Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Empowering them to Succeed

The Conference Board of Canada, August 15, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Many immigrants come to Canada hoping to launch a successful business But the odds are stacked against those who are just starting out. Canada offers a highly-regulated business environment that is unfamiliar to even those newcomers who arrive with business backgrounds. Moreover, immigrant entrepreneurs must learn a new culture, develop new professional networks and a Canadian credit history, and navigate the many roadblocks that Canadian-born entrepreneurs typically face.

Fortunately, there is a growing body of research and programs that aim to change this. Research has informed the emergence of programs across Canada that help immigrant entrepreneurs build networks, develop business plans, and access financing, training, and supports from professionals of all stripes.

Join Dr. Sarah Wayland of the City of Hamilton in this 60-minute webinar as she draws upon her research findings and experience to shed light on empowering immigrant entrepreneurs. Sarah will provide an overview of the common challenges that immigrant entrepreneurs face, discuss solutions that can improve their success rates, and answer your questions.

Webinar Highlights

Participants of this webinar will gain insights on:

  • The biggest barriers to business success for immigrants
  • A suggested roadmap to success for immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Good practices to support immigrant entrepreneurs throughout their journey
  • Promising Canadian programs that are building the capacity of immigrant entrepreneurs
  • How Canada can improve supports for immigrant entrepreneurs

About Sarah

Sarah WaylandSarah Wayland is the Project Manager for Global Hamilton in the Economic Development Division in the City of Hamilton. A dual US-Canadian citizen, Sarah earned her PhD in political science from the University of Maryland. Before coming to the City of Hamilton, she owned her own consulting business focusing on various social issues, especially immigration, settlement, employment, and entrepreneurship. Sarah has conducted research for various government and nongovernmental organizations, including Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Region of Peel, OMAFRA, Maytree, Metcalf Foundation, and Community Foundations of Canada. From 2005 to 2014, she served on the board of directors of Hamilton’s largest settlement agency the Immigrant Women’s Centre, including as Secretary and President.

CPD accreditedThis webinar has been accredited for 1 hour of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

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