company specialized in software for billing and
                                                            pre-sales operations.
                                                            The first step to become a client of Directions for
                                                            Immigrants is to call us and make an appointment at
                                                            (403) 297-2555. Also, prospective clients may drop in at
                                                            Suite 110, 805 – 5th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P
                                                            0N6. And of course, more information about the scope of
                                                            services can be found at:       _

                Useful Links and Resources                                                   About the IEP
Skills International                                                                          Integration
This web-enabled, searchable database of candidate profiles is dedicated
exclusively to profiling the skills of immigrant job seekers in Ontario. The first of
its kind in Canada, this tool unites pre-screened, internationally trained individ-
                                                                                           ICTC’s IEP Integration Initiative
uals with employers who need their skills. It is cost effective, efficient and easy        is aimed at improving the inte-
to use.                                                                                    gration of IEPs into Canada’s
Website:                                                        ICT workforce. The initiative is
                                                                                           funded by the Government of
Robert Half Technology 2008 Salary Guide                                                   Canada’s Foreign Credential
The 2008 Salary Guide features starting salary ranges for more than 60 IT                  Recognition (FCR) program,
                                                                                           one of the key components of
positions, regional and national employment trends, management strategies
                                                                                           the government’s
and more.                                                                                  “Internationally Trained
Website:                                              Workers Initiative”.

IT World Canada
IT World Canada is an excellent source of online information for Canadian IT

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