Conference Program



9:00am – 10:00am: Check-in desk is open

10:00am: Opening Remarks

10:15am: Conference Keynote Speakers (learn more!)

11:00am: Break

11:30am – 12:30pm: Breakout Sessions A

12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch Break (lunch provided)

1:30 – 2:30pm: Breakout Sessions B

2:30 – 3:30pm: Successful Immigrants’ Panel

3:30pm: Conference Closing

Successful Immigrant Panel

The Successful Immigrants’ Panel is made up of people just like you, who have been new to Canada and joined the workforce. They will share their stories of ups and downs and their paths to success.

Breakout Sessions A

Did you know that from 2015 to 2024, the provincial government expects there to be over 22,000 job openings in the accounting field? Also, CPA designation holders earn a median salary over $100,000. CPAs are needed in every organization, regardless of the industry. By attending this session you will hear firsthand from regulatory body representatives and successful professionals how to bridge the gaps and overcome challenges and barriers to employment in this field. Panelists will provide you with useful tips and resources and answer any questions you may have, so you can enter the Canadian job market with confidence!
Newcomers to Canada often discover that they struggle to find work in their chosen professions after they arrive. This is very true of engineers who are looking to get Canadian engineering experience and their engineering qualifications recognized in Canada. During this session, we will explore ways to obtain a Canadian Engineering licence, and give insights on alternative careers in this field and suggest resources which are available for newcomers.
Are you an innovative thinker who’s excited to start your own business? Do you know what skills every entrepreneur needs to manage the many aspects of business? In this session we will discuss a combination of business skills and entrepreneurial knowledge needed to help prepare you to run an existing small business or get your new idea off the ground. This session is ideal for those who want to be prepared for the frontier of the new economy-entrepreneurship and self-employment and learn about resources available to support them in this journey.

Breakout Sessions B

The IT industry is booming in Vancouver, and just as significantly, Vancouver is truly Western Canada’s technology hub. More than 75,000 professionals work in the information and communication technology sector in Vancouver. That is approximately three-quarters of all such employees in British Columbia and the industry is growing at an average rate of six percent a year. Join this session to learn more about careers and pathways in the IT industry, and network with professionals in this field!
Are you wondering if a career in the financial industry is right for you? Do you wonder what recruiters are looking for in a resume and how to land an interview? This workshop will provide an overview of how RBC recruits for various roles in Personal and Business Banking, Technology and Operations, and Wealth Management and Insurance. An experienced recruiter will provide tips on what you need to be researching before you apply, what is important to include in your resume and how you can grow a dynamic career in the financial industry. This session will include a brief a presentation followed by lots of time for questions and answers.
Newcomers often inquire about “government jobs” but that is a huge sector, with many classifications and levels. Jobs are as varied in government as they are in the private sector and there are different employment systems at the varying levels. This session will introduce federal, provincial and municipal opportunities and pathways and tips about how to apply for these jobs.