Please follow the links below to learn about the people who were involved in making this website possible.
1. EMCN/CASIS Canada
The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) –EMCN is a community agency that seeks to assist immigrants and refugees coming to the Edmonton area achieve full participation in the community, and contribute their experiences and skills to strengthen and enrich the lives of all Canadians.
This vision is pursued through a wide range of programs and services that include ESL, employment services, settlement counselling, personal counselling, community development and community economic development, advocacy, and education.
The agency is committed to work in full collaboration with newcomers and their communities to provide programs to meet their needs. There is also a commitment to work with other community agencies in partnerships when possible.
Centre for Applied Settlement and Integration Studies (CASIS Canada)– CASIS Canada was founded in 2008 to provide support to immigrant serving agencies by acting as a clearinghouse for new approaches, best practices, and other innovations that help to address the needs of newcomers to Canada as they seek to settle into their new lives and contribute in a meaningful way to Canadian society.
CASIS is a not-for-profit research centre funded through government and private grants on a “per-project” basis. Research affiliates combine decades of expertise in program and curriculum development in the areas of ESL, professional bridging programs, intercultural competence, recognition of prior learning and competency-based self-assessment. Other areas of expertise include settlement and community support, marketing research, web-based course module delivery, and grant and research proposal writing.
CASIS exists to work as a partner with other agencies, institutions and programs to develop and enhance programs and services currently being offered to newcomers to Canada. Our services to the immigrant serving community range from simple consulting (such as agency or program evaluation) to proposal writing assistance, program or service development, or any other research and development activity that will benefit your work with immigrants. CASIS also hosts a web-based academic journal dedicated to best and promising practices in applied research and development.
Steve Sutherland – Steve is the director and founder of CASIS and is currently working under contract to EMCN. Specializing in the areas of recognition of prior learning, cross-cultural communication, and career development, Steve has worked in corporate and not-for-profit environments with multi-cultural populations. He has a degree in international studies from Trinity Western University in Langley, BC and is working on a Master’s in Career Counselling.
2. Trinity Western University
Trinity Western University – TWU, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from business administration, biotechnology, mathematical and computing sciences, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU’s 16 graduate degree programs include business, nursing, counseling psychology, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history.
Amanda Flint – Amanda Flint, MBA, CA is a tenured Assistant Professor of Accounting in the School of Business at Trinity Western University. Amanda teaches advanced accounting, accounting for non-profits and international accounting. Currently her research is in the area of recruitment of newcomers. She is now working on a project involving recruitment of international students for which she has received a government grant.
Amanda is involved in organizing annual Career Fairs in the Fraser Valley to assist students of Trinity Western University; the University of the Fraser Valley and Kwantlen Polytechnic University obtain accounting positions. Amanda co-founded the Fraser Valley CA Association where she has served as Vice President (2007/2008) and President (2008/2009).
Andrea Smith – Graphic designer, Andrea Smith (BDes) is the Visual Design Specialist for University Communications at Trinity Western University where she oversees the design and production of printed communications, manages brand components, and oversees external and student designers. After studying typography and print design at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, she applied her skills primarily to the non-profit and education sectors working on projects ranging from promotional materials, design consultation, signage, brand development and strategy. She continues to contribute to initiatives belonging to humanitarian organizations, social services, small business, and educational institutions.
3. HRSDC Foreign Credential Recognition Program and BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development
This project was made possible with funding from the Government of Canada’s HRSDC Foreign Credential Recognition Program in partnership with BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.
The Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) program is one of the key components of the federal government’s Internationally Trained Workers Initiative. This initiative is an integrated, comprehensive strategy in which over 14 federal departments work together to address the barriers to working in Canada that internationally trained workers face. Through the FCR program, the Government of Canada is working with provincial and territorial governments, licensing and regulatory bodies, sector councils, employers and many other groups who have jurisdiction over certain aspects of FCR.
The BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development supports the province’s social and economic prosperity through post-secondary education, labour force development and immigration programs that enable British Columbians to compete in the 21st century.
Ideastream Design Inc. is a Marketing and Brand Strategy company based in Vancouver, Canada. Ideastream provided all web interface design, programming and project management services for the creation of this website.