Career Development Week for International Students


MARCH 7 TO 11, 2022

Are you interested in working in Canada? Career Development Week for International Students is designed to help international students navigate the Canadian job market and to identify workplace expectations while developing intercultural competency. With sessions on networking, resume building, and immigration pathways, this event has workshops designed to set you up for success. You’ll learn tips on how to successfully job hunt, build interview skills, and navigate the legal requirements for working in Canada.

Career Development Week for International Students is happening from March 7 to 11, with different sessions occurring each day. Sessions are free to attend, but advanced registration is required. Check out the schedule of events below, or visit the Events Calendar for full event details.

MONDAY, March 7 to Friday, March 11, 2022
Monday, March 7 5–6:30 pm Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, March 8 3–4 pm Using Labour Market Information in Career Decision Making
5–6:30 pm Post-Graduate Work Permit
Wednesday, March 9 5–6:30 pm Virtual Employer Panel
Thursday, March 10 1–2:30 pm Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
5–6:30 pm Pathways to Permanent Residence
 Friday, March 11 12–1 pm How to Find Work & Research Opportunities



Career Development Week spans March 7 to 11 with different sessions happening each day. Sessions are free to attend, but advanced registration is required. Check out the Events Calendar to view full event details.

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Keynote Speaker

Enya Ren – Monday, March 7 from 5-6:30 PM

Enya is a former international student, born and raised in Beijing, China. She came to Canada alone in 2007 and never left this beautiful land since. Enya has been working in higher education sector since 2013 and has held various positions at post-secondary institutions and government crown corporation within B.C. Currently, she is the Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President, International Education at Douglas College.

Enya has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Okanagan College, and holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Royal Roads University. She also spent one semester studying abroad in Vienna, Austria at FHWien University of Applied Sciences of WKW. In her spare time, Enya volunteers at the Women in Leadership Foundation as the Mentorship & Collaboration Ambassador Chair. She enjoys running and international adventures, has travelled to over 20 countries. Her most fearless adventure was bungee jump at Victoria Falls bridge in Zimbabwe.


Brendan was born in Malaysia, raised and educated in Australia and America and now calls Canada home. Brendan has been in Canada since 2007 and went all the way from international student to citizen in 2018. On the professional side, Brendan has worked in the banking industry and now in the campus recruitment side for Infosys, a global technology consulting company that is expanding in Canada. Infosys hired 143 fresh graduates in 2021, a large majority from UBCO and UBCV and 45% of our hires were international students on Post Graduate Work Permits. 

Infosys is a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting. We enable clients in more than 50 countries to navigate their digital transformation. With over four decades of experience in managing the systems and workings of global enterprises, we expertly steer our clients through their digital journey. We do it by enabling the enterprise with an AI-powered core that helps prioritize the execution of change. We also empower the business with agile digital at scale to deliver unprecedented levels of performance and customer delight. Our always-on learning agenda drives their continuous improvement through building and transferring digital skills, expertise, and ideas from our innovation ecosystem. 

Visit to see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY) can help your enterprise navigate your next. 

As the external Relationship Coordinator, James is responsible for creating, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with government, post-secondaries, not-for-profit, and for profit organizations to help address Interior Health’s recruitment challenges. James is an active member for the University of Alberta Business Alumni where he graduated from the MBA program in 2020, he is a dedicated mentor for youth in underserved communities, and is part of the Okanagan Young Professional Collective.   

With the help of our staff and physicians, Interior Health is proud to deliver high-quality health-care services to the communities and visitors of the Southern Interior of British Columbia. We strive to set new standards of excellence in the delivery of health services in the province of B.C. and our mission is to promote healthy lifestyles and provide needed health services in a timely, caring and efficient manner, to the highest professional and quality standards. Our uniqueness is in who we are and where we are. Our geographical location offers the choice of an active urban lifestyle or quiet rural setting. Whether you’re in clinical care, management, or in a supporting role, your impact will be felt. Your passion and motivation combined with our commitment to set new standards of excellence makes Interior Health the right choice for you. We thrive as a direct result of state-of-the-art equipment, forwarding thinking and strong leadership. We are here for your whole life from career choices to family benefits to work/life balance. At Interior Health there is always room to grow. With over 21,000 employees, an annual budget of $2.6B, and over 1,500 active job postings there is truly a spot for everyone at IH.  

Kelsey is from RBC OnCampus, where they focus on financial literacy, professional development and wellness, regardless of who you bank with! They help students, staff, and faculty navigate through their life journeys, and have a passion for sharing their knowledge to ensure a better future for everyone.

Royal Bank of Canada is a Canadian multinational financial services company and the largest bank in Canada by market capitalization. The bank serves over 16 million clients and has 86,000+ employees worldwide. 

Sophia Ahmed is a Human Resources Manager for Harbour Air Seaplanes. She is an UBC Okanagan alumni and has dedicated 7+ years of work within Human Resources in both the private and public sector. As an HR Manager, she supports both management and employees in all aspects of Human Resources including full cycle recruitment, employee/employer relations, compensation & benefits management, DEI, and conflict resolution. She believes in empowering and assisting employees and candidates with their personal talent development and meaningful career goals through fostering authentic connections and creating an inclusive workspace.

Founded in 1982, Harbour Air is North America’s largest and first fully carbon neutral airline. The company’s international seaplane service, which originally began as a service for the forestry industry in B.C., is now a quintessential west coast experience. With a showcase fleet of more than 40 aircraft, Harbour Air offers up to 200 daily scheduled flights, scenic tours, adventure packages and private flights, as well as aircraft maintenance. With 12 scheduled destinations connecting downtown Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle (WA), Nanaimo, Tofino, Whistler, South Vancouver (YVR), Sechelt, Salt Spring Island, Pitt Meadows, Maple Bay and Comox, B.C., Harbour Air welcomes 450,000 passengers every year. The Harbour Air Group is also an award-winning company and has consistently been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.


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All Career Development Week sessions are free for UBCO students, but registration is required. Visit the Events Calendar to find the session(s) you’d like to attend.

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