Program breaks cultural barriers

Easing integration into Canadian workplace
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/07/2007

A Southeast Asian engineer who immigrated to Canada had a hard time adjusting to his new work environment. In his country of origin, which had a hierarchical society, he was expected to generate data analysis reports and pass them along to his supervisor without any recommendations because that was a job for his boss.

“If he had presumed to do his boss’s role, he would have been fired,” said Phil Schalm, the program director of the Gateway for International Professionals at Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education in Toronto.

But in Canada, he was expected to include his own recommendations along with the technical analysis.