New Canadians proud to start a restaurant and become employers

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Tue, 02 Jun 2020 19:24:14 +0000

Did you know that South Okanagan in the province of British Colombia is a becoming the next destination for foodies? Ever tried the Nepali-Indian fusion cuisine? Meet Keshab Sapkota and Ram Bhandari, immigrants from Nepal and successful entrepreneurs, who have made Penticton, a small city in the Okanagan Valley, their home. Both came to the […]

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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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Finding inspiration and hope: Gu Zhenzhen shares her experience starting a new job during COVID-19

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Thu, 21 May 2020 15:12:16 +0000

I recently found myself waiting for a job interview with six other candidates in a narrow hallway outside a windowless training room at a Walmart store in Toronto’s west end. While many companies have laid off their workers amid the pandemic, Walmart Canada is hiring 10,000 people! During the interview, while an assistant manager was […]

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Inspiring Changemakers featured in this year’s Immigrant Women of Inspiration

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:51:29 +0000

Our seventh annual ‘Immigrant Women of Inspiration’ special shines the spotlight on women who are Changemakers – leading voices who have served and continue to serve as an inspiration in so many different fields. We have picked five women from different backgrounds, countries of origin and generations whose voices are inspiring others and making a […]

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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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Newcomer artist Salbhi Sumaiya believes she is on the right track

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2020 01:51:11 +0000

I grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh and moved to Canada in 2017, after  marrying  a Canadian immigrant. Initially, I was perplexed by the massive differences here with regard to the weather, landscape, food and demography, and expected to face many obstacles. But, in spite of the differences and the obstacles in my way, I must […]

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Isaac Garcia-Sitton holds Canadian values of acceptance, inclusivity and multiculturalism close to his heart

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:42:41 +0000

Isaac Garcia-Sitton is no stranger to moving from country to country, but the comfort with which he navigates life in Toronto is a sure sign that he has found his home in Canada. Yet, this feeling of being at home was not an instinctive one: something a number of immigrants resonate with. But the common […]

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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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