When opportunity knocks, author/speaker Sukhjit Singh says ‘open the door’

Indian-born Sukhjit Singh is one of those people who has an upbeat, positive attitude that makes you think anything is possible. It’s why he was named an RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant back in 2013, after only being in Canada for three years. And it’s no doubt why the career and settlement specialist with Peel […]

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Puneet Dutt’s book, The Better Monsters, explores violence in migration journeys

As a friend of many immigrants and an immigrant herself, Puneet Dutt has witnessed a common reaction from individuals who’ve encountered violence, racism and war during their migration journeys. “The responses to these experiences … have largely been silence, something to get past, to forget, and that has been extremely strange to me as I […]

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Ontario Minister Michael Coteau wants to level the playing field for Canadians of all races

I’m early for my interview with Ontario Minister Michael Coteau, so I sit and wait at the Tim Hortons around the corner from his Queen’s Park office in downtown Toronto. In the span of 20 minutes (over a coffee and some potato wedges), I hear at least three different languages spoken, and see people of […]

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Environmental champion Kehkashan Basu brings hope

  Kehkashan Basu is the founder and president of youth sustainability organization Green Hope, as well as a recipient of the Turner Social Change Prize from the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, the youth ambassador of the World Future Council and a former global co-ordinator for children and youth for the United Nations Environment […]

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Multicultural marketing trailblazer Sharifa Khan is a finalist in the 2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

A record-breaking 6,400 women entrepreneurs were nominated in this year’s Women of Influence’s 2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and multicultural marketing trailblazer, Sharifa Khan has been announced as one of the 18 selected finalists. Khan, the president and CEO of one of Canada’s longest running multicultural communications agencies, Balmoral Multicultural Marketing, is in company […]

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What it takes to be an entrepreneur according to RBC Entrepreneur Award winner Ajay Virmani

Ajay Virmani has always been an entrepreneur at heart and has had the career journey to prove it. When he first arrived in Canada from New Delhi, he had humble beginnings as a window washer, then a brief stint as a life insurance salesman before eventually switching gears to work in transport. This move took […]

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Canadian immigrants who made it big share their best tips for entrepreneurial newcomers

Want to know what it takes to succeed in business? Who better to ask than Canadian immigrant business leaders who have overcome their own challenges as immigrant entrepreneurs to make it big? For Small Business Month this October,  business success stories like Maninder Dhaliwal, Robert Herjavec, Karim Hakimi and others share their business wisdom.   Maninder […]

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Jamaican Canadian Kayla A. Greaves on Black women and natural hair

Growing up in a Jamaican immigrant household in Montreal, Kayla A. Greaves has done a lot of soul searching about what it means to be Caribbean, a Black woman and a Canadian. Luckily, she’s a journalist and has the platform to talk about these issues in forums such as the Huffington Post, where she’s currently an […]

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Indian-born architect Aziz Bootwala says personal achievement is only part of your immigrant story

Many immigrants come to Canada to pursue new opportunities and strive for personal success. But Aziz Bootwala, an architect who moved to North America from Mumbai, India, when he was 21 years old, says achieving your own success is only part of your immigrant story. According to Bootwala, to consider yourself truly victorious, you should give […]

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Romanian-born Lucian Matis’ fashion takes flight on the TFW runway

When the Toronto Fashion Week (TFW) kicked off earlier this month, Romanian-born Canadian Lucian Matis saw his romantic Flight collection — complete with elegant butterflies, Swarovski crystals and, most notably, full-coverage face masks — opening the runway portion of the three-day event. “I wanted to show that the face doesn’t really matter [in fashion],” Matis […]

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