Burundian-Belgian-Canadian entrepreneur Diogène Ntirandekura on making Montreal home

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Wed, 27 May 2020 20:07:06 +0000

My name is Diogène Ntirandekura. My parents were born in Burundi and fled the country to go Belgium in the seventies. I am born and raised in Brussels, Belgium as a United Nations refugee. I became Belgian while I was a teenager and I graduated in international trade from a public college in Brussels. I’d […]

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Entrepreneur couple Tibebe Woldemichael and Hirut Dagnachew welcome comedy and music as a way to teach tolerance

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:56:12 +0000

Canadian comedy Ethiopian Style Ethiopia is known for many things: coffee, its own distinct alphabet, and being one of the cradles of humankind. Standup comedy, not so much. However, at Toronto’s Hirut Café, comedy flourishes on the last Friday of the month and attracts some of the biggest acts in Canadian standup, such as Ali […]

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Tatsuo Kan’s journey from immigrant to local restaurant owner

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:04:02 +0000

Tatsuo Kan is no stranger to moving countries. Born in China to a Japanese war-orphan father and a Chinese mother, the family moved to Japan when he was 11 years old. He started learning Japanese for the first time then. After graduating University in Japan, he traveled around the world. He met his wife, Kanako, […]

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Entrepreneurs Leena and Gustavo Castelar brew the perfect blend

Credit to Author: Lisa Evans| Date: Wed, 05 Feb 2020 01:38:56 +0000

Successful entrepreneurs Leena and Gustavo Castelar run Firebat Coffee Roastery in Oakville, Ontario, sourcing beans from their native El Salvador and selling to cafes and households across the GTA. When Leena and Gustavo Castelar first considered immigrating to Canada, the idea of moving to a new country and chasing another corporate career didn’t appeal to […]

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Entrepreneur Elle AyoubZadeh brings ‘global citizenry’ to fashion

Credit to Author: Rebeca Kuropatwa| Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 22:06:04 +0000

Born in Iran shortly after the revolution in 1981, Elle AyoubZadeh moved with her parents to Dubai and attended an American school until she was 13. They then moved to New Zealand where AyoubZadeh finished high school and attended university, studying business and specializing in luxury marketing. “I always had this desire to see the […]

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Immigrants more likely to start a business and create jobs than those born in Canada

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2019 20:51:13 +0000

The entrepreneurial landscape in Canada is growing increasingly diverse thanks to immigrants, a new study by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) shows. Newcomers to Canada are more likely to start a business that grows more quickly and creates more net jobs per enterprise than the Canadian-born population, according to the study. The BDC […]

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Small Business Month: Information and tips for newcomers

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:14:18 +0000

October is known as Small Business Month throughout the country — a time to recognize the contributions that the Canadian small business sector makes to the economy and to their local communities. The majority of Canadian firms are, in fact, small businesses; in 2017, 1.15 million (97.9 percent) out of 1.18 total employer businesses in the […]

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B.C. adds new communities to entrepreneur immigration pilot program

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2019 15:33:52 +0000

Eight communities have been added to the list of those eligible for the B.C. Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Regional Pilot program. The EI Regional Pilot is for foreign entrepreneurs who want to establish a new business in a smaller, regional community in B.C. Communities with less than 75,000 people located more than 30 km away from […]

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Homecare services company offers caregiver services and career opportunities for immigrants

Credit to Author: Johnny Zhang| Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2019 05:45:34 +0000

Chinese-born Mary Lee heads up Homecare Group Canada Inc. Chinese-born Mary Lee is the successful entrepreneur behind Homecare Group Canada Inc., providing high-quality homecare services for clients, while offering hands-on professional training programs for those who want to be a nanny, a live-in caregiver or a live-out caregiver. Lee started her business a decade ago, […]

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Translation entrepreneur Huiping Zhang making her mark

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:15:33 +0000

Wintranslation founder is recognized for her work in Indigenous translation Like many of Canada’s newcomers, Huiping Zhang’s journey to success is rooted in humble beginnings. Zhang arrived in Canada from Hengyang, China, in 1994 to complete her master’s in communications at the University of Windsor. Fresh out of grad school, she launched Wintranslation from her […]

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