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Advantage Canada: Attracting and retaining international talent for your business

This webinar will outline practical solutions for US and international companies looking to move teams to Canada, or establish a presence in Canada as an entry point to North America.

A particular opportunity for this is the result of changes to H-1B visas in the US and general uncertainty around US immigration and work visa policies.

US Immigration policies have tightened, and as a result, a significant number of the highly skilled foreign workers in the US under the H-1B visa program are having trouble getting their visas renewed. In addition, the new candidates who normally apply and are accepted into the US each year are now being turned away.

Canadian immigration policies are a key driver of our economic strength and are focused on attracting international talent through programs such as the Global Skills Strategy.

What attendees will learn: 

  • How the Edmonton region can offer solutions to help your organization access international skilled talent through Canada’s immigration programs 

  • How Edmonton Global can connect you with the right people and organizations to support you in setting up a presence in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region

  • The advantages of doing business in the Edmonton region and how combining top talent with a friendly and inclusive region will contribute to your company’s growth 

Our Panelists:

Kumarie Achaibar-Morrison, Associate Director, International Student Services at University of Alberta


Kumarie came to Alberta, almost 30 years ago as an international student from Trinidad and Tobago and has since made the Edmonton region her permanent home. So, she truly understands the process that international students go through. She has a certificate in Management Studies from Grant McEwan College, a BA (Hons.) in Political Science, from the University of Alberta, and certificates in Intercultural Communications from the Intercultural Communication Institute, in Portland, Oregon. Over the past 16 years, she has built sound knowledge and skills in developing programs and teaching courses in intercultural communication education and human resources development and international student programs and advising.

Douglas Peterson, B.A, LL.B, DHP Business Council


Douglas represents private companies in various stages of development specializing in corporate commercial law with an emphasis on international business transactions. He has assisted several start-ups including Swype and Investopedia and represented several companies in transactions with such groups as Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon. He has vast experience in international and regulatory matters, including commercial law, intellectual property law, international finance and international trade. His experience also covers such day-to-day legal affairs as domestic and international contracts, employment agreements, and financial and legal restructuring. As a result of his experience, he has gained an extensive network in both Edmonton and internationally.

Lubna Ahmed, International Student Specialist at University of Alberta International


Lubna Ahmad grew up in Scotland and has spent her adult life as a teacher and educator in Canada and the United Arab Emirates for over 20 years – she now calls the Edmonton region home. She is fluent in English and Arabic. Through her Master of Education studies at the University of Alberta, Lubna realized her passion — to work and help international students. She achieved this in her current position since completing her degree in 2009. Lubna’s goal is to build lasting relationships and trust with all students she meets.

Hanna Kuspira, Senior Recruiter, Robert Half


Hanna is a Senior Recruiter with Robert Half Technology, an international leader in technology recruiting with a large network base of candidates and employers.. Highly skilled IT professionals choose Robert Half Technology to represent them because of their rewarding assignments and competitive pay. Through relationships with top industry organizations, including memberships in the Microsoft and Oracle Partner Networks, Robert Half also provides extensive professional development opportunities, enabling their consultants to continually improve their skill sets and increase the value they provide to industry.

Marcin Mizianty, VP of data science, AltaML


Marcin moved  from Poland as a PhD student to attend the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Since completing his studies, Marcin has stayed in the Edmonton region and  is working in a top leadership position with one of Canada’s leading AI companies, AltaML where he’s responsible for managing and coordinating Data Science. He’s also highly involved in Edmonton’s Data Science community by co-founding the Edmonton DS meetup. He’s published over 30 scientific peer-reviewed publications and has over 10 years of practical academic and industry experience with software engineering, machine learning, big data, and predictive analytics.

Chris McLeod, Director, Marketing & Communications, Edmonton Global


An experienced leader and active community volunteer, Chris has a strong track record of bringing people and ideas together. He has an impressive portfolio and expertise in economic development, community-building, marketing, strategy, and business engagement. Chris will be moderating the live event.

The event is finished.


Oct 20 2020


10:00 am - 10:45 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 20 2020
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm



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