Smart Connections October 12, 2022 – Registration Open!

Smart Connections aims to help Internationally Educated Professionals in creating sustainable career paths, whether within or outside their field of expertise. It is about information sharing and time-efficient networking between local professionals and Internationally Educated Professionals.

Theme: Alternative Career Paths

When: Wednesday, October 12th 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: live event at Edmonton Public Library - Stanley A. Milner Branch (Downtown) – Community Rooms 1 and 2 combined (Basement) - 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 2V4

This is a fantastic learning and networking opportunity at no cost and is open to internationally educated professionals with any background (Permanent Residents and Canadian Citizens).

Objective: Discussion on alternative career paths for Internationally Educated Professionals with background in Engineering, Project Management, Finance and more.

Discussion Topics:

Discovering Opportunities in Project Management

Alternative Career Paths for Engineering Professionals

Financial Sector: How to Get your Foot in the Door

This 2 hour event provides vital skills about how to repackage yourself to leverage your career!

To register, please CLICK HERE


Violet Poon

Violet Poon – Keynote Speaker
Violet Poon, Human Resources Consultant, is specialized in providing HR services to non profit organizations in the areas of recruitment, employee relations, policy review, performance management, and training and development. Having worked in the non-profit sector for close to 20 years, including over 7 years in an independent HR Consultant, Violet has also shifted her career path multiple times to find work that she is passionate about and wanting to make an impact in the community.

Abiodun Sorinolu

Abiodun Sorinolu

Vice President, Certification & Acting Programs

PMI Northern Alberta Chapter

Abiodun has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s degree in Project Management, in addition to over 30 years' experience in project Controls, planning and management of engineering projects. Abiodun, is an eloquent public speaker, PMI conference speaker, PMI article writer, Corporate ‘lunch and learn’ teacher.

Kristian Bainey

Kristian Bainey

IT Director/Manager, Sr. Project Manager, Agile/Scrum Master

President-Elect for the Project Management Institute Northern Alberta Chapter (PMI-NAC)

Kristian is an Information Technology professional with leadership and interpersonal skills in IT project management, technology management, and GIS data management during PMI-PMBOK, PROSCI Change management, and AGILE/SCRUM processes using digital transformation (AI/ML/IOT) innovative technologies.

Sumira Duggal

Sumira Duggal

Canadian Western Bank

Sumira Duggal is a Senior Manager, HR Partnerships and Programs with Canadian Western Bank and the Co-Lead of CWB Global, an employee resource group supporting newcomers to Canada at CWB. Sumira has been an active volunteer with ERIEC for the past nine years, participating in the mentorship and connectors programs.

Amith Jagota

Amith Jagota


Amith is a first generation Canadian with over 10 years of experience helping organizations within TMT (Technology, Media & Telecommunications) deliver great product experiences, programs & user delight. He is PMP & PSM1 certified, authored 3 books under his pen name that's sold more than 7500 units globally, a former Area Director with Toastmasters & mentored at ERIEC. Amith currently works as a Project Manager with TELUS, Canada's second largest telecommunications organization.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

By Public Transportation: The building is directly connected to the underground pedway network and to Edmonton's LRT. A number of ETS bus routes also serve the library along Harbin Road and 100 Street.

Parking: You can access the underground Library Parkade from 99 St. or 100 St. More information about parking hours and rates can be found on the City of Edmonton website at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need to bring your ticket.

Dress Code is business casual.

Please note there will be no breakfast served, just light refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there!