Welcome to Alberta Global Talent

How we can help you!

This website features interactive tools and resources for Central Alberta employers looking to diversify their workforce. We offer professional development workshops and a web tool focused on what employers need to hire and retain immigrant employees.

Many Central Alberta employers are taking advantage of our new immigrant workforce demographic. We have interviewed these employers to learn from their experiences and to create practical resources that speak to Alberta businesses’ needs.

With Alberta Global Talent, you can find out from successful Alberta businesses how to: prepare for, attract, interview, hire, onboard, and retain qualified immigrant employees to address the growth in your business.

Do you have any questions or would like to receive further information?

Please contact our Program Coordinator Zahra Rahmani at
or at 403.346.8818 ext. 279.
You can also use our contact form.

On March 21, 2018, we hosted our 3rd Annual Employer Forum where employers from across this region heard the stories of 5 immigrants; their journeys to Central Alberta and the challenges and successes they came across. These stories need to be heard by residents and employers to foster a better understanding and appreciation for the newcomers who have decided to make Red Deer their home.

The event also featured a content filled Panel Discussion on the topic of Building and Strengthening a High Performance Workplace. With three leaders from champion organizations representing Vantage Community Services, The City of Red Deer and Peavey Industries LP, it was a lively discussion with some great take always and shared best practices for participants.

The event also featured 3 great Breakout Sessions, facilitated by diversity leaders from across Alberta, on the topics of Immigration 101, Central Alberta 2018; Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace in Central Alberta and Organization as an Ecosystem, Attracting & Retaining an Immigrant Workforce. We ended the morning with Tina Varughese, an internationally known Keynote Speaker, sharing her humour, wisdom and experiences related to Communicating with a Cross-Cultural Advantage.

It was a great way to wrap Alberta Global Talent’s 4th year of operation and a clear signal that this program is a much needed and valued presence in Central Alberta.

We are thankful for the following individuals who shared their immigrant stories, participated in the panel discussion, facilitated the breakout sessions and presented the keynote address:


  • Joe Whitbread, CEO, Jo(e) Social Media Inc.


  • Tina Varughese, President, tWorks, Calgary,


  • Daljit Brar
  • Mana Ajila
  • Adriana Gutierezz
  • Humberto Aspillaga
  • Alex Horbushko


  • Reg Warkentin, Policy & Advocacy Manager, Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce


  • Kristy Svoboda, Director of Human Resources, City of Red Deer
  • KJesse Cheetham, CPHR, Director of Employee Services, Peavey Industries, LP, Red Deer
  • KRobecca Chahine, CEO, Vantage Community Services, Red Deer


  • Valentine Skeels, member of Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership
  • Karen M. Howley, Barrister & Solicitor, Chapman Riebeek, LLP, Red Deer
  • Mario G. Patenaude, Vice President, People Performance Advisory, Collins Barrow, Red Deer, LLP
  • Zakeana Reid, Senior Director, Special Projects, Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, Calgary AB


Kerstin Heuer, Owner, Heuer Design


Dennis Allen, President, Juiced Audio and Lighting Inc.

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Put people first and your business will flourish – Lessons from one of the masters!

Let me tell you about one of the Central Alberta employers we provided with an award this year. His name is Thierry Pregliasco and he owns three McDonalds restaurants in Olds and Innisfail. He started off as a business owner in France, very focused on the productivity piece of generating revenue, but during his experience running a restaurant in Guadaloupe began forming his “people first” philosophy as foundational to his business model. At his restaurants in Central Alberta, Thierry is very much loved by his staff. He knows all 80+ of them by name and takes the time to find out tidbits of their lives and interests which he then acts upon. When I first met him outside one of his restaurants, he was giving toys his children had grown out of to one of his employees, and returning a dish from a staff member who had sent home an ethnic delicacy to Thierry’s family.


G & G Plumbing and Heating was one of the recipients of the AGT Champion Employer for 2016. Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association submitted the nomination. Here are a few words from the nomination: “G&G has created a workplace where employees feel valued based on the work they do, not their country of origin. They have hired several of CAIWA’s clients, and are all proud of their work, their company and their achievements at G&G. Working in the trades requires constant training, skill updating and awareness of industry development. All employees are involved in this process; exclusion is non-existent.” Congratulations G&G on the important work you do to value and welcome newcomers to your workforce!

Johns Manville Innisfail was highlighted in their July, 2016 International Newsletter. Cathy Oullette, HR Manager, Insulation Systems was quoted in that article “ This award is a direct result

Check out our Employer Webtool

  • Discover your personal and company talent profiles!
  • 50 Downloadable checklists and resources
  • 35 tutorials and videos
  • Quick answers to typical employer questions
  • Discussion board
  • Check your knowledge to get your customized resource list!

Training & Workshops

  • Intercultural training certificate program for your employees: 3 workshops a 3 hours each.
  • Workshops for employer with over 24 hours of curriculum and 4 distinct subjects on attracting, finding, integrating and retaining talent
  • Monthly lunch & learns with topics from our workshop module
  • Webinars interactive sessions covering key themes of our work shop. Coming soon!